Double Excursion Down Below champion Daryl Impey has effectively defended his South African highway name, beating the percentages and the numbers in Tshwane nowadays.

As the only real starter for Mitchelton-SCOTT, and the a lot mentioned goal for South African based totally crew Size-Knowledge, Impey knew he was once in for a problem and had his again towards the wall within the ultimate 30km sooner than improving in spectacular taste to win solo.

 

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One towards the remaining

After a few previous small breakaways all the way through the 162km circuit race, it was once a duo of Nicholas Dlamini (Size Knowledge) and Jayde Julius (ProTouch) who led the race with 3 laps to head sooner than Dlamini attacked solo.

 

Shouldering all the chase paintings in the back of and with the rest of the Size Knowledge crew sitting on his wheel, Impey attacked clear of the chase staff the usage of the steep climb at the ultimate lap, overtaking Dlamini to win solo by means of an outstanding 25 seconds to second-placed Ryan Gibbons (Size Knowledge).

 

A blistering get started

After a breakout season ultimate yr, Impey has began the 2019 season with the similar vigour.

 

The 34-year-old claimed his maiden degree victory on the Excursion Down Below on methods to growing historical past as the primary rider to win back-to-back titles on the Australian WorldTour tournament.

 

After a 3rd position on the Cadel Evans Nice Ocean Highway Race, Impey returned to South Africa to win a file 8th nationwide time trial championship, sooner than nowadays’s a hit highway race name defence.

 

Impey’s fourth UCI victory takes the Mitchelton-SCOTT 2019 males’s victory tally to 8, with wins additionally to Luke Durbridge (Australian Time Trial Championship), Nick Schultz (Jayco Bring in Solar Excursion – Degree 4), Matteo Trentin (Volta a l. a. Valenciana – Degree 2) and Adam Yates (Volta a l. a. Valenciana – Degree 4).

 

I simply sought after to struggle for it. Win, lose or draw. I sought after to head all in.

 

Despite the fact that they threw the entirety at me I rode intelligently and used my revel in as a result of I’ve been on this scenario again and again.

 

I didn’t assume I’d be taking the jersey again to Europe simply because I had the percentages towards me, simply displays you it’s by no means over until it is over. I’m backing myself extra and this is a nice step ahead in my profession.

 

I had large improve from my friends and family. Historical past made once more, I like doing the double!
Daryl Impey – 2019 South African Highway Race Champion

 

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