Australian champion two weeks ago, Tour Down Under champion last week. Simon Gerrans is on a roll.
In this exclusive interview with one of the world’s best one-day riders, Gerrans talks about his last two years riding at Team Sky; his burning ambition to win one of the three Ardennes Classics (where, following his TDU victory, his odds have shortened from ‘possibly’ to ‘probably’) and how to beat Philippe Gilbert; on a course tailor-made for someone like him, this year’s road world championships in Holland; and whether in the near future, he’d consider targeting week-long stage races such as Paris-Nice or the Tour de Romandie.
Realizing life in advertising was nothing like Mad Men and buoyed by the Olympic Games in his Australian hometown of Sydney, Anthony Tan turned his back on a lucrative copywriting career in 2000 in pursuit of something more cerebral. Combining wordsmithing with his experiences as an A-Grade club racer and an underwhelming season competing in Europe, a career as a cycling scribe beckoned… More than a dozen Grand Tours and countless Classics later, it’s where he still is today. He has been a contributor to VeloNews since 2006. In 2010, he won Cycling Australia’s media award for best story. Follow him on Twitter: @anthony_tan