Simon Yates planning to ride Tour de France like series of one-day races in search of stage wins and Tokyo form

The Brit says is aiming for a stage win in France before hoping to back up his form at the Olympic road race

Simon Yates
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Simon Yates is planning to ride the Tour de France like a series of one-day races in the mountains, going for stage glory before recharging and going again, in a plan of action that should also see him build form before his main season goal of the Tokyo Olympics road race.

"Physically, I'm okay. For me, it's always the challenge is the mental aspect of it, after going really all-in for the Giro, concentrating for three weeks and then backing it up only a couple of weeks later, that's the hardest thing for me. But physically, I feel fine," Simon Yates said before stage seven, where he later got himself into the breakaway.

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Hi. I'm Cycling Weekly's Weekend Editor. I like writing offbeat features and eating too much bread when working out on the road at bike races.

Before joining Cycling Weekly I worked at The Tab and I've also written for Vice, Time Out, and worked freelance for The Telegraph (I know, but I needed the money at the time so let me live).

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