Luke Durbridge set for overall Santos Festival of Cycling victory after Willunga performance

Luke Durbridge (Team BikeExchange) in the overall leader jersey of the Santos Festival of Cycling after stage 3
(Image credit: Sarah Reed)

Luke Durbridge (Team BikeExchange) looks set to carry the lead of the Santos Festival of Cycling from start to finish, holding an advantage on the overall of two minutes as he heads into the final criterium stage of the four-day event

The power of his 80-kilometre long solo break on stage one set the scene early for overall victory at the National Road Series event but if there was any stage that his rivals may have seemed likely to be able to take back at least a little of that time on, Willunga Hill was probably it. The Australian time-trial champion, however, fended off the climbing specialists in a typically hot day of racing, with temperatures rising into the high 30's. He conceded only a handful of seconds to the best of them finishing third behind Richie Porte (Team Garmin Australia) and Luke Plapp (Team Garmin Australia).

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Simone Giuliani
Australia Editor

Simone is a degree-qualified journalist that has accumulated decades of wide-ranging experience while working across a variety of leading media organisations. She joined Cyclingnews as a Production Editor at the start of the 2021 season and has now moved into the role of Australia Editor. Previously she worked as a freelance writer, Australian Editor at Ella CyclingTips and as a correspondent for Reuters and Bloomberg. Cycling was initially purely a leisure pursuit for Simone, who started out as a business journalist, but in 2015 her career focus also shifted to the sport.