Daryl Impey, South African professional road cyclist wins Tour Down Under

South African professional cyclist Daryl Impey – riding for Team Mitchelton-Scott – has won the 2018 Tour Down Under!

The ecstatic athlete tweeted afterwards: “It all seems impossible until it’s done!” (He was inspired perhaps by former SA President Nelson Mandela’s quote: “It always seems impossible until it is done.”)

Impey said: “What a crazy and fantastic week for me and MitcheltonSCOTT riders and staff. This will take some time to sink in.”

Impey finished in the same time as another cyclist, but thanks to his three second-place finishes during the race (including the final sixth stage), his points propelled him into winning position.

This is the South African’s first general classification win since 2014, when he won the Tour of Alberta in the Canadian Rockies. Nine years ago he also had a big win at the Tour of Turkey.

The Tour Down Under is the opening World Tour stage race of the season. The 90 km sixth and final stage took part in Adelaide, with cyclists racing 20 laps around the city centre.

It was a great race for South Africans, with Nicholas Dlamini winning King of the Mountain.


On the eve of his big win: