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Simon and Adam Yates extend for two years with Orica-BikeExchange

The British twins have signed new contracts to stay with the Australian team for the 2017 and 2018 seasons

Simon And Adam Yates Extend For Two Years With Orica-BikeExchange

Adam and Simon Yates on stage sixteen of the 2015 Tour de France

Adam and Simon Yates have agreed to contract extensions with Orica-BikeExchange1 that will see them stay at the Australian team until at least the end of the 2018 season. The pair have flourished since first joining the WorldTour2 squad at the start of the 2014 season, but have suffered very different fortunes this year. Simon s season has been marred by an administration error over the use of an inhaler than meant he was banned from racing for four months after a positive test at Paris-Nice3. That ruled him out of the Tour de France, but he returned to winning ways4 as soon as he was cleared to ride.

Adam on the other hand was the breakthrough performer of the Tour5, sitting in a podium position until stage 19. He still finished in fourth overall and in the white jersey of best young rider6, the first Brit to win that classification.


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I m really happy to extend my contract with the team and take the next, important steps in my career here, Adam Yates7 said.

I m ready to target a podium spot in the Grand Tours and with the support and environment the team gives me, I think we can achieve it.

>>> Cycling quiz: Name that Yates can you identify which Yates is which?8

The young British riders are getting the kind of opportunities that might not be afforded to them at other teams where they d be put to work on the front of the peloton for hours on end.

They have showed their faith in me from the start and I ve been able to benefit from the experience of riding key races as a protected leader Simon Yates9 said.

That s an opportunity that doesn t exist too often in your first years as a professional. Moving forward, the Yates brothers will bolster the general classification chances of a team that had previously concentrated on team time trials and stage wins. Orica have also signed Carlos Verona and Roman Kreuzinger as it looks to support its lead riders in the mountains at Grand Tours.

References

  1. ^ Orica-BikeExchange (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  2. ^ WorldTour (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  3. ^ after a positive test at Paris-Nice (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  4. ^ returned to winning ways (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  5. ^ was the breakthrough performer of the Tour (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  6. ^ in the white jersey of best young rider (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  7. ^ Adam Yates (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  8. ^ >>> Cycling quiz: Name that Yates can you identify which Yates is which? (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  9. ^ Simon Yates (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)

Adam Yates admits at last he’s in contention for the Tour de France

Having previously said he’s aiming for Tour de France stage wins, British rider Adam Yates says he’s now focussing on a high overall placing

Adam Yates Admits At Last He’s In Contention For The Tour De France

Adam Yates1 who fell to third overall but strengthened his Tour de France2 general classification position today in Provence says that he is fighting to maintain his position instead of going for stage wins as originally stated.

The 23-year-old Brit with team Orica-BikeExchange has been the revelation of this year s Tour. He nearly took the yellow jersey on two occasions in the first 12 stages and sat only 28 seconds behind Froome this morning before the 37.5-kilometre time trial to La Caverne Du Pont-d Arc. Yates caught his breath metres after crossing the finish line in the white jersey of best young rider. After the silent podium as a mark of respect for the Nice attack victims, he met with the press.

>>> Tour de France 2016: Latest news, reports and info3

I did lose a bit of time today, Yates said. The position we are in now, we just have to keep fighting. We have one week go to and in every stage, where there s an opportunity, I ll just try to take some seconds back. Hopefully everything goes OK.

Yates placed 18th at 3-01 minutes behind winner Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin), 1-58 behind Froome and 1-07 behind Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo), now in third overall. However, he rode seven seconds into top favourite Nairo Quintana (Movistar), twice second overall in the Tour behind Froome.

Adam Yates Admits At Last He’s In Contention For The Tour De France

Adam Yates on stage 13 of the 2016 Tour de France

Yates began his second Tour saying that he would fight for stage wins and that maintaining his time in the classification would not be important. He held to that through the first week, but now indicates that the podium race is more important. Froome solidified his lead and moved to 1-47 minutes ahead of Mollema and 2-45 minutes ahead of Yates. Yates has 14 seconds on Quintana and 32 on Quintana s Movistar team-mate Alejandro Valverde.

He also has a strong grip on the white jersey, leading by 3-03 over Louis Meintjes (Lampre-Merida).

>>> Five talking points from Tour de France stage 134

Anything can happen, we have a week to go. You can have a bad day and lose minutes, Yates added. If it works it works, if not, no pressure or stress. Every day we are learning. The Australian WorldTour team wants to re-sign Yates and take him, and twin brother Simon, to win grand tours in the coming years. Yates made a big step forward to that dream given the above average time trial he rode today on the lumpy and windy parcours.

Everyone knows I m not great at time trialling, I lost some time, but considering how small I am and how good I am at time trialling, I m happy, Yates added.

Watch: Tour de France stage 13 highlights

It was probably one of the longest TTs I ve done. On the climbing sections, I felt strong.

I felt I had the power. It was just the cross-wind seconds and the flat with the windy roads that I suffered quite a lot.

It s hard to say, I guess it s a new experience for me. I m learning and learning every day. I ve never been in this position before. Yates s bother Simon is racing the Tour of Poland5 after forced to sit out the Tour due to a ban for taking an asthma medication without permission.

Yates said that almost every night he checks in with Simon, who encourages Adam to push his rivals like Froome harder.

References

  1. ^ Adam Yates (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  2. ^ Tour de France (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  3. ^ >>> Tour de France 2016: Latest news, reports and info (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  4. ^ >>> Five talking points from Tour de France stage 13 (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  5. ^ Simon is racing the Tour of Poland (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)

Watch: The moment an inflatable banner took out Adam Yates at the Tour de France

The young British rider took a heavy fall as the Flamme Rouge unluckily fell at just the wrong moment

Tour de faceplant #TDF2016 pic.twitter.com/vc2q92IAmR12

William Hill Aus (@WillHillAus) July 9, 20163

Of all the things that could happen after you ve made a late attack towards the finish of a Tour de France4 mountain stage a mechanical, a puncture, you just crack having one of the inflatables fall on you has to be one of the least expected.

>>> Adam Yates promoted to second overall in Tour de France5

But that s what happened to Adam Yates6 (Orica-BikeExchange) on Friday s stage seven, who was over five seconds ahead of the main group of GC contenders when the Flamme Rouge inflatable fell in front of him, seeing him flip over and land on his chin. Not only that, but it took out the Mavic neutral service motorbike just behind him, which luckily fell away from the Briton. Yates was on course to secure the white jersey of the best young rider through his attack, taking over from Julian Alaphilippe (Etixx-Quick Step).

But it took the organisers a while to decide how to take the overall times7 because of the deflation, and eventually they decided to take the time from the 3km mark, but still give Yates a one second lead over his French rival, awarding him the white jersey.

The 23-year-old will wear the jersey on a difficult looking day in the Pyrenees on Saturday8, which includes four catergorised climbs including the hors categorie Col du Tourmalet.

References

  1. ^ #TDF2016 (twitter.com)
  2. ^ pic.twitter.com/vc2q92IAmR (t.co)
  3. ^ July 9, 2016 (twitter.com)
  4. ^ Tour de France (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  5. ^ >>> Adam Yates promoted to second overall in Tour de France (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  6. ^ what happened to Adam Yates (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  7. ^ decide how to take the overall times (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  8. ^ difficult looking day in the Pyrenees on Saturday (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)