“When I look at this team, I see so much potential. I truly believe that if I can make the guys more united, if I can help the group ride more cohesively as a team, I can help us all fulfill our ambitions."
Simon Clarke has spent more than a dozen years as a professional cyclist. In this time, he has won stages at all three grand tours (two individual wins at the Vuelta a España, team time trial wins at the Giro d’Italia and Tour de France), stood atop the podium in Madrid as the 2012 Vuelta a España King of the Mountain and spent one day in the maglia rosa worn by the Giro d’Italia race leader. Simon’s famous display of ‘matesmanship’ during the Giro, when he offered a wheel to compatriot Richie Porte in an effort to save Porte’s bid for general classification glory, garnered international attention.
Following four seasons with Australian outfit Mitchelton-Scott, Simon moved to Cannondale Pro Cycling, as EF Education First was then known, in 2016. He quickly emerged as a team mentor and leader. The experienced Australian serves as a road captain, providing crucial direction and tactical guidance to his teammates and nuanced feedback to directors. Simon signed a three-year contract with the team ahead of the 2018 season that will see him race in argyle through at least 2020.