Simon Clarke (cyclist)

Simon Clarke

Clarke at the 2009 Tour Down Under
Personal information
Full name Simon Clarke
Nickname Simo
Born (1986-07-18) 18 July 1986
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)
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)
Infobox last updated on
27 August 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

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

Major results

1st World Junior Team Pursuit Championships
5th GP Industrie del Marmo
8th Melbourne to Warrnambool Classic
10th Overall Giro delle Regioni
1st National Junior Madison Championships
1st Stage 4 Vuelta a Navarra
2nd GP Palio del Recioto
3rd Down Under Classic
3rd GP Liberazione
1st 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
8th Trofeo Laigueglia
8th Gran Premio dell'Insubria
8th Overall Tour of Britain
10th Memorial Cimurri
4th GP Industria & Artigianato
7th Giro del Friuli
7th Vattenfall Cyclassics
10th Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec
Vuelta a España
1st Mountains classification
1st Stage 4
Most Combative Stage 20
2nd Overall Glava Tour of Norway
2nd Rogaland GP
5th Overall Tour du Haut-Var
Tour de France
1st Stage 4 (TTT)
Combativity award, Stage 3
7th World Road Race Championships
1st Overall Herald Sun Tour
1st Stage 2
4th Gran Premio Città di Camaiore
Combativity award Stage 12 Tour de France
Giro d'Italia
1st Stage 1 (TTT)
Held after Stage 4
2nd Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race[8]
10th International Road Cycling Challenge
1st GP Industria & Artigianato di Larciano

Grand Tour general classification results timeline

2012 2013 2014 2015
Stages won       1 (TTT)
Mountains classification     53  
Tour DNE 68 113 DNE
Stages won   1 (TTT)    
Mountains classification   25    
Vuelta 77 69 70 DNE
Stages won 1      
Mountains classification 1      
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


  1. "Orica-GreenEDGE (OGE) - AUS". UCI World Tour. Union Cycliste Internationale. Retrieved 3 January 2014.
  2. "Clarke bound for GreenEdge". 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". 23 July 2016. Retrieved 24 July 2016.
  8. Woodpower, Zeb (1 February 2015). "Meersman wins Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race". Retrieved 1 February 2015.
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