Luke Durbridge is a rider that knows the Giro d’Italia well. Having ridden as a super domestique in four editions, he’s put together a collection of his top Italian rides on FulGaz and what they mean to him.
Passo del Mortirolo
I remember this stage well, it was stage 16 so the fatigue is starting to set in by this point. I arrived at the bottom of the Mortirolo with the main peloton so grupetto started to form on the early slopes, so once I had helped Simon Yates and Lucas Hamilton get into position my day was done. Well, as done as it can be at the bottom of a climb like the Mortirolo!
It’s a brutal as it’s just so steep. With only a few corners to go a huge storm hit the top of the mountain and it dropped by 10 degrees and started to hail just before the descent. As I was descending with most of the public as they were fleeing the storm also! VIEW RIDE
Como to Bellagio
Como is truly one of the most beautiful places to ride your bike. We are lucky enough to have closed roads around the lake from time to time to truly have uninterrupted views of the lake.
It was the day before the rest day and we wanted to go out with a bang before the rest day. After around 50km the break went and the bunch was just cruising along. Then Matt White our director, had a plan that we would go for the stage win with Simon Yates.
At this stage the break had 16min so it was not going to be an easy chase. So Jack Bauer, Chris Juul-Jenson, Brent Bookwalter and myself started our 50/60km teams time trial in pursuit of the break.
I just remember going as hard as I could every turn on the front along the twisty windy roads of the lake trying to get the break back. It was a crazy stage and we got so close but unfortunately the break held on and Simon won the bunch kick for 3rd. Our hotel that night looked over the lake so was a beautiful rest day the next day and much needed. VIEW RIDE
Colle delle Finestre
The last time I rode this brutal climb was back in 2015 Giro. It was the final stage before the parade into Milan. Contador had dominated this year but the last two stages Fabio Aru went on a rampage and won the last two stages, giving Contador a little scare. This Giro was a very hard edition and by stage 20 all I was concerned about was making time limit.
The Colle delle Finestre is so iconic as you climb, with a lot of it on dirt roads adds to its epicness. The route reachs 2169m above sea level so it was a nice moment descending off the top knowing the Tour was over as we rode into into Milan the next day. It was a nice finish as I ended up coming 2nd on the final stage in Milan. VIEW RIDE
Passo Dello Stelvio from Bormio
It’s hard to go past one of the most iconic climbs in cycling and that’s the Stelvio. I didn’t get to race it in 2014 as I had broken my collarbone just days before, but I have done it many times in training.
It’s a really beautiful climb with great views of the iconic switch back section and you top out at a crazy 2760m. VIEW RIDE
Luke Durbridge is one of the best domestiques in the WorldTour. He currently rides for Team BikeExchange and uses FulGaz to supplement his training.