Adam Yates (cyclist)
Yates at the 2015 Tour of Alberta
|Full name||Adam Richard Yates|
|Born||7 August 1992|
|Height||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|Weight||58 kg (128 lb; 9 st 2 lb)|
Adam Richard Yates (born 7 August 1992) is a British road and track racing cyclist, who currently rides for UCI WorldTeam Mitchelton–Scott. The twin brother of Simon Yates, Adam Yates placed fourth overall at the 2016 Tour de France and won the young rider classification, becoming the first British rider to win that classification.
Early life and amateur career
Adam and Simon took up cycling after their father John was injured in a collision with a car while riding – during his 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. Whilst Simon was selected for the British Cycling Olympic Academy programme, Adam pursued his road racing career in France with financial help from the Dave Rayner Fund.
Having spent a successful season with French amateur team CC Etupes, he joined the Australian UCI World Tour team Orica–GreenEDGE along with his brother in 2014. In his first professional race, the Tour de San Luis in Argentina, Yates finished eleventh overall and first in the young rider classification.
Yates' breakthrough results came at the Tour of Turkey in late April and early May 2014. He had been one of the team's protected riders for the general classification, along with his brother. On the third stage, he became the team's de facto team leader, after Simon crashed out of the race, resulting in a suspected broken clavicle. Yates was the only person to follow an attack by Rein Taaramäe on the final climb to Elmalı, and ultimately finished the stage in second place, six seconds down on Taaramäe after he had attacked again in the closing metres. After two stages that suited the sprinters, Yates achieved his first professional victory on the sixth stage, finishing at the House of the Virgin Mary in Selçuk. A reduced peloton had formed on the final climb from which Yates attacked with around a kilometre remaining. Yates held off the chasers – led home by Davide Formolo and Davide Rebellin, two seconds in arrears – and was able to take the leader's blue jersey from Taaramäe, who crossed the line seven seconds behind Yates. Yates held the race lead until its conclusion in Istanbul two days later; he extended his lead by a further four seconds on the final stage, as there was a split on the run-in, with only a 28-rider group being given the same time as stage winner, Mark Cavendish. He later described the victory – the first British overall win at the Tour – as "unexpected", having set out with the ambition of winning stages.
Yates next competed at the Tour of California. After being passed on the road by Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) on Stage 2, the 20-kilometre (12-mile) individual time trial around Folsom, he finished fourth on Stage 3, which finished on Mount Diablo, and fourth on Stage 6, which finished on Mountain High. Yates finished fifth overall in the general classification, 2 minutes and 14 seconds behind the winner, Wiggins. Yates' impressive[according to whom?] form continued at the Critérium du Dauphiné, where he placed eighth on the first mountain top finish on Stage 2. He finished third on Stage 5 after launching a late attack with Wilco Kelderman (Belkin Pro Cycling), and again finished third on Stage 8, a mountain-top finish at Courchevel. Yates finished the UCI World Tour race sixth overall.
Orica–GreenEDGE decided not to select Yates for the Tour de France, and he instead was rested for a few weeks. He returned to racing at the GP Industria & Artigianato in July, which he won to take his first one-day professional victory. Yates made the lead group at the Clásica de San Sebastián with Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team), Bauke Mollema (Belkin), Joaquim Rodríguez (Team Katusha) and Mikel Nieve (Team Sky), but crashed heavily on a descent with 3.5 kilometres (2.2 miles) remaining, missing out on the chance of his first World Tour victory. He made his Grand Tour debut at the 2014 Vuelta a España, which he managed to complete, finishing 82nd overall.
He was named in the start list for the 2015 Tour de France. He finished seventh on Stage 8, which finished on the Mûr-de-Bretagne, and seventh on the first mountain stage, Stage 10, which finished on the Col de la Pierre St Martin in the Pyrenees.
On 1 August 2015, Yates took his biggest victory to date by winning the Clásica de San Sebastián after attacking on the final climb as leader Greg Van Avermaet of BMC Racing Team was involved in a crash with a race motorcycle, and holding off the chasers on the descent into San Sebastián. In the confusion after Van Avermaet's crash Yates did not realise he had won, so did not initially celebrate when crossing the finishing line.
