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“I’m really hopeful of making the team which will be a hard task in the first place. It’s a super hard course which favours me more than other riders. I think it would be a really good experience to go.”

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SIMON YATES

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03.02.2016 @ 16:42 Posted by Joseph Doherty

While all eyes are on Chris Froome when it comes to the Olympics, perhaps the Yates brothers should be leading Team GB. Froome may be tired from the time trial, where he is the favorite, his pedigree in one-day races is not great.

 

Meanwhile, Adam Yates was close to winning San Sebastian in 2014 before crashing out and then he won the race in 2015. Simon was the better of the two at U23 level and is the twin who many though would excel on one-day courses.

 

“From what I’ve heard, I’ve not seen it, it could be a course that suits me. I’d like to go.” Adam told Cycling Weekly from a team training camp in Calpe, Spain. 

 

“I’m really hopeful of making the team which will be a hard task in the first place,” added Simon. “It’s a super hard course which favours me more than other riders. I think it would be a really good experience to go. It would be one of the highlights of the season.”

 

The distance may affect the duo, as leading a small squad of riders (five guys) over 256,4km at just 23 is very difficult. Adam knows while he ahs the results to back it up, he has never done it in a race so big before.

 

“It would be my first Olympic Games and obviously the Olympics is over a super long distance as well, and I’ve never really proved myself over that distance,” said Adam.

 

The duo know the are going to be competing with Geraint Thomas, Peter Kennaugh, Luke Rowe and Ian Stannard for four sports to go on the plane with Froome.

 

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