Leigh Howard (born 18 October 1989) is an Australian professional racing cyclist for UCI Continental team ACA Pro Racing Sunshine Coast.[2]

Leigh Howard
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Howard in 2018
Personal information
Born (1989-10-18) 18 October 1989 (age 30)
Geelong, Victoria, Australia
Height1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight70 kg (154 lb)
Team information
Current teamACA Pro Racing Sunshine Coast
DisciplineRoad and track
RoleRider
Rider typeSprinter
Amateur team(s)
0Geelong CC
2009Australian Institute of Sport
2009Team Toshiba
Professional team(s)
2010–2011Team HTC–Columbia
2012–2015GreenEDGE[1]
2016IAM Cycling
2017Aqua Blue Sport
2018–ACA–Ride Sunshine Coast

CareerEdit

Born in Geelong, Victoria, Australia, Howard now resides in Waurn Ponds, Victoria.[3] He began cycling competitively at the age of 10 and first represented Australia in 2005 at the age of 16.[3] He is an Australian Institute of Sport scholarship holder. Howard trained as an automobile electrician,[3]

Howard won the bronze medal in the omnium event at the 2008 UCI Track Cycling World Championships. He went on to take several medals in round 2 and 4 of the 2008–2009 UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics. In 2009, he again won a medal in the omnium at the World Championships, this time taking gold, he also took the silver medal in both the madison and team pursuit.[3] Howard also had success on the road in 2009, winning stages 1 and 3 of the Tour of Japan.

Howard become a professional rider in 2010 with Team HTC–Columbia.[4] In his first professional race with team HTC Columbia, Howard won the fourth stage of the Tour of Oman. Impressively, Howard finished ahead of Daniele Bennati, Tom Boonen and Tyler Farrar on the stage. After two years with the team, Howard moved to GreenEDGE for the 2012 season.[1] In November 2015 IAM Cycling announced that Howard would join them for the 2016 season, with a role as part of the sprint train for Matteo Pelucchi.[5]

Career achievementsEdit

Major resultsEdit

2007
Tour of Tasmania
1st Stages 1, 4 & 7
UIV Cup
1st Amsterdam
1st Dortmund
2008
National Track Championships
1st   Team pursuit
1st   Scratch
1st   Overall Tour of the Murray River
1st Stages 5 & 13
Tour of Gippsland
1st Stages 6 & 8
Tour of Tasmania
1st Stages 1 & 8
1st Coppa Colli Briantei Internazionale
1st Stage 2 Tour de Berlin
1st Stage 2 Australian Cycling Grand Prix
UIV Cup
1st Amsterdam
1st Munich
2009
1st   Omnium, UCI Track World Championships
1st   Overall Tour of Gippsland
1st Stages 2, 3, 6 & 9
1st   Overall Okolo Slovenska
Tour of Japan
1st   Points classification
1st Stages 1, 3 & 7
1st Classic Astico – Brenta
1st Stage 1 Thüringen Rundfahrt der U23
2010
1st   Madison (with Cameron Meyer), UCI Track World Championships
1st Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen
1st Stage 4 Tour of Oman
1st Sprints classification Bayern–Rundfahrt
2011
1st   Madison (with Cameron Meyer), UCI Track World Championships
1st Stage 5 Ster Elektrotoer
3rd Trofeo Cala Millor
4th Grand Prix de Denain
2012
1st Stage 2 (TTT) Eneco Tour
3rd Overall Tour of Britain
1st Stage 2
2013
1st Trofeo Campos–Santanyí–Ses Salines
1st Trofeo Platja de Muro
8th Vuelta a La Rioja
2014
5th Gran Premio Nobili Rubinetterie
7th Overall Tour of Alberta
2015
6th RideLondon–Surrey Classic
2016
1st Clásica de Almería
1st Stage 1 Tour des Fjords
2nd Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race
2018
1st   Team pursuit, Commonwealth Games
2nd Six Days of London (with Kelland O'Brien)

Grand Tour general classification results timelineEdit

Grand Tour 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
  Giro d'Italia DNF DNF
  Tour de France 172
  Vuelta a España 152 142
Legend
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "GreenEdge snares Howard". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. 12 September 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
  2. ^ "Australian Cycling Academy team focused on nurturing young talent". Cyclingnews.com. Immediate Media Company. 11 December 2017. Retrieved 5 January 2018. Former WorldTour rider Leigh Howard will captain the team which also includes current team pursuit world champions Sam Welsford and Kelland O'Brien on a 13-rider roster.
  3. ^ a b c d "Rider profiles: Leigh Howard". Cycling Australia. Archived from the original on 30 November 2012.
  4. ^ ProCycling, Issue 133, January 2010, p. 63
  5. ^ "Leigh Howard, Vegard Stake Laengen and Oliver Naesen confirmed for IAM Cycling". cyclingnews.com. 28 September 2015. Retrieved 14 November 2015.

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