Simon Yates – “The team really understand us as riders.”Wed 22 Feb 2017
Today confirmed that 2016 Vuelta a Espana stage winner Simon Yates would take on a new challenge of two Grand Tours – the Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a Espana – in 2017.
For ORICA-SCOTT, the ‘double’ is an important step up in load for the young British climber to make for a stronger rider in the future. For Yates, the benefits are clear.
“From a purely physical standpoint, I think this year can really benefit me for the future,” the 24-year-old said.
“It’s a big load to do two Grand Tours, and ever since I have been a professional I have only done one Grand Tour per year. I really think it will help massively for the future as I progress as a rider.”
As the 100th edition, the 2017 Giro d’Italia is attracting an all-star line up. It is a line up that sport’s director Matt White suggested could be ‘the best field ever assembled’ but Yates is confident he and brother Adam are up for the challenge.
“It will be pretty awesome to experience the 100th edition (of the Giro d’Italia),” Yates said. “I’m sure it is going to be something special and I think that’s one of the reasons so many big names are turning up. That will make it a harder challenge, but bring it on.”
Despite recognising some will be surprised from his absence at the Tour de France, Yates said there is more to look forward to and that he and the team were on track for their long-term goals.
“The Tour is the biggest race we race, but we are still young riders,” Yates said. “It’s good to experience something else, I experienced the Vuelta last year and it was great, and I want to experience the whole calendar.”
“The team really understand us as riders. They understand that we are young, that it takes time to develop into GC riders and build up that endurance to last for three-weeks. Because of that, the results have been good, but there’s still not a lot of pressure to get results. They understand that we are young and that we want to do well. We don’t need motivation to go for big results and that goes a long way to preparing us as riders.”