SIMON YATES accomplished a shocking yr for Britain’s cyclists as he celebrated Vuelta a Espana victory in Madrid.
The 26-year-old rode house safely to clinch an unbelievable British clear sweep of biking’s three Grand Excursions.
No-nonsense character Yates and his twin brother Adam have turn into the most recent superstars of the seemingly infinite Brit biking conveyor belt.
Chris Froome gained the Giro d’Italian in Could and Geraint Thomas clinched the Tour de France in July.
It has made Britain the primary nation to win all three Grand Excursions with three totally different riders.
Since 2005, when a Brit completed 46th on the Giro and 60th on the Vuelta, with no Brits using the Tour, it has been some journey for riders flying underneath the Union Jack.
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It has prompted jealous and sometimes violent responses on the roads of France and controversy with Team Sky.
But Yates is not immune to that himself — having served a four-month ban in 2016 for a mishap with a therapeutic use exemption (TUE), essentially a doctor’s note.
There was no suggestion he consciously cheated, after the team’s doctor failed to apply for a TUE for his inhaler.
As the Chris Froome fall-out showed, the grey areas around TUEs and inhalers can be confusing to the public and riders alike.
Yates said: “It’s astonishing really.
“Growing up I was so accustomed to seeing the French, Italian and Spanish riders lead the way, so for myself, Chris and Geraint to all win a Grand Tour in the same year just shows how far the sport has come in this country.
“It hasn’t happened by accident and I’m so thankful to everybody who has been part of the journey, from all the volunteers at Bury Clarion to the support I received on the Great Britain Cycling Team pathway and of course everybody at Mitchelton–Scott.
“Without all of their support the last three weeks just wouldn’t have been possible.”
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