Luke Durbridge takes ITT, Philippe Gilbert secures overall win at Three Days of De Panne

Luke Durbridge (Orica–Scott) claimed the final stage 14.2km time trial at Three Days of De Panne, as Philippe Gilbert confirmed his status as one of the favourites for the Tour of Flanders by winning overall classification.

Durbridge stopped the clock on the flat course at 17:38 while Sylvain Chavanel (Direct Energie) was just 0.77secs further back. Alexander Kristoff (Katusha), who won stage 2 of the four-stage event, was third with 18:21.

“I am really elated to get the win, I have been really consistent lately but a win is totally different,” Durbridge said after. “It has been a while since I have had a win so I am really happy with today.”

“Obviously I was disappointed with yesterday, making mistakes and missing the split and that made me more fired up for today.

“I have done this time trial maybe five times now so I know it well and I went out as hard as I could.

“It was great to finish off with a win after all the teamwork from the guys, they helped me out a lot each day.”

Gilbert (Quick-Step Floors) placed seventh on the day but that was enough to secure the overall win, with Matthias Brandle (Trek-Segafredo) 38 seconds back. Kristoff took third spot.

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