Adam Yates (cyclist)

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Adam Yates
Adam Yates 2015TOA.jpg
Personal information
Full nameAdam Richard Yates
Born (1992-08-07) 7 August 1992 (age 28)[1]
Bury, England
Height1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Weight58 kg (128 lb; 9 st 2 lb)
Team information
Current teamMitchelton–Scott
Rider typeClimber
Amateur teams
2011–2012UVCA Troyes
2013CC Etupes
Professional team
Major wins
Grand Tours
Tour de France
Young rider classification (2016)

Stage races

UAE Tour (2020)
Tour of Turkey (2014)

One-day races and Classics

Clásica de San Sebastián (2015)
GP Industria & Artigianato (2014, 2017)

Adam Richard Yates (born 7 August 1992) is a British road and track racing cyclist, who currently rides for UCI WorldTeam Mitchelton–Scott.[4] The twin brother of Simon Yates,[5] Adam Yates placed fourth overall at the 2016 Tour de France and won the young rider classification, becoming the first British rider to win that classification, one year ahead of his twin brother Simon.

Early life and amateur career[edit]

Adam and Simon took up cycling after their father John was injured in a collision with a car while riding – during his recovery he took the twins to Manchester Velodrome to track sessions run by his cycling club, Bury Clarion, to keep in touch with the other members. Both brothers soon started riding on the road for Bury Clarion and on the track for Eastlands Velo. Whilst Simon was selected for the British Cycling Olympic Academy programme, Adam pursued his road racing career in France with financial help from the Dave Rayner Fund.[6]

Yates finished second by just 55 seconds to Spanish rider Rubén Fernández in the general classification of the 2013 Tour de l'Avenir whilst representing the British national team.

Professional career[edit]

Orica–GreenEDGE (2014–present)[edit]


Having spent a successful season with French amateur team CC Etupes, he joined the Australian UCI World Tour team Orica–GreenEDGE along with his brother in 2014.[2] In his first professional race, the Tour de San Luis in Argentina, Yates finished eleventh overall and first in the young rider classification.[7]

Yates at the 2014 Tour of Turkey, where he achieved his first professional victories

Yates' breakthrough results came at the Tour of Turkey in late April and early May 2014. He had been one of the team's protected riders for the general classification, along with his brother.[8] On the third stage, he became the team's de facto team leader, after Simon crashed out of the race, resulting in a suspected broken clavicle.[9] Yates was the only person to follow an attack by Rein Taaramäe on the final climb to Elmalı, and ultimately finished the stage in second place, six seconds down on Taaramäe after he had attacked again in the closing metres.[10] After two stages that suited the sprinters, Yates achieved his first professional victory on the sixth stage, finishing at the House of the Virgin Mary in Selçuk. A reduced peloton had formed on the final climb from which Yates attacked with around a kilometre remaining. Yates held off the chasers – led home by Davide Formolo and Davide Rebellin, two seconds in arrears – and was able to take the leader's blue jersey from Taaramäe, who crossed the line seven seconds behind Yates.[11][12] Yates held the race lead until its conclusion in Istanbul two days later; he extended his lead by a further four seconds on the final stage, as there was a split on the run-in, with only a 28-rider group being given the same time as stage winner, Mark Cavendish.[13] He later described the victory – the first British overall win at the Tour – as "unexpected", having set out with the ambition of winning stages.[14]

Yates next competed at the Tour of California. After being passed on the road by Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) on Stage 2, the 20-kilometre (12-mile) individual time trial around Folsom, he finished fourth on Stage 3, which finished on Mount Diablo, and fourth on Stage 6, which finished on Mountain High.[15] Yates finished fifth overall in the general classification, 2 minutes and 14 seconds behind the winner, Wiggins. Yates' impressive[according to whom?] form continued at the Critérium du Dauphiné, where he placed eighth on the first mountain top finish on Stage 2.[16] He finished third on Stage 5 after launching a late attack with Wilco Kelderman (Belkin Pro Cycling), and again finished third on Stage 8, a mountain-top finish at Courchevel. Yates finished the UCI World Tour race sixth overall.[17]

Orica–GreenEDGE decided not to select Yates for the Tour de France, and he instead was rested for a few weeks.[citation needed] He returned to racing at the GP Industria & Artigianato in July, which he won to take his first one-day professional victory.[18] Yates made the lead group at the Clásica de San Sebastián with Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team), Bauke Mollema (Belkin), Joaquim Rodríguez (Team Katusha) and Mikel Nieve (Team Sky), but crashed heavily on a descent with 3.5 kilometres (2.2 miles) remaining, missing out on the chance of his first World Tour victory.[19] He made his Grand Tour debut at the 2014 Vuelta a España,[20] which he managed to complete, finishing 82nd overall.[citation needed]


Yates riding at the 2015 Tour de France

He was named in the start list for the 2015 Tour de France.[21] He finished seventh on Stage 8, which finished on the Mûr-de-Bretagne,[22] and seventh on the first mountain stage, Stage 10, which finished on the Col de la Pierre St Martin in the Pyrenees.[23]

On 1 August 2015, Yates took his biggest victory to date by winning the Clásica de San Sebastián after attacking on the final climb as leader Greg Van Avermaet of BMC Racing Team was involved in a crash with a race motorcycle, and holding off the chasers on the descent into San Sebastián. In the confusion after Van Avermaet's crash Yates did not realise he had won, so did not initially celebrate when crossing the finishing line.[24]


Yates (centre) wearing the white jersey as young rider classification leader, at the 2016 Tour de France

