Durbridge re-signs with Mitchelton-SCOTT for two more yearsThu 8 Nov 2018
Two-time Australian time trial champion Luke Durbridge has extended with UCI WorldTour team Mitchelton-SCOTT for another two seasons, continuing an already long and successful relationship into 2020.
An integral part of the team since the early days back in 2012 Durbridge has established himself as a key leader of the classics group and an important support rider throughout consecutive Grand Tours.
After starting out as a multiple track and time trial champion Durbridge’s evolution has followed a steady arc of improvement and transition each season with wins coming in the Three Days of De Panne in 2017 and top five finishes in major classics Dwars door Vlaanderen and E3 Harelbeke.
“I am really excited to re-sign with Mitchelton-SCOTT. Our team has changed a lot over the years, we started out with a core group of Australians alongside some Europeans and we were more of a one-day race/Classics style team and we had some great success with that formula.”
“Now we’re transitioning into a GC team as we saw with the win in the Vuelta and for me I think it really suits my role as a rider, especially in the back end of the season, to support our GC guys to what I hope will be more victories and Grand Tour success.
“Personally, my focus hasn’t really changed, and I’m still really focused in the early season Classics and I feel that next year we can really step up. We have a relatively young group, but it’s a very strong one and I think we can achieve a lot over those Spring races.
“For the Tour de France and other Grand Tours I’ll be slipping back into more of a domestique role and focus on my team time trialling and supporting the Esteban and the Yates brothers - which I am really excited about.
“All in all, I am just really happy to have seen and been a part of the transition and development of this team from the very start until now. I have grown up with this team, I treat is as my family and hopefully I can repay some of the faith the team has shown in me by achieving some good results over the next two years.”
Head sport director Matt White:
“Over the years Durbo has steadily developed and grown to become one of the leaders of our classics group and an important personality within the team. We want very much to continue that progress together.”
“We’ve watched him become one of the most consistent riders in the classics and after starting out as a pure time trialling talent he has really applied himself to evolve into the rider he is today.
“Durbo has been a part of the GreenEDGE set up since day one and has consistently proven himself to be committed and loyal to the team in whichever role we require of him, whether that had been to lead in a one-day classic or support in a Grand Tour.”
Date of Birth: 9thApril 1991 (27)
Place of Birth: Greenmount, Western Australia
Joined Mitchelton-SCOTT: 2012
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