With a strong performance in the final TT, Gilbert wins De Panne overall. Kittel wins stage 3a, and Durbridge wins stage 3b.
It's the start of another long year for Australian pros who are fully aware of early season burnout and a form slump in Europe come April.
The cycling world will turn its attention to Richmond, Virginia starting this weekend at the UCI Road World Championships.
Despite abandons by a third of the team's riders inside the first week of the race, Orica-GreenEdge remains upbeat at the Tour de France
The six-day race in South Australia gets underway January 20
Former Australian national road and time trial champion expects 2015 will be a pivotal year for his career
Omega Pharma-Quick Step edges Orica-GreenEdge by less than a second to defend its title
The Australian team's GC program remains a long-term project as the squad prepares to lose the jersey when the Tour hits the mountains
After a failed team time trial experiment, Aussie double national champion says he's eying Saturday's 55km time trial
Luke Durbridge becomes the first man to win the Australian men's elite road and time trial titles in the same year