Surprised Daryl Impey wins stage 2 in Criterium du Dauphine
Jun 05 2018 12:23 am CET

Surprised Daryl Impey wins stage 2 in Criterium du Dauphine
Surprised Daryl Impey wins stage 2 in Criterium du Dauphine
Photo of Daryl Impey by Mitchelton-Scott

Daryl Impey has won the first stage of the Criterium du Dauphine. Michal Kwiatkowski remains in the overall lead.

The first regular stage of the French WorldTour race was 179 kilometers long and led the peloton from the city of Valence to Saint-Just-Saint-Rambert. The course included several categorized climbs but non heavy enough to have a major effect on the outcome.

Lawson Craddock of EF Education First-Drapac, Nicolas Edet of Cofidis and Brice Feillu of Fortuneo-Samsic attacked in the opening phase and created an advantage of about four minutes.

The peloton always kept things under control however and caught the leaders ahead of the last climb.

Attacks were launched on this climb but the peloton kept its pace to force a bunch sprint. Impey, riding for Mitchelton-Scott, launched his sprint at the right moment and crossed the line ahead of Quick-Step Floors' Julian Alaphilippe and Bora-hansgrohe's Pascal Ackermann.

"It was a tough day all day, I actually didn't feel too good," said Impey after the stage. "I told Alex Edmondson he should go for the final himself and if I am there at the end I will try, but don't look after me, so I surprised myself at the end.

"I found myself in a good position so decided to go at about 200metres, it was a long way out but I had good legs in the final. I had no plan, even in the meeting when the team said we might go for you today, I thought it was a bit far fetched because I didn't know how I was going."

The South African wasn't expecting this win, with riders of such a high quality taking part in the race and the final sprint.

"I surprised myself to beat guys like Kwiatkowski and Alaphilippe just before the Tour de France, so is a nice step in my career.

"To win in Dauphine, it is a big race, so I am really chuffed. Sometimes the guys think you will be one of the favourites but to think that as well is a different thing. Today I just kept fighting to the end and it was nice to show myself that I could be there."

Team Sky's Kwiatkowski remains at the top of the overall standings. Impey moves into second place at two seconds from the Polish rider.




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