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
Nickname Simo
Born (1986-07-18) 18 July 1986 (age 30)
Melbourne, Australia
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 63 kg (139 lb)
Team information
Current team Cannondale–Drapac
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type All-rounder
Amateur team(s)
2006–2008 SouthAustralia.com-AIS
Professional team(s)
2009 Amica Chips–Knauf
2009–2010 ISD–NERI
2011 Astana
2012–2015 GreenEDGE[1]
2016– Cannondale
Major wins

Grand Tours

Tour de France
1 TTT stage (2013)
Giro d'Italia
1 TTT stage (2015)
Vuelta a España
Mountains classification (2012)
1 individual stage (2012)

Stage races

Herald Sun Tour (2014)

One-Day Races and Classics

GP Industria & Artigianato di Larciano (2016)

Simon Clarke (born 18 July 1986) is a professional Australian road and former track cyclist, currently riding for Cannondale–Drapac, having joined from the Orica–GreenEDGE 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]

In September 2015 it was announced that Clarke would join Cannondale for the 2016 season.[6] He was added to Australia's roster for the 2016 Summer Olympics, replacing Simon Gerrans, who had crashed out of the Tour de France.[7]

Career achievements[edit]

Major results[edit]

Grand Tour general classification results timeline[edit]

2012 2013 2014 2015
Giro d'Italia DNE DNE DNE 63
Stages won  —  —  — 1 (TTT)
Mountains classification  —  — 53  —
Tour de France DNE 68 113 DNE
Stages won  — 1 (TTT)  —  —
Mountains classification  — 25  —  —
Vuelta a España 77 69 70 DNE
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)
DNS-x Did Not Start (no started 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. 
  6. ^ Windsor, Richard (24 September 2015). "Simon Clarke swaps Orica-GreenEdge for Cannondale-Garmin for 2016". Cycling Weekly. Retrieved 24 September 2015. 
  7. ^ "Australian Simon Clarke called up for Olympic Road Race". cyclingnews.com. 23 July 2016. Retrieved 24 July 2016. 

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