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Tour de France Grand Départ surreal for Simon Yates

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Simon Yates , Orica-GreenEDGE working hard to catch the two leaders.

Simon Yates , Orica-GreenEDGE working hard to catch the two leaders. (Image credit: Mark Gunter)
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Simon Yates (Orica - GreenEdge)

Simon Yates (Orica - GreenEdge) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Simon Yates (Great Britain) celebrates victory in stage 6 at the Tour of Britain on the Haytor mountain finish

Simon Yates (Great Britain) celebrates victory in stage 6 at the Tour of Britain on the Haytor mountain finish (Image credit: Rob Lampard)

Just over a week after Simon Yates returned to the UK for the British National Championships, he leaves in the midst of his first Grand Tour. Yates was a late addition to Orica-GreenEdge’s Tour de France team and is the only English rider in the race’s peloton.

Born in Ireland to a cycling family and later moved to the Isle of Man, so there was no surprise when I got into the sport. Studied sports journalism at university before going on to do a Masters in sports broadcast. After university I spent three months interning at Eurosport, where I covered the Tour de France. In 2012 I started at Procycling Magazine, before becoming the deputy editor of Procycling Week. I then joined Cyclingnews, in December 2013.