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His cycling career is forged on discipline and commitment to his teammates and the sport.

Simon Clarke is a long-standing professional cyclist with a highlights reel many in the sport can only dream of.

His commitment to his team, EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale, was highlighted when the road captain and architect helped teammate Rigoberto Ran to finish second in the 2017 Tour de France behind Chris Froome.

Regarded as one of the most durable and resilient riders on the WorldTour, Simon will race in argyle through to at least 2020, having recently signed a new three-year contract with the team.

His professionalism and discipline know no bounds – and, his attention to detail and commitment is legendary.

In 2017, the mentor and leader netted an impressive second place in the Vuelta a Andalucia Ruta Ciclista Del Sol and fourth in the Mountains Classification in the Tour of Romandie.

He moved to Cannondale Pro Cycling, as EF Education First–Drapac p/b Cannondale was then known, in 2016. Soon after, he won the GP Industria & Artigianato and enjoyed top five stage finishes at Tirreno – Adriatico and Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco. He also raced for Australia at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

During Simon’s previous four seasons with Australian outfit Mitchelton-SCOTT, he regularly played the role of captain on the road and held the same mantle for the Australian national team at World Championships.

Always highly respected

Simon began as a junior world champion in the team pursuit, and was awarded an Australian Institute of Sport scholarship were he quickly established a reputation as someone who could always ‘get the job done’.

It was at the 2009 UCI Road World Championships where Simon’s true talent was first revealed. He roomed with Cadel Evans and provided crucial support on and off the bike, which Cadel later attributed as a key to his success in becoming Australia’s first Road Race World Champion.

Simon’s personal breakthrough victory came when he beat Tony Martin in a mountain-top finish on Stage 4 of the 2012 Vuelta a España. He went on to win the King of the Mountain Classification – making him the first Australian ever to do so.

Put simply, 31-year-old is a great example of a sportsperson who has absolutely got the best out of himself.

HIGHLIGHTS

1st – 2016 GP Industria & Artigianato
2nd – 2015 Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race
1st – 2015 Giro d’Italia (stage one)
2nd – 2015 Giro d’Italia (stage 4 and leaders jersey)
1st – 2014 Herald Sun Tour
2nd – 2014 Tirreno – Adriatico (Stage 1 TTT)
3rd – 2014 Vuelta a Espana (Stage 1 TTT)
1st – 2013 Tour de France (Stage 4)
1st – 2012 Vuelta a España (Stage 4 & Mountains Classification)
7th –2013 UCI Road World Championships

 

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