'Durbo the Turbo' wins ITT gold

Mon, 19 Sep 17:38:00 2011

Pre-race favourite Luke Durbridge of Australia was as good as advertised as he won the junior men's time trial at the World Championships in Copenhagen.

Australian Luke Durbridge (C) smiles on the podium after winning the gold medal in the men under 23 trial competition at the UCI Road Cycling World Championships in Copenhagen, - 0

The 20-year-old, nicknamed 'Durbo the Turbo,' outclassed the field as he blazed around the 35.2km course in 42 minutes and 47 seconds.

That left him a full 36 seconds ahead of local Dane Rasmus Christian Quaade with another Australian Michael Hepurn a further 10 seconds back in third.

The highest ranked Britain in the field was Mark Christian in 30th while Ireland's Sean Patrick Downey finished 25th.

"It's hard to explain. I'm so happy that I'm struggling to put a sentence together," Durbridge said of his rainbow jersey triumph.

"Congratulations to Quaade and Hepburn. It's fantastic to have two Australians on the podium. We planned this out for the last six months and for it to come together is the tricky part. I had good form and knew could do it but everything had to go right.

"About a lap in, I was 20 seconds up and then 25 seconds. James (from the team car) told me to keep concentrating and I had little bit of blurred vision because I started fast. But the course suited me and it was just about grinding it out on the flat. In the last 10km, I started to enjoy it. I knew I was up and only had to stay up and bring it home."

WCH Men U23 time trial


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