Orica-GreenEdge’s British sensation Adam Yates is targeting a victory at the Tirreno-Adriatico this week after an impressive showing in the race last year where he finished ninth.
Last season was a good one for Yates as he debuted in the Tour de France and produced some assured performances against the likes of Chris Froome, Alberto Contador, and Nairo Quintana. He also won the San Sebastian one-day classic race in Spain, but over the off-season he has continually been working, especially on his time-trialling abilities which has let him down in the past.
Last year in the same event Yates was holding his own in the mountains against Quintana and Contador, but it was the individual time-trial which let him down, and he eventually finished just inside the top ten, with a ninth place finish.
Yates wants to continue ‘to climb the ladder’ this season
It was a successful season last year, and if Yates can continue his upward momentum, in years to come people could be talking about Yates as a potential Tour de France winner.
But speaking of the Tirreno-Adriatico, Yates said: “This has always been my first big goal of the season.”
Over the off-season the 23-year-old has been working hard, and said he had some ‘of the best power’ of his life a couple of weeks ago, so he is well primed for another good season in the saddle.
Being so young in cycling terms, it is quite unusual to see the success Yates has had in his relatively short road-racing career: “I think I showed over the last two years that I can be up there when I’m going good. Last year, I won my first WorldTour race in San Sebastián, so why not go one step more?”
Heading into the next couple of months the Orica rider wants to progress by hopefully picking up wins and podium places.
Yates said: “In the first year, I already won the Tour of Turkey, then the year after San Sebastián, a WorldTour race."
A good showing at Tirreno will put Yates in a good place, and if he could win the race, it would really give him a major confidence boost ahead of the major objectives such as the Tour.
“It keeps progressing from there. Every year, we try to go one step higher and keep climbing the ladder,” Yates said in closing.