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Adam Yates ready to realise his grand design in the Tour de France

After his twin Simon came close in the Giro d’Italia the rider known as ‘the shadow’ is out to put up a serious challenge for the Tour where he made his mark two years ago

In July 2016, Adam Yates was nicknamed “the shadow” as he rode to fourth overall and the best young rider’s award at the Tour de France. The name was coined by TV commentators who were constantly surprised to see the 23-year-old Bury rider with the lead group, holding his place unobtrusively, rarely getting dropped or, if he did slip back, doing so at his own pace without ever cracking.

Back then his directeur sportif, Matt White, made it clear that this riding style was a harbinger: Yates would soon be a contender for the overall title at the Tour de France. “I can see him improving for the next 10 years. What we are seeing now is a snapshot of what we will see in the future.” Two years on Yates recognises that it is time to deliver a full-throttle challenge for the Tour.

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