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Luke Durbridge – Critérium du Dauphiné Prologue win


Despite having the advantage of starting as last man in the Dauphiné’s 5.7 kilometre prologue time trial, Britain’s defending champion, Bradley Wiggins (Sky) couldn’t best the time set by 21 year-old world under 23 world time trial champion, Luke Durbridge (GreenEdge-Orica & Australia).

The young Australian was in the hot seat for 90 minutes before he could breathe a sigh of relief and savour his first World Tour win.

Durbridge came up through the well tested Aussie route of the national team pursuit squad.

He took a world junior team pursuit title on the way; as well as a world junior world individual time trial title and world junior madison victory (with Alex Carver) en route the world senior team pursuit title in Apeldoorn in 2011.

After finishing second in the U23 TT Worlds in Geelong in 2010 to Taylor Phinney, he climbed on the top step of the podium in Copenhagen last autumn.

This season has seen his meteoric progress continue; he beat Cameron Meyer and Michael Rogers to the Australian elite individual time trial title, won the TT and GC in the Circuit de la Sarthe and now is firmly on the World Tour stage.

Durbridge had time to talk to VeloVeritas soon after he’d pulled on the yellow jersey in Grenoble.