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by Shane Stokes
October 21, 2017
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Simon Yates took home the white jersey indicating his longterm potential as a Tour de France favourite.
Orica-Scott rider Simon Yates has given his reaction to the unveiling of the route of next year’s Tour de France, describing it as “a testing route, as always. I think that the first week could be decisive for the general classification and that’s before we even get into the mountains. A lot can happen on those open roads, especially if the wind takes hold. Personally I would prefer the climbs to arrive earlier.”
Yates was the best young rider this year and took seventh overall. The Orica-Scott team will decide which riders will compete in next year’s Tour after seeing the route of the Giro d’Italia; in addition to Yates, his twin brother Adam and Esteban Chaves are the designated GC leaders.
“It goes without saying that to do well at the Tour you need a strong team,” said Yates. “Not only in the team time trial, but throughout the entire race so that you can protect the leader from the wind and any dangerous moments.”
“We have a really solid history when it comes to team time trials and I’m really confident regarding that pursuit, Orica-Scott has one of the strongest teams on paper for that. Even if we only bring a few of our main guys for the TTT we are still going to be up there and challenging for a result.”
Head sport director Matt White said the route appeals. “I like the course. It has a bit of everything and as ever it will be really exciting racing I am happy with the characteristics of the route. I am sure we have a group of riders who will be up for the challenge come July.”