Sean Yates has joined French squad Nippo Delko One Provence as a coach.
British great Yates has a formidable reputation as a rider in the 1980s and 1990s but also as a sports director with Team Sky and Tinkoff.
Having left Tinkoff as a DS in 2016, Yates is now returning to the professional ranks as a coach with Nippo Delko One Provence.
The French ProTeam recently appointed a new managing owner, as CEO of headline sponsor Delko Group Philippe Lannes took over the team in April.
Yates said: "It is the first time that I will train professionals from a French team.
“It is a new chapter for me and I am very happy with it. After I got a message from Philippe Lannes, I immediately got into this project. We have a motivated team that works together in the right direction. This allows us to continue to improve and come a long way.”
After retiring in 1996 while riding for Lance Armstrong’s Motorola team, Yates moved into team management with the short-lived Linda McCartney Racing Team, also working with Discovery Channel and Astana.
In 2010 he joined Sky as a sports director and in 2012 he steered Sir Bradley Wiggins to victory in Paris-Nice, the Tour de Romandie, the Critérium du Dauphiné, the Tour de France yellow jersey and Olympic gold in London.
He left the team in October that year and later worked with NFTO and Tinkoff-Saxo.
Nippo Delko One Provence has been part of the peloton since 2008 and has received invites to a number of prestigious WorldTour races, including Paris-Roubaix in recent seasons.
Evaldas Šiškevičius, a Lithuanian rider with the squad, was a major talking point after the 2018 edition of the ‘Hell of the North’, when he finished outside the time limit and found the gates of the finishing track were locked.
He returned to the race last year as his perseverance paid off and he finished in the top-10 after 257km of brutal racing.
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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.
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