Luke Durbridge Extends Contract with Team GreenEdge
Earlier today Team GreenEdge announced that Australian Luke Durbridge has extended his contract with the team. On top of his neo-pro two-year contract, the national time trial champion has added one additional year to his original deal.
“I’ve really enjoyed the environment on the team and I appreciate the genuine interest in my development,” Durbridge explained and added “GreenEdge offered the extension, and it made a lot of sense to sign. I get security and the ability to concentrate on more good years with the team.”
During his first year in the professional road cycling peloton, Durbridge won time trials at Critérium du Dauphiné Libere, Circuit de le Sarthe and Tour du Poitou Charentes. His time trial wins at Circuit de le Sarthe and Tour du Poitou Charentes propelled him to overall victory in both French stage races.
Durbridge was part of the team time trial winning squad at the Eneco Tour and the bronze medal ride in the team time trial at the UCI Road Cycling World Championships. Most recently, he combined forces with Svein Tuft to win the Duo Normand, his final race of the season.
“Winning the Dauphiné prologue was a personal highlight for me,” Durbridge explained. “I was pretty happy with that win because of the caliber of riders that were there. Winning the national title at the beginning of the year was also very special. I took a lot of pride in wearing the green and the gold all year during my first professional season.”
Originally focused on making the team pursuit squad for the London Olympics, Durbridge switched gears in late March after learning he would not make Olympic selection.
“The GreenEdge team gave me a good program. When I came over from track to road, they were more than happy to have me. They gave me to a good combination of races without loading me down with too heavy of a schedule. That made it possible for me to have some personal opportunities.”
The young Australian anticipates a similar race program in 2013.
“I want to continue to wean myself into the bigger races and have a go at the smaller races. The small races are the perfect place for me to learn how to win, and eventually, I can build the confidence and skills to go for a win in harder races, too. I’ll continue to specialize in the one week stage races without too many hills that include a time trial and maybe a prologue.”
Team GreenEdge Sports Director Matt White is equally thrilled to have extended with Durbridge.
“Luke has had an incredible first year as a pro with six individual victories and one team time trial win scattered through his season,” White stated and elaborated “We are looking forward to continuing to help Luke develop through these early years as a pro and seeing him grow into a world class time trialist and future star of the sport. With GreenEdge, Luke has a home for many years to come.”