Simon Yates coping with the Tour de France's media frenzy

Tour de France debutant and youngest rider in the race, Simon Yates says he's never experienced anything like it

Simon Yates on stage eight of the 2014 Tour de France

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

Simon Yates was remarkably relaxed at the start of stage 12 of the Tour de France in baking hot Bourg-en-Bresse, though by this point in the race he was entering the unknown.

“I’m curious,” said Yates, “because I’ve never raced as many days as this before, I’m not sure how I’ll recover. At the moment I’ve got a little bit of a tight chest, but it’s not bad.” Sitting on the top tube of his bike as riders prepared to line up, Yates was in the middle of the madness that is the Tour.

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