How they used to train: How Sean Yates lost weight and re-booted his career

The British rider took his career up a level with a strict diet and training regime after his move to the South of France

Sean Yates winning a stage of the Vuelta a España. Photo: Graham Watson

Sean Yates turned professional for the iconic Peugeot team in France in 1982. He was a big powerful unit, a very big powerful unit due to lots of miles, lots of press-ups and sit ups, 200 of each in one go, and an ability to make a pack of Mars Bars disappear during the short walk home from the supermarket.

Yates was great on the flat, and he got better, winning the prologue time trial of the 1984 Four Days of Dunkirk.

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Chris Sidwells
Freelance Journalist & Author

Chris has written thousands of articles for magazines, newspapers and websites throughout the world. He’s written 25 books about all aspects of cycling in multiple editions and translations into at least 25

different languages. He’s currently building his own publishing business with Cycling Legends Books, Cycling Legends Events,, and the Cycling Legends Podcast