Defending champion Daryl Impey takes victory at Tour Down Under
Jan 18 2019 09:55 pm CET

Defending champion Daryl Impey takes victory at Tour Down Under
Defending champion Daryl Impey takes victory at Tour Down Under
Photo of Daryl Impey by Mitchelton-Scott

Mitchelton-Scott's Daryl Impey has taken the victory of the fourth stage of the Santos Tour Down Under. The South African crossed the finish line ahead of Patrick Bevin and Luis Leon Sanchez.

The breakaway of the day was formed by six riders and it took an advantage of more than five minutes over the peloton. Mitchelton-Scott, Astana, Trek-Segafredo, CCC Team and EF Education First joined forces to catch the escapees, which they did just ahead of the final climb.

Michael Woods (EF Education First), Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo), Wout Poels (Team Sky) and George Bennett (Jumbo-Visma), took the advantage at the climb. A group led by Impey, Sanchez and Bevin went on to chase them and they did it during the descent.

In the last metres, Impey took the wheel of Bevin and launched a strong sprint that allowed him to beat the competition. With this victory, the defending champion of the Tour Down Under climbs to the second spot of the general classification.

"We are around the mark now," said the South African at the end of the day. "Seven seconds is still quite hard to get on Paddy (Bevin), he is riding really well and we are quite similar in characteristics. We're going to have to go for it, tomorrow will be quite an interesting stage and definitely, Willunga will still be the decider, although Paddy has got a really nice buffer to the other GC guys.

"I think we have to be aggressive wherever we can. There's no doubt that trying to win this race is based on seconds, we learnt that last year, so we're going to have to try to take our opportunities and make things happen and hopefully it pays off."

It was an emotional victory for the rider. "A good friend of mine passed away from a heart attack recently," Impey commented. "I left (South Africa) in a bit of a sad mood and it was a pretty rough time for our whole family because he played a big part in my family. When I came here I wanted to do something special and to be able to deliver today was pretty emotional and definitely a confidence booster."




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