Durbridge extends with Mitchelton-Scott through 2020
The 27-year-old West Australian re-signed for another two seasons.
“I am really excited," Durbridge, a member of the Australian-registered outfit since 2012, said.
“Now we’re transitioning into a GC team...I think it really suits my role as a rider, especially in the back end of the season, to support our GC guys to what I hope will be more victories and grand tour success.
“Personally, my focus hasn’t really changed, and I’m still really focused in the early season classics and I feel that next year we can really step up. We have a relatively young group, but it’s a very strong one and I think we can achieve a lot over those spring races.
“For the Tour de France and other Grand Tours I’ll be slipping back into more of a domestique role and focus on my team time trialling.
“All in all, I am just really happy to have seen and been a part of the transition and development of this team from the very start until now. I have grown up with this team, I treat is as my family and hopefully I can repay some of the faith the team has shown in me by achieving some good results over the next two years.”
Cyclists' union demands respect from anti-doping authorities
The men's CPA has lashed out at what it perceives as over eager anti-doping testing, urging authorities to respect athletes, after Quick-Step rider Pieter Serry was forced out of a Belgian cycling gala on Tuesday for an out-of-competition test.
"There have been cases in which the riders were checked on their wedding day, during a funeral or on their child's first day of school," Gianni Bugno, CPA president said in a statement. "Now there is the case of the rider Pieter Serry, who got checked...during the Flemish cycling festival (Flandrien Gala).
"Like a prisoner and right when he was ready to enter this long awaited gala, he had to leave the party and to go under the controls."
"We can no longer watch to this modus operandi that does not respect the rights of a person and his private life! The riders pay 2% of their prizes to make these controls possible, they are the only athletes in the world who pay from their own pockets for antidoping controls."
"The CPA has always supported the fight against doping...but now, I think it is time to consider also the riders’ rights, not only their duties... "
Froome to start 2019 in Colombia
Chris Froome will start next season at February's Tour of Colombia, this year known as the Colombia Oro y Paz. He announced the news fresh from a visit to Colombia.
Fund for Jonathan Cantwell's family
Following the Australian cyclist's death on Tuesday, a GoFundMe page has been created for Jonathan Cantwell's family.
With a goal of $50,000, the page has raised $17,428 in 20 hours at the time of publishing.
Support is available to for those who may be distressed.
• Lifeline: 13 11 14 – www.lifeline.org.au