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.
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.
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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.