Tour de France stage 9 analysis: Adam Yates lost yellow but joined elite club

Adam Yates in yellow before stage 9 of the Tour de France
Adam Yates in yellow before stage 9 of the Tour de France (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Before August, if you had been asked to name the British rider who would spend time in the yellow jersey at the Tour de France, you'd have said Geraint Thomas. At a push, you might have predicted that Chris Froome had returned well from his injuries, or thought that Simon Yates changed his programme due to the pandemic. 

Even with the absence of Thomas, Froome and Simon Yates, very few would have predicted Simon's brother Adam Yates would spend four days in yellow at an incredibly tough Tour, and be in the top 10 at the end of the first week.

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Adam Becket is the staff writer for Procycling magazine. Prior to covering the sport of cycling, he wrote about ecclesiastical matters for the Church Times and politics for Business Insider. He has degrees in history and journalism. A keen cyclist himself, Adam’s favourite race is the Tour of Flanders or Strade Bianche, and he can't wait to go to the Piazza del Campo for the end of the race one day.