Durbridge powers to lead after time trial

Australian champion Luke Durbridge (GreenEdge) claimed his first victory as a professional in Europe with the 6.8km time trial of the Circuit de la Sarthe-Pays de la Loire in front of Angers' medieval castle. He rode the fastest time, eight seconds ahead of Italy's Manuele Boaro (Saxo Bank) and Portuguese ITT champion Nelson Oliveira (RadioShack-Nissan), despite the bad feeling of a sore left knee.

"I switched off the pain during the time trial," said the 20-year-old from Perth who didn't beat the time of last year's winner on the same course, Daniele Bennati (8:13). The main surprise came from the Garmin-Barracuda team. None of their specialists met the expectation and David Zabriskie rode twenty second slower than one year before.

"I came to the Circuit de la Sarthe with good form," Durbridge told Cyclingnews after the race. "But I didn't expect to win. I have a sore knee. This morning I thought of pulling out of the race. I'm glad I didn't because now I'm the winner of the time trial. I'm very happy. This is my first win [after the Australian national championship for time trial]. Coming off the track, a quite short time trial like this one was perfect for me. The light uphill to start with made it good for a powerful rider."

In between the stages at the Circuit de la Sarthe-Pays de la Loire, Durbridge was looking at the news from Melbourne about the team pursuit for which he was a defending champion at the world championship. He opted for a road program after he realized that the new style of racing a 4-man 4km event wasn't exactly suitable for him.

"If it was 6 or 8 kilometres, I'd be the man but when the first kilo is ridden in 1:02, it's not for me," he said. "After the London world cup, the selectors clarified to me that I was in the team for training but with not much future in the final quartet, so I came back to a road program. The Three Days of De Panne were my first race since the Tour Down Under. It was a bit of a shock but the main thing is: my left Achilles was painful, it made me pedal in a funny style to reduce the pain and that caused the tendonitis I now feel on my knee."

"Turbo durbo" was down after the morning stage but his afternoon triumph brought a smile back on his face. "I'm happy to continue the good campaign of GreenEdge," he said in reference to the 1-2 at the Vuelta al Pais Vasco by Daryl Impey and Allan Davis. With the yellow jersey on his shoulder, he'll carry on no matter what. "I know that tomorrow is the hardest stage," he continued. "Unfortunately we're only three guys left in the team as two [Matt Wilson and Brett Lancaster] pulled out this morning due to a stomach virus. It's going to be hard to control but we'll see how it goes."

