Sean Yates

Sean Yates

Yates in 2009
Personal information
Full name Sean Yates
Nickname The Animal
Born (1960-05-18) 18 May 1960
Ewell, Surrey, England
Team information
Current team Retired
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Amateur team(s)
? Archer Road Club
1980 34th Nomads
1981 ACBB
Professional team(s)
1982–1986 Peugeot
1987–1988 Fagor
1989–1990 7-Eleven
1991–1996 Motorola
Managerial team(s)
1998–2001 Linda McCartney Racing Team
2003–2004 Team CSC
2005–2007 Discovery Channel
2008–2009 Astana
2010–2012 Team Sky
2014 NFTO
2015– Tinkoff–Saxo
Major wins

National Road Race Championships (1992)

Tour de France
1 individual stage (1988)
Vuelta a España
1 individual stage (1988)

Sean Yates (born 18 May 1960) is an English former professional cyclist and directeur sportif.


Yates competed at the 1980 Summer Olympics, finishing sixth in the 4,000m individual pursuit.[1] As an amateur in 1980, he won the British 25-mile individual time trial championship, and took the national record for 10-mile time trials with 19m 44s.

As an amateur Yates rode for Athletic Club Boulogne-Billancourt in Paris, Europe's most successful sports club with fellow British riders John Herety and Jeff Williams.[2] Yates first race for the ACBB was the Grand Prix de Saint-Tropez which he won by riding off the front of the peloton.[3] Yates won fifteen races in total for the ACBB and also finished third in the prestigious individual time trial Grand Prix des Nations which was won by Martial Gayant.[3] Yates had develeoped a reputation as a strong time trialist and for an incredible turn of speed and power.[2] He turned professional in 1982 for Peugeot riding alongside Graham Jones, Phil Anderson, Robert Millar and Stephen Roche. He stayed with Peugeot for six seasons and became British professional individual pursuit champion in 1982 and 1983.

In 1988 riding for Fagor, he won the sixth stage of the Tour de France, a 52 km time-trial, beating Roberto Visentini by 14 seconds and Tony Rominger by 23 seconds. That year he also won a stage at the Vuelta a España, Paris–Nice, Midi-Libre and finished fourth overall in the Tour of Britain.

In 1989 he joined the American team, 7-Eleven and took two stages and overall victory in the Tour of Belgium, won the Grand Prix Eddy Merckx and finished second in Gent–Wevelgem. In 1991 Yates then moved to Motorola, where he rode with Lance Armstrong. During stage six of the 1994 Tour de France Yates got into a breakaway and took the overall lead by one second over Gianluca Bortolami. He became only the third Briton to wear the maillot jaune.

Yates retired in 1996 having competed in 12 Tours, completing nine; 45th was his best placing overall.

Yates spent much of his 15-year career as a domestique. He was powerful on flat stages and noted as a descender of mountains. For a rouleur Yates climbed very well for his weight.


In 1989, Yates tested positive for anabolic steroids in a doping test in the first stage of Torhout-Werchter.[4] However, his 'B' sample did not confirm the 'A' sample[5] and Yates was subsequently cleared because it was accepted that a labelling error must have occurred and the tested sample was not his.[6]

Following the report in October 2012 from the US Anti-Doping Agency that detailed organised doping in the US Postal/Discovery Channel teams, Yates insisted on BBC Radio 5 Live that he saw nothing suspicious during his six years working alongside Lance Armstrong.[7]

Management career

After retiring in 1996, Yates became manager of the Linda McCartney Racing Team, which competed at the Giro d'Italia. After the team's collapse in 2001, Yates helped set up the Australian iteamNova but left after funds ran out. After six months out of cycling, he joined Team CSC-Tiscali before moving to Discovery, in 2005, at the invitation of Lance Armstrong. In June 2007, Yates was manager of Team Discovery a USA team and, in 2008, went on to manage riders on the Astana cycling team.

In 2009, he was signed up as director of the newly formed Team Sky, a British-based team intent on providing Britain's first Tour de France winner. Yates spent three years as the team's lead Director Sportif and, in 2012, presided over Bradley Wiggins victories in Paris–Nice, Tour de Romandie, Critérium du Dauphiné, Tour de France and the Olympic Time Trial. However, his race support during the 2012 Tour de France was heavily criticised by Mark Cavendish who described Yates as "cold, uninspiring and miserly in praise."[8]

In October 2012, he left the employment of Team Sky and retired from cycling,[9] with The Daily Telegraph reporting that Yates had been forced to quit after admitting involvement in doping, meaning he did not meet the team's zero tolerance stance on doping.[10] Both Sky and Yates denied that his exit was linked to the team's new requirement that all employees sign a declaration pledging no previous involvement in doping.[5]

