ABU DHABI: British cyclist Adam Yates signed a three year contract with UAE Team Emirates, Emirates News Agency reported.
The 30-year-old climbing specialist has won 18 professional races, including the Deutschland Tour, Vuelta Catalunya and UAE Tour, achieved two Top Five Tour de France results, and tasted victory in the San Sebastian Classic.
“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,” Yates said.
“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,” he added.
Yates was previously signed with Ineos Grenadiers before leaving to join the UAE team.
Team 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.”