Quinn Simmons

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Quinn Simmons
Quinn Simmons at the 2022 Tour de France
Personal information
Born (2001-05-08) May 8, 2001 (age 23)
Durango, Colorado
Height1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Team information
Current teamLidl–Trek
Amateur team
2019Lux–Sideshow p/b Specialized
Professional team
Major wins
Stage races
Tour de Wallonie (2021)

One-day races and classics

National Road Race Championships (2023)
Medal record
Men's road bicycle racing
Representing  United States
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2019 Yorkshire Junior road race

Quinn Simmons (born May 8, 2001) is an American road cyclist, who currently rides for UCI WorldTeam Lidl–Trek.[2]


Early career 2018–2021[edit]

Simmons' first sport was ski mountaineering, for which he won the bronze medal in the cadet category in the 2017 World Championships.[3] After switching to road cycling, he won the 2019 world junior road race championships, and the 2018 US junior national road race and time trial championships.

On July 22, 2021, Simmons took his first professional victory on Stage 3 of the Tour de Wallonie, taking the overall lead in the process. He managed to maintain his lead until the race's conclusion to win his first professional stage race.[4]

Simmons made his Grand Tour debut in the 2021 Vuelta a España. He was first involved in a breakaway on stage 16, but the group was caught by the peloton in the final kilometers.[5] Three stages later, he was part of another breakaway, which would stay out in front until the finish. He finished third in the final sprint behind Rui Oliveira and winner Magnus Cort.[6]


Early in the 2022 season, Simmons finished seventh in Strade Bianche. He then raced Tirreno–Adriatico, primarily as a domestique for team leader Giulio Ciccone. On stage 4, he was part of the main breakaway and accumulated enough points to take the lead in the mountains classification and the green jersey.[7] Then, he added to his total on stage 6 and held off pressure from Davide Bais, the nearest competitor, to defend the jersey for the remainder of the race.[8][9]

Simmons entered the 2022 Tour de Suisse and dominated the mountains classification. He took the lead on day one and was still in the lead when 29 riders had to leave the race due to a Covid outbreak.[10] On stage 6 he got involved in the breakaway to collect KOM points. It was an extremely hot day and he eventually ran out of water, and therefore got dropped. After getting water from the team car he fought his way back to the front to compete for the stage win. He finished the final two stages to claim the KOM jersey.

He was named to the start list of the 2022 Tour de France. On stage 3, he lost contact with his team late in the stage, getting stuck in the back of the peloton as his teammates were up front defending Mads Pedersen. Simmons went off-road and rode through the grass, around the peloton, to rejoin his team, for which he was penalized with a 500 Francs fine, losing 25 UCI world tour points, 20 seconds in the general classification, 40 points in the points competition and 1 point in the mountains classification.[11] On stage 6, he got into the first Tour breakaway of his career, which included Jakob Fuglsang and the yellow jersey of Wout van Aert. The break did not succeed, and before long it was Simmons and Van Aert riding together. He noted how easily Van Aert was able to ride away from him in the end, but he took the lesson from the Belgian and later said that the level Van Aert is at now, is where he hopes to be in a few years.[12] Simmons got involved in other breakaways as the race progressed. On stage 14, he rode hard up one of the middle climbs as part of a planned strategy to extend the gap over the peloton, and if possible drop riders from the group for the benefit of Pedersen. He rode so hard that he ended up stopping and throwing up after his work at the front was done. His teammate Pedersen went on to win the stage.[13] On stage 19, he was named Most Combative Rider.[14]


On September 30, 2020, Simmons was suspended indefinitely by Trek–Segafredo for actions on Twitter. In the incident, he used a black hand emoji in response to an anti-Trump tweet from Dutch cycling journalist José Been, who essentially said that they wanted nothing to do with anyone who supported the Trump presidency. Simmons used the black hand emoji and said "Buh-bye" in the politically charged interactions. This incident led to a suspension by the team, which considered his actions to be racially insensitive.[15]

In a subsequent apology, Simmons denied racist intent.[16] Trek–Segafredo reinstated Simmons to the team that November. At a press conference following his reinstatement, Simmons disputed the suspension as undeserved and "wrong."[17]

Major results[edit]

