Tour of Britain: Simon Yates targets professional contract after stage six triumph

Last Updated: 20/09/13 4:21pm

  • Share:
Simon Yates has enjoyed an outstanding season

Simon Yates has enjoyed an outstanding season

Sky Bet

Simon Yates is targeting earning a professional contract for the 2014 season after enhancing his already glowing reputation by winning stage six of the Tour of Britain.

The 21-year-old Englishman out-climbed the likes of Sir Bradley Wiggins and Nairo Quintana on the ascent to the summit finish on Haytor in Dartmoor and then surged past Spain's David Lopez to seal an impressive victory.

It was the latest triumph of an outstanding year in which he has already been crowned world points race champion on the track and won two stages of the Tour de l'Avenir, which is one of amateur cycling's most respected races.

Yates, who is now third overall at the Tour of Britain, hopes his latest win has further proved his credentials for a step up to professional racing with a UCI WorldTour team.

He said: "I am ecstatic. It is one of my best victories. To win a stage of your national tour and with the company that was there, you can't get much better.

"I have got the worlds [road world championships in Italy next week] after this, so hopefully I can do a good ride there, but hopefully I can turn pro after a few good performances here."

Late attack

Despite his youth and comparative inexperience, Yates weathered a series of attacks from the likes of Dan Martin (Garmin-Sharp) and Quintana (Movistar) on the climb to Haytor and managed to form part of a select group of nine leading riders going into the final 2km.

Lopez (Team Sky) looked to have made the stage-winning attack 400m out, but Yates countered and swiftly rounded the Spaniard to claim a two-second win.

He explained: "I was just hoping for good position as we hit the climb, and then people started to hit away - Dan Martin, Quintana.

"I knew I had a fast kick but I still didn't believe until I looked behind a few metres for the line.

"I hadn't really planned it, but I heard from my team-mates and other people that it is not one gradient all the way up - it is very up and down. I had good legs most of the day."

  • Share:


Tour of Britain 2013

Bradley Wiggins survived a hectic final stage in London

Wiggins 'relief' at victory

Sir Bradley Wiggins admitted it was a relief to wrap up overall victory at the Tour of Britain.

Sir Bradley Wiggins completed overall victory

Wiggins and Cavendish triumph

Bradley Wiggins completed overall victory at the Tour of Britain as Mark Cavendish won stage eight.

Mark Cavendish has now won nine stages at the Tour of Britain

Cav wins as Wiggins closes in

Mark Cavendish sprinted to his second victory of this year's Tour of Britain on stage seven.

Most Popular


'Great experience'

'Great experience'

As he prepares to leave the Tour de France, Simon Yates looks back on his first Grand Tour.

Simon Yates blog

Simon Yates blog

British rider writes exclusively for Sky Sports from the first rest day at the Tour de France.

Good Week/Bad Week

Good Week/Bad Week

Sky Sports picks out our heroes and villains from another eventful last seven days in the world of sport.