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Australian Road Nationals a 'must win' for Luke Durbridge and Orica-GreenEdge

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Luke Durbridge on his way to second place

Luke Durbridge on his way to second place
(Image credit: Mark Gunter)
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Carlee Taylor (ORICA-AIS), Kimberley Wells (Specialized Securitor), Darren Lapthorne (Drapac) and Luke Durbridge (Orica-GreenEdge) at the national launch

Carlee Taylor (ORICA-AIS), Kimberley Wells (Specialized Securitor), Darren Lapthorne (Drapac) and Luke Durbridge (Orica-GreenEdge) at the national launch
(Image credit: Cycling Australia)
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Luke Durbridge takes the win.

Luke Durbridge takes the win.
(Image credit: Mark Gunter - markgunter.com.au)
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Luke Durbridge was crowned Australian Champion today.

Luke Durbridge was crowned Australian Champion today.
(Image credit: Mark Gunter - markgunter.com.au)

Western Australia's Luke Durbridge was right on track to capture his third straight men's National Time Trial championship after establishing a 30-second lead over Queenslander, and Orica-GreenEdge teammate, Michael Hepburn at the halfway mark of the 45-kilometre course along Lake Burrumbeet in Ballarat on Wednesday. That was until Hepburn closed the gap and finished on top with an 11-second win over Durbridge with a time of 56 minutes and 29.90 seconds, and more than two minutes over South Australia's Damien Howson to give GreenEdge a clean podium sweep.