Report: Yates 1-2 on stage 5 of the Tour de l’Avenir


Sensational 1-2 for Simon & Adam Yates in Tour de l’Avenir on stage 5 to Morzine, Adam Yates moves up to second overall

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It was perhaps the result of the year when twins Simon and Adam Yates finished first and second on stage 5 of the prestigious Tour de l’Avenir riding in the colours of Great Britain.


Simon Yates (Great Britain) had already raised his arms in the Tour de l’Avenir in 2011 but this was even more special. The Track World Champion (Points) has been his team’s most successful rider during the season finishing 3rd in the Côte Picarde Nations Cup and top tens in Thüringen-Rundfahrt and AN Post Ras. He also rode well in the Ryedale Premier Calendar event and the RideLondon Classic.

Simon and Adam were part of a three man break with Gougeard Alexis (France) and whilst Adam took time to move himself into second overall, Simon made sure of the stage with help from Adam.

“This is a wonderful day for us, said Simon afterwards. Two years ago, when I won a stage in the Tour de l’Avenir, I was faster in the sprint because I was racing on the track, but I was also heavier in the mountains.” Simon is now lighter and faster on the climbs and it shows in the results.


“I was disappointed with my stage yesterday, because I think I could have stayed with my brother Adam in the mountains. Today, I went on the Côte de Chatillon when I saw a Danish rider attack. In the end, we had five in the break, then four, then three, because of mechanical problems.”

“The last one (Kristian Haugaard Jensen) was quick, so we were “lucky” not to take him to the sprint. My brother did a great job when he opened it up at the red kite. Today’s win I hope will help me to turn professional in 2014.”

The stage started badly for the two Britons who missed a break that escaped after only two kilometres and soon had three minutes ahead of a tightly-controlled peloton with the yellow jersey.

The race was ignited on the first climb, the Côte de Chatillon-sur-Cluses, when riders attacked such Gougeard and the Yates brothers. The trio opened up a gap and on the descent to Morzine, the Yates brothers were accompanied by Gougeard as well as three others.

Bad luck struck the latter three though with mechanical problems that eliminated them from the race for the stage win. Simon and Adam have been rumoured to have been signed to pro teams but that apparently is nothing more than conjecture based on the fact the GB academy is linked to Team Sky and Adam’s club in France is a feeder team for FDJ.

Both though have showed in many races this year, they are worthy of a pro contract and going WorldTour in their first year would not be a surprise although with several teams stopping in 2014, places in team may be in short supply.

1 YATES Simon Great Britain 1:42:53
2 YATES Adam Great Britain @ st
3 GOUGEARD Alexis France @ st
4 MARTINELLI Davide Italy 0:17
5 SKUJIņš Toms Latvia @ st
6 TEUNISSEN Mike Netherlands @ st
7 SüTTERLIN Jasha Germany @ st
8 PERRIN Jeffrey United States @ st
9 STUYVEN Jasper Belgium 0:20
10 VALGREN ANDERSEN Michael Denmark 0:22

69 PERRETT Joseph Great Britain 2.27
74 SLATER Alistair Great Britain 6.18
95 HARRISON Samuel Great Britain @ st
97 DOULL Owain Great Britain @ st

1 FERNANDEZ Ruben Spain 15:05:40
2 YATES Adam Great Britain 1:03
3 KONRAD Patrick Austria 1:30
4 MANNION Gavin United States 1:42
5 PARRA BUSTAMENTE Heiner Rodrigo Colombia 1:44

24 YATES Simon Great Britain 4:27



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