Adam Yates: Brailsford's ambition convinced me to join Ineos Grenadiers

UAE Tour 2021 - 3rd Edition - Top Riders - Was Marina Circuit - 20/02/2021 - Adam Yates (GBR - Ineos Grenadiers) - photo Luca Bettini/BettiniPhoto©2021
Defending champion Adam Yates returns to UAE Tour with new team, Ineos Grenadiers (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

For the first time in their professional careers, Simon and Adam Yates will compete against each other after the former brother’s move to Ineos Grenadiers.

The pair previously raced together on Mitchelton-Scott and signed for the Australian team in 2014, but the pair were out of contract over the winter. While Simon re-signed with Gerry Ryan’s team, now Team BikeExchange, Adam moved to Ineos on a two-year deal after Dave Brailsford convinced him of the British team's ambition. 

“It’s just a new challenge really, I spoke to Dave Brailsford. He was telling me about the vision. It was pretty ambitious. He spoke to me and that was it, a pretty straightforward decision,” Adam Yates told Cyclingnews and PA during a call on Saturday.

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Daniel Benson

Daniel Benson was the Editor in Chief at between 2008 and 2022. Based in the UK, he joined the Cyclingnews team in 2008 as the site's first UK-based Managing Editor. In that time, he reported on over a dozen editions of the Tour de France, several World Championships, the Tour Down Under, Spring Classics, and the London 2012 Olympic Games. With the help of the excellent editorial team, he ran the coverage on Cyclingnews and has interviewed leading figures in the sport including UCI Presidents and Tour de France winners.