Daryl Impey on his 7th South African TT title: It was really hard and I am super happy with it
Feb 07 2018 07:00 pm CET

Daryl Impey on his 7th South African TT title: It was really hard and I am super happy with it
Daryl Impey on his 7th South African TT title: It was really hard and I am super happy with it
Mitchelton-Scott

Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott) is pleased to have won the South African Time Trial National Championships for the seventh time.

The 2018 Tour Down Under champion stopped the clock 17 seconds earlier than Dimension Data's Ryan Gibbons and claimed his sixth South African time trial title in a row. "It is always nice to win the time trial, every year there is always a bit more pressure," he said. "I was confident after Down Under that I would come here and be able to do a good ride, it was really hard and I am super happy with it.

"I started off quite fast and hard but kind of blew up a little bit towards the end, but I think I still paced it quite well. It was so hot compared to other years and I think the competition felt that. It was around 36 degrees at two thirty in the afternoon."

Next Saturday, the 10th of February, the rider will take part in the Road Race Championships, in which he hopes to get the victory for the first time in his career. "The road race is something I have never won so there is always pressure from myself to try and win," Impey commented. "It is important to try and win it eventually, but it is hard, I know the odds are stacked against me with all the teams and their numbers.

"I am hoping to carry some form from Down Under and hopefully do something special on Saturday, we will see, it is always difficult to say what will happen. Condition-wise I am ready for it, it is quite a short race so I think it should be quite aggressive."

Gibbons got the silver medal and 23-year-old Rohan Du Plooy took bronze.




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