Durbridge powers to 12th place in the Tour de Suisse opening prologue

Sat 10 Jun 2017

Dreidaagse de Panne winner Luke Durbridge was ORICA-SCOTT’s highest placed finisher today in 12th place in the Tour de Suisse opening prologue.

The lung-busting six kilometre event was predominantly flat and one for the powerhouses. Rohan Dennis (BMC) proved to be the fastest on the day, stopping the clock eight seconds fastest than his nearer rival.

Having finished in third place in last year's Tour de Suisse prologue, Durbridge had high expectations for today and despite not making the podium this time round, the 25-year-old remained confident in his form.

“I felt pretty good out there today,” explained Durbridge. “I gave it a good crack but on such a short course you can easily make some mistakes.”

“Maybe I went a little too slow around some of the corners which can cost a few seconds. That can be the different between running top ten or top five but at the end of the day Rohan was a class above everyone.

“I’m fairly happy, I think my condition is good. I’ve just come from altitude so my conditions is probably not ready for a six kilometre prologue, but my watts were still good today so hopefully it sets me up for a good week.”

How it happened:

The 2017 edition of the Tour kicked off like previous years with a short, sharp opening prologue. The six kilometre event was mostly flat and straight forward.

One of the early starters, Ryan Mullen (Cannondale-Drapac), set the bench mark early on with a time of six minutes and 37seconds and remained in the hot seat for over an hour with no rider able to beat his time.

As the final 50riders took off down the start ramp Dennis quickly knocked Mullen off the hot seat as he crossed the line with a time of six minutes and 24seconds. The time proved to be eight seconds faster than anyone else.

Durbridge produced a strong and consistent ride with six minutes and 38seconds but it wasn’t quite enough today to repeat last year’s result. Local Swiss rider Michael Albasini, the final rider to start for the team, also produced a solid ride that was good enough for 20th place in the end. 

Tomorrow’s road stage is 172kilometre in length, raced over four laps with a second category climb each time.

Tour de Suisse prologue results:

1. Rohan Dennis (BMC) 6:24
2. Stefan Küng (BMC) +0:08
3. Matthias Brändle (Trek-Segafredo) +0:09
12. Luke Durbridge (ORICA-SCOTT) +0:14

General classification after the prologue:

1. Rohan Dennis (BMC) 6:24
2. Stefan Küng (BMC) +0:08
3. Matthias Brändle (Trek-Segafredo) +0:09
12. Luke Durbridge (ORICA-SCOTT) +0:14

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