Leigh Howard

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Leigh Howard

Personal information
Full name Leigh Howard
Born (1989-10-18) 18 October 1989
Geelong, Australia
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Weight 70 kg (150 lb)
Team information
Current team IAM Cycling
Discipline Road and track
Role Rider
Rider type Sprinter
Amateur team(s)
0 Geelong CC
2009 Australian Institute of Sport
2009 Team Toshiba
Professional team(s)
2010–2011 Team HTC–Columbia
2012–2015 GreenEDGE[1]
2016– IAM Cycling
Major wins

One-day races and Classics

Clasica de Almeria (2016)
Trofeo Campos (2013)
Trofeo Platja de Muro (2013)
Infobox last updated on
20 March 2014

Leigh Howard (born 18 October 1989) is an Australian professional racing cyclist for UCI ProTour team IAM Cycling.


Born in Geelong, Victoria, Howard now resides in Waurn Ponds.[2] He began cycling competitively at the age of 10 and first represented Australia in 2005 at the age of 16.[2] He is an Australian Institute of Sport scholarship holder. Howard trained as an automobile electrician,[2]

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.[2] 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.[3] 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.[4]

Career achievements

Major results

Tour of Tasmania
1st Stages 1, 4 & 7
1st Amsterdam
1st Dortmund
National Track Championships
1st Team pursuit
1st Scratch
1st Overall Tour of the Murray River
1st Stages 5 & 13
1st Coppa Colli Briantei Internazionale
Tour of Gippsland
1st Stages 6 & 8
Tour of Tasmania
1st Stages 1 & 8
1st Stage 2 Berliner Rundfahrt
1st Stage 2 Australian Cycling Grand Prix
1st Amsterdam
1st Munich
1st World Omnium Championships
1st Overall Tour of Gippsland
1st Stages 2, 3, 6 & 9
1st Overall Tour de Slovaquie
1st Classic Astico – Brenta
Tour of Japan
1st Points classification
1st Stages 1, 3 & 7
1st Stage 1 Thüringen Rundfahrt der U23
1st World Madison Championships (with Cameron Meyer)
1st Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen
1st Stage 4 Tour of Oman
1st Sprints classification Bayern-Rundfahrt
1st World Madison Championships (with Cameron Meyer)
1st Stage 5 Ster Elektrotoer
3rd Trofeo Cala Millor
4th Grand Prix de Denain
1st Stage 2 (TTT) Eneco Tour
3rd Overall Tour of Britain
1st Stage 2
1st Trofeo Campos–Santanyí–Ses Salines
1st Trofeo Platja de Muro
3rd National Criterium Championships
8th Vuelta a La Rioja
5th Gran Premio Nobili Rubinetterie
7th Overall Tour of Alberta
6th RideLondon–Surrey Classic[5]
1st Stage 1 Tour des Fjords
1st Clásica de Almería
2nd Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race

Grand Tour general classification results timeline

Grand Tour 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Pink jersey Giro - - WD - - WD
Yellow jersey Tour - - - - - 172
red jersey Vuelta 152 - 142 - - -

WD = Withdrew; IP = In Progress

See also


  1. 1 2 "GreenEdge snares Howard". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. 12 September 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
  2. 1 2 3 4 "Rider profiles: Leigh Howard". Cycling Australia.
  3. ProCycling, Issue 133, January 2010, p. 63
  4. "Leigh Howard, Vegard Stake Laengen and Oliver Naesen confirmed for IAM Cycling". cyclingnews.com. 28 September 2015. Retrieved 14 November 2015.
  5. "Ben Swift places third as Jean Pierre Drucker wins RideLondon-Surrey Classic". Cycling Weekly. 2 August 2015. Retrieved 2 August 2015.
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