Yates was selected to ride the Tour de France. On Stage 7, Yates broke clear of the leading group of GC contenders on the descent of the Col d'Aspin, but was involved in an accident when the inflatable Flamme rouge marking 1 kilometre (0.62 miles) remaining of the stage deflated as he rode underneath it. Yates suffered cuts to his chin requiring stitches, but after the stage results were revised to give him the 7 second advantage he had over the peloton with 3 kilometres (1.9 miles) to go, Yates rose to second overall and took the white jersey as leader of the Young rider classification from Julian Alaphilippe (Etixx–Quick-Step).[25] On Stage 9, which was the first mountain top finish of the race at Andorre Arcalis, Yates finished tenth, leading home a select group of GC contenders including Chris Froome (Team Sky), Nairo Quintana (Movistar Team), Richie Porte (BMC Racing Team) and Dan Martin (Etixx–Quick-Step).[26] This meant Yates sat second overall going into the first rest day, 16 seconds behind Froome, and led the young rider classification by 39 seconds. Yates finished in 4th place 21 seconds behind Nairo Quintana's podium place. Nevertheless Yates clinched the white jersey over 2 minutes ahead of Louis Meintjes (Lampre–Merida).[27]


He was named in the start list for the Giro d'Italia, finishing 9th after being caught up in a crash in the early stages of the tour. He was narrowly edged out of the young rider classification victory by Bob Jungels, during a final stage time trial.[28]


Yates came second in the general classification at the Critérium du Dauphiné, having won stage 7.[29] He was Mitchelton–Scott's leader at the Tour de France, but finished 29th in the general classification. He came second on stage 16, having crashed while in the lead on the final descent, and was passed by mountains jersey wearer Julian Alaphilippe.[30]


Yates finished second in the general classification at the Volta a Catalunya,[31] and won stage 3.[32] Prior to this, Yates finished second overall at Tirreno–Adriatico, losing the race lead, by one second to Primož Roglič, in a final stage individual time trial.[33] Yates was again the team leader for Mitchelton–Scott at the Tour de France, supported by his brother,[34] but he repeated his 29th place finish from the previous year.

Major results[edit]

1st MaillotReinoUnido.PNG Madison (with Simon Yates), National Junior Track Championships
National Track Championships
3rd Bronze medal blank.svg Omnium
3rd Bronze medal blank.svg Scratch race
3rd Bronze medal blank.svg Scratch race, National Track Championships
2nd Overall Tour de l'Avenir
2nd Grand Prix de Soultz–sous–Forêts
3rd Overall Tour de Franche-Comté
1st Stage 3
8th Paris–Troyes
1st MaillotCyan.PNG Overall Tour of Turkey
1st Stage 6
1st GP Industria & Artigianato di Larciano
1st Jersey white.svg Young rider classification Tour de San Luis
5th Overall Tour of California
5th Giro di Toscana
6th Overall Critérium du Dauphiné
1st Clásica de San Sebastián
2nd Overall Tour of Alberta
1st Jersey white.svg Young rider classification
2nd Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal
9th Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
4th Overall Tour de France
1st Jersey white.svg Young rider classification
4th Overall Tour de Yorkshire
6th La Drôme Classic
7th Overall Critérium du Dauphiné
7th Classic Sud-Ardèche
1st GP Industria & Artigianato di Larciano
2nd Milano–Torino
4th Overall Volta a Catalunya
5th Overall Tour de Pologne
8th Liège–Bastogne–Liège
9th Overall Giro d'Italia
Held Jersey white.svg after Stages 18–20
9th Prueba Villafranca de Ordizia
2nd Overall Critérium du Dauphiné
1st Stage 7
4th Overall Tour of California
4th Overall Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana
5th Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
1st Stage 5
1st Jersey red.svg Overall CRO Race
1st Jersey green.svg Mountains classification
1st Stage 5
2nd Overall Volta a Catalunya
1st Stage 3
2nd Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
1st Stage 1 (TTT)
3rd Milano–Torino
4th Liège–Bastogne–Liège
5th Overall Tour of the Basque Country
1st Jersey white dots on red.svg Mountains classification
1st Stage 6
5th Overall Vuelta a Andalucía
8th Overall Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana
1st Stage 4
1st Jersey red.svg Overall UAE Tour
1st Stage 3

General classification results timeline[edit]

Grand Tour general classification results
Grand Tour 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Jersey pink.svg Giro d'Italia 9
Jersey yellow.svg Tour de France 50 4 29 29
Jersey red.svg Vuelta a España 82 34 45
Major stage race general classification results
Race 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Jersey yellow.svg Paris–Nice Has not yet contested during career
Jersey blue.svg Tirreno–Adriatico 9 19 DNF 5 2
MaillotVolta.png Volta a Catalunya 23 4 DNF 2 NH
Jersey yellow.svg Tour of the Basque Country 76 DNF 32 5 NH
Jersey yellow.svg Tour de Romandie Has not yet contested during career
Jersey yellow-bluebar.svg Critérium du Dauphiné 6 20 7 2 DNF
Jersey yellow.svg Tour de Suisse Has not yet contested during career

Classics results timeline[edit]

Monument 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Milan–San Remo Has not yet contested during career
Tour of Flanders
Liège–Bastogne–Liège 56 8 4
Giro di Lombardia DNF 56 74 29 15
Classic 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Amstel Gold Race DNF
La Flèche Wallonne 97 DNF DNF
Clásica de San Sebastián 43 1 16 DNF
Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec 32 72 21
Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal 2 DNF 14
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish


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