Simon Clarke Delivers Back to Back Victories for ORICA-GreenEDGE in SingaporeFri 26 Apr 2013
Simon Clarke and Stuart O’Grady paired up to give ORICA-GreenEDGE back to back wins in Singapore. Robbie McEwen sprinted to victory at the OCBC Cycle Singapore Professional Criterium last year. It was Simon Clarke’s turn for glory tonight.
“Stuey did an awesome lead out for me down the back straight and into the chicane,” said Clarke. “I managed to squeeze past him coming out of the last turn and hold everyone off into the finish.”
Rapha Condor JLT took control off the 90-minute criterium from the outset with Kristian House up the road in the first half of the race. The local OCBC Singapore Continental Cycling Team delighted the crowds by winning three of the five designated sprint laps.
“Rapha wanted the race to end in a bunch sprint, and everything they did was with that goal in mind,” explained Clarke. “They did a good job to keep things together. Stuey and I launched a few attacks in an attempt to weaken the team, but it didn’t accomplish what we had hoped, so we moved onto Plan B – winning the bunch sprint.”
“I had won two of the intermediate sprints by attacking down the back straight,” said Clarke. “I said to Stuey ‘Let’s do the same thing and see how it goes’, and that’s exactly what we did.”
Using the strategy that proved successful for him during the intermediate sprints, Clarke was first onto the final straight away and first across the line to become the fourth Australian winner of the OCBC Cycle Singapore in the race’s fifth year.
“I’ve got to plug Stuey,” said Clarke. “He did a really great job. We’ve all got to talk him out of retiring. He’s not done yet.”