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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.

Simon – married to an Italian native – has embraced every aspect of professional cycling life in Europe, spending his time away from the racing circuit in Andorra, Spain and in Italy. He has a work ethic to match the best in the sport and, over the years, has gained a notable reputation to be the man that can always ‘get the job done’ – no matter what role that is. Coupled with his clever racing tactics, Simon offers more than just his physical talents on the bike, making him a vital member of any team.

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.

In 2015’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 joined the Cannondale – Drapac squad, assuming a captain position within the team. That year, he won the GP Industria & Artigianato and had top 5 stage finishes at Tirreno – Adriatico and Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco.

For the 2017 season, Simon continues as a road captain in the Cannondale – Drapac team. This year he has netted an impressive 2nd place in the Vuelta a Andalucia Ruta Ciclista Del Sol and 4th in the Mountains Classification in the Tour of Romandie.

Career Highlights

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

 

2016 Highlights

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

 

2015 Highlights

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

 

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