Tour de France - Simon Yates glad to take White Jersey a year after his brother
Jul 23 2017 10:03 pm CET

Tour de France - Simon Yates glad to take White Jersey a year after his brother

One year ago, Adam Yates wore the White Jersey of the Young Classification of the Tour de France. Now it's the turn of his twin brother, Simon.

The Yates brothers are the first ones in history to win the same title. "I think it's a great thing," said Simon. "I hope it's one of those things that we look back on and see it as a great achievement that we've won the white jersey as brothers back-to-back."

Yates finishes in the seventh position of the overall standings and stood on the Champs-Elysees' podium as the best young rider. "I tried when I could to attack but also saved energy by staying in the wheels when it was the right time too.

"Whenever I have the opportunity to attack I like to race aggressive. I think it's great for the fans, but riding GC is also about picking the right time to do that and the right time to sit back and I am learning that," the Briton commented.

The main rival for the White Jersey was UAE-Team Emirates' Louis Meintjes, who finished the race at more than two minutes from Yates. "A lot of things have contributed to this throughout the three weeks. I had a good prologue and it was actually earlier in the race when I made the most difference. Louis had a great ride and clawed a lot of time back on me but I managed to hang on.

"The team did a fantastic job from the very beginning. They know me, they know how I ride and I want to thank them for everything they've done the past few weeks," the rider concluded.
Photo of Simon Yates (cropped) by ORICA-BikeExchange



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