While Simon had always been scheduled to ride the Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a España this year, Adam was the designated leader for the Tour de France, with both set to play leading roles in the British team for the hilly World Championships road race in Austria in September.
Adam Yates’ hopes of bettering his fourth-place finish from the 2016 Tour went out of the window, however, as he fell out of contention on the second day in the Alps. He bounced back to hunt stages in the Pyrenees and was on course to win stage 16, only to crash on the descent of the Col de Portillon.
On Monday, the Mitchelton-Scott team announced the 26-year-old, who hasn’t raced since the Tour, would be sent to the Vuelta, insisting a “long-term focus” lay behind the decision.
“We discussed post Tour de France the idea to race Adam as well. Obviously the Tour de France wasn’t what we’d hoped for Adam, but what it did highlight is that there are some things to work on, with him but also for the whole team in general,” said sport director Julian Dean.
“The idea is to continue the development of Adam and Simon by taking them both to the Vuelta, giving them another Grand Tour experience and trying to target the areas that we haven’t got right, including getting some consistency across the three weeks.”
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