Simon Yates to ride Tour de France instead of Giro d'Italia to ease pressure on injured Esteban Chaves

Adam Yates will now take on the Giro d'Italia solo while Simon will ride alongside Colombian Esteban Chaves at the Tour

Simon Yates wins stage six of Paris-Nice (ASO)

Bury cyclist Simon Yates is racing to the Tour de France after a last-minute change to help ease the pressure on team-mate Esteban Chaves, who is recovering from a knee injury. He was due to attend the Giro d'Italia, May 5 to 28, with his twin brother Adam.

Yates, 24, will race his third Tour and aim for the white jersey. Adam, who already won the GP Larciano and placed four in the Volta a Catalunya this spring, will have sole leadership fighting for the pink jersey in the Giro.

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