Daryl Impey rode his way into the history books on Sunday as he became the first South African cyclist to win the Tour Down Under.
The Mitchelton-Scott rider took the lead in the fifth and penultimate and was also in the chase during Sunday’s final stage, finishing with the main peloton to claim victory overall, beating Australia’s Richie Porte of BMC Racing.
The two men finished with the same time but Impey on as a result of a countback in the general classification.
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“It is a step up in my career,” Impey said.
“You get these little stepping stones and you reach bigger milestones, and I’ve proved (my ability) to myself now, as I’ve always had a little bit of self-doubt.”
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Taking third place was Dutch rider Tom Jelte Slagter riding for Dimension Data who’s South African teammate Nic Dlamini won the mountains classification in only his first outing in the World Tour.
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The win means Impey leads the UCI World Tour rankings with Porte and Jelte Slagter second and third respectively, while Diego Ulissi and Dries Devenyns make up the rest of the top five.
The 33-year made history back in 2013 when he lead a stage of the Tour de France becoming the first ever African to wear the yellow jersey.