Cycling - BikeExchange-Jayco: S.Yates not sure of doing the Tour de France - Sport 365

Published on June 11, 2022 at 11:42 p.m. – updated on June 11, 2022 at 11:44 p.m.

Mathieu WARNIER

While he had to shorten his Giro due to knee pain, Simon Yates could also miss the Tour de France. A decision which will depend on the state of form of the Briton but also on the situation of his team.

Will Simon Yates be in Copenhagen on July 1? The leader of the BikeExchange-Jayco team, winner of the first time trial of the Giro 2022, is uncertain for the big meeting in July. Victim of a fall during the 4th stage of the event leading the peloton on the slopes of Etna, Simon Yates then complained of pain in his knee and, despite a success during the 14th stage , he preferred to dismount four days later in order to recover for the rest of the season and in particular the Tour de France. But, on this subject, the boss of the Australian training Brent Copeland confided in an interview granted to the specialized site VeloNews that ” the discussion is still ongoing “. Indeed, as the Grand Départ of the Tour approaches, Simon Yates is not yet able to train fully and finds himself faced with a difficult choice.

S.Yates put to work to ensure the future of his team?

Indeed, the evolution of the condition of Simon Yates’ knee will be a major factor in the choices made by the BikeExchange-Jayco team for the coming weeks… but not only. Indeed, while the 2022 season is crucial for the allocation of World Tour licenses for the period starting in 2023, the Australian team are not guaranteed to keep their place in the elite and that could encourage him to field his best riders in less posh races in order to glean valuable points. “It is difficult to say where things will go because on the one hand, there is the points system to take into account and on the other hand, there is the visibility that we have on the Tour, confided Brent Copeland. In the Tour of Poland you also get big points… We will have made a decision next week. If his knee is healed, he will go on the Tour, but he must be convinced that he is 100%. So far, he hasn’t trained much since his stop at the Giro. If he’s going, it’s to win stages and not for the general classification. “A choice that the leaders of BikeExchange-Jayco will quickly have to make.

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