Despite the Bavarians having dominated the national and international stage, close competition is secured as domestic competitors such as RB Leipzig, Borussia Monchengladbach, Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Dortmund have caught up over recent years.
Valter, 22, broke free during the final few kilometers and the peloton was unable to catch him.
Bale added that despite apparently not being in Zidane's plans, Madrid had stopped him moving last season.
Germany took the reins and pressed forward whereas Spain looked shocked and unable to respond.
But things didn't go as organisers may have expected.
The 33-year-old striker, who came on after the interval, latched onto a through pass from teammate Wu Xi before sending it into the net in the 65th minute.
The 28-year-old is now 16th in the overall rankings, 16 seconds behind new leader Yates.
Irish rider Sam Bennett expanded his lead over Peter Sagan to 12 points in the race for the green jersey, while Benoit Cosnefroy kept his polka dot jersey after a stage with few points to clinch. Enditem
The organizers designed a route with a 17km climb before the finish line, which seemed like it might bring about some interesting developments on the rugged, narrow mountain road.
"This team has some of the best midfielders in the world and I know that I can learn from them and also bring my own strength to the group. Having spoken to the manager about his vision for this team, the direction that the club is going in is hugely exciting and I cannot wait to be a part of that," explained Van de Beek, who will wear the No. 34 shirt in memory of former teammate Abdelhak Nouri.
PP Sports released a statement on Thursday night, claiming the termination was just a "strategic adjustment".