Simon Yates (cyclist)
|Full name||Simon Philip Yates|
|Born||7 August 1992|
Bury, Greater Manchester, England
|Height||1.72 m (5 ft 7+1⁄2 in)|
|Weight||59 kg (130 lb; 9 st 4 lb)|
|Current team||Team BikeExchange|
Simon Philip Yates (born 7 August 1992) is a British road and track racing cyclist, who currently rides for UCI WorldTeam Team BikeExchange. His twin brother is Adam Yates, who is also a professional cyclist. He won the gold medal in the points race at the 2013 Track Cycling World Championships. Following a doping ban in 2016, he won the young rider classification in the 2017 Tour de France and the general classification in the 2018 Vuelta a España. Yates has also won multiple stages at each of cycling's three grand tours.
The brothers took up cycling after their father John was injured in a collision with a car while riding. During John's 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.
At the age of 18, Yates was selected by British Cycling for its Olympic Academy programme. He was also selected for the England team for the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, where his room-mate was Chris Froome.
Yates made his breakthrough on the road in 2013 riding for the British national team. Along with brother Adam, he competed at the 2013 Tour de l'Avenir for the Great Britain national team, where Simon won the race's fifth stage, ahead of Adam. Simon added another stage victory the following day, and finished the race tenth overall.
He was then selected as part of the British national team to take part in the Tour of Britain. He competed well throughout the race and on stage six he took his biggest win to that point, on the summit finish at Haytor, sprinting clear of a nine-man group, which included Bradley Wiggins and Nairo Quintana. Yates finished third overall in the race, and was the best rider in the under-23 classification.
Yates along with his brother joined the Australian UCI World Tour team Orica–GreenEDGE in 2014. He finished 12th overall in one of his first World Tour races, the Tour of the Basque Country. Yates suffered a broken collarbone on Stage 3 of the Tour of Turkey. He recovered to take seventh overall and the young rider classification in the Tour of Slovenia in June. He was a surprise selection for the Orica–GreenEDGE team for the 2014 Tour de France, with only 5 days' notice, and was one of only 4 British riders to take to the Grand Depart startline in Leeds. Yates featured in two breakaways during his Grand Tour debut, before being withdrawn by his team on the second rest day.
In April 2015 Yates finished fifth overall in the Tour of the Basque Country. Later that month he rode the Tour de Romandie and placed sixth overall. In June, Yates finished fifth overall in the Critérium du Dauphiné after finishing second behind Chris Froome on the final stage, a summit finish at Modane. By doing so Yates also won the white jersey as best young rider.
He was again selected for the Tour de France, this time alongside his brother Adam. Simon placed eighth on Stage 3, which finished on the Mur de Huy, and eleventh on Stage 20, the queen stage of the race finishing on Alpe d'Huez.
In March, Yates finished seventh overall at Paris–Nice, however, in April it emerged that Yates had tested positive for the banned substance terbutaline in an in-competition test during the race. Yates was disqualified from the race and served a four-month doping ban during 2016; his team took full responsibility for this blaming an "administrative error". The ban meant Yates missed the Tour de France, where his brother Adam finished fourth overall and won the young rider classification.
Following the expiry of his doping suspension, he was named in the startlist for the Vuelta a España. In stage 6 Yates, seeing an opportunity, escaped from a breakaway group to win a solo stage victory – the first of the Yates brothers to take a Grand Tour stage victory.
2017 saw Yates collect stage wins at two prestigious stage races, Paris–Nice and the Tour de Romandie. He placed second at the latter, his highest finish in a UCI World Tour stage-race at the time. He finished 7th overall at the Tour de France and won the young rider classification, matching the feat achieved by his twin brother a year prior.
2018: Grand Tour success
Yates confirmed his and the team's plans for him participating in the Giro d'Italia and the Vuelta a España. In March, Yates won Stage 7 of the Paris–Nice, a mountain top finish to Valdeblore La Colmiane, to take the overall race lead going into the final stage. However, Marc Soler of the Movistar Team, who started 37 seconds down on Yates in sixth place overall, attacked around halfway into the stage along with compatriot David de la Cruz (Team Sky); the duo joined Omar Fraile (Astana) at the head of the race, and the trio managed to stay clear of the rest of the field by the time they reached Nice. As de la Cruz and Fraile contested stage honours, Soler finished third – acquiring four bonus seconds on the finish in addition to three gained at an earlier intermediate sprint – and with a 35-second gap to Yates and the remaining general classification contenders, it was enough to give Soler victory over Yates by four seconds. Later that month, Yates won stage 7 of the Volta a Catalunya after attacking multiple times on the 6.6-kilometre (4.1-mile)-long final circuit through the Montjuïc Park; he finished fourth overall.
