Daryl Impey starts Tour Down Under Willunga Hill stage with a two-second GC lead
Jan 26 2020 04:14 am CET

Daryl Impey starts Tour Down Under Willunga Hill stage with a two-second GC lead
Daryl Impey starts Tour Down Under Willunga Hill stage with a two-second GC lead
Photo of Mitchelton-Scott jersey (c) Jonathan Roorda / CyclingPub.com

Mitchelton-Scott's Daryl Impey has climbed to the top of the General Classification at the end of the fifth stage of the Tour Down Under thanks to the bonus seconds he took on the route.

The defending champion of the Australian race picked up five bonus seconds at the two intermediate sprints and overtook Trek-Segafredo's Richie Porte in the overall standings. With these seconds, the South African rider starts the last stage -with a finish in the iconic Willunga Hill- with a two-second advantage.

"It's fantastic to lead the race going into Willunga," said the South African champion. "I'm chuffed at all of the work the guys have been doing, it's been fantastic. The whole week we've been trying to get into the lead here and put myself in a position tomorrow to beat Richie. I'm two seconds up, I don't know if it's enough but we've given ourselves every chance to win this bike race and it's all up to tomorrow.

"We did exactly what we planned on the climb. Lucas set a hell of a tempo up there, there was only 10 guys left so we had a very select group. I was praying that group would make it to the line because I fancied my chances there."







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