Daryl Impey about Tour Down Under win: This is a big step up in my career
Jan 21 2018 12:52 pm CET

Daryl Impey about Tour Down Under win: This is a big step up in my career
Daryl Impey about Tour Down Under win: This is a big step up in my career
Mitchelton-Scott

Daryl Impey held on to his leader's jersey to become the first African ever to win the Tour Down Under.

The Mitchelton-Scott rider never saw his slim advantage over Richie Porte (BMC) threatened in the closing stage on the streets of Adelaide, as the team did well to avoid risks in the final kilometers.

"It is a relief, you can never say it is done until it’s done," Impey said.

"We had things under control especially with the experienced guys like Mat Hayman, Damien Howson did some awesome work on the front this week so I was in good hands.

"Wearing the yellow jersey at the Tour de France was a magical moment but this is very close to that. I worked really hard for this one and especially knowing how important it is to the team and the sponsors. It was a high-pressure race for us, everyone expects a lot so to top it off with a win is very special."

Impey realizes that winning this race may have a big effect on his life as a cyclist.

"It is a step up in my career, you get these little stepping stones and you reach bigger mile stones and I’ve proved to myself now, as I’ve always had a little bit of self-doubt.

"I’ve ridden for guys who have been in this situation and it is a lot easier riding for someone else, so to come in and take the pressure for a change and have a go I am very happy to have been able to do that.

"It’s one of the most special races of the season so I will like to come back next year and wear the number one, you don’t get too many opportunities to do that."

In addition to being the first African ever, Impey is also the first non-Australian to win the Tour Down Under since Tom-Jelte Slagter in 2013.




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