Leigh Howard

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Leigh Howard
Leigh Howard, Tour of California 2012 (cropped).jpg
Personal information
Full name Leigh Howard
Born (1989-10-18) 18 October 1989 (age 27)
Geelong, Australia
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Weight 70 kg (154 lb)
Team information
Current team Aqua Blue Sport
Discipline Road and track
Role Rider
Rider type Sprinter
Amateur team(s)
0 Geelong CC
2009 Australian Institute of Sport
2009 Team Toshiba
Professional team(s)
2010–2011 Team HTC–Columbia
2012–2015 GreenEDGE[1]
2016 IAM Cycling
2017– Aqua Blue Sport

Leigh Howard (born 18 October 1989) is an Australian professional racing cyclist for UCI ProTour team Aqua Blue Sport.


Born in Geelong, Victoria, Howard now resides in Waurn Ponds.[2] He began cycling competitively at the age of 10 and first represented Australia in 2005 at the age of 16.[2] He is an Australian Institute of Sport scholarship holder. Howard trained as an automobile electrician,[2]

Howard won the bronze medal in the omnium event at the 2008 UCI Track Cycling World Championships. He went on to take several medals in round 2 and 4 of the 2008–2009 UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics. In 2009, he again won a medal in the omnium at the World Championships, this time taking gold, he also took the silver medal in both the madison and team pursuit.[2] Howard also had success on the road in 2009, winning stages 1 and 3 of the Tour of Japan.

Howard become a professional rider in 2010 with Team HTC–Columbia.[3] In his first professional race with team HTC Columbia, Howard won the fourth stage of the Tour of Oman. Impressively, Howard finished ahead of Daniele Bennati, Tom Boonen and Tyler Farrar on the stage. After two years with the team, Howard moved to GreenEDGE for the 2012 season.[1] In November 2015 IAM Cycling announced that Howard would join them for the 2016 season, with a role as part of the sprint train for Matteo Pelucchi.[4]

Career achievements[edit]

Major results[edit]

Tour of Tasmania
1st Stages 1, 4 & 7
1st Amsterdam
1st Dortmund
National Track Championships
1st MaillotAustralia.PNG Team pursuit
1st MaillotAustralia.PNG Scratch
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour of the Murray River
1st Stages 5 & 13
Tour of Gippsland
1st Stages 6 & 8
Tour of Tasmania
1st Stages 1 & 8
1st Coppa Colli Briantei Internazionale
1st Stage 2 Tour de Berlin
1st Stage 2 Australian Cycling Grand Prix
1st Amsterdam
1st Munich
1st Jersey rainbow.svg Omnium, UCI Track World Championships
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour of Gippsland
1st Stages 2, 3, 6 & 9
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Okolo Slovenska
Tour of Japan
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Stages 1, 3 & 7
1st Classic Astico – Brenta
1st Stage 1 Thüringen Rundfahrt der U23
1st Jersey rainbow.svg Madison (with Cameron Meyer), UCI Track World Championships
1st Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen
1st Stage 4 Tour of Oman
1st Sprints classification Bayern-Rundfahrt
1st Jersey rainbow.svg Madison (with Cameron Meyer), UCI Track World Championships
1st Stage 5 Ster Elektrotoer
3rd Trofeo Cala Millor
4th Grand Prix de Denain
1st Stage 2 (TTT) Eneco Tour
3rd Overall Tour of Britain
1st Stage 2
1st Trofeo Campos–Santanyí–Ses Salines
1st Trofeo Platja de Muro
8th Vuelta a La Rioja
5th Gran Premio Nobili Rubinetterie
7th Overall Tour of Alberta
6th RideLondon–Surrey Classic
1st Stage 1 Tour des Fjords
1st Clásica de Almería
2nd Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race

Grand Tour general classification results timeline[edit]

Grand Tour 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
A pink jersey Giro d'Italia DNF DNF
A yellow jersey Tour de France 172
A red jersey Vuelta a España 152 142
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "GreenEdge snares Howard". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. 12 September 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Rider profiles: Leigh Howard". Cycling Australia. 
  3. ^ ProCycling, Issue 133, January 2010, p. 63
  4. ^ "Leigh Howard, Vegard Stake Laengen and Oliver Naesen confirmed for IAM Cycling". cyclingnews.com. 28 September 2015. Retrieved 14 November 2015. 

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