The conclusion of the Tour de France has seen Simon Yates officially awarded the white jersey for the best young rider in Paris. Yates backs up the result of twin brother Adam Yates, who won the jersey 12months prior for ORICA-SCOTT, becoming just the first ever brothers to share the title and even achieved this back to back.
“I think it’s a great thing,” Yates said of he and his brother’s achievements. “I hope it’s one of those thing that we look back on and see it as a great achievement that we’ve won the white jersey as brothers back-to-back.” The 24-year-old’s consistency across the three-week, 3,540km Tour saw him finish in seventh position overall. He took the white jersey on stage five and held it right through to Paris. Nearest best young rider competitor Louis Meinjtes (UAE Team Emirates) finished two-minutes six-seconds behind Yates. To celebrate his success SCOTT Sports provided him a special white and black Addict RC, Road RC White and Cadence helmet for the last stage in Paris.
“I tried when I could to attack but also saved energy by staying in the wheels when it was the right time too,” Yates said. “Whenever I have the opportunity to attack I like to race aggressive. I think it’s great for the fans, but riding GC is also about picking the right time to do that and the right time to sit back and I am learning that. A lot of things have contributed to this throughout the three weeks. I had a good prologue and it was actually earlier in the race when I made the most difference. Louis had a great ride and clawed a lot of time back on me but I managed to hang on.”
“From the time I joined the team, we knew this is what we were aiming to do – riding for general classification. We approached it like any other race, with no pressure and I think that’s the best way to do it. “Our Tour de France campaign has definitely been a success,” White said. “It’s Simon’s first time targeting the general classification at the Tour. We knew if we won the white jersey that it would put us in the top ten in the general classification because we know the talent of Meinjtes.We know that our leaders can podium and they are only going to get better. Now we also know that no matter who is at what race, we have different combinations to support them.”
Tour de France – FINAL General Classification:
1. Chris Froome (Team Sky) 86:20:55 2. Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale-Drapac) +0:54 3. Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) +2:20 7. Simon Yates (ORICA-SCOTT) +6:14
Tour de France – Best Young Rider: