Simon Yates – A star of the future – which seems a bit curious as this talented youngster seems to have been around for years already. This could be down to the fact that is his cycling career so far has been extremely successful. Born in 1992, this talented young star will be the grand ‘young’ age of 22yrs as he enters the biggest and most prestigious race in the world – the Tour de France for the 2nd time. Not surprising that Simon Yates has become a household name.
The 5’8ft Bury born professional, who currently rides for Orica Green Edge is no stranger to the limelight though. Since he started riding the track as an 11 year old he soon showed his strength both on the track and on the road, his climbing ability shined through and at 15 yrs became Hill Climb Champion for his age category. This talent and dedication soon got spotted by Team GB and was selected to ride for Great Britain at just 18yrs old. His first major win came in 2010 when he won Madison Gold in the Junior World championships with Dan Mclay in Moscow.
Not only a year later in Beijing, Simon won Bronze in the 2011 World Cup Team Pursuit. His success continued on, achieving a National Gold Medal in the Madison with Mark Christian in 2012.
In 2013, he had another career highlight which saw him Win stage 6 of the Tour of Britain and finished 3rd overall, seeing off some of the best riders in the world. If that wasn’t enough, Simon also took Gold in the World championship point’s race in Belarus.
In 2014 and 21yrs old, still a youngster, he took a respectable Bronze in the National Road Race Championships and made is debut in the Tour de France.
2015 and the Future
As 2015 develops it seems like this could be the best year so far for Simon Yates, earlier this year we saw him take 5th overall in the Critérium du Dauphiné and get awarded the young riders jersey during the Tour. On the 4th July Simon will Start the Tour de France for the 2nd time and will have his twin brother Adam join him.
For Simon Yates the future is very bright, securing a ride in the Tour de France two years running is every cyclist dream and at his age he is yet to develop and strengthen up as a rider so using these early years to gain experience and tactical knowledge sets him up for a prolific career.