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South Africa’s Daryl Impey today won the 170.5-km Stage 9 of the famous Tour de France cycling race… and he did it in brilliant Proudly South African Style! Watch the video below as he triumphantly points to his chest with both hands, showing the South African flag, after passing the finishing line in a VERY tight finish!

Proudly South African Daryl Impey wins Stage 9, Tour de France. Source:Mitchelton-SCOTT
Cycling – Tour de France – The 170.5-km Stage 9 from Saint-Etienne to Brioude – July 14, 2019 – Mitchelton-Scott rider Daryl Impey of South Africa wins the stage and points very proudly at the South African flag. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

“It’s a celebration for ALL of South Africa,” the commentator can be heard saying.

The 170.5-km Stage was from Saint-Etienne to Brioude, with Impey taking his victory on France’s Bastille Day (known in France simply as 14 Juillet/14 July).

Impey – who’s actually racing for Australian team Mitchelton-SCOTT – raced neck and neck with Belgian Tiesj Benoot in what France24 called a “two-man sprint” after the two had broken away from the rest of the competitors.


Cycling – Tour de France – The 170.5-km Stage 9 from Saint-Etienne to Brioude – July 14, 2019 – Mitchelton-Scott rider Daryl Impey of South Africa wins the stage. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

The South African told reporters afterwards that it was a dream come true:

“Pretty much, for me, from a Tour de France perspective, a stage win was something really missing. I made quite a few breakaways in the past few years and finally, today, I got the win on Bastille Day. It’s fantastic.

“It’s a dream come true. It’s so difficult to win at this level. I kind of marked this stage. I was kind of lucky to find the right move. We worked all well together.

“I’m glad the legs were there at the end to beat Tiesj Benoot. I haven’t been emotional like that for a long time.” (Impey was in tears of joy and relief after the race, which you can see towards the end of the first video.)

Source: Mitchelton-SCOTT – “The man of the moment! 🙌 #TDF2019 📸 A.S.O./Pauline BALLET”

Mitchelton-SCOTT posted messages on social media, saying: “WHAT A RIDE! 🙌🇿🇦 Our road captain delivers!”

Mitchelton-SCOTT said this is Impey’s seventh Tour de France and “HE’S DONE IT!!! 💪Daryl Impey WINS his first ever Tour stage!!! WHAT A RIDE!”

Impey not only won his first stage victory at Tour de France, but also as SA National Champion. He’s the second South African to have won a Tour de France stage.

WATCH South Africa’s Daryl Impey win Tour de France Stage 9

2019 Tour de France – Stage 9

Re-live Daryl Impey's incredible Le Tour de France victory from today's stage nine. 📽🎉🙌🏼 Velon CC

Posted by Mitchelton-SCOTT on Sunday, July 14, 2019

Mitchelton-SCOTT is the first men’s and women’s Australian cycling team to make the WorldTour and top level of racing. Last year Impey won the 2018 Tour Down Under (also riding for Team Mitchelton-Scott).

In 2014 he won the Tour of Alberta in the Canadian Rockies, and a few years before he also had a big win at the Tour of Turkey.

UPDATE: Impey has just tweeted: “This is how a Sunday should be spent. Lost for words. Days like this are rare. Soaking it all up. First stage win in @LeTour Thank you to everyone who has backed me and sent through so many amazing messages already.”

UPDATE DECEMBER 2019: South Africa’s Daryl Impey named African Cyclist of the Year 2019 – read here

Emotions ran high for the team too:

Watch Video Tribute to Daryl Impey

Slipstream Cycling: “A tribute to Daryl Impey our South African champion who won stage 9 of the Le Tour de France 2019. A true legend and a massive inspiration to everyone in South Africa…”

Tribute To Daryl Impey- Tour de France 2019 Stage 9 Winner

A tribute to Daryl Impey our South African champion who won stage 9 of the Le Tour de France 2019. A true legend and a massive inspiration to everyone in South Africa.#InvestInTheDream#SupportSATalentSA-People – for South Africans in South Africa and expats

Posted by Slipstream Cycling on Monday, July 15, 2019