Simon Yates replaces Chaves at Tour de France squad
Apr 21 2017 12:00 am CET

Simon Yates replaces Chaves at Tour de France squad

Orica-Scott has announced a change in the team's program for the season, by choosing Simon Yates to be the leader for the Tour de France. The Briton replaces Esteban Chaves as the main man for the squad at the French Grand Tour.

Back in February, the Australian team announced that Adam and Simon Yates were to lead in the Giro d'Italia, Chaves in the Tour and the three together at the Vuelta a España. But changes have had to be made following the Colombian's knee injury, which left him off the bike for a few weeks.

"We are confident that Esteban has made a full recovery from his knee injury and is now back into his Tour de France preparation," said Sport Director Matt White. "What we don't know at the moment is how that time off and lack of racing will affect his performance over the three weeks.

"The Tour de France is the biggest race of the year and we have been able to come up with a plan that will benefit our young GC riders, and the team ambitions for the season," he added.

Simon Yates already knows what it is like to win a stage in a Grand Tour, after getting the victory at the sixth stage of the 2016 Vuelta a España, and the decision also removes some of the pressure on Chaves. "Simon will be given the opportunity to line up in his third Tour de France and the pressure on Esteban will be eased a bit as he prepares for his debut. Adam will continue in his preparations for the Giro in a few weeks' time."

The objective of the team is that the Yates brothers will fight for the young classification jersey at their respective races. "The new program will give Simon and Adam both opportunities to look at white jerseys this year - Adam at the Giro and Simon at the Tour de France. That is something we will certainly be aiming for as we ride for the best general classification results possible for our young climbers."

The three young talents should still be together at the Vuelta a España, but this will be confirmed after the first two Grand Tours.
Photo of Simon Yates by CyclingPub / Mary Cardenas




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