Gerrans Out, But Still a Champion 

June 28, 2014
Gerrans Out, But Still a Champion

Guilty as charged – we just love a country-born Aussie cycling sensation, and Simon Gerrans definitely fits that bill.

Born in Melbourne but raised in Victorian town Mansfield, Simon (Gerro) Gerrans is now based in Monaco. So what's to know about Gerro?

Stage 17

Marked an unexpected and disappointing day for Orica-GreenEDGE, with Gerro pulling out of the Tour de France. He had not been recovering from his tumble in Stage 1 with Mark Cavendish. A decision was made; rather than continue to slog it out in the mountains and only further delay his recovery, he'd withdraw and head home for some R&R and the hope of returning to the bike sooner rather than later.

It's a sad end to the Sniper's Tour de France campaign, and a stark contrast to this time last year, but we wish him a full and speedy recovery. Simon and the whole Orica-GreenEDGE team make us incredibly proud.

Gerro has made Aussie history

How? By being the only Australian to ever win a stage in each Grand Tour (he’s actually won five Grand Tour stages thus far, and worn the Tour de France yellow jersey over two days).

Check out more about the 2014 Tour de France

For a motorbike rider, he sure makes a talented cyclist

Yes – like many a country lad, Gerro grew up loving and racing motocross. Not the softest sport on the body, he suffered from numerous torn ligaments and two knee injuries. At 16 his hand was forced – he had to retire.

It’s not all about who you know (but surely that helps?)

As incredibly good fortune would have it, Gerro didn’t live all that far from Victorian riding superstar Phil Anderson. As a Christmas present, Gerro’s parents bought him a place on one of Phil’s training camps, which soon led to Phil coaching Gerro.

What’s with the nickname The Sniper?

As VIS Head Cycling Coach Dave Sanders will readily admit, Gerro’s attitude is second to none. This is an athlete who time and time again has demonstrated that in the long run, it’s more about the head than the body (without of course taking away from any physical prowess!). The Sniper is a reference to this attitude – Gerro sets his targets high and he patiently, determinedly, single-mindedly goes about achieving them one-by-one.

Who does the Sniper ride for?

None other than Orica-GreenEDGE, Australia’s first professional road racing team competing on the UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) World Tour.

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Some Recent Sniper Success Stories


Liège-Batogne-Liège – first place

Tour Down Under – first place

National Championships Australia – first place

Amstel gold Race – third place


Tour de France stages three and four – first place

Amstel Gold Race – third place


GP de Quebec – first place

Clasica San Sebastian – second place

Milano – San Remo – first place

Tour Down Under – first place

National Championships Australia – first place