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CYCLING: Yates duo pride of Bury and living the dream - mum
THE mother of Bury’s newly-emerged cycling stars Simon Yates and Adam Yates has spoken of the family’s pride and joy at her sons’ achievements.
Susan Yates was speaking after 21-year-old track world champion Simon finished third in the Tour of Britain before being hailed as the next British cycling star by winner Sir Bradley Wiggins.
“He’s already a world champion on the track, which says it all” said Wiggins. “I think he’s Britain’s next star.”
The other half of British cycling’s amazing double act, Adam, finished down the field after suffering a disappointing crash at Honister Pass in the Lake District stage, but the CC Etupes rider already had a second-place finish behind Spanish rider Ruben Fernandez in the general classification of this year’s Tour de l’Avenir to his name.
For the Red Vales-based Yates family, it has been an incredible 12 months with Simon embedded with the British Talent Squad in Fallowfield after his stunning breakthrough gold medal win in the points race at the World Championships in Minsk.
Meanwhile, Adam has been based on the France-Switzerland border, honing is road racing skills.h “Simon’s strength on the track is probably marginally better than Adam’s because he was the only one to be selected for the British Olympic Development Squad,” said Susan. “But you should see the hills where Adam is living now. If anything I would back him to be stronger on the demanding climbs.”
The Bury Clarion Club duo, who were encouraged into the sport by their cycling-mad dad and fellow member John – currently laid up with a broken pelvis following an accident at the Manchester Velodrome – are not spending much time at the family home at the moment, but Susan has no complaints.
“You always want your sons to do really well and when they do, you just want to burst with joy,” she said. “I am really pleased they are now getting the rewards for their hard work and dedication as well as the sacrifices they have made.
“Most typical 21-year-olds are going out with their mates, going to parties and on lads’ holidays and spending money on clothes.
“But they are seeing the world as cyclists and it’s fantastic.”
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