Top ten for Durbridge on the OVO Tour of Britain time trial stage

Thu 7 Sep 2017

26-year-old Luke Durbridge finished in tenth place on today’s individual time trial stage at the OVO Tour of Britain.

In his first race back since crashing out of the Tour de France, the former Australian champion showed his time trailing class to race in to the top ten on the flat 16kilometre event in Clacton-on-sea.

After two months without racing, Durbridge was satisfied with his performance after a lot of rehabilitation to get back into good condition.

“I was surprised with today as it is my first race back,” explained Durbridge. “I had to work hard in that period off racing, so I am happy with today to get a bit of confirmation in myself, especially in a time trial. It is good knowing I am not too far away from where I know I can be.”

“I have been working for Caleb the last couple of days, riding to bring breaks back. On yesterday’s stage we as a team had to go really hard the last 30kilometres to get the break back so I was pretty much spent, so today I really had a no pressure attitude and wasn’t expecting anything.”

The stage saw a change up in the overall classification as Lars Boom (Team Lotto-Jumbo) claimed the stage victory and jump into the overall race lead with three stages remaining.  

“We are out of contention overall after today but we will continue to go for Caleb and stages,” Durbridge continued. “We have been on the front foot the last couple of days, so now that we don’t have the leaders jersey we can let the other teams do the brunt of the work.”

“We can then save a few more guys for our lead-out for Caleb and try and get him another stage victory."

How it happened:

The fifth stage of the tour was the first clear opportunity for riders to cause a change up in the general classification with a 16kilometre individual time trial in Clacton-on-sea.

Durbridge, one of the early riders to set off down the start ramp had a strong ride, stopping the clock with a time of 19minutes 23seconds to move into the hot seat in the early stages.

Durbridge remained with the fastest time until Victor Campenaerts (Team Lotto-Jumbo) crossed the line 15seconds faster to become the new stage leader mid-way throught the race.

Two-time stage winner Caleb Ewan had a tougher ride than he hoped for after suffering from a mechanical problem and had to change on to his road bike and battle all the way to the finish line.

With just a handful of riders left to finish, Campenaerts remained in the hot seat as no riders seemed able to beat his time, however, in the closing stages his teammate Boom stopped the clock six seconds ahead to take the stage win.

Three more stages remain with ORICA-SCOTT on the hunt for their third victory.

OVO Tour of Britain stage 5 results:

1. Lars Boom (Team Lotto-Jumbo) 19:02
2. Victor Campenaerts (Team Lotto-Jumbo) +0:06
3. Vasil Kiryienka (Team Sky) +0:07
10. Luke Durbridge (ORICA-SCOTT) +0:21

General classification after stage 5:

1. Lars Boom (Team Lotto-Jumbo) 17:57
2. Victor Campenaerts (Team Lotto-Jumbo) +0:08
3. Vasil Kiryienka (Team Sky) +0:09

Photos courtesy of TDWsport