The identical twins have both had outstanding years underscored by their success at the Tour de l’Avenir and Tour of Britain, earning them plenty of
Neo-pro contracts are short-term deals for newly professional riders seeking to prove themselves, and the Yates twins claim that joining GreenEDGE was their dream.
“This was our first choice,” said Adam. “When we decided to turn pro next year, we knew GreenEDGE was one of the best teams for us both.
“It’s a good opportunity in terms of development. From everything we’ve heard and seen, we know the team looks after their young guys very well.”
“We did have quite a few offers,” Simon confirmed. “This seemed like the right place for us. Knowing the way the team has developed the other young Aussies was an important part of our decision.
“Look at Cam Meyer. He came from the track just like us, and he’s already achieved quite a lot on the road. We’d love to develop the way he has.”
The 21-year-old twins began racing on the track 10 years ago when their father brought them to the Manchester Velodrome for local Friday night racing.
The young boys quickly fell in love with cycling but it wasn’t until this year that their place in the sport became obvious.
“We both started on the track and very slowly worked our way up the ladder,” said Simon, who won the points race at the World Championships in Minsk, Belarus last February.
“We didn’t have an exceptional start. There was absolutely nothing remarkable about our early results. It’s not like anyone who saw me race at the beginning would say I would go on to win a world title.”
“We’ve both switched our focus to the road much more this year,” Adam explained. “We’ve put in a lot of work. The results have just taken off from there, really.”
Adam came in second overall at the Tour de l’Avenir; second in all of the classements. In a three up sprint on stage five, Adam finished second to his twin.
Simon’s stage win in Morzine, just ahead of Adam, was followed by a second stage win the following day. He finished 10th overall at the race billed as the “Mini Tour de France.”
Simon backed up the result by winning a stage at the Tour of Britain where he faced far stiffer competition amongst a professional field.
The list of former Tour de l’Avenir winners or runners up read like a who’s who of young professional cycling. Nairo Quintana, Andrew Talansky, Jan Bakelants, Rui Costa, Tejay Van Garderen, Robert Gesink, Bauke Mollema and Tony Martin have all stood on the podium at the Race of the Future.