Yates entered the Giro d'Italia as joint leader of Mitchelton–Scott with Esteban Chaves, supported by a strong climbing focused team including Roman Kreuziger, Mikel Nieve and Jack Haig. Yates placed seventh in the opening 9.7-kilometre (6.0-mile) individual time trial in Jerusalem, 20 seconds down on defending race winner Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb). On Stage 6 to Mount Etna, Yates took the race lead after finishing second behind teammate Chaves; Yates attacked from the group of favourites 1.5 kilometres (0.93 miles) from the summit and caught Chaves, who had been part of the day's breakaway, in sight of the line, but allowed Chaves to take the stage honours. The result meant Yates held the Maglia rosa over Dumoulin in second, and Chaves in third place. Yates won stage 9 after accelerating away with 100 metres (330 feet) to go on the summit finish to Gran Sasso d'Italia, extending his lead over Chaves and Dumoulin. Yates extended his lead further on Stage 10, but teammate Chaves lost 25 minutes after being dropped on the first climb. Yates claimed his second stage victory on Stage 11, attacking with 1.5 kilometres (0.93 miles) to go and holding off the pursuit of Dumoulin to win on a hill top finish in Osimo, increasing his lead.
On Stage 14, Yates finished second behind Chris Froome (Team Sky) on Monte Zoncolan. With six bonus seconds for finishing second, Yates extended his overall advantage over Dumoulin, whilst his gap over Froome was 3 minutes, 10 seconds. Yates pedaled to a solo win on stage 15 to Sappada, attacking with 18 kilometres (11 miles) remaining, increasing his lead over Dumoulin. After holding his lead through the 34.2-kilometre (21.3-mile) individual time trial held as stage 17, Yates cracked on the final climb to Prato Nevoso on stage 18, losing 28 seconds to all of his other general classification rivals. Stage 19 had been classified as the 'queen stage' of the race, with three focussed climbs in the latter half of the stage: the half paved-half gravel climb of the Colle delle Finestre, followed by the climb to Sestriere and the final uphill finish to Bardonecchia. Yates cracked on the lower slopes of the Finestre, before Froome launched a solo attack with 80 kilometres (50 miles) left of the stage. Froome's advantage grew throughout the second half of the stage, culminating in him taking a stage victory of more than three minutes and thereby also taking the overall race lead, 40 seconds ahead of Dumoulin. Yates lost over 38 minutes to Froome and dropped to 17th overall. He eventually finished the race 21st overall, 1 hour and 15 minutes behind the winner Froome.
After the Giro, Yates made his return to racing at the Prueba Villafranca de Ordizia, where he finished second behind team-mate Robert Power. He subsequently returned to WorldTour competition at the Tour de Pologne in August, where he won the race's closing stage with a solo attack and finished second overall behind Michał Kwiatkowski. Yates was Mitchelton–Scott's team leader for the Vuelta a España, with support from his brother. Yates moved into third place on the general classification after stage 4, the first mountain stage, ten seconds behind leader Kwiatkowski. On the ninth stage, Yates took the leader's red jersey from Rudy Molard going into the first rest day. However he lost the lead on stage 12, when Mitchelton–Scott elected not to close down a large breakaway, with the red jersey being taken by Jesús Herrada with Yates in second and Alejandro Valverde in third. The following day, Yates cut nearly two minutes from Herrada's lead, and he then took victory on the fourteenth stage, reclaiming the overall lead. He extended his lead during stages 16 (an individual time trial) and 19, and on the last mountain stage, Yates attacked his rivals on the penultimate climb, joining Miguel Ángel López and Nairo Quintana alongside Enric Mas at the head of the race. He eventually finishing third on the stage behind Mas and López, who moved up into second and third overall after Valverde and Steven Kruijswijk lost significant time. He went on to safely cross the finish line in Madrid to secure his overall victory.
Yates previously considered time-trialling to be a weakness, and slowly improved since his junior years. He had improved in 2019, with his first win in the discipline coming on a hilly course at Paris–Nice. Yates returned to the Giro d'Italia aiming for the general classification. He entered the race, publicly stating that he considered himself as "the number one favourite" for the race. He started, showing superb[according to whom?] form on the opening stage, an individual time-trial in Bologna, where he finished second behind Primož Roglič. Yates' hopes of the overall win looked all but over after a disastrous[according to whom?] stage 9 time-trial that saw him lose over 3 minutes, dropping to 24th overall. He lost further time on stage 13 up to Serrù Lake. Despite a second-place finish on stage 19, he finished 8th overall and described it as heartbreaking.
He rode the Tour de France, in support of his brother's general classification ambition, but Simon was allowed a day off domestique duty,[failed verification] and won stage 12 into Bagnères-de-Bigorre in a 3 up sprint against Pello Bilbao and Gregor Mühlberger. Unfortunately for Adam, his general classification hopes faded after losing time on the individual time-trial and the climb to Col du Tourmalet. These general classification losses freed up Simon as the team refocused on stage wins, and he added another mountain stage win after a ferocious[according to whom?] solo attack on stage 15, taking Mitchelton–Scott's tally to 3 before the second rest day.
