The observation is not reflective of an unorganised rather shy second-year professional, Simon, more focused on letting his legs rather than boastful statements talk about a climbing talent that has been the object of press affection since U23s.
Simon, the oldest of the identical twins who has been able to mix it with cycling’s best climbers this season, laughed at McQuaid’s off-hand comment, which Adam later agreed with, prior to the start of the Tour in which he is a chance for stage wins.
“I don’t know what you mean!” said Simon. “I don’t try and put myself out there in the media, I try to keep a low profile and am pretty hard to get a hold of. Adam is always the first point of call when you’re trying to get a hold of both of us.”
The British siblings have been selected in an opportunistic Orica-GreenEDGE squad for the Tour and will have the chance to chase their own prospects, one of the reasons they turned professional with the Australian-based squad in 2014.
Simon especially has shown promise throughout the season and in the build-up to the race, finishing fifth at the Criterium du Dauphine, which Tour contender Chris Froome (Sky) won, and nothing top 10 results at the Tour de Romandie and Vuelta al Pais Vasco.
“Hopefully this Tour de France can be the cherry on the cake,” he said.
“Once the race hits the mountains there could be some real good stages for me and my brother to get up the road, and if the bunch give us enough space get a stage win. But as I said before, just getting into the break is a task in its own. Once you get there then you’ve got to assess how you are and hopefully you’ve got good legs from there.”
Adam will mark a special Tour debut a year after and alongside his currently in-form brother following a season that for him has been affected by crashes.
“I was good in Tirreno-Adriatico and then crashed in the Tour of the Basque Country. There was a lot of races I would have done [after Basque] so because I couldn’t race I missed a lot of the season,” Adam said.
“I feel like I’ve not really raced. I’ve done quite a few race days but don’t feel I’ve got anything out of it so far. But at the Criterium du Dauphine I helped Simon quite a lot during the mountain stages and showed I was going well myself.”
The twins have adapted well to the Aussie atmosphere at Orica-GreenEdge that may benefit their endeavours at the Tour this month.
“It’s one of the reasons we made a good choice in joining them in the first place,” Simon explained. “They’re chilled out but when the time comes to get serious, they get serious. That’s how it should be. If there is too much pressure and stress I’m not going to get results anyway. If you relax, let me do my job and my thing the results come by themselves.”