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Impressive win for Impey
- Updated: February 4, 2011
You just can’t keep a good rider down. Daryl Impey (MTN/Qhubeka) showed that to good effect when he won the pro-elite individual time trial (40km) at the South African Road Championship in Port Elizabeth.
Impey clocked 52min 01sec with Jay Thomson (Bissell) second and Darren Lill (DCM) third.
There is a certain amount of irony in the South African time trial result: all three riders had contracts to ride for Pegasus Sport in 2011, before it failed to secure a ProTeam licence.
Impey makes no secret that this setback is definitely one of his main driving forces at the moment. ÔÇ£The only goal I set myself for this year is to prove that I am good enough to compete in international races in Europe. Therefore winning the time trial was really important to me. ÔÇ£I am certain that Jay (Thomson) and Darren (Lill) are driven by the same thing.”
ÔÇ£I think we proved today that there is no substitute for international racing experience. When you race in Europe you quickly realise that there is no place to hide during a race. You have to race flat out.”
ÔÇ£Winning the time trial is also my way of thanking MTN Qhubeka for helping me out on such short notice. I owe it to them to get the results. I also want to thank my family, fianc├®e and friends who have encouraged me not to let go of my cycling dream. This gold medal is just as much theirs.ÔÇØ
According to Impey he started his time trial quite conservatively as the last time he competed in a ÔÇ£race of truthÔÇØ was quite a few years back. ÔÇ£I almost forgot what it takes to race a time trial therefore I reckoned it would be better to have something left in my tank for the second half of the race.ÔÇØ
By winning the gold Impey proved that he is definitely one of South Africa’s top time trial riders. In 2003 and 2004 he was the SA Under-23 champion.
Impey has as an impressive track record in the national road race. In 2003 he was also the road Under-23 road champion and in 2009 he was second in the pro-elite race.
Those who know predict that he can win Saturday’s road race. Reinardt Janse van Rensburg (MTN/Qhubeka) was third in the Under-23 time trial.
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