In September 2020, Yates won the 2020 Tirreno-Adriatico beating Geraint Thomas and becoming the first British winner of the race. In the following month, Yates started the 2020 Giro d'Italia. However, he had to abandon the race before the start of stage 8, after he tested positive for COVID-19.
In April 2016 it emerged that Yates had tested positive for the banned substance terbutaline in an in-competition test during Paris–Nice the previous month, where he finished seventh overall. Orica–GreenEDGE's owner Gerry Ryan accused British Cycling of leaking the news of Yates' failed drug test to the press, and criticised the organisation for doing so. In a statement, Orica–GreenEDGE claimed full responsibility for the test result, saying that the team's doctor had failed to apply for a therapeutic use exemption for an asthma inhaler used by Yates which triggered the positive test. Subsequently, the international governing body UCI issued a statement indicating that Yates would not be provisionally suspended from competition due to the substance he had tested positive for.
On 17 June, the UCI decided to issue a four-month ban for the "presence and use of the specified prohibited substance terbutaline"  backdated from 12 March (the date the positive sample was collected), preventing Yates from competing at the 2016 Tour de France.
- UCI Junior Track World Championships
- 1st Madison (with Daniel McLay)
- 2nd Team pursuit
- 1st Madison (with Adam Yates), National Junior Track Championships
- National Track Championships
- 1st Six Days of Ghent Future Stars (with Owain Doull)
- 1st Pro-Am Classic
- 1st Stage 6 Tour de l'Avenir
- 2nd Omnium, National Track Championships
- 3rd Team pursuit – Beijing, UCI Track World Cup
- 9th Overall Thüringen Rundfahrt der U23
- National Track Championships
- 1st Points race, UCI Track World Championships
- 1st Road race, National Under-23 Road Championships
- 1st Overall Arden Challenge
- 1st Stage 4
- 3rd Overall Tour of Britain
- 1st Stage 6
- 3rd La Côte Picarde
- 9th Overall An Post Rás
- 10th Overall Tour de l'Avenir
- 1st Stages 5 & 6
- 10th Overall Flèche du Sud
- 10th Overall Thüringen Rundfahrt der U23
- 10th Overall Czech Cycling Tour
- 1st Mountains classification Tour of Alberta
- 3rd Road race, National Road Championships
- 7th Overall Tour of Slovenia
- 5th Overall Critérium du Dauphiné
- 5th Overall Tour of the Basque Country
- 6th Overall Tour de Romandie
- 1st Prueba Villafranca de Ordizia
- 2nd Circuito de Getxo
- 4th Overall Vuelta a Burgos
- 6th Overall Vuelta a España
- 1st Stage 6
7th Overall Paris–Nice
- 7th Clásica de San Sebastián
- 1st GP Miguel Induráin
- 2nd Overall Tour de Romandie
- 1st Stage 4
- 7th Overall Tour de France
- 9th Overall Paris–Nice
- 1st Stage 6
- 1st UCI World Tour
- 1st Overall Vuelta a España
- 1st Combination classification
- 1st Stage 14
- Giro d'Italia
- 2nd Overall Paris–Nice
- 1st Stage 7
- 2nd Overall Tour de Pologne
- 1st Stage 7
- 2nd Prueba Villafranca de Ordizia
- 4th Overall Volta a Catalunya
- 1st Stage 7
- Tour de France
- 1st Stages 12 & 15
- Vuelta a Andalucía
- 1st Stage 5 (ITT) Paris–Nice
- 8th Overall Giro d'Italia
- 1st Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
- 1st Stage 5
- 3rd Overall Tour de Pologne
- 7th Overall Tour Down Under
- 10th Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race
- 1st Overall Tour of the Alps
- 1st Stage 2
- 9th Overall Volta a Catalunya
- 10th Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
General classification results timeline
|Grand Tour general classification results|
|Tour de France||DNF||89||—||7||—||49||—|
|Vuelta a España||—||—||6||44||1||—||—|
|Major stage race general classification results|
|Volta a Catalunya||—||—||—||—||4||13||NH||9|
|Tour of the Basque Country||11||5||DNF||22||—||—||—|
|Tour de Romandie||—||6||—||2||—||—||—|
|Critérium du Dauphiné||—||5||—||13||—||—||—|
|Tour de Suisse||Has not contested during his career||NH|
Classics results timeline
|Tour of Flanders||Has not contested during his career|
|Giro di Lombardia||DNF||18||—||—||—||—||—|
|La Flèche Wallonne||78||62||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|Clásica de San Sebastián||DNF||14||7||18||—||DNF||NH|
|Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec||22||82||—||—||—||—|
|Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal||36||16||—||—||—||—|
|—||Did not compete|
|DNF||Did not finish|
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The Briton's vicious attack with 1,500 metres remaining saw him put 26 seconds into Chris Froome (Sky), Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) et al., but he granted the stage win to Chaves at the summit.
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