Former Australian time trial champion Luke Durbridge wrapped up the Benelux Tour in sixth place overall for Team BikeExchange, thanks to the hard work and relentless commitment from his teammates.
After making it into the breakaway on day one and day three, where he finished in third place, the 30-year-old was able to climb the ranking and moved up to third place overall after the fourth stage.
Following a final hard and hilly two stages, there was a big shift in the GC standings, with Durbridge fighting on to hold on and follow the moves on today’s challenging stage up the Muur van Geraardsbergen, to conclude the seven-day race in a respectable sixth place.
“From the start the team raced well, we were pretty much in every breakaway, the boys really committed to the plan every day. To finish up sixth on the GC, I am happy the week and all the commitment from everyone from start to finish. Today’s final stage was brutal, we had Barnabas Peak in the break. Callum Scoton and Alex Konychev were incredible at the start to make sure Peak was in the break and he did a big effort to get across into it.
Then after that boys looked after me and put me into potion on the first lap and then Jack Bauer did an incredible job to make sure that I was back on GC and chased the main group back for me on the final lap and I held on for the sprint.
It has been a big week. Overall, I am happy with the result, happy with the condition and it has been good to see everyone’s commitment.”
Mat Hayman – Sport Director
“It was another solid ride from Luke to defend his place on GC. We didn’t come in riding GC we came in with a team wanted to be aggressive and wanting to go after a stage win.
Durbridge did that, he did that from day one, with two breakaways and that set him up for GC. In the last two days he’s had wonderful support from Jack in the finals to close gaps down and he has really fought hard to hold onto that top-10 spot.
Across the board, we had Sam Bewley in a breakaway and Jack Bauer up the road trying to win a stage as well as some young guys here all really helping out and it has been a great week of racing. We came up here without the expectation of riding GC and we have got ourselves a nice little result there.”
2021 Benelux Tour – Stage 7 Result:
1. Matej Mohoric 3:50:56
2. Sonny Colbrelli +0:11
3. Tom Dumoulin +0:15
22. Luke Durbridge (Team BikeExchange) +0:24
1. Sonny Colbrelli
6. Luke Durbridge (Team BikeExchange) +1:30
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