Simon Clarke’s career has been one forged on discipline and commitment to his team and his teammates. He’s also a leader with a smart bike brain.
A junior world champion in the team pursuit, Simon’s breakthrough victory on the road came when he beat Tony Martin in a mountain-top finish, on Stage 4, of the 2012 Vuelta a Espana. He then went on to win the King of the Mountain Classification in the 2012 Vuelta.
At this year’s Giro d’Italia, he was one of the most active riders in the first week, which resulted in a stint in the race leader’s maglia rosa after finishing second on Stage 4.
Simon has also won the Jayco Herald Sun Tour and, with top-10 finishes at World Tour races Vattenfall Cyclassics and GP Cycliste de Quebec, he has shown he’s capable of winning more.
It was at the 2009 UCI Road World Championships where Simon’s true talent was first really revealed.
Clarke roomed with Cadel Evans at those world championships and provided crucial emotional support off the bike in the days leading up to the race. On race day he was Cadel’s right hand man. Cadel has said that Clarke was a key part of his success in becoming Australia’s first road race world champion.
Simon has also played a key role in much of the success at Orica-GreenEDGE, including the team time trial victories at the Tour de France and Giro d’Italia, stages victories by Simon Gerrans and Michael Matthews at the Giro, Tour and Vuelta, plus the 2014 Liege-Bastogne-Liege win by Gerrans.
Simon regularly plays the role of captain on the road for the Orica-GreenEDGE team and for the Australian national team at world championships. His tactical awareness and selfless approach to racing makes him a great asset as a captain on the road with the best interest of the team his key focus.
In 2016, Simon will start a new chapter of his professional career, joining the Cannondale- Garmin Pro Cycling team.
Connecting with Simon
2015 Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race – 2nd
2015 Giro d’Italia – 1st stage one, 2nd stage 4 and leaders jersey
2014 Herald Sun Tour champion
2014 Tirreno – Adriatico – 2nd Stage 1 (TTT), 3rd Stage 3
2014 3rd Stage 1 (TTT) Vuelta a Espana
2013 Tour de France – 1st stage 4
2012 Vuelta a Espana – 1st stage 4 & 1st Mountains Classification
2013 UCI Road World Championships – 7th
1st – GP Industria & Artigianato
4th – Stage 2 Tirreno – Adriatico
5th – Stage 1 Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco
6th – Stage 3 Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco
1st – Stage 1 (TTT) Giro d’Italia
Leaders Jersey – Giro d’Italia
2nd – Stage 4 Giro d’Italia
2nd – Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race
3rd – Stage 4 Herald Sun Tour
4th – Overall Herald Sun Tour
4th – Stage 1 Herald Sun Tour
7th – Prologue Herald Sun Tour
10th – Road Race Cycling Australia Road National Championships