Tour du Poitou Charentes
Stage 4: Charroux - Civray (ITT) - Stage Details

Luke Durbridge started the afternoon stage of the Poitou Charentes double confident that a repeat overall victory of Frehcn tour remained within reach. Although the Australian outfit put four riders in the top 20 on the stage, Durbridge’s time trial went far from plan. Contending with mechanical issues and an unfamiliar bike, the Australian National Time Trial Champion managed fifth place on the stage, 29” behind stage four winner Thomas Voeckler (Europcar).

The result slotted Durbridge into fifth overall, 40” behind Voeckler, who moved into the race lead. Only three seconds separate Durbridge from the overall podium ahead of the final stage of racing. Mikhail Ignatyev (Katusha) sits in second at 26" while Gustav Larsson (IAM) and Arnaud Gerard (Bretagne-Séché Environnement) are tied on time at 37” in third and fourth place.

"I had a rough start to my time trial. When I was warming up, I began to have gear trouble and the mechanical issues continued from there. We didn’t have enough time to sort things out, so five minutes before my start, I found myself sitting on the start line on my road bike. Inside a minute of my start time, I had to jump on Jens Mouris’ bike. We put the seat down quickly, and that was the only adjustment we had time to make before I had to take off or miss my start. I had no power meter or any indication of speed. Not only did all the issues before my start mess with my mental preparation, I had no way to gauge my effort, which was a huge challenge.

"My goal was to come here and have a good time trial, and while I’m happy with my ride, it still feels like a bit of a missed opportunity. Today was important for my objectives with this race and in terms selections for the World Championships. It didn’t go the way I needed it go. All that said, I’m in the best young rider’s jersey and I’m only a handful of seconds away from the overall podium. There’s still a chance I can make up time and leap-frog up the general classification. That’s what we’ll focus on for tomorrow. There’s one stage left, and we’re ready to make the most of it." - Luke Durbridge

Results

Place Rider/Team Time
1 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) - Europcar 0:27:37
2 Mikhail Ignatyev (Rus) - Katusha 0:00:23
3 Gustav Larsson (Swe) - IAM Cycling 0:00:26
4 Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) - Bretagne-Séché Environnement ST
5 Luke Durbridge (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:00:29
6 Jesus Herrada (Esp) - Movistar 0:00:30
7 Arnaud Gerard (Fra) - Bretagne-Séché Environnement 0:00:36
8 Simon Spilak (Slo) - Katusha ST
9 Yoann Paillot (Fra) - La Pomme Marseille 0:00:43
10 Angel Madrazo (Esp) - Movistar 0:00:46
Place Mitchelton-SCOTT Riders Time
5 Luke Durbridge (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:00:29
12 Jens Mouris (Ned) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:00:51
14 Brett Lancaster (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:00:53
20 Michael Hepburn (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:01:01
76 Michael Albasini (Swi) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:02:24
79 Fumiyuki Beppu (Jap) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:02:28