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Nationality: English

Age: 24 (07/08/92)

Height: 1.72m

Weight: 58kg

Turned Pro: 2014

Team: Orica-BikeExchange

Based: Girona

Strengths: Climbing

 

Simon Yates was born in Bury, England in 1992. He and his twin brother Adam, who is also an international cyclist, were introduced to the sport by their parents at an early age. The cycling gene most likely came from his dad John who enjoyed success on the bike at club level and also ran competitively for local athletics team Horwich RMI Harriers. Simon's first taste of competitive cycling came aged nine when he recalls visiting the National cycling centre in nearby Manchester and being fascinated by the spectacle. Shortly afterwards he joined Eastlands Velo - the club whose former members include triple Olympic champion, Jason Kenny.

Simon excelled at underage level, collecting a cluster of club titles at Bury Clarion. He became a member of the endurance academy programme at British Cycling and won a Junior Track World Championship in 2010, where he teamed up with Dan McLay in the madison. He also competed for England at the Commonwealth Games that same year. In 2011 he quickly gained a reputation as a talented rider with a string of impressive results, including a stage victory at the Tour de l'Avenir, a race known as the 'baby Tour de France'. He continued to progress in 2012, adding the Senior British madison title to his growing CV.

Despite his success, Simon still remained largely unknown to many in wider cycling circles, however this would quickly change in 2013. He shot to prominence in February winning gold at the Track World Championships, becoming Britain’s first Points race world champion since Chris Newton (his current coach) in 2002. Strong performances on the road followed, including back to back stage victories at the Tour de l'Avenir before capping off his season in style with a stage victory at the Tour of Britain.

In 2014, Simon joined UCI World Tour team Orica Green-EDGE and made an immediate impression for the Australian team with a decent showing at Paris-Nice. However a month later he broke his collarbone in a crash at the Tour of Turkey (won by twin brother Adam) and spent some time out of the saddle. He returned to action at the Tour of Slovenia, finishing 7th in the Overall GC and winning the best young riders classification. In June, Simon podiumed in the National Championship road race before making his Grand Tour debut in the Tour de France. With the race beginning in the UK, it was an incredible experience for Simon to ride in the biggest race of the season in front of home fans. He was in impressive form too, earning many plaudits for his attacking prowess against some of the best riders in the world. He is currently one of the most exciting prospects in British cycling.

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2016

  • 6th Paris-Nice: Stage 6
  • 5th Paris-Nice: Stage 7
  • 7th Paris-Nice: Overall GC
  • 1st Ordiziako Klasika
  • 7th Clasica San Sabastian
  • 4th Vuelta Ciclista a Burgos: Overall GC
  • 1st Vuelta a Espana: Stage 6

2015

  • 8th Tour of the Basque Country: Stage 3
  • 3rd Tour of the Basque Country: Stage 4
  • 12th Tour of the Basque Country: Stage 6
  • 5th Tour of the Basque Country: Overall GC
  • 9th Tour de Romandie: Stage 4
  • 12th Tour de Romandie: Stage 6
  • 6th Tour de Romandie: Overall GC
  • 5th Criterium du Dauphiné: Stages 5 & 6
  • 11th Criterium du Dauphiné: Stage 7
  • 2nd Criterium du Dauphiné: Stage 8
  • 5th Criterium du Dauphiné: Overall GC
  • 8th Tour de France: Stage 3
  • 10th Tour de France: Stage 14
  • 11th Tour de France: Stage 20
  • 84th Tour de France: Overall GC
  • 14th Clasica San Sebastian

2014

  • 15th Paris-Nice: Stage 7
  • 12th Tour of the Basque Country: Overall GC
  • 5th Tour of Slovenia: Stage 3
  • 7th Tour of Slovenia: Overall GC
  • 3rd National Championship, Road, Elite
  • 21st Tour de France: Stage 14
  • 22nd Grand Prix Cycliste de Quebec
 

2013

  • 1st World Championship, Track, Points race, Elite
  • 3rd La Cote Picarde, U23, France
  • 3rd Arden Challenge: Stage 1
  • 2nd Arden Challenge: Stages 2 & 3
  • 1st Arden Challenge: Stage 4
  • 1st Arden Challenge: Overall GC
  • 2nd Tour of the Reservoir: Stage 1
  • 4th Fleche du Sud: Stage 4
  • 3rd Fleche du Sud: Stage 5
  • 10th Fleche du Sud: Overall GC
  • 9th Ras Tailteann: Overall GC
  • 2nd Thuringen-Rundfahrt, U23: Stage 3
  • 3rd Thuringen-Rundfahrt, U23: Stage 6
  • 10th Thuringen-Rundfahrt, U23: Overall GC
  • 4th Ryedale GP, Great Britain
  • 1st Tour de l'Avenir: Stages 5 & 6
  • 10th Tour de l'Avenir: Overall GC
  • 4th Tour of Britain: Stage 2
  • 6th Tour of Britain: Stage 5
  • 1st Tour of Britain: Stage 6
  • 3rd Tour of Britain: Overall GC

2012

  • 4th Tour de Normandie: Stage 5
  • 4th Thuringen-Rundfahrt, U23: Stage 4
  • 8th Tour of Britain: Stage 6

2011

  • 3rd Beijing, Team Pursuit, China
  • 9th Thuringen-Rundfahrt, U23: Overall GC
  • 1st Twinings Tour Salisbury
  • 3rd Tour de l'Avenir: Stage 4
  • 1st Tour de l'Avenir: Stage 6

2010

  • 2nd Eddie Soens Memorial, Great Britain
  • 1st World Championship, Track, Madison, Juniors
  • 2nd World Championship, Track, Team Pursuit, Juniors
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