Giro d'Italia: Orica Green-Edge pragmatic after time penalty for Clarke

After a brilliant start to the Giro d’Italia, Simon Clarke (Orica-GreenEdge) hit the headlines for the wrong reasons after stage 10. When Clarke saw Team Sky’s Richie Porte in trouble due to a late puncture, he decided to lend him a hand – or a wheel, as it were. It was a gesture of friendship but contravened the UCI regulations and saw both riders handed a CHF200 fine and a two-minute penalty.

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Born in Ireland to a cycling family and later moved to the Isle of Man, so there was no surprise when I got into the sport. Studied sports journalism at university before going on to do a Masters in sports broadcast. After university I spent three months interning at Eurosport, where I covered the Tour de France. In 2012 I started at Procycling Magazine, before becoming the deputy editor of Procycling Week. I then joined Cyclingnews, in December 2013.