British Riders of the Year 2014 number 8: Adam Yates

Adam Yates impressed with overall victory in the Tour of Turkey, he's number eight in our British Riders of the Year

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If their first year as professionals is anything to go by, the Yates twins are going to spur each other on to greater and greater success through their careers.

It is not often that 21-year-olds make such an impact on the professional peloton. Team Sky was criticised by some for not signing them both but the fact is, neither of them would have had the opportunities to race for themselves that they were allowed by Orica-GreenEdge.

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Simon grabbed the early attention, but at the Tour of Turkey, Adam raised the bar, winning stage six with a brilliant late move and holding the lead until the end. After Turkey, his confidence was sky high. Yates was climbing with the best at the Tour of California, where he finished fifth overall and then at the Critérium du Dauphiné he looked like a seasoned pro finishing third at La Mure, and again at Courchevel behind Mikel Nieve and Romain Bardet.

It is not often a neo pro finishes sixth overall in the Dauphiné when the sport’s best stage racers are tuning up for the Tour de France.

Victory at the Grand Prix Industria and Artigianato one-day race was almost followed by a podium place in the Clasica San Sebastian. He was in the decisive five-man break that went clear over the final climb when he crashed on the descent with just 3.5 kilometres to go.

To be mixing it with Alejandro Valverde, Bauke Mollema, Joaquim Rodriguez and Mikel Nieve, in the closing stages of one of the toughest Classics on the calendar as a first-year professional, underlines his class.