Adam Yates riding with 'strongest ever' Mitchelton-Scott squad at Tour de France 2019

Simon Yates also said he will lose time on purpose early in the race to focus on helping his twin brother

Adam Yates at the Tour of the Basque Country 2019 (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

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Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) starts the Tour de France 2019 in Brussels with the "strongest ever" team supporting him for the race overall.

Yates will lead the team in the Tour, starting on Saturday. The squad also includes Simon Yates, who says that he is just riding in support of his twin brother.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.