Simon Yates says he’s riding Tour de France with ‘different mentality’ after disappointing Giro

The Brit believes a relaxed attitude has helped him to two stage victories

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Simon Yates says he’s approached the Tour de France with a “different mentality” after he struggled to perform at his best in the Giro d’Italia.

The Mitchelton-Scott rider deliberately lost time in the first week of the Tour, freeing him up to fight for stages while also supporting his brother Adam’s overall ambitions.

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for 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.