The new jersey of Team LAMPRE-MERIDA made today its debut in an official competition: it happened in Australian national championship.
Matthew Lloyd (photo archive Pisoni) could not add a second national champion jersey to the one he got in 2008.
The Aussie from LAMPRE-MERIDA obtained the 19th place in the race for the Autralian title that took place on Buninyoung. At the end of 195 km course, Durbridge perform a solo arrival, while the first chasers group crossed the finish line at 1’04″.
Lloyd completed his performance in this group.
“I had good feelings and I was willing to try to make my move, but Orica Green Edge manage well to control the race - Lloyd explained - My fit is quite good, I’m going to perform trainings in the those days before Tour Down Under start. I would have really liked to give the team the first seasonal victory, in order also to greet in the best way the new bike”.
1st Durbridge 5h00’46″
2nd Matthews 1’04″
3rd Von Hoff s.t.
4th Van der Ploeg s.t.
19th Lloyd s.t.