Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic - Men
Portarlington - Stage Details

Luke Durbridge nabbed his first win of the 2014 season, and the second for his ORICA-GreenEDGE team on day three of the Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic in Geelong. Durbridge sprinted to victory ahead of Pat Shaw (Satalyst), after their two-man move emerged from an early break and held off the field into the final.

It was the second consecutive victory for Durbridge on the undulating Portarlington course, after he won this stage at last year’s edition of the race. After strong performances by Durbridge in the first two days of racing in Geelong, the team went into today’s stage with a plan to support the young Aussie in his goal of a repeat win on the Portarlington circuit.

In what was an especially aggressive day of racing on the tough and characteristically windy Portarlington circuit, multiple riders launched attacks from the bunch in an effort to reel in the two-man break that led for the majority of the stage. The fast-pace resulted in a shake-up of the General Classification, with Zak Dempster (SASI) regaining possession of the jersey. Matt Goss slipped to fourth place behind Durbridge, who moved into third after today’s win.

“The whole team rode a superb tactical race today. Durbridge showed for the third day in a row how strong he is and what great form he has at the moment. He got a win today as reward for those three days of super hard work, he really deserved it.” - Sport Director Matt Wilson

“I’ve won here before, so I know this is a course that suits me and suits the breakaway. I have been feeling good so far at this race, and I knew today was my best shot at taking a stage, so I really planned to go for the win.” - Luke Durbridge

Results

Place Rider/Team Time
1 Luke Durbridge (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 1:00:35
2 Patrick Shaw (Aus) - Satalyst ST
3 Tom Scully (NZl) - Total Rush/Hyster Racing 0:00:19
4 Zakkari Dempster (Aus) - SAIS 0:00:34
5 Caleb Ewan (Aus) - Subaru NSWIS 0:00:55
6 Brenton Jones (Aus) - Procon Telematics ST
7 Robert McCarthy (Aus) - SASI ST
8 Leigh Howard (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
9 Graham Briggs (GBr) - Rapha Condo JLT ST
10 Joseph Lewis (Aus) - Total Rush/Hyster Racing ST
Place Mitchelton-SCOTT Riders Time
1 Luke Durbridge (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 1:00:35
8 Leigh Howard (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
13 Mitch Docker (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
35 Matt Goss (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:01:56