Simon Yates says he and twin brother Adam are hungry for more success after committing to another two seasons with Mitchelton-Scott.

The Bury-born twins turned pro with the team – then Orica-GreenEDGE – ahead of the 2014 season and have since gone on to prove themselves as serious Grand Tour contenders, both winning the Tour de France’s white jersey.

Simon won three Giro d’Italia stages in the pink jersey this year but fell just short of carrying the maglia rosa to Rome.

Adam, meanwhile, is currently at the Tour de France – where he has switched focus to stage wins after struggling in the Alps due to a ‘hydration error’ – and crashed hard on the descent of the Col du Portillon on stage 16 when leading solo and just a few kilometres from the finish line.

But having signed a contract to stay with the Australian WorldTour team until 2020, Simon believes the brothers have a Grand Tour podium in their sights.

Adam Yates, Mitchelton-Scott, 2018, salute, pic - Sirotti

“As I have said all along, this was never a decision about money, this is about winning bike races,” he said.

“This team has believed in us from the beginning and given us opportunities to ride as leaders in key races from a young age.

“We’ve had clear ambitions together from the beginning and we have achieved a lot, but we are all hungry for more. I believe more than ever we can podium or win a Grand Tour.”

Adam added: “It’s the best option, not just for me but for Simon. We’ve been with the team from the beginning, we’ve had great success and the team has supported us every step of the way so there’s no reason to change and we are both really happy to stay.

“We’ve already achieved some great results, we’ve both won the white jersey at the Tour and won a lot of races along the way. The team is still focussed on riding for the GC and we will continue to do that.

“Hopefully we can take the Grand Tour victory that the team want, and that we want. We just have to keep working and it’s going to happen.”

Directeur sportif Matt White also backed his young riders, adding: “We are proud of what we have achieved so far and we have an unwavering belief in these two young men. With their returned faith, we know even bigger things are on the horizon.

“Along with Esteban Chaves, we have three of the most promising talents of this generation. That is a very exciting prospect for the team moving forward.”