Yates withdrawn from Tour de France

Britain’s Simon Yates has been withdrawn from the Tour de France after 15 stages of the 21-stage race.

Orica GreenEdge drafted in Yates

on 1 July

after Daryl Impey was suspended following

a failed drugs test.

“After an impressive debut, Simon Yates will head home to recover, destined for more great things to come,” tweeted the 21-year-old’s Australia-based team.

Team Sky’s Geraint Thomas is the only British rider left in the race, which finishes on Sunday in Paris.

Thomas rode alongside Yates in a 17-man break on Saturday’s 13th stage, and told BBC Sport he had been impressed by the rider who finished third in the

British National Championships

before the Tour.

“He’s a talented guy and it was exciting for British cycling to see him up there in his second break on his first Tour,” said Thomas.

Yates’s team director Matt White admitted prior to the race it

“wasn’t the plan”

to include the

2013 points race world champion on the track

in the team for the 2,277-mile Tour, which began in Yorkshire on 5 July.

Monday is a rest day on the Tour before the race resumes with three mountainous stages in the Pyrenees and an individual time trial before Sunday’s traditional processional ride into Paris, which will end in a sprint finish on the Champs Elysees.

BBC Sport will have live text commentary of the six remaining stages, with live commentary on BBC Radio 5 live Sports Extra.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/28399094

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