Tasmanian riders Will Clarke and Nathan Earle in fine form

Will Clarke
Will Clarke

Tasmanian riders have been nudging the top 10 of bike races either side of the Atlantic.

Hobart’s Nathan Earle sits 13th in the Tour of Portugal.

The 30-year-old Israel Cycling Academy rider leapt up from 88th overall when he finished 30th on the 191.7-kilometre fifth stage from Sabugal to Viseu.

Five stages remain, concluding with a 17.3km individual time trial around Fafe on Sunday.

Earle’s previous race was the 165.7km one-day Prueba Villafranca-Ordiziako Klasika in Spain, in which he finished 19th. This followed a 66th place in the eight-stage Tour of Austria won by his Belgian teammate Ben Hermans.

Campbell Town’s Will Clarke came 10th in the 5.3km prologue of the Tour of Utah in St George.

The 33-year-old followed up by coming 75th in the 162.5km opening stage which began and finished in Cedar City.

The six-stage race concludes in Park City on Sunday.

American prologue winner Tejay Van Garderen provided a Tasmanian twist when it was announced that the 29-year-old will be leaving Richie Porte’s BMC Team to join Clarke’s Education First-Drapac team at the end of the season.