“I took the job in foreign exchange and got to the point where I realized I would need to be there for a few more years if I wanted to transfer to a different part of the bank,” he said. People who understand the sport well understand that the Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta a España are just as long and just as difficult as the Tour, and the level is just as high, but on a global scale of people who don’t follow cycling, they all know what the Tour de France is. But Simon will also be remembered for holding back at the finish line of the following stage to allow fellow team-mate Daryl Impey to take the lead of the general classification and become the first African to wear the Yellow Jersey. I tried to call the race for diehard fans, and also in a way that the larger community to relate to.”. This year it’s kind of like my first Tour de France all over again. Pop quiz: which year was this? So to come over, be on the Champs Elysees with the VIP passes and see me finish the Tour was quite something. NICE, France — After the first stage of the Tour de France on Saturday, Orica-GreenEdge was the laughingstock of the peloton: Its team bus had … “My racing career finished up two years ago but it already feels like a lifetime ago,” Gerrans said. Fans may have missed that the job marked an important milestone for Gerrans, 42, as a race announcer. There’s probably also less excitement because it’s a race that lasts three weeks so it’s hard to be excited for that long. ♂️ Hosted by Le Tour de France commentator Matthew Keenan and Tour de France stage winner Simon Gerrans, Cycling Insights provide their listeners with unique content. I didn’t pay that much attention to the Tour when I was racing it. I’ve been lucky that Caitlin [George’s partner] and I are essentially isolating ourselves up here in Andorra, but there are huge periods on the road that will have more of a mental effect than physical for a lot of people. Trending. PRATO NEVOSO, Italy (Reuters) - Simon Gerrans had little time to reflect on the ‘amazing journey’ that led him from a hospital bed to a stage victory in the Tour de France on Sunday. “I fumbled my way through the first few days, but then I felt like I got my groove. Yet, by the end of the Tour de France Gerrans — in the opinion of this writer, anyway — had become as good as any English-speaking color commentator calling bike races. We’ll have to see. He’s a three-time stage winner, having won … I also couldn’t believe how fast it was. It was a win borne of pure class and selfless team commitment. Listen now. It supersedes what is cycling, and it’s a really special event. How are you feeling about lining up for the great race? I’m not necessarily excited for this year’s Tour like my first Tour, but this time there’s more a sense of “okay, let’s go get this done, this is my job, I want to do it well”. There’s definitely a bit of doubt that creeps in when you look at what other riders are doing or have done but I’ve felt this way about other races and then gone well, so we’ll see. TSC: Eddy, you’ve won three stages of Le Tour in the past, two of them when you were 23 years old. “I wanted to make sure I didn’t fall into that category if and when I came back to the sport.”. How did that come about? Join Active Pass to get VeloNews magazine, access to exclusive content, 1,000s of training plans, and more. There are bottles flying everywhere, guys dropping chains, etc. So in the end, minus Simon (Gerrans) crashing on the first day, it was a great Tour. Simon Gerrans on the 100th Tour de France. So yeah, that’s one reason you want to do it. Can you talk us through your early memories? Three Best Gerrans Podcasts For 2021. TSC: Nico, you’ve been a professional for 16 years now and had your fair share of Tour de France experiences. Dates: Saturday, 29 June - Sunday, 21 July (8 and 15 July are rest days) MR Reliable, Simon Gerrans, hits the target again and collects Orica-GreenEDGE its first Tour de France stage win. The father of Jamieson-raised cyclist Simon Gerrans believed his son's Tour de France team would focus on daily rides this year instead of an overall individual result. What’s memorable as well is that it was the first year Ag2R were going to put a neo-pro in the Tour de France…and it’s not something they’ve ever done since. But I had a perfect lead out from Geraint Thomas which was really great. Simon Gerrans takes the Tour de France leader's yellow jersey after his Orica GreenEdge squad won the team time trial. In this episode, Tour de France commentator Matt Keenan and Simon Gerrans reflect back on the Giro and the astonishing performance of Australian Jai Hindley. I don’t know if I’d been there if I would’ve done personal bests like all the other riders. 2017 was my third victory at the Tour which is another great memory, of course, but I’d also say the overall victories with Bradley (Wiggins) and Chris (Froome) are my other favourite Tour memories. They all came to Paris to watch the finish as well. Dates: Saturday, 29 June - Sunday, 21 July (8 and 15 July are rest days) Mark Cavendish dislocated his right shoulder and suffered ligament damage after crashing near the end of the Tour de France's opening stage in Yorkshire. Listen online, no signup necessary. Australian Simon Gerrans wins a sprint finish to clinch stage three of the Tour de France in Corsica. It’s a bit nerve wracking because it’s my first really serious commentary gig, and it just so happens to the biggest race in the calendar, so I’ve been thrown in the deep end. With the Orica-GreenEdge line-up for the 2014 Tour de France due to be announced in the coming days we can safely assume that one of the nine will be the Australian champion, Simon Gerrans. “You retire in your 30s and you have your whole life ahead of you,” Gerrans said. It’s hard to know how exactly where my