Simon and Adam Yates looking ahead to WorldTour teams

Adam and Simon Yates, Revolution 36, January 2012

Adam and Simon Yates will be hoping to seal their moves up to the WorldTour with performances at the eight-day Tour de l'Avenir, the amateur Tour de France currently taking place.

World points champion and 2011 Avenir stage winner Simon has been strongly linked with a move to Sky next season while Adam, who has spent the season riding in France for the CC Etupes amateur team, underwent testing with the FDJ team in June with a view to a possible move in 2014 or 2015.

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Adam Simon
I bet Simon said Rodriguez! It's the same for me. That's who I want tobe like when I'm older. Cycling idol?I look up to Joaquim Rodriguez at the moment.
White, easily. Unless it's raining. Black socks or white socks?White, definitely.
I can't stand them. If it's sunny and 15 degrees I'd quite happilytake them off. How hot before leg warmerscome off?Approaching 20 degrees. Maybe just a bit under.
Standard coke and a coffee. A cappuccino.Café stop order?Cappuccino. Nothing to eat.
Exactly the same.And for your brother?Probably the same. And a can of Coke.
Don't have anything like that. I'm not really superstitious.Lucky charm?Not really. I'm not one for superstitions.
I always put my number on my jersey before getting changed. Pre-race ritual?I always put my right shoe on first, more of habit than anything else.
First thing that comes to my head is Jason Statham. He's a big hitter.Actor to play you in afilm?I'll go with Jason Statham. A bit of a unit.
iPod on shuffle. Dance trance mostly, anything to get you going.Warm up music?I'm into my dance trance music. Anything by Mat Zo.
Nothing yet! I was in France and I had a race the day after.What did you get for your21st birthday?Nothing! I think it might be waiting for me back in Britain.
Nothing, never do! He has the privilege of knowing me, that's a giftin itself.What did you get yourbrother for his 21st?I didn't get him anything, he didn't get me anything. Pretty normal,that.
Liege-Bastogne-Liege, or Tour of Lombardy. I bet Simon said the same,didn't he!? Most like to win?Tour de France or Amstel Gold.

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Richard Abraham is an award-winning writer, based in New Zealand. He has reported from major sporting events including the Tour de France and Olympic Games, and is also a part-time travel guide who has delivered luxury cycle tours and events across Europe. In 2019 he was awarded Writer of the Year at the PPA Awards.