Simon Yates on recovery from COVID-19 and facing 2021 without his brother

Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) at the 2020 Giro d’Italia, before he was forced to quit the race after testing positive for the coronavirus
Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) at the 2020 Giro d’Italia, before he was forced to quit the race after testing positive for the coronavirus (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

After exiting this year's Giro d'Italia, Simon Yates spent more than 10 hours in an ambulance as he travelled northwards to Varese, where he would quarantine for a further 10 days near the Mitchelton-Scott service course. Beyond waiting on PCR tests, his schedule was now bare, but he didn't care to fill too many of the empty hours of isolation by watching the race he had just left. His own disappointment, understandably, was company enough.

"I tuned in every now and then. I didn't have much to do during those 10 days, but I wasn't really fixating on it. I think everybody would understand that it was hard to watch," Yates tells Cyclingnews. "Of course, I was happy to see Tao [Geoghegan Hart] win. He's a good guy, and I've known him a long time now, but it was obviously very hard to watch."

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