SIMON Yates is expected to be at full tilt for the Olympic road race where he and twin brother Adam will be in the medal hunt for Team GB.

The Bury stars will be joined by Geraint Thomas and Tao Geoghegan Hart on Saturday in Tokyo with British cycling performance director Stephen Park confident of success.

That comes after Simon crashed out of the Tour, suffering trauma to his abdominal wall, with Thomas and Geoghegan Hart also experiencing issues.

Park believes there are pluses and minuses to the disrupted build-up in cycling’s most iconic race as the Games begin a year later than planned. “Simon had a heavier fall, but he’s been in Tokyo some time now and is being well cared for by the medical team,” he told VeloNews.

“It sounds like things are looking good and he’s going to be recovered by the time we get to the road race.

“The Tour didn’t go great for them, but the mood is better, more optimistic, than you would think.”

Adam Yates did not ride the Tour and while an arduous course may seemingly suit his brother best of the quartet, Park insists it is a fluid situation.

“It’s going to be a case of just seeing how it’s all working out on the day and how their legs are feeling to ensure we get the best support for our strongest rider,” he added.

“I think the end of the race will be a bit of a war of attrition so we need to keep flexible and save whoever is looking best.

“I think that we’ve got a very good chance of medaling. All four riders have shown that on their day, they can race and win against the best in the world.

“If on the day they’re feeling good and it runs well for us, I think there’s no reason why we won’t be challenging for the podium.”