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ADAM YATES TAKING CONFIDENCE FROM SIMON´S GIRO DISPLAY

Adam Yates hopes he can learn from his brother Simon's exploits at the Giro d'Italia and mount a challenge for the Tour de France general classification.

Ever since Simon Yates made his Grand Tour debut at the 2014 Tour, the Bury twins have been establishing a reputation for themselves within the peloton.

Both men have won the Young Rider classification at cycling's most iconic race in the past two years, Adam the first to do it in 2016 as he finished fourth overall.

Twelve months later Simon claimed a top-10 finish and took the white jersey off his brother.

Mitchelton-Scott changed their approach with the 25-year-olds in 2018 having been so impressed by their development, head sports director Matt White giving them their first chance to lead the team.

Vying for a general classification title is very much the plan for the team this year, something White predicted would be the case two years ago.

Simon impressed at the Giro as he threatened a major upset. He led for the majority of the race in Italy and claimed three impressive stage wins in the gruelling mountains.

It was not enough to secure a maiden GC title, though, as Chris Froome showed his quality with an outstanding solo break on stage 19, the Team Sky rider going on to complete the triple crown.

However, Simon's display in Italy has whetted Adam's appetite for the Tour and he hopes to give Froome a run for his money.

"It [the Giro] was the first time we've focused fully [as a team] on GC, taken a team full of climbers – it shows what we can do," Adam told The Guardian.

"He [Simon] had the lead for two weeks and was winning stages left, right and centre. Why shouldn't I take the same confidence to the Tour and do it there?

"We go to the races, race the same guys and I'm up there on general classification. I don't know why we can't go to a Grand Tour and do the same thing.

"I've got the confidence now that I can go there and do a job. I've just got to concentrate to get through it day by day.

"I don't know why we can't do what we do at a one-week race and take it to a Grand Tour."

Adam has shown he is in good condition for the Tour after a second-placed finish at the Criterium du Dauphine.

The chance to get one up on his sibling could be the extra bit of motivation he needs to end Froome's reign.

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