Simon Yates claims best young rider jersey in Tour of Slovenia

British rider Simon Yates returns to major competition after collarbone break. Photo by Gregor Brown

Simon Yates, Brabantse Pijl 2014
(Image credit: Gregor Brown)

Simon Yates (Orica-GreenEdge) won the best young rider classification at the Tour of Slovenia on Sunday, his first major race back after breaking his collarbone in April.

Yates finished seventh overall in the four-day, UCI 2.1-ranked race behind overall winner Tiago Machado (NetApp-Endura).

Yates crashed out of stage three of the Tour of Turkey, which twin brother Adam went on to win overall for Orica-GreenEdge. Yates required surgery to correct the collarbone injury.

Simon Yates made his return to racing at the GP Kanton Aargau-Gippingen in Switzerland on June 12 before taking to the start line of the Tour of Slovenia on Thursday.

Team Sky prinicpal Dave Brailsford has recently aired his interest in signing both Yates brothers to the British-based team in the future, saying “We are a British team ultimately, with a global roster and global race programme, but to have them would seem to make absolute sense.”

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