Adam Yates: Britain's newest Grand Tour sensation

Before his breakthrough performance at the recent Tour de France, we sat down with Adam Yates to look at his career so far and where he hopes to go in the near future

Adam Yates on stage 17 of the 2016 Tour de France. Photo: Graham Watson

Adam Yates isn’t like most British professional cyclists. Maybe it’s because when he was two years old the ribbon was snipped on a brand new indoor velodrome in Manchester and the current generation of British riders — those who were aged 10 and under when the doors opened in September 1994 — cut their teeth on the smooth Siberian pine of Stuart Street.

Maybe it’s because Great Britain doesn’t have the high mountains and lengthy climbs that you find somewhere like the Basque Country — a region nestled in the western corner of the Pyrenees that seems only to produce climbers like Mikel Landa, Igor Anton and Beñat Intxausti and their ilk.

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