“Physically, I’m fine. For me, it’s always the challenge, it’s the mental aspect, after really going all-in for the Giro, concentrating for three weeks and only supporting it a few weeks later, it’s the most difficult thing for me. But physically, I feel good, ”said Simon Yates before the seventh stage, where he then ended up in the breakaway.“The hardest thing to target is the milestones. You never know what the other teams have planned, if they want to go for the peloton stage or if they want to start the break, ”explained Yates how difficult it is as a climber to win a stage. of the Tour de France. “So we’ll see in the next few days, but for sure there are more opportunities for me. ”
Yates explains that Sunday’s stage in Tignes probably suits him more than Saturday’s finish in Grand-Bornand, because it’s an uphill finish and a generally more difficult stage too, he thinks.
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“From the age of eight, there are a lot of opportunities,” he says. “The Ventoux, of course, is a very well-known ascent of the Tour de France. In fact, I’ve never been or run there, I don’t think so, I think we went to Paris-Nice, but we didn’t go to the top.
“Of course it would be great to win this stage, but there are also a lot of other stages that I think I can win. Before the second day of rest, we also end in Andorra, very close to my home. It would therefore also be a good stage to win.
“The goal is to try to reproduce 2019, a top 10 at the Giro, then I managed to win two stages on the Tour. So, I mean, if I can catch one here, it will be a success, ”added Yates, having already secured third place overall at the Giro earlier this year.
To integrate the Giro, the Tour and the Olympics in a single season is an impressive achievement, and Yates believes that if he were to race for the general classification in France, he would not be able to recover physically in time to fight for it. gold in Tokyo.
“I don’t think I would come out of the Tour de France physically well enough to do a good job [at the Olympics]. And that’s been a goal of mine for a long time now. So doing the full three weeks of GC is very demanding on the body and I just don’t think it’s enough time for me personally to recover and save it at the Olympics.
“I think it’s just better to target the stages, to really jump into a stage here, take a few days off and start over on another day, and it really mimics a one-day race, like the Games.” Olympic. I also think that mentally it’s difficult for me to do both the Giro and the Tour for the GC, it requires a lot of mental and physical effort. ”