Team BikeExchange in 'awesome position' at Santos Festival of Cycling after Durbridge solo

Santos Festival of Cycling
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Team BikeExchange opened up their Australian racing season at the Santos Festival of Cycling by delivering plenty of air-time for their new sponsors and carving out what looks like a near unbeatable lead at the men’s National Road Series event, after Luke Durbridge spent the vast majority of stage 1 alone off the front. 

The Australian time trial champion rode away with nearly 80 kilometres to go and did it with such power that the gap stretched beyond four minutes during the stage. 

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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.