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by Matt de Neef
February 12, 2018
In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Egan Bernal wins the inaugural Colombia Oro y Paz with last-stage attack; Caleb Ewan takes first European win of the season at Clasica de Almeria; Elia Viviani takes out the Dubai Tour; Daryl Impey wins his first national road race title; Moreno Moser wins the Trofeo Laigueglia; Alexandre Geniez victorious at Tour Cycliste International La Provence; Tomasz Marczynski to miss the Ruta del Sol after colliding with a car; Brodie Chapman signs with Team Tibco – Silicon Valley Bank; Cyclist killed as car drives into Californian gran fondo field; Donna Rae-Szalinski fired as Wiggle High5 director; Richie Porte and Tejay van Garderen to lead BMC at the Volta ao Algarve; Disc rotor leads to gashed knee for Katie Compton; Contribute to research on sodium intake for athletes.
For the first time in his career Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott) has done the double at the South African Road Championships, winning both the time trial and the road race. While Impey has seven national ITT titles to his name, a win in the road race had proven elusive until now, his best being two second-place finishes. But over the weekend the Santos Tour Down Under winner bridged across to a breakaway after 50km and stayed upright as four Dimension Data riders in the group crashed.
Impey emerged in a group with just two other riders with 25km to go: Jacques Janse van Rensburg (Dimension-Data) and Jason Oosthuizen (Barzani Pro Cycling), the latter being part of the U23 men’s race which is run at the same time. Oosthuizen lost contact in the closing stages (but still won the U23 title by more than seven minutes) while Impey was easily able to account for Janse van Rensburg in the sprint.
“It feels so good to win, I have lost a few championships after some bad luck so it was about time luck was in my favour,” Impey said. “It is a nice relief to finally get the jersey. You always have these races that you want to win and finally I can tick off this one.
“The race split quite easily, I put it in the gutter and we rode across to the leaders in a group of about 12 guys and there was six or seven Dimension-Data riders there. One guy touched my wheel and actually brought down four of them (Dimension-Data riders) and left just four of us to ride across.
“I knew once we were just three out front, from that Jason had had a good ride but was a bit spent and that Jacques isn’t really known for sprinting so I was fairly confident I could take the victory then.”
Follow the link to read more at Mitchelton-Scott.