Durbridge apologized to the French media for not speaking their language. This is his second visit only to the country of the Tour de France. His last visit was for the Chrono Champenois that he won last year in his final preparation for the successful U23 time trial world championship he won in Denmark. It's now clear that he won't contest any track event at the Olympic Games but he keeps his fingers crossed for representing Australia in the individual time trial in London.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Luke Durbridge (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team0:08:15
2Manuele Boaro (Ita) Team Saxo Bank0:00:08
3Nelson Oliveira (Por) RadioShack-NissanRow 2 - Cell 2
4Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 3 - Cell 2
5Arnaud Gerard (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat0:00:10
6Jan Bakelants (Bel) RadioShack-Nissan0:00:13
7Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:00:14
8Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Argos-ShimanoRow 7 - Cell 2
9Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 8 - Cell 2
10Ruben Plaza (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:15
11Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Movistar Team0:00:16
12Daniel Teklehaianot (Eri) GreenEdge Cycling Team0:00:18
13Ben Hermans (Bel) RadioShack-NissanRow 12 - Cell 2
14Sacha Modolo (Ita) Colnago - CSF InoxRow 13 - Cell 2
15Sébastien Rossler (Bel) Garmin-BarracudaRow 14 - Cell 2
16Denis Menchov (Rus) Katusha Team0:00:19
17Mikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Katusha Team0:00:21
18Thomas Dekker (Ned) Garmin-Barracuda0:00:22
19Martin Elmiger (Swi) AG2R La MondialeRow 18 - Cell 2
20Marco Coledan (Ita) Colnago - CSF InoxRow 19 - Cell 2
21Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Movistar Team0:00:23
22Remi Cusin (Fra) Team Type 1 - SanofiRow 21 - Cell 2
23David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin-Barracuda0:00:24
24Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin-BarracudaRow 23 - Cell 2
25Brice Feillu (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:00:25
26Francisco Ventoso (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 25 - Cell 2
27Jesus Herrada (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 26 - Cell 2
28Omar Lombardi (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox0:00:26
29Thierry Hupond (Fra) Argos-ShimanoRow 28 - Cell 2
30Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:00:27
31Paul Poux (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:00:28
32David Lelay (Fra) Saur - SojasunRow 31 - Cell 2
33Franck Vermeulen (Fra) Veranda Rideau-Super URow 32 - Cell 2
34Patick Gretsch (Ger) Argos-Shimano0:00:29
35Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Colnago - CSF InoxRow 34 - Cell 2
36Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en LigneRow 35 - Cell 2
37Rafaa Chtioui (Tun) Team EuropcarRow 36 - Cell 2
38Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 37 - Cell 2
39Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:00:30
40Andy Schleck (Lux) RadioShack-NissanRow 39 - Cell 2
41Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:00:31
42Christophe Kern (Fra) Team Europcar0:00:32
43David Tanner (Aus) Team Saxo BankRow 42 - Cell 2
44Maxim Belkov (Rus) Katusha TeamRow 43 - Cell 2
45Anthony Geslin (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 44 - Cell 2
46Benoît Jarrier (Fra) Veranda Rideau-Super URow 45 - Cell 2
47Arnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat0:00:33
48Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en LigneRow 47 - Cell 2
49Florian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne - SchullerRow 48 - Cell 2
50Julien El Fares (Fra) Team Type 1 - Sanofi0:00:34
51Michel Kreder (Ned) Garmin-BarracudaRow 50 - Cell 2
52Daniele Colli (Ita) Team Type 1 - SanofiRow 51 - Cell 2
53Laurent Didier (Lux) RadioShack-NissanRow 52 - Cell 2
54Steven Caethoven (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's0:00:37
55Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 54 - Cell 2
56Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:00:38
57Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 56 - Cell 2
58Jimmy Casper (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:40
59Juan Jose Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo BankRow 58 - Cell 2
60Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar0:00:41
61Johannes Frohlinger (Ger) Argos-ShimanoRow 60 - Cell 2
62Pavel Brutt (Rus) Katusha Team0:00:42
63Jonathan Thire (Fra) AUBER 93Row 62 - Cell 2
64Johan Le Bon (Fra) Bretagne - SchullerRow 63 - Cell 2
65Sylvain Georges (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 64 - Cell 2
66Andrea Di Corrado (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox0:00:43
67Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Argos-Shimano0:00:44
68George Bennett (NZl) RadioShack-NissanRow 67 - Cell 2
69Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's0:00:45
70Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Type 1 - SanofiRow 69 - Cell 2
71Ronan Racault (Fra) AUBER 930:00:46
72Nicolas Rousseau (Fra) AUBER 930:00:47
73Sébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne - SchullerRow 72 - Cell 2
74Mathieu Drujon (Fra) AUBER 93Row 73 - Cell 2
75Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar0:00:48
76Pieter Weening (Ned) GreenEdge Cycling TeamRow 75 - Cell 2
77Justin Jules (Fra) Veranda Rideau-Super U0:00:49
78Freddy Bichot (Fra) Veranda Rideau-Super U0:00:50
79Romain Matheou (Fra) Veranda Rideau-Super U0:00:51
80Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Team Saxo Bank0:00:52
81Petr Ignatenko (Rus) Katusha TeamRow 80 - Cell 2
82Romain Hardy (Fra) Bretagne - SchullerRow 81 - Cell 2
83Raymond Kreder (Ned) Garmin-Barracuda0:00:53
84Andréa Pasqualon (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox0:00:54
85Mathieu Halleguen (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:00:55
86Fabien Bacquet (Fra) AUBER 93Row 85 - Cell 2
87Event Verbist (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's0:00:56
88Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Argos-Shimano0:00:57
89Mickael Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en LigneRow 88 - Cell 2
90Françis Mourey (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat0:00:59
91Jure Kocjan (Slo) Team Type 1 - SanofiRow 90 - Cell 2
92Steven Tronet (Fra) AUBER 930:01:00
93Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Team Saxo Bank0:01:02
94Kevin Denis (Fra) Veranda Rideau-Super URow 93 - Cell 2
95Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:01:07
96Amir Zargari (IRI) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:13
97Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) Team Europcar0:01:16
98Wim De Voght (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's0:01:17
99Grégory Habeaux (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's0:01:19
100Mathieu Perget (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:21
101Alexander Efimkin (Rus) Team Type 1 - Sanofi0:01:25
102Oleg Chuzhda (Ukr) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's0:01:28
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General classification after stage 2b
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Luke Durbridge (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team7:01:23
2Manuele Boaro (Ita) Team Saxo Bank0:00:08
3Nelson Oliveira (Por) RadioShack-NissanRow 2 - Cell 2
4Sacha Modolo (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox0:00:12
5Jan Bakelants (Bel) RadioShack-Nissan0:00:13
6Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:00:14
7Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Argos-ShimanoRow 6 - Cell 2
8Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 7 - Cell 2
9Ruben Plaza (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:15
10Mikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Katusha TeamRow 9 - Cell 2
11Daniel Teklehaianot (Eri) GreenEdge Cycling Team0:00:18
12Ben Hermans (Bel) RadioShack-NissanRow 11 - Cell 2
13Sébastien Rossler (Bel) Garmin-BarracudaRow 12 - Cell 2
14Denis Menchov (Rus) Katusha Team0:00:19
15Thomas Dekker (Ned) Garmin-Barracuda0:00:22
16Martin Elmiger (Swi) AG2R La MondialeRow 15 - Cell 2
17Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Movistar Team0:00:23
18Remi Cusin (Fra) Team Type 1 - SanofiRow 17 - Cell 2
19David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin-Barracuda0:00:24
20Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin-BarracudaRow 19 - Cell 2
21Francisco Ventoso (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:25
22Jesus Herrada (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 21 - Cell 2
23Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:00:27
24Patick Gretsch (Ger) Argos-Shimano0:00:29
25Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Colnago - CSF InoxRow 24 - Cell 2
26Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 25 - Cell 2
27Arnaud Gerard (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat0:00:30
28Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Saur - SojasunRow 27 - Cell 2
29Andy Schleck (Lux) RadioShack-NissanRow 28 - Cell 2
30Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:00:31
31Maxim Belkov (Rus) Katusha Team0:00:32
32Anthony Geslin (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 31 - Cell 2
33Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:00:33
34Florian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne - SchullerRow 33 - Cell 2
35Julien El Fares (Fra) Team Type 1 - Sanofi0:00:34
36Michel Kreder (Ned) Garmin-BarracudaRow 35 - Cell 2
37Daniele Colli (Ita) Team Type 1 - SanofiRow 36 - Cell 2
38Laurent Didier (Lux) RadioShack-NissanRow 37 - Cell 2
39Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:00:38
40Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 39 - Cell 2
41Jimmy Casper (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:40
42Jonathan Thire (Fra) AUBER 930:00:42
43Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Argos-Shimano0:00:44
44George Bennett (NZl) RadioShack-NissanRow 43 - Cell 2
45Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Type 1 - Sanofi0:00:45
46Ronan Racault (Fra) AUBER 930:00:46
47Romain Matheou (Fra) Veranda Rideau-Super U0:00:51
48Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 47 - Cell 2
49Romain Hardy (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:00:52
50Raymond Kreder (Ned) Garmin-Barracuda0:00:53
51Andréa Pasqualon (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox0:00:54
52Fabien Bacquet (Fra) AUBER 930:00:55
53Thierry Hupond (Fra) Argos-Shimano0:00:56
54Rafaa Chtioui (Tun) Team Europcar0:00:59
55Jure Kocjan (Slo) Team Type 1 - SanofiRow 54 - Cell 2
56Benoît Jarrier (Fra) Veranda Rideau-Super U0:01:07
57Brice Feillu (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:01:08
58Paul Poux (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:01:11
59David Lelay (Fra) Saur - SojasunRow 58 - Cell 2
60Franck Vermeulen (Fra) Veranda Rideau-Super URow 59 - Cell 2
61Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:01:12
62Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Movistar Team0:01:13
63Mathieu Drujon (Fra) AUBER 930:01:17
64Wim De Voght (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda'sRow 63 - Cell 2
65Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar0:01:20
66Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar0:01:24
67Alexander Efimkin (Rus) Team Type 1 - Sanofi0:01:25
68Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's0:01:28
69Nicolas Rousseau (Fra) AUBER 930:01:30
70Sébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne - SchullerRow 69 - Cell 2
71Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar0:01:31
72Justin Jules (Fra) Veranda Rideau-Super U0:01:32
73Mathieu Halleguen (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:01:38
74Steven Tronet (Fra) AUBER 930:01:43
75Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Team Saxo Bank0:01:45
76Pieter Weening (Ned) GreenEdge Cycling TeamRow 75 - Cell 2
77Kevin Denis (Fra) Veranda Rideau-Super URow 76 - Cell 2
78Mickael Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:01:53
79Arnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat0:01:54
80Sylvain Georges (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:02:07
81Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:02:32
82Mathieu Perget (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:02:46
83Oleg Chuzhda (Ukr) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's0:02:53
84Françis Mourey (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat0:03:01
85Petr Ignatenko (Rus) Katusha Team0:03:20
86Marco Coledan (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox0:04:06
87Omar Lombardi (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox0:04:10
88Christophe Kern (Fra) Team Europcar0:04:16
89Steven Caethoven (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's0:04:21
90Johannes Frohlinger (Ger) Argos-Shimano0:04:23
91Pavel Brutt (Rus) Katusha Team0:04:26
92Johan Le Bon (Fra) Bretagne - SchullerRow 91 - Cell 2
93Andrea Di Corrado (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox0:04:27
94Amir Zargari (IRI) AG2R La Mondiale0:04:57
95Grégory Habeaux (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's0:05:03
96Event Verbist (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's0:07:04
97David Tanner (Aus) Team Saxo Bank0:07:07
98Juan Jose Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank0:07:11
99Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Team Saxo Bank0:07:27
100Freddy Bichot (Fra) Veranda Rideau-Super U0:07:45
101Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) Team Europcar0:07:51
102Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Argos-Shimano0:09:15
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Points classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Sacha Modolo (Ita) COG40pts
2Michel Kreder (Ned) GRM29Row 1 - Cell 3
3Raymond Kreder (Ned) GRM24Row 2 - Cell 3
4Daniele Colli (Ita) TT119Row 3 - Cell 3
5Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat18Row 4 - Cell 3
6Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) COG16Row 5 - Cell 3
7Juan Jose Haedo (Arg) SAX16Row 6 - Cell 3
8Francisco Ventoso (Spa) MOV15Row 7 - Cell 3
9Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) EUC14Row 8 - Cell 3
10Benoît Jarrier (Fra) VRU13Row 9 - Cell 3
11Mikhail Ignatyev (Rus) KAT11Row 10 - Cell 3
12Luke Durbridge (Aus) GEC10Row 11 - Cell 3
13Manuele Boaro (Ita) SAX9Row 12 - Cell 3
14Fabien Bacquet (Fra) AUB9Row 13 - Cell 3
15Nelson Oliveira (Por) RNT8Row 14 - Cell 3
16Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) SAU8Row 15 - Cell 3
17Romain Hardy (Fra) BSC8Row 16 - Cell 3
18Justin Jules (Fra) VRU8Row 17 - Cell 3
19Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) COF7Row 18 - Cell 3
20Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) MOV7Row 19 - Cell 3
21Steven Caethoven (Bel) ACC7Row 20 - Cell 3
22Jan Bakelants (Bel) RNT6Row 21 - Cell 3
23Romain Zingle (Bel) COF6Row 22 - Cell 3
24Arnaud Gerard (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat6Row 23 - Cell 3
25Romain Matheou (Fra) VRU5Row 24 - Cell 3
26Arnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat5Row 25 - Cell 3
27Anthony Delaplace (Fra) SAU4Row 26 - Cell 3
28Jimmy Casper (Fra) ALM4Row 27 - Cell 3
29Alexandre Geniez (Fra) ARG3Row 28 - Cell 3
30Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat2Row 29 - Cell 3
31Daniel Teklehaianot (Eri) GEC2Row 30 - Cell 3
32Ruben Plaza (Spa) MOV1Row 31 - Cell 3
33Ben Hermans (Bel) RNT1Row 32 - Cell 3
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Mountains classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Arnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat22pts
2Mikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Katusha Team13Row 1 - Cell 3
3Benoît Jarrier (Fra) Veranda Rideau-Super U12Row 2 - Cell 3
4Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar4Row 3 - Cell 3
5Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne4Row 4 - Cell 3
6Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Argos-Shimano2Row 5 - Cell 3
7David Le Lay (Fra) Saur - Sojasun2Row 6 - Cell 3
8Mickael Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne2Row 7 - Cell 3
9Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne2Row 8 - Cell 3
10Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar1Row 9 - Cell 3
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Young rider classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Luke Durbridge (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team7:01:23
2Nelson Oliveira (Por) RadioShack-Nissan0:00:08