• Simon Yates will start his 2020 season in Australia, his team Mitchelton-Scott announced (Getty)Source: Getty
For the first time since joining Mitchelton-Scott, Simon Yates will race in Australia where he will launch his assault on the Giro d'Italia and the Tokyo Olympics.
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23 Dec 2019 - 10:10 PM  UPDATED 23 Dec 2019 - 10:11 PM

The 27-year-old will race the Tour Down Under, Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race and the Herald Sun Tour.

After he wore the pink jersey for 13 days in 2018, and a self-confessed disappointing 2019 campaign, Yates will return for a third consecutive tilt at the Italian grand tour. 

The Brit says a season start during the Australian summer aligns well with his Giro d'Italia and Tokyo Olympics goals. 

“After competing in both the Giro and the Tour last season," he said. "I was extremely tired and so we decided as a team to stop earlier than normal to give myself the best possible preparation for 2020.

"I have always wanted to do the Aussie summer. Of course riding for an Australian team there is more pressure, but I really enjoy getting stuck into racing and giving it a good go. With these being our home races, the boys are super motivated to give everything.”

“I would love to hit the ground running, so when any opportunities to take my own chances come, I hope to grab them with both hands."

Yates will take a back seat to reigning back-to-back champion Daryl Impey at the Tour Down Under but if the timing is right, will unleash at the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race and Herald Sun Tour. 

“Daryl has found the winning formula. I will be there to support him (at the Tour Down Under) or take my chance as they arise.

“Of course the more climbing the better for myself personally, but regardless, I think as a team we can go in there fully focused to win.”

WATCH Simon Yates win Stage 12 of the 2019 Tour de France

“The Cadel Road Race is that aggressive style of racing that I really enjoy to do. If a chance comes for myself then I will do my best to capitalise - the harder the race the better.”

“I last rode the Sun Tour back in 2013 and still to this day it’s the hottest temperatures I have ever raced in.

“It’s a great race which I’m looking forward to returning. The final climbs look very challenging and I’m looking forward to getting stuck in and giving it a go.

“Of course we’re in the middle of the Aussie summer and so the local teams are in great shape and very motivated.

Watch Simon Yates win Stage 15 of the 2019 Tour de France


"It will be a hard race and not knowing the opposition always puts a question mark in your mind before trying anything in the race, but I’m looking forward to racing nonetheless.”

Despite disappointment at finishing eighth overall at the Giro d'Italia, Yates' 2019 still featured two Tour de France stage victories, an ITT win (Stage 5) at Paris-Nice and Stage 4 of the Ruta del Sol.