Double Tour de France stage winner Simon Yates and his brother Adam Yates will lead the Mitchelton-Scott team at this weekend’s Clásica San Sebastián, the team has announced. Adam won the Spanish one-day race in 2015, but the pair will be up against French Tour star Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep), who will start as the defending champion and overwhelming favourite.
Adam Yates’ victory four years ago was the then 22-year-old’s first WorldTour win, and he crossed the line solo – 15 seconds in front of a group led home by Philippe Gilbert, which also included Alaphilippe and Simon Yates – not knowing that he was first, having believed there was still a breakaway ahead of him.
Since then, Adam has won stages at WorldTour events including the Critérium du Dauphiné, Tirreno-Adriatico and the Volta a Catalunya, while Simon has taken stage victories at all three Grand Tours, and won the Vuelta a España outright in 2018.
“I’m looking forward to returning to San Sebastián,” Simon said on his Mitchelton-Scott team’s website. “It’s a great race, and it’s always really hard, and hopefully I’ll still have good legs after the Tour.
“You never really know how everybody will be just one week after a Grand Tour, as everybody recovers differently,” he added.
“I think it’s a race that suits me, and Adam has won it before. I think we’ve got a good team, with some fresh riders coming in, and some riders coming from the Tour, like me, Adam and Luke Durbridge.”
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