‘I believe we can win another Grand Tour’: Simon Yates extends contract with Mitchelton-Scott, but no update on Adam 

Will the brothers continue on the same team? 

Simon Yates wins stage 15 of the Tour de France 2019 (Jeff Pachoud/AFP/Getty Images)
(Image credit: AFP/Getty Images)

Simon Yates has extended his contract with Mitchelton-Scott, as the Brit chases another Grand Tour victory.

The 28-year-old, winner of the 2018 Vuelta a España, has signed a new two-year contract with his current team amid speculation about whether he and twin brother Adam would stick with Mitchelton. 

While Simon will be sticking with the Australian WorldTour team, there is still no update on Adam’s future, as rumours suggested he could transfer to Team Ineos. 

On his new contract, Simon said: “We have had a lot of success together, and I just want to continue that going forward, mainly at the Grand Tours. We won our first Grand Tour two years ago and I truly believe we can do it again so we will keep working hard so we can take another one.

“The team know me as a rider, the way I work and I’m very comfortable in the environment which goes a long way once we’re on the road racing. You really need that in a team. Once we’re two or three weeks into a Grand Tour it’s very stressful and very tiring, not just for me, but for the whole organisation, so being comfortable with each other is very important.”

Earlier this year rumours suggested that Trek-Segafredo were interested in signing Simon to bolster their team in Grand Tours, while Adam was rumoured to be in talks with Team Ineos. 

Mitchelton-Scott also faced an uncertain future due to a botched sponsorship deal with Manuela Fundacion, which was called off after a dispute over who would actually own the team under the new contract.

On Simon’s new contract, team owner Gerry Ryan said: “Simon has provided some of our organisation’s proudest moments, including our first Grand Tour victory, and we’re confident that together we have many more highlights to achieve.”

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for CyclingWeekly.com. After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.