Clarke Wins 2014 Jayco Herald Sun Tour
Simon Clarke has been crowned 2014 Jayco Herald Sun Tour champion, continuing local WorldTour team GreenEdge's dominance of the Australian summer of cycling.
his name to the esteemed honour roll of Australia’s most prestigious stage race.
“That’s probably the most honourable part of winning this race is looking back through at who’s won it and being on this list. That’s something I’ll be very proud of.”
With little time to bask in his success, Clarke boards a flight tomorrow morning for Europe where his first major racing appointment is the week-long Paris–Nice race in March, before turning his attention to the Ardennes classics.
Race director John Trevorrow said the cancellation was the right decision on what is a tough day for emergency services across the state.
“Simon is a deserving victor of the 2014 Jayco Herald Sun Tour and will sit comfortably amongst an honour roll that features so many of Australia’s great bike riders,” Trevorrow said.
“Whilst we are obviously disappointed that this great stage at Arthurs Seat could not go ahead, we understand the decision made by authorities."
“It is a pretty dark day out there and the safety of the public state wide and our own riders and spectators is by far the priority."
“We had a number of event staff who have left the race to go home having received news that their houses are under threat, so there is a much bigger picture involved here.”
Adding to GreenEdge’s individual success through Clark, the Australian WorldTour outfit also claimed the Turbine Best Team Classification.
Continuing his impressive start to 2014, 20-year-old Jack Haig claimed the State Government of Victoria White Jersey as the Herald Sun Tour’s best under-23 rider, adding the honour to the best young rider jersey he won at last month’s Tour Down Under.
20-year-old Victorian Thomas Hamilton (Jayco Australia U23 National Team) won the King of the Mountains Jersey, while 26-year-old Queenslander John Anderson (Drapac Professional Cycling) claimed the Green Jersey as the race’s best sprinter.