Simon Clarke kickstarted a successful Vuelta a España for ORICA-GreenEDGE when he won the fourth stage of the third Grand Tour. It was the first professional win for Clarke, who went on to win the mountain classification and don the polka dot jersey in Madrid.
Clarke's accomplishments were complemented by strong efforts in the sprints by Allan Davis and courageous riding by Cameron Meyer who thrice went up the road on mountainous stages. Twice, Meyer was the lone leader on the upper slopes of a summit finish only to be overtaken inside the closing kilometers by the overall contenders. In his third and final break, Meyer joined Clarke up the road in what would prove to be the winning break. Meyer took second on the stage as Clarke finished two spots further back in fourth.
“The boys had a great Vuelta. Allan Davis was up there at the finish on nearly every sprint and came really close to a stage win a few times. We also saw some great riding from Cam Meyer, and it’s surely a sign of what’s to come from him. The whole team should be proud of everything they accomplished.” - Sports Director Neil Stephens