Simon Clarke (cyclist)

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Simon Clarke
Simon Clarke.jpg
Clarke at the 2009 Tour Down Under
Personal information
Full name Simon Clarke
Born (1986-07-18) 18 July 1986 (age 27)
Melbourne, Australia
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 63 kg (139 lb)
Team information
Current team Orica-GreenEDGE
Discipline Road, formerly track
Role Rider
Rider type All-rounder
Amateur team(s)
2006–2008 SouthAustralia.com-AIS
Professional team(s)
2009
2009–2010
2011
2012–
Amica Chips-Knauf
ISD-NERI
Astana
GreenEDGE
Major wins

Grand Tours

Tour de France
1 TTT stage (2013)
Vuelta a España
Mountains classification (2012)
1 individual stage (2012)

Stage races

Herald Sun Tour (2014)
Infobox last updated on
24 April 2014

Simon Clarke (born 18 July 1986) is a professional Australian road and former track cyclist, currently riding for Orica-GreenEDGE,[1] having joined from the Astana team.[2] He was an Australian Institute of Sport scholarship holder.[3]

Professional career[edit]

At the 2012 Vuelta a España Clarke won the fourth stage of the race, after being a part of an early breakaway that made it home on the mountainous race. The only other survivor of the break was Omega Pharma-Quick Step's Tony Martin, whom Clarke out sprinted to claim the prestigious win, the first professional victory of his career.[4] During the twentieth stage, Clarke placed first at the first three categorised climbs, of five, to win the most combative rider for the stage and to secure himself the blue polka-dot jersey, as winner of the mountains classification.[5]

Palmarès[edit]

2004
1st MaillotMundial.PNG World Junior Team Pursuit Championships
2005
5th GP Industrie del Marmo
8th Melbourne to Warrnambool Classic
10th Overall Giro delle Regioni
2006
1st MaillotAustralia.PNG National Junior Madison Championships
1st Stage 4 Vuelta a Navarra
2007
2nd GP Palio del Recioto
3rd Down Under Classic
3rd GP Liberazione
2008
1st MaillotAustralia.PNG National Under-23 Road Race Championships
1st Stage 4 Tour of Japan
1st San Vendemiano
2nd GP Capodarco
2nd Trofeo Alcide Degasperi
2nd La Côte Picarde
7th Trofeo Città di Castelfidardo
2009
8th Trofeo Laigueglia
8th Gran Premio dell'Insubria
8th Overall Tour of Britain
10th Memorial Cimurri
2010
4th GP Industria & Artigianato
2011
7th Giro del Friuli
7th Vattenfall Cyclassics
10th Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec
2012
Vuelta a España
1st Jersey blue dotted.png Mountains classification
1st Stage 4
Most Combative Stage 20
2nd Overall Glava Tour of Norway
2nd Rogaland GP
5th Overall Tour du Haut-Var
2013
Tour de France
1st Stage 4 (TTT)
Jersey red number.svg Combativity award, Stage 3
7th World Road Race Championships
2014
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Herald Sun Tour
1st Stage 2
4th Gran Premio Città di Camaiore

Grand Tour record[edit]

2012 2013
Giro DNE DNE
Stages won  —  —
Mountains classification  —  —
Tour DNE 68
Stages won  — 1
Mountains classification  — 25
Vuelta 77 69
Stages won 1  —
Mountains classification 1  —
Legend
1 Winner
2–3 Top three-finish
4–10 Top ten-finish
11– Other finish
DNE Did Not Enter
DNF-x Did Not Finish (retired on stage x)
DSQ Disqualified
N/A Race/classification not held
NR Not Ranked in this classification

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Orica-GreenEDGE (OGE) - AUS". UCI World Tour. Union Cycliste Internationale. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Clarke bound for GreenEdge". cyclingnews.com. 2011-08-23. 
  3. ^ Cycling Australian road cycling team announced for world championships
  4. ^ Atkins, Ben (21 August 2012). "Vuelta a España: Simon Clarke wins in stage four breakaway as Valverde loses to a crash". VeloNation (VeloNation LLC). Retrieved 23 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "Clarke: I'm not a climber, I'm an opportunist". Cycling News (Future Publishing Limited). 9 September 2012. Retrieved 9 September 2012. 

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