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Could Adam or Simon Yates be Britain’s next Olympic medallist?

Could Adam or Simon Yates be Britain’s next Olympic medallist?

Both Yates brothers are vying for a place in the GB squad at the Rio 2016 Olympic road race Adam Yates and Simon Yates in the 2014 Il Lombardia (Watson) All eyes are unsurprisingly on Chris Froome ahead of this year’s Olympic Games . And why not? The defending Tour de France winner is, on paper, Great Britain’s best shot at a medal in the road race and time trial.

In fact if the courses are anything to go by, this could be Froome’s best ever chance of an Olympic medal. A hilly time trial course has led both Tony Martin and world champion Vasil Kiryienka to describe him as the favourite for gold.

Meanwhile an exceptionally difficult road race course with over 4000m of climbing gives Froome the best chance of letting his physical attributes – being one of the best climbers in the world – overcome his deficiencies when it comes to performing in one day races.

But there are two other riders who could offer GB plenty of options in the Rio road race : Adam and Simon Yates.

As the pair embark on their third seasons as professionals with Orica-GreenEdge, both have earmarked selection for the road race in […]

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