Date of birth: 16 May 1980
Place of birth: Melbourne
Simon joined us from Sky Procycling after competing for the Australian National Team at the Road World Championships in 2009 and 2010. Happy to have the opportunity to be part of the first Australian WorldTour team from inception, Simon kick started our successful maiden season with a win at the 2012 Australian National Road Championships.
The Victorian followed up the national title with the overall victory at the 2012 Tour Down Under. Two months later, he climbed to the top step of the podium in Italy after winning the monumental Milano-Sanremo from a three-rider move that included Fabian Cancellara and Vincenzo Nibali.
His recent success is hard-earned and long in the making. The 32-year-old paid his dues on a European Continental team, riding as a stagiaire with AG2R-Prévoyance in 2004. Simon stayed with the team for three seasons. His time there laid the groundwork for the results that would follow. He closed out his season with a win at the GP Montréal.
Simon took a thrilling stage victory at the Tour de France in 2008 on a mountaintop finish. The following year, he added a stage win at the Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta a España to his palmares to become the second Australian to win a stages in all three Grand Tours. His breakout season (2009) included not only the completion of the Grand Tour triple but also a win at GP Ouest France and top ten finishes at all three Ardennes classics.
1st Santos Tour Down Under, Stage 5: McLaren Vale - Old Willunga Hill
1st Volta a Catalunya, Stage 6: Almacelles - Valls
1st Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco, Stage 1: Elgoibar
1st Tour de France, Stage 3: Ajaccio - Calvi
1st Tour de France, Stage 4: Nice - Nice (TTT)
3rd Amstel Gold Race
1st Australian National Road Championships (2012)
1st Tour Down Under, Overall (2012)
1st Milano - Sanremo (2012)
1st GP Québec (2012)
1st Post Danmark Rundt, Overall (2011)
1st Vuelta a España, Stage 10 (2009)
1st GP Ouest France - Plouay (2009)
1st Giro d'Italia, Stage 14 (2009)
1st Tour de France, Stage 15 (2008)
1st Route de Sud, Stage 1 (2008)
1st Critérium International, Stage 2 (2008)
1st GP de Plumelec-Morbihan (2007)
1st Jayco Herald Sun Tour, Overall (2005, 2006)
1st Tour Down Under, Overall (2006)
1st Tour Down Under, Stage 1 (2006)
1st Hearld Sun Tour, Stage 1 (2005)
1st GP Industria e Commercio Artigianato Carnaghese
1st Tour de Finistere (2005)
1st Herald Sun Tour, Stage 9 (2004)