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Orica-GreenEdge focused on Giro d'Italia team time trial

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The 2014 Men's Podium: (l-r) Luke Durbridge, Michael Hepburn and Damien Howson

The 2014 Men's Podium: (l-r) Luke Durbridge, Michael Hepburn and Damien Howson (Image credit: Mark Gunter)
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Luke Durbridge (Orica-GreenEDGE)

Luke Durbridge (Orica-GreenEDGE) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Michael Hepburn (Orica-GreenEdge)

Michael Hepburn (Orica-GreenEdge) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Tuft powers at the head of the Orica-GreenEdge train

Tuft powers at the head of the Orica-GreenEdge train (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Luke Durbridge (Orica-GreenEDGE)

Luke Durbridge (Orica-GreenEDGE) (Image credit: Cyclingnews)

It is a tale of two time triallists at this year's 97th edition of the Giro d'Italia. The similarities between Orica-GreenEdge teammates – and fellow Australians – Luke Durbridge and Michael Hepburn are many, including their goal to win the opening stage team time trial in Belfast.

Differences and similarities

Long-time friends

"Luke and I have been friends for years as we grew up racing juniors together on the track," said Hepburn. "Luke did his first Giro last year and the first Grand Tour is an experience for anyone. A lot of our guys have experience and are trying to talk me through what to expect, but at the end of the day I literally have no idea. I'm going into the unknown as I've never raced this long at one time, but I am really looking forward to it and ready to get this adventure started."