Orica-GreenEdge selects British neo-pro Adam Yates for his Grand Tour debut at the end of August
Adam follows in the footsteps of his twin brother and Orica team-mate Simon, who made his Grand Tour debut in the Tour de France in July.
Adam has enjoyed a successful debut season for the Australian team, winning the Tour of Turkey overall and claiming the one-day GP Industria and Artigianato in Italy at the end of July.
Orica-GreenEdge sports director Matt White told Cycling Weekly in July that Adam Yates was already on its list of riders for the Vuelta: “He’s shown that he’s capable of racing in high-level races. He’ll be definitely be given freedom to go into breakaways.”
Along with Yates, Orica-GreenEdge’s Vuelta a Espana nine-man roster comprises Brett Lancaster, Cameron Meyer, Esteban Chaves, Ivan Santaromita, Michael Matthews, Mitch Docker, Sam Bewley and Simon Clarke.
Colombian Chaves will be the team’s first general classification rider in a Grand Tour since its WorldTour debut in the 2012 season, though the rest of the team will be given a free rein for stage wins.
“This year we are going in with a multi-task team,” said sports director Neil Stephens. “There have been times when we have just targeted stages with one or a couple of riders but this year the whole team is basically all opportunists.
“I think that anyone who looks at our line up for the Tour of Spain will see that there are some great standout stage winners there and we will be trying to give some attention to the general classification with Esteban Chaves too.”