Ger­rans on to next stage

Mansfield Courier - - SPORT -

HAV­ING had a great sum­mer on the roads in Aus­tralia, Mans­field born cy­clist Si­mon Ger­rans has now headed back to Europe for the next stage of his busy year.

A win in the Na­tional Road Race cham­pi­onships and the Tour Down Un­der, saw Ger­rans head into the Herald Sun Tour (HST) a clear fa­vorite.

How­ever, things were not to be and a win in the HST eluded him.

“I played a bit of a dif­fer­ent role than I’ve played in the re­cent past, and I re­ally en­joyed it,” he said.

“It made me happy to re­turn a fa­vor to Si­mon (Clarke) for what he’s done for me as a team­mate.

“He’s been an in­te­gral part of so many of my wins and a huge sup­porter of mine, so it was re­ally good to do for him what he’s done for me in the past.”

Af­ter such a busy month of rac­ing, Ger­rans has now packed up his bags and headed back home to Monaco.

“Firstly, I’m go­ing to have a bit of a rest and take a lit­tle bit of time to un­wind and re­set from the past four weeks,” he said.

“I’ll start train­ing again with my next real goal in mind the Spring Clas­sics.

“As part of my prepa­ra­tions, I’m rac­ing Camorie in a few weeks time and Paris-Nice to build up for the first of the Clas­sics, the Mi­lan – San Remo.

As he tweeted on his de­par­ture, “Thanks for a great sum­mer Aus­tralia! It’s time to head back to Europe. See you again at the end of the sea­son.”

PHOTO cour­tesy, Gra­ham Wat­son

THANK’S AUS­TRALIA: Si­mon Ger­rans be­ing in­ter­viewd by cy­cling leg­end Phil Liggett dur­ing his Aus­tralian cam­paign.

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