Simon Clarke to stay at Slipstream Sport until 2020
Oct 02 2017 04:28 am CET

Simon Clarke to stay at Slipstream Sport until 2020

Slipstream Sport has confirmed the renewal of Simon Clarke. The Australian will stay at the American team until 2020.

The rider, who arrived to the team for the 2016 season, has been notable this year for being the road captain at the 2017 Tour de France, where Rigoberto Uran finished at the second place of the overall classification, and the 2017 Vuelta a España, in which Mike Woods finished seventh in the General Classification and Davide Villella got the mountains jersey.

"I re-signed with this team because I’ve really found my niche here in Slipstream," said the rider. "I think it’s really important to find your spot in a WorldTour team, and knowing that I’ve carved out a place for myself here, there was always motivation to stay."

"With a great new sponsor in EF Education First coming in and offering a long-term commitment to Slipstream, I really wanted to lock-in a longer contract that showed my dedication to the team and its vision for the future alongside my own. A longer-term agreement allows me to put a real effort into helping the younger guys that are coming into this team next year."

Slipstream Sports CEO Jonathan Vaughters commented on the position of Clarke within the team. "Simon is tactically astute with a well-developed ability to share his experience and knowledge with his teammates," he explained.

"This makes him a very valuable member of this team. I’m happy we could secure his services for another three years, and I expect Simon to continue to play a part in our most important results."

The rider has a palmares that includes one stage and the Mountains classification jersey at the 2012 Vuelta a España, as well as several victories in team time trials including one in the Giro d'Italia after which he got to wear the Maglia Rosa. But now he also wants to be a mentor for the younger guys at the team and keep supporting the work of his teammates during the races.

"When I look at this team, I see so much potential," he affirmed. "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 fulfil our potential. I’m really motivated when I see young guys going well or guys like Mike Woods, with huge talent and little experience, make massive improvements.

"This is a group that is extremely responsive out on the road. That has converted into some great results. With the right guidance, this group can do great things, and I’m really excited to be a part of that for another three years."
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