Nationality: British
Date of birth: August 7, 1992
Height: 172cm
Weight: 58kg
Team: Orica-Scott

After missing out in 2016 due to an admin error that saw him banned for using prohibited substances, Simon Yates set out with the aim replicating the success of his brother in the 2017 Tour de France.

The Brit wanted a top ten finish on the GC – a feat he managed – along with taking home the white young rider’s jersey with a wide lead of over two minutes on his nearest competitor, Louis Meintjes (UAE Team Emirates).

Yates moved into the white jersey after five stages, and subsequent stages saw him tighten his grasp on the honour, with competitors falling further behind on the overall standings.

Yates looked to have had  a promising build up after taking the overall lead at the Tour de Romandie on the penultimate stage in April. Unfortunately, the Brit lost out on the last day to Richie Porte who pushed the Orica rider into second overall.

Despite being in his first year as a professional rider, Simon Yates is no stranger to success. He claimed the world title in the points race at the 2013 Track World Championships and won a stage of the 2013 Tour of Britain, riding for the Great Britain team, and went on to finish the race in third place overall.

Third place in the 2014 British road race national championships behind Sky duo Peter Kennaugh and Ben Swift the week before the Tour start showed he had recovered sufficiently from a fractured collarbone sustained at the Tour of Turkey in April to perform at the top level.


Watch: Show us your scars – Simon Yates


Yates was a last-minute selection by Orica-GreenEdge to ride in the 2014 Tour de France, making him the only English rider to line up in Leeds for the Grand Depart.

Simon is the twin brother of Adam Yates, also signed to Orica-GreenEdge.

Major results: Points race world champion 2013 | Tour of Britain stage 6 2013