Impey wins Tour Down Under; Giro d’Italia picks wildcards: Daily News Digest

by Neal Rogers

January 22, 2018

In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Impey wins Santos Tour Down Under, Greipel claims final stage; Van der Poel, Compton win Cyclocross World Cup in Nommay; Citing fever, Nibali withdraws from Vuelta a San Juan; Government of South Australia guarantees equal prize money at TDU; Dimension Data boss: No room for Teklehaimanot, but he’ll have new team soon; RCS Sport announces wildcards for Giro d’Italia plus other WorldTour events; Israel Cycling Academy celebrating Giro wildcard invitation; Bardiani-CSF secures second chance at Giro; Video: Katusha-Alpecin works on dialing in Marcel Kittel’s leadout train; Video: Molly Weaver on surviving catastrophic 2017 training incident; Video: Fan-made 2018 WorldTour season trailer.

Impey wins Santos Tour Down Under, Greipel claims final stage

by Matt de Neef

ADELAIDE, Australia (CT) – When it came to predicting a winner of the 2018 Santos Tour Down Under, one name was front of mind for most: defending champion Richie Porte (BMC). Porte did end the tour with the winning time, but he didn’t win the race — instead it was Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott), courtesy of a countback, that would take out the race’s 20th edition.

The race was won for Impey on stage 5’s second ascent of Willunga Hill, with the South African clawing his way to second on the stage and into the ochre jersey. Stage 6, the race’s final stage, was something of a procession, with Impey maintaining his overall lead and Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal) winning the stage.

There was the odd moment of intrigue throughout the race. Ruben Guerreiro (Trek-Segafredo) and Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana) both took bonus seconds to finish inside the final top 10, while Ben O’Connor (Dimension Data) was the virtual leader for much of the stage. But in the end stage 6 delivered the bunch finish that most expected.

Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton-Scott) led into the final metres, but it was Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal) that overhauled him to win a record-extending 18th career stage at the race. World champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) finished third.

“This morning you think ‘It should all be alright’ but you can never say it’s done until it’s done,” Impey said. “I’m happy that everything was controlled and there were no crashes or anything in the final today. The boys rode really well.”

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