Adam and Simon Yates confirmed for Vuelta a España as Orica-Scott target GC success

Esteban Chaves to provide third GC option

Simon and Adam Yates at the 2015 Tour de France
(Image credit: Watson)

Adam and Simon Yates will form two parts of a three-pronged attack for Orica-Scott as they target the general classification at the Vuelta a España.

Adam Yates and Esteban Chaves will be the team's principal overall contenders, with Simon Yates being used as a back-up option after winning the white jersey at the Tour de France in July.

"We have the best general classification riders we can put together, we have all three of them here, and that is going to be a bit of a challenge," said sports director Neil Stephens.

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"It’s an exciting challenge for us all to focus on, but at the end of the day the team is our leader and all three riders have always fully committed to that.

"We did it at the Vuelta last year with Simon and Esteban and in the final the race is sorted out on the road. Despite finishing with a top 10 himself, Simon was selfless in his support of our podium finish. The aim is a team result in Madrid, who it is, it doesn’t matter."

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This will be the first time since the 2015 Tour de France that both of the Yates brothers have raced in the same Grand Tour.

As well as their overall ambitions, the Australian team will also travel to the start in Nîmes on August 19 with sprint options in the form of Magnus Cort Nielsen, winner of the final stage of the 2016 Vuelta, and Christopher Juul-Jensen.

Orica-Scott team for Vuelta a España

Sam Bewley

Esteban Chaves

Magnus Cort Nielsen

Jack Haig

Christopher Juul-Jensen

Svein Tuft

Carlos Verona

Adam Yates

Simon Yates

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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.