Past Vuelta a España King of the Mountains winner Simon Clarke is set to chase new opportunities during the 2016 season, with the 29 year old confirming a move to the Cannondale-Garmin team for next year.
Clarke has been part of the Orica-GreenEdge setup for the past three seasons. It had already been confirmed that he was leaving the team, but his destination only became apparent on Wednesday.
“There is a really balanced feel about the team with a nice blend of super-talented emerging riders complementing those with greater experience,” he said. “I’m very excited to have an opportunity to play my role in the development and future successes of Cannondale-Garmin.
Clarke’s past successes have seen him take that Vuelta mountains success in 2012. He also took a stage win that year and was part of victorious team time trial squads in the 2013 Tour de France and this year’s Giro d’Italia.
The latter success set him up for a stint in the Maglia Rosa, which he took over on stage four.
In addition to those results he won the Herald Sun Tour in 2014 and was second in the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race at the start of the current season.
Cannondale-Garmin CEO Jonathan Vaughters regards Clarke as an important signing for the future success of the squad.
“Simon has excellent experience and is a very good road captain,” he stated. “He has the ability to help guide some of our younger riders and is capable of great achievements himself. He will be a fantastic addition to the team.”
Now 29 years of age, Clarke will hope to have greater chances to chase his own results, but also pledges to help others.
“I like its vision and feel riding for Cannondale-Garmin will give me fresh opportunities not only for myself, but to help the team achieve its goals.”