Credit: ORICA-GreenEDGE

Credit: ORICA-GreenEDGE

Yesterday we reported on Luke Durbridge’s bad luck as he hit a pothole and crashed during a light training ride less than 24 hours before he had to defend his Australian individual time trial championship.

We’re happy to report today that Durbridge’s spill had absolutely no effect on his performance as he successfully defended his title in Ballarat, Victoria.

‘The crash yesterday didn’t impact me at all today,’ said Durbridge. ‘I didn’t feel it at all.’

But Durbridge admitted that the weight of expectation played on his mind during the ride.

‘It was different this year to go into the race with the win as an expectation. It’s a different sort of feeling when anything but the win would be a disappointment. I used that pressure to motivate and drive me when I trained and raced. When it got hard out there today, I was able to remind myself that you don’t win when it isn’t hard. The pressure was good motivation for me in the end.

You can watch ORICA-GreenEDGE’s video report of the Australian mens and women’s individual time trial races right here:


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