After a year away from the sport, in October 2013 it emerged that Yates had agreed to take the position of directeur sportif for the NFTO team from the 2014 season.[11] Subsequently, Yates clarified that this role would be limited to the first three rounds of the Premier Calendar and the Tour Series. He is also involved in coaching the Catford CC-Equipe Banks under-23 team, which includes his son Liam on its roster.[12] In November 2014 he was announced by Team Tinkoff-Saxo as one of their sports directors for the 2015 season.[13]

Post-professional racing

In 1997, he won the British 50-mile time-trial championship, and he finished third in the same event in 2005. In May 2007, he said he would not compete as a veteran because of heart irregularities, but he still competes at regional events, primarily in the Southeast. Yates currently plays football for Old St Marys Football Club as a goalkeeper in Amateur Football Combination.[14]

In 2009, he was inducted into the British Cycling Hall of Fame.[15]

Major results

3rd National 25-mile time trial
6th GP de France
1st Prologue, Sealink International
1st Overall, Girvan
6th Olympic Games 4,000 metres individual pursuit
7th Olympic Games 4,000 metres team pursuit (with Malcolm Elliott, Tony Doyle and Glen Mitchell)
2nd GP de France
1st Grand Prix de Saint-Tropez
2nd Flèche d'Or
1st GP de France
3rd GP des Nations, Amateurs
1st Issoire
1st Airedale
1st Stage 4 Circuit Cycliste de la Sarthe
1st Classic New Southsea
1st Great Yorkshire
1st Southsea
1st Stage 3 Tour d'Indre-et-Loire
1st London
5th Overall, Milk Race
1st Bristol
1st Prologue Four Days of Dunkirk
1st Stage 2 Milk Race
12th Overall Tour of Ireland
1st GP de Cannes
1st Stage 3 Tour of Ireland
Tour de France
Winner stage 6
Vuelta a España
Winner stage 12
1st Stage 5 GP du Midi-Libre
1st Stage Paris–Nice
4th Overall Tour of Britain
1st Grand Prix Eddy Merckx
1st Overall Tour of Belgium
1st stages 1a & 1b
1st Prologue Ronde van Nederland
2nd Gent–Wevelgem
3rd Overall Tour of Ireland
1st Stage 5 Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
2nd Overall Tour of Ireland
1st stage 4
1st British National Road Race Championships
Tour du Pont
1st stage 3
1st USPRO Road Race
5th Paris–Roubaix
Tour de France
Wore yellow jersey for one day after stage 6
2nd stage 3
3rd Paris-Brussels

See also


  1. "Sean Yates Biography & Statistics". Sports Reference. Retrieved 27 July 2012.
  2. 1 2 "BikeBritain British Cycling Heroes – Sean Yates". 11 March 2012. Retrieved 17 June 2012.
  3. 1 2 Yates, Sean (2013). Sean Yates: It’s All About the Bike: My Autobiography. London: Transworld Publishers. ISBN 978-1-4481-6741-8. Retrieved 30 October 2013.
  4. "DELGADO REHABILITE – SEAN YATES POSITIF AU T-W CLASSIC". Le Soir (in French). 11 October 1989. Retrieved 28 September 2010.
  5. 1 2 Richard Moore (28 October 2012). "Team Sky to wield the axe after Yates exit as Brailsford continues zero-tolerance policy". Daily Mail. Retrieved 21 August 2013.
  6. "Le Maillot Jaune Blanchi". Podium Cafe. 23 February 2011. Retrieved 21 August 2013.
  7. "Armstrong case: Yates insists he saw nothing suspicious as rider or directeur sportif". Velonation. 11 October 2012. Retrieved 11 October 2012.
  8. "In his brilliant new autobiography, Mark Cavendish reveals the truth about his unhappy 2012 Tour de France". The Telegraph. 2013. Retrieved 28 December 2013.
  9. "BBC Sport – Sean Yates leaves Team Sky and announces retirement". Retrieved 28 October 2012.
  10. Cycling. "Sean Yates parts company with Team Sky as Dave Brailsford's doping cull continues". Telegraph. Retrieved 30 October 2013.
  11. Clarke, Stuart; Langford, Ed (25 October 2013). "Cycling Weekly British News Round-Up". Cycling Weekly. Retrieved 5 November 2013.
  12. Sidwells, Chris (25 February 2014). "Sean Yates and the Catford CC-Equipe Banks team". Cycling Weekly. Retrieved 21 April 2014.
  13. "Sean Yates joins Tinkoff-Saxo as sports director two years after leaving Team Sky". 3 November 2014. Retrieved 4 November 2014.
  14. Old St Marys Football Club, Third Team match report, 10 October 2009. Accessed 8 December 2009.
  15. "50 Cycling Heroes Named in British Cycling's Hall of Fame". British Cycling. 17 December 2009.

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