Photo Special: Good-Bye Simon Gerrans
Photo Special: Simon Gerrans announced that he was hanging up his race wheels after fourteen years in the professional peloton. As tribute to the man from ‘Down Under,’ Melbourne to be precise, we review his career through the photographers lens and run through his full palmarès with each years high and low points.
Simon Gerrans in the 2013 Tour de France yellow jersey
Gerrans was a two-time Australian National Road Race Champion, and record holder with four win in the Tour Down Under. Add to that his wins in GP Ouest-France, Milan–San Remo, Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec twice, Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal, Liège–Bastogne–Liège, and stage wins in all three Grand Tours. He also wore the Tour de France yellow jersey in 2013.
Winning in the Tour de la Corrèze
In Corrèze yellow
Gerrans was born in Melbourne in May 1980, and grew up in Mansfield, Victoria. After a knee injury, he spoke to his neighbour, Phil Anderson who encouraged him to take up cycling. He gained an Australian Institute of Sport scholarship and finished 5th in the senior Australian National Road Race Championships in 2002, taking the under23 title. He raced in Europe as an amateur in Nanta, France, with stints as an stagieire with the Portuguese Carvalhelhos-Boavista team in 2003, and AG2R-Prévoyance in 2004. In 2005 he signed his first full time pro contract with the French team and rode with them for three seasons.
Riding in Nantes colours
Riding in the Tour de l’Avenir with Boavista
In 2005 he rode his first Tour de France and took the Herald Sun Tour overall with one stage win added to the Gran Premio Industria e Commercio Artigianato Carnaghese and the Tour du Finistère. He represented Australia at the Madrid World championships.
The new pro in 2005
Riding for Australia in Madrid Worlds’05
2006 started with a bad crash in the GP d’Ouverture la Marseillaise in February. Gerrans underwent surgery where pin was inserted into his shattered left collarbone and a screw put into his broken right shoulder, and stitches in his head. He won the Tour Down Under overall with one stage victory and repeated his overall win in the Herald Sun Tour and represented Australia at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.
The TDU winning break in 2006
The first of four TDU overall wins
2007 saw Gerrans ride and finish most of the hilly Classics with a win in the Grand Prix de Plumelec-Morbihan and 2nd overall in the Bay Classic Series taking the sprints classification and a win on stage 5.
2nd overall in the Bay Classic Series ’07
2008: Crédit Agricole
In 2008, Gerrans transferred to a different French team; Crédit Agricole. He won stage 15 of the Tour de France, getting the better of a four man breakaway. Wins on stage 2 of the Critérium International and stage 1 of the Route du Sud. 12th in the Amstel Gold was a good sign for the future.
The winning break with Jens Voigt in the Criterium International
On the way to Tour stage victory
Happy on the podium
2009: Cervélo Test Team
The Crédit Agricole team folded at the end of 2008, so Gerrans signed for the UCI ProConti Cervélo Test Team for 2009. On stage 14 of the Giro d’Italia, Gerrans attacked from the breakaway on the climb of San Luca, near Bologna, to win the stage. Then later in the year he won stage 10 of the Vuelta a España, becoming the first Australian to win a stage in each of the three Grand Tours. Plus wins in the GP Ouest–France and stage 1 of the Bay Classic Series, with a string of top placings: 3rd Gran Premio di Lugano, 6th Liège–Bastogne–Liège, 7th Amstel Gold Race, 8th La Flèche Wallonne and 10th in the World road race Championships.
Gerrans in the middle of the Giro’09 action alongside Denis Menchov and Dani De Luca
Giro stage 14 win in Bologna
Vuelta stage 10 win ahead of Ryder Hesjedal, Jakob Fuglsang and Alexandre Vinokourov
Vuelta podium and the third Grand Tour stage win
After a year with Cervélo Gerrans signed with the Sky team for 2010 and started the Tour de France, but a crash on stage 8 resulting in a broken arm and the end his race. 11th place in Liège–Bastogne–Liège was his best result in the Classics.
Climbing the Mur de Huy in the 2010 Flèche Wallone alongside Andreas Klöden, Chris Horner and teammate Bradley Wiggins
TT action in the Tour de Luxembourg 2010
3rd in the Amstel Gold Race in 2011 and then in August the overall win in the Danmark Rundt. 2nd GP Ouest–France, 3rd in the Australian National road Championships, 5th Coppa Sabatini and 10th overall in the Volta ao Algarve. In 2012 Gerrans would ride for the new Australian registered WorldTour GreenEDGE team.
