British climber Yates led his Australian squad at the recent Tour de France, finishing 29th overall in Paris, but had started the race as one of the favourites. After falling out of the GC battle he went after stage wins, and only narrowly missed out when he crashed on the descent of the Col du Portillon on his way to a solo win in Bagnères-de-Luchon on stage 16.
Also hoping to have put bad luck behind him will be Colorado’s Taylor Phinney, who rode the Tour de France with EF Education First-Drapac, but crashed on stage 19, fracturing his nose, yet still soldiered on to finish in Paris.
“It’s always great to race in my home state,” said Phinney. “I love the energy you get on the roads at home – people shouting for you, friends from all over the state coming together to see us race.
“There’s definitely a neat vibe on the Colorado roads that feels unique. It’s special because it also feels like a home race for the entire team, since our roots are here. I’m looking forward to it, for sure.”
Phinney will be joined on the EF-Drapac squad by Dani Martinez, who finished third overall at this year’s Tour of California and went on to finish 36th at the Tour de France, and by Joe Dombrowski, winner of the Tour of Utah in 2015.
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