Yates in 2009
|Full name||Sean Yates|
18 May 1960 |
Ewell, Surrey, England
|Linda McCartney Racing Team
|National Road Race Championships (1992)|
Yates competed at the 1980 Summer Olympics, finishing sixth in the 4,000m individual pursuit. As an amateur in 1980, he won the British 25-mile individual time trial championship, and took the national record for 10-mile time trials with 19m 44s.
As an amateur Yates rode for ACBB in Paris with fellow British riders John Herety and Jeff Williams. Yates quickly became known for his incredible turn of speed and power. He turned professional in 1982 for Peugeot cycling team riding alongside Graham Jones, Robert Millar and Stephen Roche. He moved to Fagor in 1988. In 1989 he joined the American team, 7-Eleven and then in 1991 Motorola, where he rode with Lance Armstrong.
He was British professional individual pursuit champion in 1982 and 1983.
Yates spent much of his 15-year career as a domestique, but he won stages in the Tour de France (a time trial stage at Wasquehal, at Tour record speed) and the Vuelta a España in 1988. That year he also won a stage in Paris–Nice and Midi-Libre and finished fourth in the Tour of Britain. The following year (1989), he took two stages and overall victory in the Tour of Belgium, won the GP Eddy Merckx and finished second in Gent–Wevelgem.
Yates wore the maillot jaune in the 1994 Tour de France, the third Briton to do so. Yates rode 12 Tours, completing nine; 45th was his best placing. He was powerful on flat stages and noted as a descender of mountains. For a rouleur Yates climbed very well for his weight.
In 1989, Yates tested positive for anabolic steroids in a doping test in the first stage of Torhout-Werchter. However, his 'B' sample did not confirm the 'A' sample and Yates was subsequently cleared because it was accepted that a labelling error must have occurred and the tested sample was not his.
Following the report in October 2012 from the US Anti-Doping Agency that detailed organised doping in the US Postal/Discovery Channel teams, Yates insisted on BBC Radio 5 Live that he saw nothing suspicious during his six years working alongside Lance Armstrong.
After retiring in 1996, Yates became manager of the Linda McCartney Racing Team, which competed at the Giro d'Italia. After the team's collapse in 2001, Yates helped set up the Australian iteamNova but left after funds ran out. After six months out of cycling, he joined Team CSC-Tiscali before moving to Discovery, in 2005, at the invitation of Lance Armstrong. In June 2007, Yates was manager of Team Discovery a USA team and, in 2008, went on to manage riders on the Astana cycling team.
In 2009, he was signed up as director of the newly formed Team Sky, a British-based team intent on providing Britain's first Tour de France winner. Yates spent three years as the team's lead Director Sportif and, in 2012, presided over Bradley Wiggins' victories in Paris-Nice, Tour de Romandie, Criterium du Daphine, Tour de France and the Olympic Time Trial.
In October 2012, he left the employment of Team Sky and retired from cycling, with the Daily Telegraph newspaper reporting that Yates had been forced to quit after admitting involvement in doping, meaning he did not meet the team's zero tolerance stance on doping. Both Sky and Yates denied that his exit was linked to the team’s new requirement that all employees sign a declaration pledging no previous involvement in doping.
In 1997, he won the British 50-mile time-trial championship, and he finished third in the same event in 2005. In May 2007, he said he would not compete as a veteran because of heart irregularities, but he still competes at regional events, primarily in the Southeast. Yates currently plays football for Old St Marys Football Club as a goalkeeper in Amateur Football Combination.
- 1st Prologue, Sealink International
- 6th Olympic Games 4,000 metres individual pursuit
- 7th Olympic Games 4,000 metres team pursuit (with Malcolm Elliott and Tony Doyle)
- 1st Airedale
- 1st Stage 4 Circuit Cycliste de la Sarthe
- 1st Classic New Southsea
- 1st Great Yorkshire
- 1st Southsea
- 1st Stage 3 Tour d'Indre-et-Loire
- 1st London
- 5th Overall, Milk Race
- 1st Bristol
- 1st Prologue Four days of Dunkerque
- 1st Stage 2 Milk Race
- 12th Overall Tour of Ireland
- 1st GP de Cannes
- 1st Stage 3 Tour of Ireland
- 1st Stage 5 GP du Midi-Libre
- 1st Stage Paris – Nice
- 1st Stage 6 Tour de France
- 1st Stage 12 Vuelta a España
- 1st GP Eddy Merckx
- 1st Stage 1A Tour of Belgium
- 1st Stage 1B Tour of Belgium
- 1st Prologue Ronde van Nederland
- 1st Stage 5 Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
- 1st Stage 4 Tour of Ireland
- 1st British National Road Race Championships
- 1st USPRO Road Race
- Tour de France
- Wore yellow jersey for one day after stage 6
- "Sean Yates Biography & Statistics". Sports Reference. Retrieved 2012-07-27.
- "BikeBritain British Cycling Heroes – Sean Yates". 11 March 2012. Retrieved 17 June 2012.
- "DELGADO REHABILITE – SEAN YATES POSITIF AU T-W CLASSIC". Le Soir (in French). 11 October 1989. Retrieved 28 September 2010.
- "Team Sky to wield the axe after Yates exit as Brailsford continues zero-tolerance policy". Daily Mail. 28 October 2012. Retrieved 2013-08-21.
- "Le Maillot Jaune Blanchi". Podium Cafe. 23 February 2011. Retrieved 2013-08-21.
- "Armstrong case: Yates insists he saw nothing suspicious as rider or directeur sportif". Velonation. 11 October 2012. Retrieved 11 October 2012.
- "BBC Sport – Sean Yates leaves Team Sky and announces retirement". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-10-28.
- Cycling. "Sean Yates parts company with Team Sky as Dave Brailsford's doping cull continues". Telegraph. Retrieved 2013-10-30.
- Clarke, Stuart; Langford, Ed (25 October 2013). "Cycling Weekly British News Round-Up". Cycling Weekly. Retrieved 5 November 2013.
- Old St Marys Football Club, Third Team match report, 10 October 2009. Accessed 2009-12-08.
- "50 Cycling Heroes Named in British Cycling's Hall of Fame". British Cycling. 2009-12-17.
- Yates, Sean (2013). Sean Yates: It’s All About the Bike: My Autobiography. London: Transworld Publishers. ISBN 978-1-4481-6741-8. Retrieved 30 October 2013.
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