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by Matt de Neef
December 5, 2016
In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Van Aert, De Jong claim Superprestige CX wins at Spa-Francorchamps; Froome on Wiggins: “There are questions for Brad to answer”; Katusha-Alpecin outlines 2017 season goals; Durbridge keen to continue Classics progression in 2017; Team Illuminate to add women’s team in 2017; Emakumeen Bira moved to May in 2017; Cycle-ball highlights from the Indoor Cycling World Championships; Artistic cycling highlights from the Indoor Cycling World Championships.
Luke Durbridge (Orica-GreenEdge) is looking towards the 2017 Spring Classics with enthusiasm after a solid outing at the same races earlier this year. Speaking to Cyclingnews, Durbridge said he’s hoping to continue his progression in the cobbled classics in 2017, while also getting back to his best form against the clock.
“I would say it was a good classics season, as obviously I didn’t get any major results but it was a really good progression to what I have been trying to work towards,” Durbridge said. “I moved to Belgium, I lived in Gent for a month, tried to learn the roads, and I think that really helped with me making more of the final selection. I saw when the race really went, I got to see when guys would attack to win the race when normally you are dropped before that.”
With Fabian Cancellara now retired and Tom Boonen set to ride his last Paris-Roubaix in April 2017, does Durbridge see opportunities for himself in years to come?
“I wouldn’t want to be unrealistic. I am progressing and becoming one of those guys and I really want to keep on working,” he said. “I think next year will be a good gauge for me to try and get an up-there result and solidify what people and myself expect in the classics.
“I won’t say once those guys have gone I am going I step up and win a race in the classics. Personally, I love those races and that is one, a big winning goal, two, I really want to go well in them. Three, they suit me. I really want to step up and hopefully get some big results in the future but I couldn’t give you a timeline on it.”
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