Simon Gerrans

About Simon

Simon Gerrans was born in Melbourne and grew up in Mansfield, Victoria. He currently rides for Australia’s first UCI WorldTour team ORICA-SCOTT and resides in Andorra.

Simon Gerrans may have fallen into cycling by accident, but his success ever since has been the product of determination, and unwavering commitment. Chance never played a part. Now with a stage win in each Grand Tour -the only Australian to do so- and a coveted two day stint in the Tour de France yellow jersey, Gerrans is a bone fide Australian success story.

Adding grit to his graft is the fact that his success has come despite some of the most knowledgeable heads in the sport thinking it would not. Mentor and fellow yellow jersey wearer Phil Anderson, and Victorian Institute of Sport [VIS] Coach Dave Sanders, both had a strong hand in the development of Gerrans. And both remain staggered at where his bike has taken him.

“With every result he gets, I am surprised,” said Anderson, who remains thrilled with the decision to lend Gerrans a bike 16 years ago. Sanders, on the other hand, sends chills down the spine of even the most hardened cynic, as he tells the story of an underdog who took on the world.

“I used to always think that there were three things that make a champion,” Sanders recalled to Inside Sport. “The first, and most important, was natural, god-given physiology. The other two things were determination and luck. Another Simon -Simon Clarke- is similar. After meeting guys like that, I say the most important is determination. Determination and commitment are at the top of the tree.”

For those following in the pedal strokes of Gerrans at the VIS, Sanders is certain of one thing; “He’s the role model. I have young guys that, when they complain, I tell them that they have twice the natural talent and more opportunity than Simon ever had.”

Gerrans grew up racing motocross in Mansfield, Victoria, but two serious knee injuries and a number of torn ligaments later, the then 16-year-old’s hand was forced and his motorbikes retired. But never one to quit, Gerrans opted for a career on two wheels of a different kind. And it was the serendipitous arrival of Phil Anderson just one valley over from Gerrans, that ensured the transfer of knowledge and expertise from an already established Australian cycling legend, to one in the making.

“Phil suggested I do one of his training camps – it was at the end of 1996,” Gerrans told Fairfax Media. “For Christmas, my parents bought me a spot on his camp at Pinnacle Valley, near where I grew up. Phil lent me a bike, and after the camp he said I had a bit of ability.”

“At the time Phil was doing his coaching levels, and for part of it he had to write a training program and coach someone, ‘So he came up to me and said, ‘If you’re interested in getting into competitive cycling, I’d be happy to coach you’.”

“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference” – Winston Churchill

Although not one to force his own ethos on others, others will readily confirm that its Gerrans’ attitude that sets him apart. Nicknamed ‘The Sniper’ of cycling for his ability to consistently set and hit targets, Gerrans has not once let his aim slip.

Living as an amateur cyclist in France in the early 2000s Gerrans needed to win a certain few races to guarantee his first professional contract. He targeted them, he won them, he was a professional soon after. His next target was a Grand Tour stage win, he’s now won five. After that he wanted to win a monument, so in 2012 he went about putting the Milano Sanremo title to his name.

It was his stage win and subsequent yellow jersey at the 2013 Tour de France, however, that truly set Gerrans apart. He had been targeting that one stage, of that one race, for the better part of six months. And yet again, he hit the mark.

“It’s nice to be important but it’s more important to be nice” – Roger Federer

Camaraderie, mateship and honour. Three pillars that define Simon Gerrans, also define ORICA-GreenEDGE, the team Gerrans calls home. Having joined ORICA-GreenEDGE since its inception in 2012, Gerrans is now enmeshed in the culture that he believes sets his team apart. He’s delivered the team two national road titles -aside from his forays in Italy and France- but it was the selfless act of passing on the yellow jersey to teammate Daryl Impey in the 2013 Tour de France, that signified what ORICA-GreenEDGE really means to Gerrans. It also solidified Gerrans’ reputation as the ‘Mr Nice Guy’ of the professional peloton.

“I had a couple of big riders from other teams say to me, ‘Did you really mean to give the jersey to Daryl?’ I said, ‘Yeah’ and they were like, ‘Bloody hell, I wouldn’t have done that,’” Gerrans told Fairfax Media. “Then it occurred to me, ‘Well, maybe not everyone would do this sort of thing’. But for me it seemed the obvious thing to do.

“It wasn’t going to change my life if I had the yellow jersey for two days or four days. I was never going to keep it to Paris, so I had the opportunity to change the life of a teammate and a good mate of mine.”

ORICA-SCOTT

The GreenEDGE Cycling dream was born in 2010 after a conversation between Australian businessman Gerry Ryan, and the then high performance director of the Australian Institute of Sport, Shayne Bannan. As the pair then set to create an Australian-centred team to take on the world, they knew they had to have Gerrans on their list. Gerrans was outlined by Ryan as one of the ‘quality people’ in Australian cycling who had not just the legs, but the attitude, to match the team he was aiming to build.

Following Gerrans’ stage win in the third stage of the 2013 Tour de France Ryan said he was as relieved as he was excited that the Australian team had its first Tour de France run on the board.

