White: Simon Yates using Tour de France as Olympic 'building block'

FOUGERES FRANCE JUNE 29 Simon Yates of The United Kingdom Esteban Chaves of Colombia and Team BikeExchange at arrival during the 108th Tour de France 2021 Stage 4 a 1504km stage from Redon to Fougres LeTour TDF2021 on June 29 2021 in Fougeres France Photo by Michael SteeleGetty Images
BikeExchange climbers Simon Yates and Esteban Chaves at the Tour de France (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Simon Yates’ hunt for breakaway wins in the Tour de France is not just about taking prestigious victories in cycling’s top stage race but also to get a head start on the opposition at the Tokyo Olympic Games, Team BikeExchange management said.

Yates was in the day-long, 29-rider break on Friday, the first move in which he has participated in this year’s Tour. Then he was one of the few riders to dig deep again on Saturday to get in another move, which ended with Yates finishing sixth at Le Grand Bornand.

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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.