After becoming the first Briton to win the white jersey – awarded to the strongest young rider at the Tour de France – last year, few will have expected that Adam Yates would not be on the start line when this year's race gets under way in Düsseldorf. When Simon won a world title on the track in 2013 after beating a field of accomplished Six Day riders to win the points title, you may have been forgiven in thinking British Cycling had unearthed another Mark Cavendish. Likewise, when Adam went to France to pursue his career some may have thought his chance had gone after failing to make the grade to join the Olympic Academy Programme alongside his elder – albeit by just five minutes – brother.
Mark Cavendish’s first victory of the season was overshadowed by a row over the use of disc brakes in the peloton, with riders including the three-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome criticising the decision to experiment with them. Cavendish beat Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) to the finish line on the first stage of the Tour of Abu Dhabi. Doull, the Olympic team pursuit champion who was making his debut for Team Sky, was fortunately able to remount his bike and complete the stage.
"Hell yeah. I would definitely not want to come back and race anymore if I won the championship, I'd be outta of here," he said smiling. "I've always wanted to win a championship so badly. And coming back from this injury, we've worked so hard. So to come back this year and win the championship, it would be hard not to hang it up. "This is the last year of my deal. I would like to race more, but if I won the championship I'd have to consider going out on top." MORE: Junior on marriage | And Ken Squire, broadcasting Earnhardt smiled as he spoke but did pause often to reflect and think. The sport's 14-time -- and reigning -- Most Popular Driver has four top-five finishes in the championship standings,