'Overtraining nearly killed my career just as I was getting started' - reveals Sean Yates

"The more pain I dished out, the more motivated I was" says the legendary Brit – but it sometimes worked against him

Cycling Weekly Lifetime Achievement Award
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Cycling Weekly's new Lifetime Achievement Award winner Sean Yates spoke at length to James Shrubsall about his career, from his time as an amateur to winning the Tour de France as a directeur sportif with Team Sky, and more. 

Part one: how my determination to win a rainbow jersey nearly finished my career

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After cutting his teeth on local and national newspapers, James began at Cycling Weekly as a sub-editor in 2000 when the current office was literally all fields. 

Eventually becoming chief sub-editor, in 2016 he switched to the job of full-time writer, and covers news, racing and features.

A lifelong cyclist and cycling fan, James's racing days (and most of his fitness) are now behind him. But he still rides regularly, both on the road and on the gravelly stuff.