Moment in time: Sean Yates's day in yellow at the Tour de France

Sean Yates became just the third Briton to top the Tour de France general classification 1994, but as he recalls nearly a quarter-of-a-century on, he so very nearly didn’t get the chance to wear the yellow jersey

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Bereft of team radios, communication inside the peloton before the turn of the millennium was much harder. So difficult that it almost cost Sean Yates the chance of wearing the yellow jersey at the Tour de France.

In his 11th Tour, and at the age of 34, Yates had enjoyed a memorable start to the 1994 edition. He had watched his compatriot Chris Boardman win the opening prologue, becoming only the second Briton to wear the maillot jaune, and then spent two days riding in England, including on his home roads of Sussex. It was, in a myriad of ways, a glorious week for Yates.

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Richard Windsor

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Richard is digital editor of Cycling Weekly. Joining the team in 2013, Richard became editor of the website in 2014 and coordinates site content and strategy, leading the news team in coverage of the world's biggest races and working with the tech editor to deliver comprehensive buying guides, reviews, and the latest product news.

An occasional racer, Richard spends most of his time preparing for long-distance touring rides these days, or getting out to the Surrey Hills on the weekend on his Specialized Tarmac SL6 (with an obligatory pub stop of course).