Nationality: British Date of birth: August 7, 1992 Team: Mitchelton-Scott Twitter:@AdamYates7
Like his twin brother Simon, Adam Yates is one of the stars in British road cycling.
He was crowned best young rider at the 2016 Tour de France, but at the 2018 race struggled to replicate success outside of the young rider’s category. 2019 was another challenging year, with a 29th place finish in the Tour equalling his result from the previous year.
Yates’ first season was very much to remember. A solid start hit a peak when he won the mountainous 2014 Tour of Turkey in a fashion that defied his age.
He then went on to register one of the greatest rides by a neo pro in the last 10 years with sixth place at the Critérium du Dauphiné that included all the Tour de France favourites.
Adam was then rested by his team while his twin brother Simon tackled the Tour de France in his debut season. Adam went on to ride and finish his first Grand Tour at the 2014 Vuelta a España.
The following year, he continued to show excellent form – holding the young rider jersey at the Tour de France, and scooping up fourth overall – missing a podium spot in third by just 21 seconds to Nairo Quintana.
The 2016 season appeared to start well, with Yates sitting in second on GC at Tirreno-Adriatico after stage four. However, he was hit by a fever on stage five that saw him drop out of the race. He went on to compete in the Volta a Catalunya, where he scooped up fourth place in the GC after the seventh stage.
In 2017, he was ninth overall at the Giro, narrowly losing the young rider’s jersey, which he held from stages eight to 20.
A thrilling Tirreno-Adriatico in 2019 saw Yates secede victory to Roglič, losing out by one second after the final time trial. The rest of the season saw deeper struggle, with the Brit climbing off at the Critérium du Dauphiné before struggling through the Tour de France.
A victory in the week long UCI 2.1 category CRO Race in late 2019 was a late redeemer, but the 27-year-old will want to make a bigger impace in the Grand Tours in 2020.