The Briton twins, Adam and Simon Yates will be missing in action during the Tour de France of this season as they look to focus their attention on the Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a Espana.
In the 2016 Tour de France, Adam Yates won the white jersey as the best young rider in the event. Neither of the twins has ever competed in two Grand Tours in a single year before.
Adam came fourth in the general classification of the Tour de France for last year, but Matt White, his Orica-Scott team boss says that the brothers have been long interested in skipping the 2017 Tour de France race.
“We want to give the guys a bigger foundation for the future,” said Matt White.
Vincenzo Nibali of Italy will be returning to the Giro d’Italia in May to defend his title, while Nairo Quintana – winner of the title in 2014 – will be amongst the field as well.