fitness is at, because I’ve done better numbers or been lighter in the past, but I’m really good at the end of hard rides at the moment. Gerrans was managing the company’s spreadsheets and inventory lists this past spring when COVID-19 swept across Europe and put the company’s tourism business on hold. Get the latest race news, results, commentary, and tech, delivered to your inbox. There are so few riders who actually win races in their career, let alone a stage of the Tour de France, so it kind of feels like you cement your place in the peloton once you’ve done that. Gerrans scored his final WorldTour individual win in 2016 by winning his fourth and final GC title at the Tour Down Under, and by 2018 he had moved to BMC Racing for what would be his final year racing, to work as a domestique for countryman Richie Porte. Australian great Simon Gerrans joined announcer Anthony McCrossan as a studio commentator for the Tour’s commercial-free livestream on NBC Sports Gold, and for 21 days he offered his insights on the action going on inside the race. Before becoming a professional Gerrans had studied business in college — he left to pursue racing — and in 2018 he applied for an internship with international investment bank Goldman Sachs that is geared for athletes. That must’ve felt incredible? Luckily for Gerrans, in the nearby village of Jamieson lived family friend and recently retired professional Phil Anderson, the first non-European ever to wear the yellow jersey at the Tour de France. In 2021 Gerrans became the company’s CEO. So I asked the team to give me two stage races before the Tour de France - I did the first in early August in the Pyrenees and then the Criterium du Dauphine which was really, really hard this year. Comments (3). Gerrans … Simon Gerrans has had something of a tumultuous relationship with the Tour de France throughout his career. But how we’re riding as a team, I think we can look forward to it as being a good three weeks, particularly if we keep riding like this. After completing his internship Gerrans took a job in the company’s foreign exchange division — the job wasn’t his preferred move, he said, but he saw it as a way to further develop his skills. So the TV crews coming out to interview my parents and the hype and attention around it all was unique. How do you feel about lining up for your 10th Tour de France in a couple of days time? He’s a three-time stage winner, having won … That was a standout result for the team and for myself, to have an impact on the race in my first year. About Simon Gerrans Simon Gerrans is an Australian former professional road cyclist, competing between 2005 and 2018 for AG2R Prévoyance, Crédit Agricole, Cervélo TestTeam, Team Sky, Orica–Scott and BMC Racing Team. The second stage was in the back end of the Tour and I fought really hard to get in the break which I finally managed. Source:AFP AUSTRALIAN champion Simon Gerrans did not start the 17th stage of the Tour de France … He has worked in finance for investment giant Goldman Sachs and become the CEO of a bike tourism/retail company, all in the span of two years. “Honestly, I had no idea what I was getting myself into,” Gerrans told VeloNews. It gives me goosebumps. Sam Bewley: I’m super excited! His best results are 4x GC Tour Down Under, 2x Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec and 1st place in … And that’s when I became obsessed with the Tour. So in that regard my transition out of the peloton has been great.”. There are just that many fans, that much media, that much attention. I started as a runner, but at one point I did a duathlon (cycling and running) and what I felt on the bike was unbelievable. Matt also caught up with our Special Guest of the month: cricket legend Steve Waugh. Credit: Getty Images In February last year, Gerrans - who has won two stages of the Tour and in … During that final season Gerrans began to think about his life after cycling. Finishing the Tour is the dream of every cyclist. Then I managed to attack in a spot where we’d done a recon on training camp before the race. From working in high finance to announcing the Tour de France, Simon Gerrans has tackled multiple challenges since retiring in 2018. Simon Gerrans (s.16. And I think it’d be a shame to end a career as a professional cyclist without having done that, so it’s a great feeling to be getting it done and it’s an exciting opportunity. Today’s feature image comes from Cor Vos and shows Simon Gerrans taking his first Tour de France stage win, at Prato Nevoso. I was good enough to get through every stage and in my first Tour I had five top-10’s. Tour de France 2013: Simon Gerrans takes yellow jersey. Simon Gerrans two time stage winner, yellow jersey wearer and 2020 tDF commentator. Gerrans said he always saw himself returning to the bike world some day, but before he did so he wanted to work away from the sport. We came to the finish as a group of three and I managed to beat the other two guys to the finish. For example, even if you’re a domestique at the Tour you usually have 20 minutes of microphones being thrown in your face after each stage. The first stage win for me was a bit of a surprise…I wasn’t expecting to go quite so well in the sprint. Then during the actual race, I got so belted around the entire time, but then on stage 17 I managed to get into the breakaway and finished 3rd on the stage. Simon Gerrans (Orica-BikeExchange) will not start stage 13 of the Tour de France after crashing while leading the peloton down a descent on Thursday. From the section Cycling ... Graham Jones Radio 5 live sports extra co-commentator “I had been involved with so many people in the sport, and the sport was all they knew and in my opinion they have a very narrow view,” Gerrans said. Suspicion has followed Team Sky ever since, but Gerrans believes the reason for the