• Luke Durbridge Most Combative Rider for Stage 18 of the 2018 Tour de France (Getty)Source: Getty
Turbo Durbo extends with Mitchelton-Scott, CPA blasts over-zealous anti-doping authorities, Froome will start 2019 in Colombia, GoFundMe set up for Cantwell's family.
Cycling Central

9 Nov 2018 - 8:49 AM  UPDATED 9 Nov 2018 - 8:51 AM

Durbridge extends with Mitchelton-Scott through 2020

WATCH: Luke Durbridge and Mathew Hayman REALLY loved the cobbled stage of the 2018 Tour de France

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.

Durbo gets the prize
Luke Durbridge's work in the breakaway earned him the most combative rider prize for Stage 18 of the 2018 Tour de France.

“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.”

Five pros without contracts for 2019
With 2018 rapidly drawing to a close and the majority of teams already having decided upon their full roster, there are still plenty of riders without a contract for 2019.

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

Cycling mourns passing of Jonathan Cantwell
Former Australian professional cyclist Jonathan Cantwell has died aged 36. The traumatic event has seen an outpouring of emotion from the cycling community with many sharing their sense of loss at his passing.

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.

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