Luke Durbridge won the overall at the Tour du Poitou Charentes after moving into the leader’s jersey on the stage four individual time trial. The neo-pro has won four individual time trials, two of which have set the scene for general classification victories, this season.
ORICA-GreenEDGE dominated the French stage race from start to finish with Aidis Kruopis winning the stage one sprint finish. Kruopis followed up his first victory with a second win on stage two. The leader’s jersey moved from Kruopis to Durbridge on the third day of racing, a double day with a short road stage in the morning and an afternoon time trial. The team successfully defended Kruopis’ lead in the morning. Durbridge time trialed into the leader’s jersey later that afternoon.
“We came into this week with high expectations,” said Durbridge. “[Sports Director] Lionel [Marie] gave us our objectives, and we accepted them and took them on board. As a team, we all realized what we needed to do and we rose to the challenge. Lionel set a high bar, and we not only reached that bar, we exceeded it. It’s been a fantastic week for the team."