Simon Yates (cyclist)

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Simon Yates
Yates in the King of the Mountains jersey of the 2014 Tour of Alberta
Personal information
Full name Simon Philip Yates[1]
Born (1992-08-07) 7 August 1992 (age 26)[2]
Bury, Greater Manchester, England, UK
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)[2]
Weight 58 kg (128 lb; 9.1 st)[2]
Team information
Current team Mitchelton–Scott
Discipline Track and road
Role Rider
Rider type Climber
All-rounder (road)[3]
Endurance (track)
Amateur team(s)
2013 100% me[4]
Professional team(s)
2014– Mitchelton–Scott
Major wins

Grand Tours

Tour de France
Young rider classification (2017)
Giro d'Italia
3 individual stages (2018)
Vuelta a España
1 individual stage (2016)

One-day races and Classics

GP Miguel Indurain (2017)

Simon Yates (born 7 August 1992) is a British road and track racing cyclist. He currently competes for the Mitchelton–Scott team.[5] His twin brother is Adam Yates, who is also a cyclist.


Early career[edit]

Yates in 2012

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,[6] 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 Simon 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.[7]

He won the gold medal in the points race at the 2013 Track World Championships.[8]

Simon 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.[9] Simon added another stage victory the following day,[10] 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 date, sprinting clear of a nine-man group at the finish, which included Bradley Wiggins and Nairo Quintana.[11][12] Yates finished third overall in the Tour of Britain, and was the best rider in the under-23 classification.[13]

Orica–GreenEDGE (2014–present)[edit]


Yates along with his brother joined the Australian UCI World Tour team Orica–GreenEDGE in 2014.[5] 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.[14] He recovered to take seventh overall and the Young Riders 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.[15] Yates featured in two breakaways during his Grand Tour debut, before being withdrawn by his team on the second rest day.[16]


In April 2015 Yates finished fifth overall in the Tour of the Basque Country.[17] Later that month he rode the Tour de Romandie and placed sixth overall. In June 2015 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.[18]

He was again selected for the 2015 Tour de France, this time alongside his brother Adam.[19] 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.[20]


Yates served a four-month doping ban during 2016, his team took full responsibility for this blaming an "administrative error". Following the expiry of his doping suspension, he was named in the startlist for the 2016 Vuelta a España.[21] 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.

Yates at the 2016 Paris-Nice


Yates wearing the White Jersey at the 2017 Tour de France

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 World Tour stage-race at the time.[22] 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.


Simon Yates has confirmed his and the team's plans for him participating in the Giro d'Italia and the Vuelta a España.[23]

In March, Yates won Stage 7 of the 2018 Paris–Nice, a mountain top finish to Valdeblore La Colmiane, to take the overall race lead going into the final stage. However, on Stage 8 Marc Soler of Movistar Team, who started the final stage 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.[citation needed]

Later that month, Yates won stage 7 of the Volta a Catalunya after attacking multiple times on the 6.6-kilometre laps of the hilly final circuit through the Montjuic Park. By doing so he finished fourth overall in the race.[24]

