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Adam Yates heads back to Tour de France to 'rectify disappointing 2018'

Joe Robinson
5 Mar 2019

After failing to impress in 2018, Yates and Mitchelton-Scott believe this year's route could suit his capabilities

Adam Yates has confirmed that he will head to the Tour de France in July looking to 'rectify' mistakes from last year's race that saw him finish a disappointing 29th on general classification.

The Mitchelton-Scott rider was unable to repeat his fourth-place and white young rider's jersey from 2016, eventually tumbling from ninth overall following two consecutive tough days in the Alps.

The 26-year-old then returned to the Vuelta a Espana, acting as a key domestique towards twin brother Simon's eventual victory, but was unable to make an impact on GC himself.

Yates has already opened his account with a powerful stage victory over World Champion Alejandro Valverde at the Volta a la Valenciana last month.

Next up is Tirreno-Adriatico, which starts next week, and while Yates is keen to improve on his fifth place overall last year, doing well at the Tour is the bigger goal.

'Last year we made some mistakes that cost us and it was a big disappointment, so it’ll be good to go back and rectify that, said Yates.

'Even though I’ve got earlier races/targets coming up, in the back of my mind everything I’m doing is build-up for the Tour.
 Already this year the team has been really committed in all aspects and it just goes to show because the results are flowing.

'Even though the Tour is a long way away at this moment in time and there’s a lot of races before we get there, it’s a good feeling to see the team working so well so early in the season.'

This year's Tour de France route features only one individual time trial, a 27km test against the clock on Stage 13, but makes multiple visits to high altitude including a return to the Col de l'Iseran for the first time in 12 years.

This, alongside a 'less stressful' first week, should play into Yates's hands according to team sport director Matt White who believes Yates can return to the hights of his 2016 breakthrough performance.

'The challenge for any athlete is repeating a breakthrough performance. Adam showed in 2016 that he can mix it with the big boys at the Tour de France, he had a very solid Giro in 2017 and even though last year didn’t go as we had planned, we are heading back this year with ambitions of Adam challenging for a spot on the podium come July,' said White.

'It is an interesting course with limited time trial kilometres and some very high passes, which have not been seen before in the Tour de France. I like the route and avoiding Western France makes that first week a little less tense.

'We are in the mountains quite early and with a team time trial day two we will certainly see the lay of the land quite early in proceedings.'

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