LONDON (AFP) — Simon Yates, who served a four-month suspension earlier this year, received a much-needed morale boost on Tuesday when he signed a new two-year contract with Australian outfit Orica – BikeExchange.
Making it a doubly special day for the 24-year-old Englishman was his twin brother Adam also signing a two-year renewal.
The twins could not have enjoyed such vastly differing fortunes over the past few months.
Simon had to sit out this year’s Tour de France while he served a four-month suspension because of an error by the team doctor.
For Adam, it is due recognition of his burgeoning talent that shone through in his astonishing fourth-place finish in the Tour de France and, in the process, becoming the first Briton to claim the title of best young rider.
The twins expressed their delight at the new contracts in a post on the team’s website.
“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,” said Simon, who has bounced back after his suspension to win a one-day race in Spain in July.
Adam, for his part, said he felt confident he could achieve the next step on his career path by sticking with Orica.
“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,” said Adam. “This year, I showed that I can climb with the best in the world and I want to keep improving in other areas too.”