Adam and Simon Yates extend contracts with Orica-BikeExchange
Weeks after finishing an excellent fourth overall in this year’s Tour de France, Adam Yates and his brother Simon have extended with the Orica-BikeExchange team.
The British duo’s contracts were up for renewal this year and despite inevitable offers from other teams, they have opted to remain part of the Australian WorldTour squad. They have each raced there since they turned professional in 2014 and will remain for at least two more seasons.
“I’m really happy to extend my contract with the team and take the next, important steps in my career here,” stated Adam Yates, the best young rider in this year’s Tour de France. “I’m ready to target a podium spot in the Grand Tours and with the support and environment the team gives me, I think we can achieve it.”
“This year, I showed that I can climb with the best in the world and I want to keep improving in other areas too.”
He said that the relationships that he has built in the past three seasons were a big factor in his decision. “I feel really at home on the team and that gives me the opportunity to work in the best possible way.
“I’ve been on the team since I turned professional and I’m pleased that I’m staying with a great group of riders and staff going onwards.”
His brother Simon highlighted his own potential when he was the best young rider in last year’s Critérium du Dauphiné. He clocked up his first win as a pro earlier this season at the Prueba Villafranca-Ordiziako Klasika.
He missed the Tour de France due to a positive test for Terbutaline during Paris-Nice. His team doctor said that he had forgotten to apply for the therapeutic use exemption for asthma that would have given a green light to Yates to use the medication.
The UCI deemed this a non-intentional violation and he was sidelined for four months.
Despite frustration about what happened, Yates will remain with the squad.
“I’m really pleased to be able to continue my development with Orica-BikeExchange for the next two seasons,” he said. “They have showed their faith in me from the start and I’ve been able to benefit from the experience of riding key races as a protected leader – that’s an opportunity that doesn’t exist too often in your first years as a professional.
“We’ve come out with some solid results so far and with the general classification focus increasing for the team, I’m looking forward to taking the next steps to bigger goals in the best races in the years to come.”
Adam Yates highlighted his potential when he won the 2014 Presidential Tour of Turkey. He followed that up with more strong performances, including victory last year in the 2015 Clasica San Sebastian. However it was his performance in this year’s Tour which really showed what he could do, with the rider sitting second overall for some time before eventually netting fourth and the white jersey of best young rider.
Like his twin brother Simon, he still has plenty of room for improvement at 24 years of age. Orica-BikeExchange knows that with the duo, it has two strong contenders for Grand Tours, stage races and tough one day events.
They will be backed by the rest of the squad in their bids for success, including the new signings Carlos Verona and Roman Kreuzinger. The team also features another exciting young climber, Giro d’Italia runner-up Esteban Chaves.
Directeur sportif Matt White praises their achievements and their abilities.
“Adam took a massive step forward this year and at quite a young age he is ready to target the podium in a Grand Tour,” he said. “I think he surprised a lot of people this year at the Tour, but it was probably only a matter of time before he arrived at the level we now see him at.
“His results are astonishing and he is one of the most promising young riders out there. It’s been fantastic for us to be part of developing such a talent and a real pleasure to see him shine in the hardest stages of the Tour this year. With Adam we have secured another key signing for our ambitions in the coming years.”
He’s equally excited about his brother.
“Simon has already proven that he is a massive talent. His results so far in one-week races and in some of the toughest mountain stages in multiple tours tells me that he is an emerging general classification contender.”
“He is part of the group of young riders that we have helped develop and it’s great for us that he will continue this trajectory with the team. Together with Adam and Esteban he gives us that extra depth that will put us in a powerful position in any of the big tours that we target across the calendar.”
Simon Yates is expected to compete alongside Chaves in the upcoming Vuelta a España.