Daryl Impey: I'm super proud to have the jersey
Jan 20 2018 12:46 pm CET

Daryl Impey: I'm super proud to have the jersey
Daryl Impey: I'm super proud to have the jersey

Daryl Impey of Mitchelton-Scott is in pole position to win this year's Tour Down Under after taking the overall lead with just one stage left to ride.

The South African finished the stage to Willunga Hill in second place at eight seconds from BMC's Richie Porte, equaling the Australian's overall time. Due to previous stage results, it was Impey to put on the ochre jersey at the end of the day.

"I can’t believe it," he exclaimed. "To have the leader's jersey is just fantastic and to be in Australia and in an Australian team and deliver like this after all of their help is just really amazing.

"I’ve gone pretty well up Willunga before, maybe not this well, but also I have come here as a bit of a protected rider this year so I think it pays dividends at the end of a race like this. That being said it is always a question mark so when you surprise yourself like today it is special.

Porte attacked from a reduced group with about 1.5 kilometers less, but Impey did well enough to limit the gap to just eight seconds.

"When Richie attacked I just used everyone there and I knew the guys were still racing for the podium so I just rode my own race. I always knew in the back of my mind I had to do a big sprint to the top and I didn’t actually know where Richie was at the finish, so when I saw the time I knew maybe I could be in the jersey.

"This is a race I really enjoy so I’m super proud to have the jersey and now we just have to cross the line with it tomorrow."

On Sunday, Impey could be the first non-Australian rider to win the Tour Down Under since Dutchman Tom-Jelte Slagter in 2013 and the first African to do so since the race's creation in 1999.



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