Yates wearing the Maglia rosa at the 2018 Giro d'Italia

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.[25] Yates placed seventh in the opening 9.7km individual time trial in Jerusalem, 20 seconds down on the defending champion and world time trial champion Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb).[26] On Stage 6 to Mount Etna, Yates took the race lead after finishing second behind teammate Chaves. Yates attacked from the group of favourites 1.5km from the summit and caught Chaves, who had been part of the day's breakaway, in sight of the line, but waved Chaves through to claim the stage honours.[citation needed]The result meant Yates held the Maglia rosa over Dumoulin in second, and over Chaves in third place. Yates won stage 9 after accelerating away with 100m to go on the summit finish to Gran Sasso d'Italia, extending his lead over Chaves, and Dumoulin.[27] Yates extended his lead further on Stage 10, but teammate Chaves dropped out of contention after finishing 25 minutes down after being dropped on the first climb.[28] Yates claimed his second stage victory on Stage 11, attacking with 1.5km to go and holding off the pursuit of Dumoulin to win on hill top finish in Osimo. Yates increased his lead over Dumoulin.[29] 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.[30] Yates pedaled to a sensational[according to whom?]solo win on stage 15 to Sappada, attacking with 18km remaining. This victory saw his lead over Dumoulin increase.[31] On Stage 17, a 34.2km individual time trial m Trento to Rovereto, Yates held on to his overall lead over Dumoulin.[32] On stage 18 to Prato Nevoso Yates displayed the initial signs[according to whom?] of weakness, cracking on the final slopes of the summit finishes and losing 28 second to all of his other general classification rivals.[33] Stage 19 of the race had been classified as the 'queen stage' of the race, with three focussed climbs in the latter half of the stage. These included the half paved-half gravel climb of the Colle delle Finestre, followed by the climb to Sestriere and the final uphill finish too Bardonecchia. Yates cracked on the lower slopes of the Finestre, before Froome launched a solo attack with 80km 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 Tom Domoulin.[34] Yates lost over 38 minutes to Froome and dropped to 17th overall.[35] He eventually finished the race 21st overall, 1 hour and 15 minutes behind the winner Froome.[36]

Doping ban[edit]

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,[37] where he finished seventh overall.[38] Orica-GreenEDGE's owner Gerry Ryan accused the British governing body of leaking the news of Yates's failed drug test to the press, and critized the organisation for doing so.[39] 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.[37] 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.[40]

On 17 June, the UCI decided to issue a four-month ban for the "presence and use of the specified prohibited substance terbutaline" [41] backdated from 12 March (the date the positive sample was collected), preventing Yates from competing at the 2016 Tour de France.[42]

Career achievements[edit]

Major results[edit]

UCI Junior Track World Championships
1st Jersey rainbow.svg Madison (with Dan McLay)
2nd Silver medal blank.svg Team pursuit
National Track Championships
2nd Silver medal blank.svg Points race
2nd Silver medal blank.svg Scratch race
1st Stage 6 Tour de l'Avenir
1st Six Days of Ghent Future Stars (with Owain Doull)
1st Pro-Am Classic
2nd Silver medal blank.svg Omnium, National Track Championships
3rd Bronze medal blank.svg Team pursuit – Beijing, UCI Track World Cup
9th Overall Thüringen Rundfahrt der U23
National Track Championships
1st MaillotReinoUnido.PNG Madison (with Mark Christian)
1st MaillotReinoUnido.PNG Team pursuit
1st Jersey rainbow.svg Points race, UCI Track World Championships
1st MaillotReinoUnido.PNG Road race, National Under–23 Road Championships
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Arden Challenge
1st Stage 4
3rd Overall Tour of Britain
1st Stage 6
3rd La Côte Picarde
9th Overall An Post Rás
1st Jersey white.svg Young rider classification
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 Jersey polkadot.svg Mountains classification Tour of Alberta
3rd Road race, National Road Championships
7th Overall Tour of Slovenia
1st Jersey white.svg Young rider classification
5th Overall Critérium du Dauphiné
1st Jersey white.svg Young rider classification
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 Clásica de San Sebastián
1st GP Miguel Indurain
2nd Overall Tour de Romandie
1st Stage 4
7th Overall Tour de France
1st Jersey white.svg Young rider classification
9th Overall Paris–Nice
1st Stage 6
Giro d'Italia
1st Stages 9, 11 & 15
Held Jersey pink.svg after Stages 6–18
Held Jersey blue.svg after Stages 9–18
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

General classification results timeline[edit]

Grand Tour general classification results
Grand Tour 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Jersey pink.svg Giro d'Italia 21
Jersey yellow.svg Tour de France DNF 89 7
Jersey red.svg Vuelta a España 6 44
Major stage race general classification results
Race 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Jersey yellow.svg Paris–Nice 44 29 DSQ 9 2
Jersey blue.svg Tirreno–Adriatico
MaillotVolta.png Volta a Catalunya 4
Jersey yellow.svg Tour of the Basque Country 11 5 DNF 22
Jersey yellow.svg Tour de Romandie 6 2
Jersey yellow-bluebar.svg Critérium du Dauphiné 5 13
Jersey yellow.svg Tour de Suisse
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish
DSQ Disqualified


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