Adam Yates to support his brother Simon at Vuelta a España
Aug 14 2018 12:23 am CET

Adam Yates to support his brother Simon at Vuelta a España
Adam Yates to support his brother Simon at Vuelta a España
Photo of Simon Yates by Mitchelton-Scott

Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) is set to join his brother Simon at the upcoming Vuelta a España.

In the absence of Esteban Chaves, Adam will complete the team that will support his brother in the last grand tour of the season. "We discussed post-Tour de France the idea to race Adam as well," commented sports director Julian Dean. "Obviously the Tour de France wasn’t what we’d hoped for Adam, but what it did highlight is that there are some things to work on, with him but also for the whole team in general.

"The idea is to continue the development of Adam and Simon by taking them both to the Vuelta, giving them another Grand Tour experience and trying to target the areas that we haven't got right, including getting some consistency across the three weeks."

Adam Yates is glad about getting more experience riding big races in one season. "The Vuelta a Espana wasn’t originally on my program but together with the management we came to the decision that doing the Vuelta after the Tour would be another good chance to get some experience in riding multiple Grand Tours in one year," said the Briton.

"It’s pretty difficult to replicate the fatigue of a Grand Tour in training so the opportunity of riding the Vuelta without the stress of riding GC will be a good step towards gaining more experience not just in racing over three weeks but also in following all the routines and day-to-day stuff that goes on in a Grand Tour."

Simon looks forward to the race and to the challenge of riding it just before the World Championships. "I have been slowly building towards this for the second part of the year and I hope to arrive in great shape," he explained. "At Poland last week I was getting better with each stage so I’m looking forward to starting.

"My preparation has been very different to the Giro d’Italia because like a few guys that will line up in Spain, I have one eye on the world championships later this year so it will be interesting to see how my body responds but as always I’ll give it my all to achieve a great result."




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