The Australian had been looking out for a squad after Qhubeka-NextHash folded on the finish of 2021 and now he has linked up with Chris Froome, Michael Woods and Jakob Fuglsang for the approaching 12 months.
The 2-time Vuelta a España stage winner turns into the thirty first rider on the staff for 2022 and completes their roster.
“Firstly, I’m completely happy to have discovered a staff. However secondly, I’m completely happy to have ended up in a staff that I’d have chosen to go to within the regular switch window. So I’m not solely completely happy that I can hold racing within the WorldTour, however proud of the place I’ve ended up,” Clarke defined.
“I don’t really feel like I’m coming to a brand new staff in any respect as a result of I’ve a handful of former teammates within the staff, guys like [Daryl] Impey, [Sep] Vanmarcke, [Giacomo] Nizzolo, [Tom] Van Asbroeck, and even workers as properly. It almost looks like coming again, regardless that it’s not.
“When it comes to targets, I can’t actually say an excessive amount of earlier than I’ve had conferences with the staff however I’m coming in with a fairly open thoughts in the truth that I will likely be proud of something I do and can profit from it. The one factor that this era of uncertainty that I’ve been by way of has actually made me admire, is the nice fortune I’ve had in my profession. It has made me extra grateful for having a great experience and taking advantage of it.”
Clarke has ridden for various groups all through his lengthy profession. He made a reputation for himself at Orica-GreenEdge after which grew to become a valued highway captain at EF Training First. A transfer to Doug Ryder’s Qhubeka staff adopted however the second 12 months of his contract was torn up when the staff have been unable to search out sufficient funding to proceed.
“As robust of a scenario because it was, there have been nonetheless positives to take out of it. This has taught me that it’s essential profit from each alternative, by no means depart a stone unturned, and race each race as if it might be your final. As a result of it really could possibly be,” Clarke mentioned.
“So, I’m further motivated after having a little bit of a interval of reflection and I’m eager to get again at it and profit from it with Israel-Premier Tech.”
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