A Yates with destiny: Simon Yates reflects on racing, family and ambition

After a year that saw him take home the Tour's white jersey and complete the Vuelta a España, Simon Yates talks about what he's achieved and what's to come

Simon Yates wins stage six of 2017 Paris-Nice.

(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

Following in the wheeltracks of Francesco Moser, Greg LeMond, Marco Pantani and Alberto Contador would be a good enough excuse for a major blow-out party for most 24-year-olds. Not so for Simon Yates, the latest pro to win the Tour de France’s white jersey, awarded to the race’s best young rider.

“We just had a nice little get-together with the team and enjoyed the moment. My family were proud and my mum, typically, made a bit of a scene, but I expect that from my mum. It was a good night,” says Yates, which makes us think that “a nice little get-together” may be closer to the raucous all-nighter we were imagining.

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