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From racing bikes to shearing sheep: Will Clarke is a farmer now

From racing bikes to shearing sheep: Will Clarke is a farmer now

When the 2020 season came to a close, so too did the career of Australian racer Will Clarke. After coming up through Australia’s National Road…

Tuesday, Jun 15

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When the 2020 season came to a close, so too did the career of Australian racer Will Clarke. After coming up through Australia’s National Road Series (NRS) the Tasmanian had a stagiaire ride with Ag2r La Mondiale in 2010 before joining the WorldTour in 2011 with Leopard Trek .

Ten years later Clarke ended his career with the same team (now named Trek-Segafredo), having done stints with Champion System, Argos-Shimano, Drapac and Cannondale/EF Pro Cycling along the way. For much of his career ‘The Big Horse’, as he was affectionately known, used his huge engine to ride in support of his teammates. But he got his own opportunities too, and won a bunch of races when he did. His solo stage win at the 2012 Tour Down Under remains his biggest victory, but he had others, many of which came in prologue time trials.

After retiring at the end of 2020, Clarke returned to the family farm near Campbell Town in Tasmania. CyclingTips caught up with Clarke to chat about his career, his retirement, and what life is like on the farm. When we spoke, he’d just finished a big day of shearing sheep.

CyclingTips: Were you always planning to retire at the end of last season?

Will Clarke: To be honest, if I could have kept going, I probably would have. I was still kind of motivated to race. I had a pretty shit year with 2019. I had a good start – I think […]

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