When the team doubled up and won the team time trial the next day, Ryan told the Australian Financial Review that the last two days with ORICA-GreenEDGE surpassed any Melbourne Cup win.

“With a Melbourne Cup you have a jockey, owners, trainer and a few support staff really. But this was a whole team effort,” Ryan said. “You saw that with Daryl setting up Simon for the win. And we were really the underdogs for the team time trial. Nobody had us in their top 10 even.”

Speaking with Inside Sport Gerrans identified what he called an ‘Australian DNA’ at the core of the team, and it’s this DNA that allows Gerrans, Ryan, and newly named ORICA-SCOTT to continually punch above their weight.

“If I’m under no pressure from team management to win or it’s not an objective of mine, I’m back to getting bidons, I’m riding the front for my team-mates, I’m doing things that I expect team-mates to be doing for me in the races I’m trying to win.”

For Gerrans, there is no doubt:

“It’s a real credit to the guys who put this team together for creating this culture.”

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Palmarès

2017

ORICA-SCOTT

  • 2nd Australian Road Championship
  • 2nd Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race
  • 2nd Tour of Norway - General Classification
  • 2nd Tour of Norway - Stage 5
  • 3rd Vuelta Pais Vasco - Stage 1
  • 3rd Tour of Norway - Stage 1
  • 3rd Tour of Norway - Stage 3

2016

ORICA-GreenEDGE / ORICA-BikeExchange

  • 1st Tour Down Under - General Classification
  • 1st Tour Down Under - Sprint Classification
  • 1st Tour Down Under - Stage 4
  • 1st Tour Down Under - Stage 3
  • 2nd Vuelta Pais Vasco - Stage 3
  • 3rd Vuelta Pais Vasco - Stage 1

2015

ORICA-GreenEDGE

  • Maglia Rosa Giro d'Italia - Stage 2
  • 1st Giro d'Italia - Stage 1 TTT
  • 3rd Giro d'Italia - Stage 7
  • 6th UCI World Road Championship

2014

ORICA-GreenEDGE

  • Sir Hubert Opperman medal
  • 1st Liège–Bastogne–Liège
  • 1st Australian Road Championship
  • 1st Tour Down Under - General Classification
  • 1st Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec
  • 1st Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal
  • 1st Tour Down Under - Stage 1
  • 2nd UCI World Road Championship
  • 2nd Tour Down Under - Stage 2
  • 3rd Amstel Gold Race
  • 3rd Vattenfall Cyclassics
  • 3rd Tour Down Under - Stage 5
  • 4th Tour Down Under - Stage 4
  • 5th Tour de France - Stage 7
  • 5th Tour de France - Stage 11
  • 5th Tour Down Under - Stage 3

2013

ORICA-GreenEDGE

  • Yellow Jersey Tour de France - Stage 5 & 6
  • 1st Tour de France - Stage 4 TTT
  • 1st Tour de France - Stage 3
  • 1st Tour Down Under - Stage 5
  • 1st Vuelta Catalunya - Stage 6
  • 1st Vuelta Pais Vasco - Stage 1
  • 3rd Amstel Gold Race
  • 9th Australian Road Championship
  • 10th Liège–Bastogne–Liège

2012

ORICA-GreenEDGE

  • 1st Milano-Sanremo
  • 1st Australian Road Championship
  • 1st Tour Down Under - General Classification
  • 1st Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec
  • 2nd Clasica San Sebastian
  • 2nd Tour Down Under - Stage 5
  • 2nd Paris-Nice - Stage 3
  • 3rd Tour Down Under - Stage 2
  • 4th Grand Prix Cycliste de Montreal

2011

Team Sky

  • 1st Tour of Denmark - General Classification
  • 2nd Grand Prix Ouest France-Plouay
  • 2nd Tour of Denmark - Stage 3
  • 3rd Amstel Gold Race
  • 3rd Tour de France - Stage 2, TTT
  • 3rd Australian Championships
  • 4th Tour Down Under - Stage 3
  • 5th Tour of Denmark - Stage 5, ITT
  • 7th Vuelta Algarve - Stage 3
  • 11th Clasica San Sebastian
  • 11th Vuelta Algarve - General Classification
  • 12th Liège–Bastogne–Liège

2010

Team Sky

  • 2nd Ruta del Sol - Stage 5
  • 3rd Ruta del Sol - Stage 3
  • 6th Paris-Nice - Stage 5
  • 8th Tour de Suisse - Stage 2
  • 9th Tour de Suisse - Stage 1 (ITT)
  • 10th Tour de Suisse - Stage 5
  • 15th Paris-Nice - General Classification

2009

Cervelo Test Team

  • 1st Grand Prix Ouest France-Plouay
  • 1st Vuelta a Espana - Stage 10
  • 1st Giro d'Italia - Stage 14
  • 1st Bay Cycling Classic - Stage 1
  • 2nd Tour of Denmark - Stage 1
  • 3rd GP di Lugano
  • 6th Liège–Bastogne–Liège
  • 6th Volta ao Algarve - Stage 3
  • 7th Amstel Gold Race
  • 8th La Fleche Wallonne
  • 10th World Road Championship