Amstel Gold’11 – 3rd to Philippe Gilbert and Joaquim Rodriguez
Overall winner of the Tour of Denmark
2012 started well by taking the National road championships for the first time, out-sprinting Matthew Lloyd and Richie Porte. This was followed by his second Tour Down Under overall win. Then in March Gerrans won Milan–San Remo in a three-man sprint finish, beating Fabian Cancellara and Vincenzo Nibali. Later in the year Gerrans was 2nd in the Clásica San Sebastián, 7 seconds behind the solo Luis Leon Sanchez. Then the Australian champion won his third WorldTour race of the season, the Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec. Gerrans and Greg Van Avermaet broke away with 3.5 kilometres to go. At the finish the Australian out-sprinted the Belgian with the chasers at 4 seconds. 4th Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal and 6th UCI World Tour.
A second TDU overall win
The BIG Milano-Sanremo win
2nd in the Clásica San Sebastián
GP Québec win
The 2013 season began with a good Tour Down Under, winning the penultimate stage. However most of his real successes came from Europe. Third in the Amstel Gold Race and a stage win in the Volta a Catalunya ahead of Gianni Meersman. Stage 1 the Tour of the Basque Country went to Gerrans ahead of a fast-finishing Peter Velits. 10th in Liège–Bastogne–Liège was followed by Gerrans taking the stage honours on stage 3 and the team time trial stage 4 which put him in the race leader’s yellow jersey, the sixth Australian cyclist to lead the Tour. On stage 6 Gerrans held back at the finish, allowing his teammate Daryl Impey to take the yellow jersey and become the first South African wearer.
Stage win in the 2013 TDU
3rd in the Amstel Gold
2013 Pais Vasco stage win for Gerrans
10th in Liège
Tour stage 3 – Out-sprinting Peter Sagan
TTT victory for Orica-GreenEDGE
Simon Gerrans in Tour yellow
Some fun with Stevo!
After winning the 2014 Australian National road race, Gerrans went on to win the Tour Down Under for the third time, beating Cadel Evans by 1 second. Then in April he won Liège–Bastogne–Liège, the first Australian victor. Mark Cavendish and Gerrans clashed in the final 500 metres of stage 1 of the Tour de France, with both crashing heavily to the ground – race over. Gerrans came back to win the Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec to be the first rider to win the Canadian World Tour event twice. Then just two days later he doubled up in the Grand Prix Cycliste de Montreal. Second in the World Championships in Ponferrada just behind the solo finisher, Michal Kwiatkowski. 3rd UCI World Tour, 3rd Amstel Gold Race, 3rd Vattenfall Cyclassics and 7th Overall in the Herald Sun Tour.
National champion again
Stage win Down Under
TDU third overall win
3rd in the Amstel Gold
The win in Liège
A good bike length ahead of Alejandro Valverde
Two years in a row in Quebec
The double in Montreal
2nd in the World champs
A broken his collarbone in January while he was training for the 2015 Tour Down Under stalled the season start. Then in his first race back, the Strade Bianche, he fractured his elbow. Two crashes in Liège–Bastogne–Liège forced him to abandon. The Giro d’Italia saw Gerrans in the pink jersey after the stage 1 team time trial, but a crash on a wet stage 12 forced him to abandon. The Tour de France wasn’t any better, a high-speed crash on stage 3 and a broken wrist. 6th in the World road Championships.
In the pink at the Giro
The high point of the season
Gerrans started 2016 well by winning two stages of the Tour Down Under and the general classification overall for the fourth time. A broken collarbone on Stage 12 ended his Tour de France. 5th in the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race and the Combativity award on stage 14 of the Vuelta a España.
The big win of 2016 – Tour Down Under
A record fourth TDU overall win
Vuelta Combativity prize on stage 14
No wins in 2017, and didn’t ride any Grand Tours. After considering retirement, Gerrans announced he would ride for the BMC team in 2018, saying he had been personally approached by Richie Porte. 2nd in the Australian National road Championships, 2nd in the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race and 2nd Overall in the Tour of Norway.
Helping the young Caleb Ewan
Second place in the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race
On the attack in Liège
Second overall in the Tour of Norway
Gerrans rode the 2018 Tour de France, his 12th participation in the race, but in August he announced that he would retire at the end of the season. 1st on the Tour de France stage 3 team time trial, 1st stage 1 of the Tour de Suisse team time trial and 5th in the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race.
Working for Richie Porte in the Tour de Suisse
His last Tour de France
# Simon Gerrans had a full career with a record setting palmarès – Bravo and good luck in the future. #