1st Road race, National Junior Road Championships
Saarland Trofeo
1st Points classification
1st Stage 4
1st Mountains classification, Ronde des Vallées
3rd Gent–Wevelgem Junioren
7th Paris–Roubaix Juniors
UCI Junior Road World Championships
1st Road race
4th Time trial
1st Time trial, National Junior Road Championships
1st Overall Driedaagse van Axel
1st Points classification
1st Stages 1, 2 (ITT) & 4
1st Overall Grand Prix Rüebliland
1st Points classification
1st Stages 2b (ITT) & 3
1st Overall Keizer der Juniores
1st Mountains classification
1st Young rider classification
1st Stages 2a (ITT)
1st Gent–Wevelgem Junioren
Tour du Pays de Vaud
1st Points classification
1st Stage 2b (ITT)
2nd Overall Tour de Hongrie
6th Bretagne Classic
2021 (2 pro wins)
1st Overall Tour de Wallonie
1st Young rider classification
1st Stage 3
10th Classic Sud-Ardèche
1st Mountains classification, Tirreno–Adriatico
1st Mountains classification, Tour de Suisse
7th Strade Bianche
8th Maryland Cycling Classic
Combativity award Stage 19 Tour de France
2023 (2)
1st Road race, National Road Championships
5th La Drôme Classic
10th Overall Vuelta a San Juan
1st Stage 3

Grand Tour general classification results timeline[edit]

Grand Tour 2021 2022 2023
A pink jersey Giro d'Italia
A yellow jersey Tour de France 66 DNF
A red jersey Vuelta a España 124
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Trek-Segafredo announce complete 2020 men's roster". Cyclingnews.com. November 9, 2019. Retrieved January 3, 2020.
  2. ^ "Trek – Segafredo". UCI.org. Union Cycliste Internationale. Archived from the original on January 2, 2021. Retrieved January 2, 2021.
  3. ^ "Sprint Race – 2017 Skimo Worlds – Feb 28: Quinn Simmons claims bronze for USA, Arnold and Galicia win senior titles". Skintrack.com. March 17, 2017. Retrieved December 12, 2020.
  4. ^ "Tour de Wallonie: Quinn Simmons wins stage 3 in Érezée". CyclingNews. July 22, 2021. Retrieved July 22, 2021.
  5. ^ Hood, Andrew (August 31, 2021). "Quinn Simmons chases win and form in Vuelta a España breakaway". VeloNews. Outside Interactive, Inc. Retrieved March 13, 2022.
  6. ^ Farrand, Stephen (September 3, 2021). "Quinn Simmons: We made it to the finish and I just got beaten in the sprint by someone stronger". CyclingNews. Retrieved March 13, 2022.
  7. ^ Farrand, Stephen (March 10, 2022). "Simmons completes a day of success for USA's next generation at Tirreno–Adriatico". CyclingNews. Retrieved March 13, 2022.
  8. ^ Farrand, Stephen (March 12, 2022). "Simmons drops Alaphilippe to seal Tirreno–Adriatico mountains jersey". CyclingNews. Retrieved March 13, 2022.
  9. ^ Hood, Andrew (March 13, 2022). "Quinn Simmons betting that a climber's jersey in Italy will help on flats of Belgium". VeloNews. Outside Interactive, Inc. Retrieved March 13, 2022.
  10. ^ Alivas, Cody (June 17, 2022). "Simmons Extends KOM Lead". Durango Herald. Retrieved June 18, 2022.
  11. ^ Hood, Andrew (July 3, 2022). "Quinn Simmons sanctioned for riding off course at Tour de France-The jury report on Sunday cited the UCI rule that outlines riding on sidewalks, paths or cycle paths". Velo News by Outside Magazine. Retrieved July 12, 2022.
  12. ^ Hood, Andrew (July 7, 2022). "Quinn Simmons goes down swinging in first Tour de France breakaway-American Tour rookie impressed after breakaway with Wout van Aert: 'I've never been ridden out of the wheel like that before.'". Velo News by Outside Magazine. Retrieved July 12, 2022.
  13. ^ Cotton, Jim (July 16, 2022). "Mads Pedersen lives Danish dream two weeks after grand départ disappointment Pedersen hails Quinn Simmons for crucial role in the break as Danish riders continue to deliver at Tour de France". Velo News by Outside Magazine. Retrieved July 17, 2022.
  14. ^ Olivas, Cody (July 22, 2022). "Simmons wins sprint; Laporte takes stage". Durango Herald. Retrieved July 23, 2022.
  15. ^ Gaydos, Ryan (October 1, 2020). "FIRST AMENDMENT: American cyclist's black hand emoji in response to Trump bashing reason for indefinite suspension, team says". Fox News. Retrieved March 13, 2022.
  16. ^ Long, Jonny (October 2, 2020). "Quinn Simmons issues apology, says tweet was not racist". Cycling Weekly. Retrieved September 3, 2021.
  17. ^ Frattini, Kirsten (February 26, 2021). "Quinn Simmons: I did not deserve to be suspended". CyclingNews. Retrieved September 3, 2021.

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