Simon Yates

Nationality: British
Date of birth: August 7, 1992
Height: 172cm
Weight: 58kg
Team: Mitchelton-Scott

Simon Yates is a one of the new stars of British Cycling, alongside his twin brother Adam Yates.

Both brothers ride for the Australian outfit Mitchelton-Scott. In 2018, Simon was to lead the team at the Giro d’Italia and will take the honours again at the Vuelta a España, alongside Colombian team-mate Esteban Chaves.  His brother will represent the team at the Tour de France.

Yates’ attack on the Giro impressed the established GC stars, after he moved into the Maglia Rosa on stage six – extending his lead to enter the final week with a 2-11 time gap ahead of defending champion Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb).

He fell out of contention, however, on stage 19 – when he wasn’t able to stay with the pace of the GC leaders as Chris Froome attacked to assume the position of pink jersey wearer.

Simon Yates’s 2018 season

Yates’ 2018 season got off to a strong start, with second place and stage victory in Paris-Nice in March followed swiftly by a stage victory and fourth overall at Volta a Catalunya later the same month.

The big, first target for the season, though, was the Giro d’Italia in May. Yates headed into the race as co-leader with Colombian Esteban Chaves – though Chaves moved into a domestique role when he lost 25 minutes on stage 10.

Yates started well, putting in one of his best performances against the clock to place seventh in the opening time trial in Israel.

He then edged his way up the top 10 with a series of good rides on the hillier stages on Sicily, before placing second on Mount Etna on stage six behind team-mate Chaves to claim the overall race lead. his first GC leader’s jersey in a Grand Tour.

Yates’ form didn’t fade in the coming days – stamping his authority on the race with wins on the summit finishes of stage nine and stage 15.

It was on stage 18 when the cracks began to appear, and the following day Yates slipped well out of the top ten, losing over 40 minutes as Chris Froome (Team Sky) stormed his way into pink.

Simon Yates’s 2017 season

After missing out in 2016 due to an admin error that saw him banned for using prohibited substances, Simon Yates set out with the aim replicating the success of his brother in the 2017 Tour de France.

The Brit wanted a top ten finish on the GC – a feat he managed – along with taking home the white young rider’s jersey with a wide lead of over two minutes on his nearest competitor, Louis Meintjes.

Yates moved into the white jersey after five stages, and subsequent stages saw him tighten his grasp on the honour, with competitors falling further behind on the overall standings.

Yates looked to have had  a promising build up after taking the overall lead at the Tour de Romandie on the penultimate stage in April. Unfortunately, the Brit lost out on the last day to Richie Porte who pushed the him into second overall.

Simon Yates’s early career

Simon Yates is no stranger to success. He claimed the world title in the points race at the 2013 Track World Championships and won a stage of the 2013 Tour of Britain, riding for the Great Britain team, and went on to finish the race in third place overall.

Third place in the 2014 British road race national championships behind Sky duo Peter Kennaugh and Ben Swift the week before the Tour start showed he had recovered sufficiently from a fractured collarbone sustained at the Tour of Turkey in April to perform at the top level.

Watch: Show us your scars – Simon Yates

Yates was a last-minute selection by Orica-GreenEdge to ride in the 2014 Tour de France, making him the only English rider to line up in Leeds for the Grand Depart.

Major results: Points race world champion 2013 | Tour of Britain stage 6 2013