Simon Yates happy to be back racing and put turbulent year behind him

Yates is racing in the Vuelta a España in support of his team leader Esteban Chaves, and is looking to put his doping sanction behind him

(Image credit: Watson)

Simon Yates (Orica-BikeExchange) says that he is happy to be back racing after serving a suspension and missing the Tour de France. On Saturday, he began the three-week Vuelta a España to support Colombian Esteban Chaves in the overall classification.

Yates, twin brother of Adam Yates, took a banned asthma medication during the Paris-Nice stage race in March. As a result, he had to stop racing for four months. He already restarted racing, but the Vuelta a España is his first big test after his suspension.

Thank you for reading 20 articles this month* Join now for unlimited access

Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

Join now for unlimited access

Try first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

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.