Nieve: If the leaders remember to thank us, that’s enough

The Cyclingnews World's Best Domestique Mikel Nieve
The Cyclingnews World's Best Domestique Mikel Nieve (Image credit: Getty Images)

At 35 years of age and after spending time on WorldTour teams from Spain, the UK and now Australia, you’d imagine that professional cycling holds few surprises for Mikel Nieve, recently voted the sport’s best domestique by Cyclingnews readers. But a couple of years back, the Mitchelton-Scott pro admits he hit on a dilemma that had him baffled for a good while.

“For at least a season, a season and a half maybe after I joined Mitchelton-Scott, I couldn’t tell Adam and Simon Yates apart,” Nieve admits to Cyclingnews from his family home  in northern Navarre.

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.