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Simon Yates selected for Orica Greenedge Tour de France team

1st July 2014

21 year old Simon Yates has been selected by his Orica Greenedge for the Tour de France. His twin brother Adam will not ride the Tour. 

Adam Yates won the Tour of Turkey earlier this year, and was sixth in the Dauphiné, while Simon Yates broke his collar bone in Turkey, and has therefore raced less. Simon Yates took part in the Tour de Slovenie from 19th to 22nd June 2014, finishing seventh overall, and winning the white jersey for the best young rider.

The Greenedge Cycling website quotes Matt White, Sports Director at Orica Greenedge, who explains why Adam Yates was not included. 'One of the reasons Adam is not going is because he has been racing and in very good condition since January. It wouldn't be a wise decision for us to send Adam. With Simon's forced break due to injury, he's fresh and ready to race.'

The Greenedge squad has five first-timers and four riders who took part in the Tour last year. They have no sprinter, and are targeting one or more stage wins. The team leader is Simon Gerrans, who won stage 3 last year.

Michael Matthews is new to the Tour de France, but won a stage of the Giro d' Italia earlier this year.

The full Orica Greenedge Tour de France team is:

Jens Keukeleire

Luke Durbridge

Mathew Hayman

Michael Albasini

Michael Matthews

Simon Clarke

Simon Gerrans

Simon Yates

Svein Tuft

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