Simon Yates: 'I didn't go to the Tour de France just to ride around'

21-year-old Orica-GreenEdge debutant Simon Yates talks about his Tour de France experience as he withdraws from the race

Simon Yates poses at the team presentation of the 2014 Tour de France

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

Simon Yates (Orica-GreenEdge) left his first Tour de France after the 15th stage in Nîmes, but did so having gained valuable experience. The neo-professional said that it would count for the next grand tour that he races.

"From the start, there was no pressure to finish," Yates told Cycling Weekly. "I wanted to go to the finish. The idea is to get myself more competitive for the next race so that I'm not just riding around."

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