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Simon Yates to race Tour instead of Giro after programme change

Simon Yates
Josh Cunningham
20 Apr 2017

British rider to accompany Esteban Chaves as joint-leader at the Tour de France, while brother Adam becomes sole leader at Giro

A late programme change from his Orica-Scott team means that Simon Yates will be heading to the Tour de France this year instead of the Giro d'Italia, where he was due to line up next month as joint-leader alongside brother Adam. 

The change comes as a result of a knee injury to Esteban Chaves, who was due to go to the Tour de France as the team's sole leader.

While the team say that Chaves has fully recovered, they do not know how the time out will have affected his form, and so Yates has been drafted in to ease the pressure on the Colombian.

Simon Yates, who as a result of the change will now also ride Liege-Bastogne-Liege on Sunday, will go to the Tour as joint-leader and target the white young rider's jersey, while brother Adam will ride the Giro as the team's sole leader. 

Both brothers have been enjoying a succesful season so far, with Simon picking up a stage win at Paris-Nice, as well as the GP Miguel Indurain, and Adam winning GP Industria & Artigianato and finishing just off of the GC podium at Volta a Cataluyna. 

'We are confident that Esteban has made a full recovery from his knee injury and is now back into his Tour de France preparation,' sport director Matt White said about the situation. 'What we don’t know at the moment is how that time off and lack of racing will affect his performance over the three weeks.'

The change means that Simon Yates will be starting his third Tour de France this summer, a year after his brother finished fourth overall and won the white jersey. Adam Yates will be making his debut at the Giro.

'The new program will give Simon and Adam both opportunities to look at whitey jerseys this year - Adam at the Giro and Simon at the Tour de France,' added White. 'That is something we will certainly be aiming for as we ride for the best general classification results possible for our young climbers.'