After injury-plagued 2015, Simon Gerrans returns to Europe with renewed optimism

Simon Gerrans will make his European debut at the GP Industria on Sunday and is bringing confidence from a strong start to the season

Simon Gerrans in the overall lead and wearing the distinctive ochre jersey of GC leader.

(Image credit: Watson)

Simon Gerrans spent almost as much time off the bike as he did on it in 2015, but the Australian is keen to put his injury-hit season behind him and return to the top of his game.

The Orica-GreenEdge rider broke six bones in seven different crashes last year and saw his Ardennes Classics campaign fizzle out due to lack of preparation.

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.