Adam Yates and brother Simon sign Orica-BikeExchange contract extensions
By Allan Valente
Last Updated: 16/08/16 11:43am
Adam and Simon Yates have signed contract extensions with Orica-BikeExchange that will keep them with the team until 2018.
The British twins have been part of the Australian team since turning professional in 2014.
Adam was victorious at the Tour of Turkey the same year before picking up his first WorldTour win at the 2015 Clasica Ciclista San Sebastian.
The 24-year-old followed that up by finishing fourth overall at this year's Tour de France, and became the first British winner of the best young rider's white jersey.
In a team statement, Adam said: "I'm really happy to extend my contract with the team and take the next, important steps in my career here.
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"I'm ready to target a podium spot in the Grand Tours and with the support and environment the team gives me, I think we can achieve it. This year, I showed that I can climb with the best in the world and I want to keep improving in other areas too.
"I feel really at home on the team and that gives me the opportunity to work in the best possible way. I've been on the team since I turned professional and I'm pleased that I'm staying with a great group of riders and staff going onwards."
Simon, who was handed a four-month ban after testing positive for terbutaline at Paris-Nice before returning to win the Prueba Villafranca de Ordizia, is set to ride the Vuelta a Espana for the first time.
"I'm really pleased to be able to continue my development with ORICA-BikeExchange for the next two seasons," he said.
"They have showed their faith in me from the start and I've been able to benefit from the experience of riding key races as a protected leader - that's an opportunity that doesn't exist too often in your first years as a professional."