News: Simon Yates wins UCI World Tour 2018

Simon Yates (Mitchelton-SCOTT) wins the UCI World Tour for 2018 – “it’s been an amazing year and one I will always remember”

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News: Simon Yates wins UCI World Tour 2018

Mitchelton-SCOTT riders Simon Yates and Annemiek van Vleuten were presented as men’s and women’s WorldTour winners at UCI Gala Awards Dinner on Sunday.

The duo, who won Mitchelton-SCOTT’s first Grand Tours this season – Van Vleuten the Giro Rosa and Yates the Vuelta a Espana – along with 16 other WorldTour victories between them, were awarded as the Individual UCI WorldTour Classification Winners at the UCI Gala Dinner in China today.

For Simon Yates, the season was confirmation of his ability to win Grand Tours.

A different season plan and debut at the Giro d’Italia seemed to bode well for Yates in 2018. After stage wins and second and fourth overall at Paris-Nice and Volta Ciclista a Catalunya in the lead up, the 26-year-old was primed for the first Grand Tour of the season (Giro) and an aggressive approach by the British rider and his Mitchelton-SCOTT teammates saw him win three stages during a 13-day stint in the Maglia Rosa jersey.


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Back in action after a rest period, Yates finished second at Prueba Villafranca-Ordiziako Klasika before claiming another stage and second overall at the Tour de Pologne. Despite a more ‘conservative’ approach for his second Grand Tour of the season, La Vuelta a Espana, Yates still managed to take a stage victory and spend 10 days in the jersey – all on the way to claiming his first Grand Tour general classification victory and the first for an Australian men’s team.

Simon Yates: “After a week or so off the bike to reflect, it’s been an amazing year and one I will always remember. The results have been special but also results that I feel I have been working towards and getting closer to every year since becoming a professional and to finish at the top of the WorldTour rankings just tops it off.”

“Of course, the Vuelta is the highlight as my first Grand Tour victory, and how we pulled together as a team to get everything right for that month of racing was incredible. But, despite the disappointment in the final days, I also look back at the Giro with a lot of pride of how we raced and what we achieved there.”

“I like to race on my instinct, I think that’s what works best for me and what fans want to see, and I hope that I continue to do so and achieve more big results in the coming years.”

Simon Yates – 2018 WorldTour Victories:
Paris-Nice – Stage 7
Volta Ciclista a Catalunya – Stage 7
Giro d’Italia – Stage 9
Giro d’Italia – Stage 11
Giro d’Italia – Stage 15
Tour de Pologne – Stage 7
Vuelta a Espana – Stage 14
Vuelta a Espana – General Classification



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