Mitchelton Scott rider Adam Yates will target a podium finish at the 2019 Tour de France, his team has confirmed.
The Englishman is regarded as one of the best climbers in the world and will lead the Mitchelton Scott squad at the TDF, while his twin brother Simon, who won the Vuelta a Espana last season, will seek victory at the Giro d'Italia.
"Adam showed in 2016 that he can mix it with the big boys at the Tour de France," said team boss Matthew White.
"We are heading back this year with ambitions of Adam challenging for a spot on the podium come July.
"Adam will have a great team supporting him and I really believe he is going to show what he is capable of.”
White added, "He is one of the best climbers in the world and helping him to put it all together for three weeks on the biggest stage is an exciting challenge.”
The 26-year-old rider said he was already mentally preparing for an assault on the mountainous 2019 Tour.
"I’m super excited to go back to the Tour this year," he explained.
"Last year we made some mistakes that cost us and it was a big disappointment, so it'll be good to go back and rectify that," he said in reference to his costly stage 16 crash.
"Even though the Tour is a long way away at this moment in time... in the back of my mind everything I’m doing is build up for the Tour," Yates concluded.
White said the 2019 route would suit Adam: "It is an interesting course with limited time trial kilometres and some very high passes, which have not been seen before in the Tour de France.
"Avoiding Western France makes that first week a little less tense. We are in the mountains quite early and with a team time trial day two we will certainly see the lay of the land quite early in proceedings."