Yates was selected to ride the Tour de France. On Stage 7, Yates broke clear of the leading group of GC contenders on the descent of the Col d'Aspin, but was involved in an accident when the inflatable Flamme rouge marking 1 kilometre (0.62 miles) remaining of the stage deflated as he rode underneath it. Yates suffered cuts to his chin requiring stitches, but after the stage results were revised to give him the 7 second advantage he had over the peloton with 3 kilometres (1.9 miles) to go, Yates rose to second overall and took the white jersey as leader of the Young rider classification from Julian Alaphilippe (Etixx–Quick-Step). On Stage 9, which was the first mountain top finish of the race at Andorre Arcalis, Yates finished tenth, leading home a select group of GC contenders including Chris Froome (Team Sky), Nairo Quintana (Movistar Team), Richie Porte (BMC Racing Team) and Dan Martin (Etixx–Quick-Step). This meant Yates sat second overall going into the first rest day, 16 seconds behind Froome, and led the young rider classification by 39 seconds. Yates finished in 4th place 21 seconds behind Nairo Quintana's podium place. Nevertheless Yates clinched the white jersey over 2 minutes ahead of Louis Meintjes (Lampre–Merida).
He was named in the start list for the Giro d'Italia, finishing 9th after being caught up in a crash in the early stages of the tour. He was narrowly edged out of the young rider classification victory by Bob Jungels, during a final stage time trial.
Yates came second in the general classification at the Critérium du Dauphiné, having won stage 7. He was Mitchelton–Scott's leader at the Tour de France, but finished 29th in the general classification. He came second on stage 16, having crashed while in the lead on the final descent, and was passed by mountains jersey wearer Julian Alaphilippe.
Yates finished second in the general classification at the Volta a Catalunya, and won stage 3. Prior to this, Yates finished second overall at Tirreno–Adriatico, losing the race lead, by one second to Primož Roglič, in a final stage individual time trial. Yates was again the team leader for Mitchelton–Scott at the Tour de France, supported by his brother, but he repeated his 29th place finish from the previous year.
- 1st Madison (with Simon Yates), National Junior Track Championships
- National Track Championships
- 3rd Scratch race, National Track Championships
- 2nd Overall Tour de l'Avenir
- 2nd Grand Prix de Soultz–sous–Forêts
- 3rd Overall Tour de Franche-Comté
- 1st Stage 3
- 8th Paris–Troyes
- 1st Overall Tour of Turkey
- 1st Stage 6
- 1st GP Industria & Artigianato di Larciano
- 1st Young rider classification Tour de San Luis
- 5th Overall Tour of California
- 5th Giro di Toscana
- 6th Overall Critérium du Dauphiné
- 1st Clásica de San Sebastián
- 2nd Overall Tour of Alberta
- 2nd Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal
- 9th Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
- 4th Overall Tour de France
- 4th Overall Tour de Yorkshire
- 6th La Drôme Classic
- 7th Overall Critérium du Dauphiné
- 7th Classic Sud-Ardèche
- 1st GP Industria & Artigianato di Larciano
- 2nd Milano–Torino
- 4th Overall Volta a Catalunya
- 5th Overall Tour de Pologne
- 8th Liège–Bastogne–Liège
- 9th Overall Giro d'Italia
- 9th Prueba Villafranca de Ordizia
- 2nd Overall Critérium du Dauphiné
- 1st Stage 7
- 4th Overall Tour of California
- 4th Overall Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana
- 5th Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
- 1st Stage 5
- 1st Overall CRO Race
- 2nd Overall Volta a Catalunya
- 1st Stage 3
- 2nd Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
- 1st Stage 1 (TTT)
- 3rd Milano–Torino
- 4th Liège–Bastogne–Liège
- 5th Overall Tour of the Basque Country
- 5th Overall Vuelta a Andalucía
- 8th Overall Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana
- 1st Stage 4
General classification results timeline
|Grand Tour general classification results|
|Tour de France||—||50||4||—||29||29|
|Vuelta a España||82||—||—||34||45||—|
|Major stage race general classification results|
|Paris–Nice||Has not yet contested during career|
|Volta a Catalunya||23||—||—||4||DNF||2|
|Tour of the Basque Country||76||DNF||32||—||—||5|
|Tour de Romandie||Has not yet contested during career|
|Critérium du Dauphiné||6||20||7||—||2||DNF|
|Tour de Suisse||Has not yet contested during career|
Classics results timeline
|Milan–San Remo||Has not yet contested during career|
|Tour of Flanders|
|Giro di Lombardia||DNF||56||—||74||29||15|
|Amstel Gold Race||—||—||DNF||—||—||—|
|La Flèche Wallonne||97||—||DNF||—||—||DNF|
|Clásica de San Sebastián||43||1||16||—||—||DNF|
|Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec||—||32||72||—||—||21|
|Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal||—||2||DNF||—||—||14|
|—||Did not compete|
|DNF||Did not finish|
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