Fol­low­ing the Yates brothers across the Grand Tours

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De­spite ply­ing their trade over­seas in main­land Europe, the Yates brothers have never been far away from home sup­port this sea­son. Paul and Adele Van Der Kamp have made the most of their semi-re­tire­ment and fol­lowed their fel­low Bury Clar­ion cy­clists on the big­gest stages of them all.

“We fol­lowed the Giro, the Dauphiné, the Tour de France and then went down to the Vuelta,” says Paul. “It was al­ways a wish of mine to fol­low the races from start to fin­ish in their en­tirety. We thought now is the time to do it, it was just an added bonus that Si­mon was in the Giro, Adam was in the Dauphiné and Tour de France and then Si­mon won the Vuelta, which was the ic­ing on the cake.”

Hav­ing cy­cled with the Yates’s fa­ther up to four times a week in re­cent years, Paul has a link to the brothers and even joked to their fa­ther that he was see­ing his sons more than he was this past year. “Be­cause of the con­nec­tion with John they give us a lit­tle bit more time than they would do if we were to­tal strangers. So they’ll have a chat with us and I’ll show them a pic­ture of what their dad has been up to when we had last been cy­cling.”

While care­ful not to be in­tru­sive, Adele hopes that brothers en­joy hav­ing a lit­tle slice of Bury out on the Euro­pean roads. Cre­at­ing friend­ships with a num­ber of Spa­niards while fol­low­ing the Vuelta led to Yates gain­ing sec­ond-favourite-rider sta­tus — af­ter Ale­jan­dro Valverde — among some lo­cals. The Van der Kamps of­ten re­ceive phone mes­sages from ac­quain­tances they met on their jaunt, ex­plain­ing how the paint­ings of ‘Yates You Can’ still re­main on the se­cluded Span­ish roads.

“We like to let them know we are there, but we don’t want to keep re­mind­ing them and get on their nerves.” Tak­ing in the ac­tion of the pros rac­ing over the fa­mous climbs was just the tip of the ice­berg for Paul who was able to ride them him­self. Even af­ter claim­ing that it was a once in a life­time ex­pe­ri­ence he soon ad­mits that they are al­ready plan­ning on re­peat­ing their trips for next year, mean­ing that Si­mon and Adam can be as­sured that a slice of Lan­cashire love won’t be far away.

The Van der Kamps with a mes­sage of sup­port

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