Tour of Britain stage winner Simon Yates will line up for Great Britain alongside brother Adam, Owain Doull, Jon Dibben, Joe Perrett and Ali Slater in the under-23 men’s World Championship road race on Friday.
It’s possibly the strongest under-23 men’s line-up that Great Britain has ever fielded in the event – a bold claim, perhaps, but one backed up by results.
Simon Yates put in a late attack on the decisive climb of Haytor on the sixth stage of the Tour of Britain to drop the likes of Nairo Quintana and Bradley Wiggins to take the stage honours. He finished the race in third place overall. Earlier this year, Yates won the points race world title on the track.
Adam Yates placed second in the prestigious Tour de l’Avenir in August, with twin brother Simon winning two stages. Perrett, Doull and Slater were also all part of GB’s team in that event.
Britain’s team certainly seems to include the necessary firepower and climbing talent to tackle the 173.2km route from Montecatini Terme that includes seven laps of the climb-filled circuit in Florence.