2008

Credit Agricole

  • 1st Tour de France - Stage 15: Embrun to Prato Nevoso
  • 1st Route du Sud - Stage 1
  • 1st Maillot Point Chaud - Route du Sud (Intermediate Sprint Jersey)
  • 1st Criterium International - Stage 2
  • 1st Criterium International - KOM
  • 4th Route du Sud - General Classification
  • 5th Australian Championship
  • 6th Paris-Nice - Stage 5
  • 12th Amstel Gold Race
  • 37th Olympic Road Race

2007

Ag2r Prevoyance

  • 1st GP de Plumelec-Morbihan
  • 2nd Tour du Haut Var
  • 4th Circuit de la Sarthe - Stage 5
  • 5th Grand Prix de Fourmies
  • 9th Boucles de l'Aulne

2006

Ag2r Prevoyance

  • 1st Tour Down Under - General Classification
  • 1st Herald Sun Tour - General Classification
  • 1st Tour Down Under - Stage 1
  • 3rd Herald Sun Tour - Stage 7
  • 5th Tour de Swiss - Stage 6
  • 6th GP Triberg Scharzwald

2005

Ag2r Prevoyance

  • 1st Tour du Finistere
  • 1st GP Industria & Commercio Artigianato Carnahese
  • 1st Herald Sun Tour - Stage 3
  • 1st Herald Sun Tour - General Classification
  • 2nd Herald Sun Tour - Stage 1
  • 2nd Herald Sun Tour - Stage 6
  • 3rd Tour de France - Stage 17
  • 4th Circuit of the Ardennes - General Classification
  • 6th GP Prato
  • 7th Tour Down Under - General Classification
  • 8th Fleche Brabanconne

2004

Team U Nantes Atlantique

  • 1st Tour of the Canton of St-Ciers - Stage 2
  • 1st Redon-Redon
  • 1st Tour de Correze
  • 1st Circuit of Pontou
  • 1st Tour de Port Ocean - Stage 2
  • 1st Tour de Port Ocean - Stage 4
  • 1st Grand Prix Super U
  • 2nd Ringerike Grand Prix
  • 2nd Fleche de Locmine
  • 4th Australian Championships
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  • Stagier with Ag2r Prevoyance
  • 2nd Paris-Correze - General Classification
  • 10th Paris-Correze - Stage 3
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  • Victorian Institute of Sport
  • 1st Herald Sun Tour - Stage 9
  • 4th Australian Championships

2003

Team Ringerike

  • 1st Melbourne-Warnambool
  • 1st Bay Cycling Classic - Stage 2
  • 1st Norwegian Cup - Kristiansand
  • 1st Mt Baw Baw Classic
  • 1st St Kilda Festival Criterium
  • 2nd Tour of Normandy - Stage 2
  • 3rd Mi-Auot Breton - Stage 2
  • 4th Giro del Capo - Stage 3
  • 4th Herald Sun Tour - General Classification

2002

AIS / Australian National Under 23 Team

  • 1st Australian U23 Championship
  • 1st Stage 2 - GP William Tell - Stage 2
  • 1st Tour of Tasmania - Stage 3
  • 2nd Milano-Rappalo
  • 3rd Tour of Tasmania - General Classification
  • 7th GP William Tell - General Classification

2001

AIS / Australian National Under 23 Team

  • 3rd Tour Down Under - U23 General Classification
  • 5th Melbourne-Sorrento
  • 7th GP William Tell - Stage 2

2000

RDZ Cieffe Bibanese. Italy

  • 1st Grand Premio di Roncoleva
  • 3rd Circuito del Bosco di Orsago
  • 3rd Grand Prix Kranj - Stage 2
  • 3rd Grand Prix Krani - General Classification

1999

  • 3rd Grafton to Inverell
  • 3rd Australian U23 Championships
  • 3rd Herald Sun Tour - Australian Based Rider

1998

  • 1st U19 Alpine Tour Mt Buller - Stage 1
  • 1st U19 Preston Mountain Classic
  • 1st U19 Preston Mountain Classic - King of the Mountain
  • 3rd U19 Alpine Tour Mt Buller - General Classification

Major Achievements

One Day Classics

  • 2014 Liège–Bastogne–Liège
  • 2014 Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec
  • 2014 Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal
  • 2014 Australian Road Championship
  • 2012 Milano - San Remo
  • 2012 Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec
  • 2012 Australian Road Championship
  • 2009 Grand Prix Ouest France - Plouay

Grand Tour Stages

  • 2013 Tour de France - Stage 4 (TTT)
  • 2013 Tour de France - Stage 3
  • 2009 Vuelta a España - Stage 10
  • 2009 Giro d'Italia - Stage 14
  • 2008 Tour de France - Stage 15

GC Tours

  • 2016 Tour Down Under
  • 2014 Tour Down Under
  • 2012 Tour Down Under
  • 2011 Tour of Denmark
  • 2006 Herald Sun Tour
  • 2006 Tour Down Under
  • 2005 Herald Sun Tour