team’s rapid rise from newcomers to Tour de France supremacy is down to a realisation early on. But I’m excited, and I think to feel that way after so many years in cycling is a good thing. Simon: The biggest thing I remember is how excited I was for the opportunity to race my first Tour. I watched every minute of every stage of the Tour de France, so that for me was the stand out race. Then, as the summer became the fall, Gerrans saw another opportunity open. Simon had the honour of wearing the coveted Yellow Jersey at the 2013 Tour de France (only 286 riders worn this jersey since the inception of the Tour de France). So the week before I’d been in Canada doing the National Championships, then Amber and I took a holiday to Las Vegas. Yet, by the end of the Tour de France Gerrans — in the opinion of this writer, anyway — had become as good as any English-speaking color commentator calling bike races. TSC: George, you’re obviously on some good form at the moment given your win in Piedmont and second place at Il Lombardia a fortnight ago. Simon Gerrans (Orica-BikeExchange) will not start stage 13 of the Tour de France after crashing while leading the peloton down a descent on Thursday. You don’t realise but those cobbles are actually super rough. How has your training been in preparation for this years race? I was so obsessed with just trying. Tags. The company’s London Sports Internship program offered a six-month internship in the company’s securities division, and Gerrans started in November 2018, less than a month after his farewell race. So they booked me a flight to Europe, I arrived a day before the Tour, I’d missed the team presentation because it was that tight, and I had a day to go for a little ride and then we started the following day. TSC: Sam, this year is your first Tour de France start after many years as a pro. It’s just nuts. Gerrans was suggested for the job, and in a whirlwind few weeks found himself calling the race alongside McCrossan — learning another new skill, on the fly, as a retired pro. We have a really strong team and I want to contribute in the way I can. Get 15% Off Membership →, ‘It had a massive impact on my career.’ Why the Tour Down Under is so important for Australian pros, News Roundup: Gerrans out of Sanremo; van Aert recons De Ronde; Hodeg wins Handzame; Quintana decries use of image in politics. ♂️ Hosted by Le Tour de France commentator Matthew Keenan and Tour de France stage winner Simon Gerrans, Cycling Insights provide their listeners with unique content. Cycling: 5th Grand Prix Cycliste de Quebec Arrival/ Simon GERRANS (Aus) Celebration Joie Vreugde/ Quebec - Quebec (199.1Km)/ Grand Prix Quebec/ (c) Tim De Waele (Photo by Tim de Waele/Corbis via Getty Images), In recognition of the Tour Down Under’s cancelation, we have features, interviews, photo galleries, and other stories to celebrate Australian cycling as part of “Aussie Week.”. His best results are 4x GC Tour Down Under, 2x Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec and 1st place in … The Tour is raced very differently these days, as a result of teams being very calculated and very methodical. Every stage is raced extremely hard and there are very few opportunistic wins. Gerrans poised to help Porte in Tour de France bid Simon Gerrans, 37, said his role on BMC Racing will be to help Richie Porte try to win the Tour de France this summer. Simon Gerrans has been forced out of the Tour de France with injury. June 27, 2014. It felt like we were racing a one-day classic every single stage. My first Tour de France was an amazing experience…it stated in Monaco, on my birthday, I was wearing the Irish national champion jersey, my family and friends were there and we defended the yellow jersey for 8 days…plus I finished somewhere around top-20 on GC, so it was truly amazing. Where did your love of racing start? We also spoke with TSC founder, Christian Meier, who raced the Tour in 2014 on two days notice and TSC Chief Operating Officer - and yellow jersey wearer - Simon Gerrans, who is commentating the Tour this year for the ASO. In retirement Gerrans has been equally as ambitious and calculating. In 2020, L’Étape Australia launched its new podcast, hosted by Tour de France commentator Matthew Keenan and former pro-cyclist Simon Gerrans. Pop quiz: which year was this? Source:AFP AUSTRALIAN champion Simon Gerrans did not start the 17th stage of the Tour de France … How are you feeling about being listened to by millions of viewers across the world? “The [cyclists] who struggle are the guys whose career ends prematurely and they don’t have a plan. It will be my 13th Tour, but in a whole different role, which is pretty exciting. I’m really happy to have been selected for this year’s Tour. Esteban: My dad was a big fan of cycling, and I grew up watching the Tour. I was 25 years old and I rode like a junior and I loved it. So I’m spinning away and the guy on the treadmill next to me says “Ah mate, settle down, it’s not the Tour de France!”…. Simon Gerrans continues to challenge himself in retirement – VeloNews - Fred Dreier. Later in the Tour I’ll look for breakaway opportunities because there are lots of medium mountain stages that suit me. Do you think coronavirus and the adjusted race calendar will have an effect on how the race plays out? Simon Gerrans (born 1980-05-16) is a road racing cyclist from Australia and was active between 1999 and 2018. Yeah, what an amazing experience that was. There will be plenty of difficulties along the way to Paris, but there will also be lots of opportunities to put myself in a good position as well. Credit: Getty Images In February last year, Gerrans - who has won two stages of the Tour … I’ve been resting quite a bit after the Dauphine and hopefully I’ll be in good shape for this edition. 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