Simon Yates unleashed ‘secret weapon’ twin brother Adam on brutal final climb of Vuelta a España 2018 stage 17

Adam has maintained a low profile in this year’s Spanish tour, but made a major impact on the road to Balcón de Bizkaia

Mitchelton-Scott unleashed 'secret weapon' Adam Yates on stage 17 of the Vuelta a España (Photo by Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

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Mitchelton-Scott unleashed their ‘secret weapon’ Adam Yates on the final climb of the Vuelta a España stage 17 to defend his twin brother Simon’s red jersey.

The Yates twins rode together along with team-mate Jack Haig to close down attacks from general classification rivals on the lower slopes of the brutal ascent to Balcón de Balkaia.

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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.