Daryl Impey to aim for historic third win in a row at Tour Down Under
Dec 14 2019 06:46 am CET

Daryl Impey to aim for historic third win in a row at Tour Down Under
Daryl Impey to aim for historic third win in a row at Tour Down Under
Photo of Mitchelton-Scott jersey (c) Jonathan Roorda / CyclingPub.com

Mitchelton-Scott's Daryl Impey is set to return to the Santos Tour Down Under in order to defend his title and aim for a third win in a row.

In the 2019 edition of the race, the South African became the first rider to successfully defend the title he got in 2018. With this win, Impey would be one win short from Simon Gerrans -who got four victories in the Australian race- but will be the first one to win three consecutive editions.

"I think my chances are as good as all the other favourites and it's about making certain stages count to put myself in a position to win it," he said. "It is harder because you have a target on your back, but when your form is good enough, it's still down to who has the best legs in January.

"All I can do is work as hard, if not harder than previous years. No doubt there will be a time where I won't win it, it may be this year or it may not, but I try not to think about it. Earlier this year I went in giving my best and the same will happen next year too."

The rider is currently in South Africa, where he is doing his usual preparations to be ready to tackle the race in January. "My preparation is going quite well, especially since I started differently to the past," Impey explained. "Normally I am in South Africa in October already, but this year I spent more time in Europe to relax more from a busy season and only arrived in mid-November.

"It takes a lot of effort to be ready in January and it's quite challenging because all my family and friends are starting to relax before Christmas, while I'm trying to build for TDU. I have a big support structure with my wife making sure I can tick all the boxes and focus on my training so it's easier when you have that. I get motivated because I know I have six other guys from the team working their arses off in December too, and it's a race I love, so for me, it's pretty simple. It is getting harder each year but the last Tour Down Under really gave me such a big lift for the season."




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