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Simon Gerrans is one of Australia’s most celebrated cyclists and as 2016 proved, one of its most resilient.
Cycling Central
6 Nov 2015 - 10:34 AM 

Gerrans adopted the same unrelenting goal-driven outlook, which has seen him win a stage of every Grand Tour and a Monument, to a crash-marred and injury-riddled season, getting up with dogged determination each time he fell down this year.

The 35-year-old at times seemed to stack just as he’d dusted himself off from bone crunching falls, one of which saw him abandon a second consecutive Tour de France through high-speed impact.

Despite it all, however, he was able to finish sixth at the UCI Road World Championships in September.

Gerrans’s (Orica-GreenEDGE) attitude this year has provided insight into how and why he is a champion, which he will elaborate on at the Tour on Stage show in Sydney and Melbourne this month.

Far from a disadvantage, the former Milan-San Remo champion has used his mentally and physically exhaustive experience as motivation and intends to come back as strong as usual from January 2016.

“Once I have an objective to work towards, and a time frame, then I’m generally right again, so I think in 2015 I just reaffirmed to myself what really makes me click, and that’s that scenario,” Gerrans said.

Orica-GreenEDGE will broaden its objectives in 2016 placing a greater emphasis on the general classification. The largely autonomous Gerrans, however, will remain a marquee leader of the squad alongside versatile Michael Matthews, who was critical of his older Australian national team-mate at the World Championships.

Matthews has since quashed any suggestion of bad blood between the pair after he lamented a lack of team support in the finale of the Richmond, Virginia road race in which he finished second behind Peter Sagan (Slovakia).

It was another storm Gerrans had to weather but one, much like the rest of them, which passed with the puncheur still standing strong in the face of adversity.

“I’ve had a lot of difficult moments in the season but I feel like I finished in really good shape,” he said. “I’m very goal driven and I think this year has been a real testament to that.”

Rohan Dennis (BMC) became the eighth Australian, alongside Gerrans, Cadel Evans, Stuart O’Grady, Brad McGee, Robbie McEwen and Phil Anderson, to wear the coveted yellow jersey at the Tour this season and will also be present at Tour on Stage.

Guests will be able to quiz both he and Gerrans at the Sydney and Melbourne events, tickets for which are still available at Ticketmaster.

Commentator Phil Liggett and two-time yellow jersey wearer Jens Voigt will host both the November 18 and November 21 events.

It’s an occasion, especially this season, not to be missed.

Inside the Tour with Australia’s cycling greats
Rohan Dennis and Simon Gerrans will join Phil Liggett and Jens Voigt as special guests for The Tour on Stage in conversation about the highs and lows of pursuing the yellow jersey.

Date: Wednesday 18 November, 7.30pm
Venue: State Theatre
Booking details: ticketmaster.com.au or 1300 139 588

Date: Saturday 21 November, 7.30pm
Venue: Regent Theatre
Booking details: ticketmaster.com.au or 136 100