'I rode 17 stages of last year's Tour de France with a broken back - I'm not a person who gives up': a grateful Simon Clarke signs for Israel-Premier Tech

The Australian had set himself the deadline as the end of January to find a new contract

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(Image credit: Israel – Premier Tech)

When Simon Clarke spoke with Cycling Weekly just days before Christmas, disclosing the pain he felt at the likelihood of having to retire imminently due to not having a team for the 2022 season, he promised to get back in touch within a few weeks, hopefully - by some miracle - bearing some good news.

It was a wish steeped in hope rather than expectation, but three weeks later the Australian rang once more, this time the dismay turned to joy and gratefulness, for partly thanks to that article the 35-year-old has been signed by Israel-Premier Tech on a one-year contract, with the intention of staying for a longer duration.

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