VDK-Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde - Race Overview

ORICA-GreenEDGE’s Luke Durbridge had previously finished in seventh place twice at VDK-Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde. He lined up for the start of the three day, four stage race with the singular goal of improving upon his previous general classification results. Mission accomplished.

Ninth following stage two, Durbridge jumped up to seventh overall, 20” outside the race lead by the end of the morning stage on day three. By the time the afternoon time trial had come to a close, Durbridge had clawed his way onto the overall podium. Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Omega Pharma – Quick-Step) took the overall win. Durbridge slotted into second overall, 7” behind the Belgian winner and 1” ahead of Gert Steegmans (Omega Pharma – Quick-Step) in third.  

“This is my third year at De Panne, and I’ve finally cracked the podium. I’m in the Quickstep sandwich. I’m pretty happy to say the least. The goal was to jump on the podium. There are a couple little things – if I had just gotten onto that group on stage one….The team rode super for me all week. I couldn’t ask for anything more from them. I’m glad to repay them with the podium. Hopefully next year, I can come back and get on the top step, but for now, I’m just going to enjoy being on the podium.” - Luke Durbridge

 

General Classification

Place Rider/Team Time
1 Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) - Omega Pharma-Quick Step 11:38:16
2 Luke Durbridge (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:00:07
3 Gert Steegmans (Bel) - Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:00:08
4 Niki Terpstra (Ned) - Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:00:15
5 Marcel Kittel (Ger) - Team Giant-Shimano 0:00:21
6 Vincent Jerome (Fra) - Team Europcar 0:00:25
7 Mauro Finetto (Ita) - Neri Sottoli 0:00:27
8 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) - Katusha Team 0:00:32
9 Rob Ruijgh (Ned) - Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Continental Team 0:00:33
10 Alexander Porsev (Rus) - Katusha Team ST
Place Mitchelton-SCOTT Riders Time
2 Luke Durbridge (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:00:07
31 Svein Tuft (Can) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:03:52
57 Jens Mouris (Ned) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:05:41
87 Michael Hepburn (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:16:44