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Double Monument winner Simon Gerrans brings end to career

Joe Robinson
7 Aug 2018

Australian veteran to retire at end of season in order to pursue 'new experiences'

Simon Gerrans (BMC Racing) will hang up his wheels at the end of the season as the veteran rider announces his retirement from the sport.

In an open letter from BMC Racing, the Australian announced that he would bring an end to his 15-year professional career at the end of the season stating that, 'I am still performing at a good level physically, my passion for the sport is not what it used to be.'

Gerrans went on to emphasise how he was happy to end his career on his 'own terms' and that he is ready to transition into a new phase of life. 

However, the Australian did state this would not bring an end to his involvement in cycling, and that while he looks to develop skills and experience in an area detached from the cycling world, he hopes to remain involved in the sport in some capacity. 

The 38-year-old was also full of praise for the six professional teams in which he rode for during his career commenting that, 'One of my goals was to make a positive impact in each team by contributing both on and off the bike, and I feel as though I achieved this.'

Beginning his career at AG2R Prevoyance in 2004, Gerrans scored the first of a record four Tour Down Under titles in 2006.

Moving to Credit Agricole in 2008, the Australian took his first Tour de France victory on Stage 15 to Prato Nevoso. 

A year's spell at the Cervelo Test Team was then followed by a move to newly-formed Team Sky in 2010. 

After two seasons with the British WorldTour team, Gerrans then returned home, becoming a standout signing for the Australian Orica-GreenEdge team that had been created ahead of the 2012 season.

In the team's very first Monument, Gerrans took the biggest victory of his career so far winning Milan-San Remo ahead of Fabian Cancellara and Vincenzo Nibali.

Gerrans's best years came at Orica with him also adding the 2014 Liege-Bastogne-Liege, three Tour Down Under titles, a second Tour stage and a day in the Giro d'Italia pink jersey to his palmares.

At the end of 2017, Gerrans then made the decision to move away from Orica after seven seasons, moving across to BMC Racing for the 2018 season, which will turn out to be his last.