UAE Team Emirates Signs Adam Yates
30-year-old Adam Yates, who recently won this year’s Deutschland Tour, will join UAE Team Emirates in 2023 from Team Ineos-Grenadiers.
Known for his climbing skills and grand tour experience, Yates will help the UAE team reinforce its grand tour ambitions as the team aims for additional Grand Tour wins after it won the Tour de France in 2020 and 2021 with Tadej Pogacar, but this year saw Jonas Vingegaard climb the highest podium step in Paris for the Jumbo-Visma team.
Adam Yates’ palmares is impressive having won 16 professional races including the 2015 Clasica San Sebastian, the 2020 UAE Tour, and the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya 2021. He finished 2nd in the 2018 Criterium du Dauphine, the 2019 Volta Ciclista a Catalunya, and Tirreno-Adriatico 2019. He finished 4th in the general classification at the Tour de France in 2016.
Commenting on signing a contract with the Emirati team, Yates told Roadcycling.com
“I’m really excited to join UAE Team Emirates. I have seen the growth of the team over the years and the opportunity to join was one that I could not turn down. I feel that I’m entering my peak years as a rider and the team will get the best out of me. I look forward to riding with many of the top riders in the world and to contribute to the team becoming number one in the world.”
Contrary to his twin brother Simon Yates (Team BikeExchange-Jayco), Adam Yates has never won a Grand Tour or finished on a Grand Tour podium. Simon Yates, however, won the Vuelta a Espana in 2018 and finished 3rd on the GC podium in Giro d’Italia 2021.
UAE Team Emirates Principal and CEO Mauro Gianetti said “We are very pleased to welcome Adam into our team for the coming years. His ability to win and achieve top results across a wide variety of races is very impressive and he has proven to be a consistent talent. We all know he is a rider of great panache and we believe that he will be the right fit for our structure as we continue to reinforce the team for the coming years.”