His brother's keeper: Adam Yates held back to guide Simon to Vuelta victory

Simon and Adam Yates

When Adam Yates ( Mitchelton-Scott ) appeared at the front of the exclusive group of general classification contenders on the steep concrete path up the Monte Oiz, it came as something of a jolt. You'd be forgiven for forgetting that there were two Yates at the Vuelta a España , such had been Adam's relative anonymity for the first 16 stages, but his performance for his brother Simon on the Basque mountain indicated he will play a leading role in the denouement of this race. While Simon Yates had always planned to target the overall title, after coming close to winning the Giro d'Italia , Adam came to the Vuelta on the back of a disappointing Tour de France , with the stated aim of gaining experience by putting another Grand Tour in the bank. Yet there was a deeper reason Yates had been so quiet for so much of ...

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