Adam and Simon Yates are not a part of the World Championships team and they are not surprised by the decision of the board. Great Britain announced their final list of World Championship participants on Friday, 11th September. Some people were surprised to find out that the Yates brothers were not on the list despite their budding performances this season, but not the Yates brothers themselves.
On being asked about the decision, Simon Yates seemed to hold no grudges and simply said that he did not still find himself or his brother good enough to ensure a victory in the Worlds yet. He also said that he and Adam had not even been preparing for the elite road race in Richmond. They knew, it is not time for them yet.
Simon clearly informed reporters of CyclingNews at the beginning of the grand Prix on Sunday that there are far more efficient riders on the team than Adam and himself, who can offer a steadier support to the team in Richmond.
Simon Yates got two top 10 placements in this year’s Tour de France and also a close second in one of the stages at the Criterium du Dauphine while Adam Yates won the Clasica San Sebastian and also bagged the second overall position at the Tour of Alberta. The two brothers are clearly getting better and already have quite an appreciable list of achievements at a young age of 23. However, they remain humble and act maturely at not being a part of the Worlds already.
The route for the elite men’s road rage will go through the city, with approximately 260 kilometers to cover in 16 laps. The circuit includes a 10km stretch of the urban area around Libby Hill Park and 23rd Street with the final climb at the Governor’s Street. The last 3 kilometers of the route will be have the most difficult parts with the cobbled road of the Libby Hill Park area and a 19 percent uphill climb around the 23rd Street area before going on to the final climb.
The route is ideal for the classic sprinters and Simon informed that he thought the race is not meant for his brother and himself. The brothers have only heard about the path and not experienced anything similar yet. They had a quick meeting where they decided that the team had better riders to offer a successful lead out to the key riders.
Geraint Thomas recently backed out from the team due to fatigue from the previous tournaments. Mark Cavendish will be the leader of the team as the rider has been saving his best efforts for the Worlds for a long time. He will be supported by Ian Stannard, Ben Swift, Andy Fenn, Alex Dowsett and Luke Rowe along with Stephen Cummings and Scott Thwaites. “I think it is a team that can win a medal”, said Simon about the final lineup of the team. He praised the team to the extent of saying that these riders put together could fetch more than just a medal and the brothers seemed happy with the decision.