West Australian Luke Durbridge was ORICA-GreenEDGE’s top finisher in 17thposition at the team’s first appearance at Strade Bianche today.
In a race famous for its gravel sectors, affectionately known as the ‘white roads’, nasty winds added to the already challenging array of elements across the 200km course.
As promised, it was a battle of survival. Eventually Zdenek Stybar (Etixx-Quick Step) prevailed.
“Realistically we knew we were coming here as the first race of the European season for a lot of the guys and we really wanted them to have a hard hit out before Tirreno and Paris-Nice,” sport director Neil Stephens said.
|1||Zdenek Stybar (CZE) - Etixx - Quick-Step||5:22:13|
|2||Greg Van Avermaet (BEL) - BMC Racing Team||0:00:02|
|3||Alejandro Valverde (SPA) - Movistar Team||0:00:18|
|4||Sep Vanmarcke (BEL) - Team LottoNL-Jumbo||0:00:46|
|5||Diego Rosa (ITA) - Astana Pro Team||0:00:56|
|6||Oscar Gatto (ITA) - Androni Giocattoli||0:00:59|
|7||Rigoberto Uran (COL) - Etixx - Quick-Step||0:00:59|
|8||Fabio Felline (ITA) - Trek Factory Racing||0:01:02|
|9||Przemyslaw Niemiec (POL) - Lampre-Merida||0:01:03|
|10||Giampaolo Caruso (ITA) - Team Katusha||0:01:03|
|17||Luke Durbridge (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:01:22|
|21||Esteban Chaves (COL) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:01:29|
|29||Mathew Hayman (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:04:47|
|34||Magnus Cort Nielsen (DEN) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:06:34|
|77||Svein Tuft (CAN) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:19:20|