ADAM & SIMON YATES TO MISS TOUR DE FRANCE
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.
“Two Grand Tours is something I have never done and it’s a new challenge. The 100th edition gives the Giro some big prestige this year. If we can get as close to the podium as possible, that is the aim,” Adam said.
Serving a four-month ban after failing a drugs test due to the use of an asthma inhaler, Simon Yates was forced to miss the Tour de France of last year.
The Giro begins in Sardinia on May 5 while on August 19, the Vuelta a Espana will kick off in Nimes, France.
The 2016 edition of the Vuelta was won by Nairo Quintana, whilst the 2015 edition was claimed by Fabio Aru in what was his first Grand Tour win and with retired Luxembourg rider, Frank Schleck winning the first stage of the race.