Durbridge will ride in Road Nationals despite hiccup

ROAD Nationals defending champion Luke Durbridge will ride in Wednesday's time trial

, despite doubt cast by "a tickle in the throat"

In a post from his Twitter account this morning, the Orica-GreenEdge rider said "don't worry about me I'll be there on the start line of the tt. ;). ready to go !!".

Durbridge pulled out of Sunday's Williamstown Criterium with a sore throat, but reassured people that he would be ready for Wednesday's Road Nationals time trial. 

Ballarat rider Pat Shaw was out-sprinted by Durbridge in the Portarlington Criterium after they escaped midway through the race. 

Luke Durbridge after his 2013 victory

Luke Durbridge after his 2013 victory