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Impey impresses with stage win in Spain
- Updated: April 3, 2013
London Olympian Daryl Impey raced to a second-stage win at the Tour of the Basque Country on Tuesday.
Impey, 28, who was Team South Africa’s sole representative in the men’s road race in London beat Italy’s Francesco Gavazzi in the sprint for the line with the latter taking the leader’s green jersey. Impey also the second stage in the same race last year.
“So happy to have won again in Pais Basque. The team was so bloody good and I really couldn’t have done it without them. Thanks for all the messages of support. What a fantastic team today! So proud of everyone,”said Impey on his Facebook and Twitter social networks.
Spain’s Angel Vicioso, who finished third on Monday, filled the same position again on the 170.2kilometre stage from Elgoibar to Vitoria, reported AFP.
Helped by his team-mates he held on strongly to prevail in the dash for the finish. Gavazzi replaced Australian Simon Gerrans at the top of the overall standings.
The stage was marked by a solo breakaway by Amets Txurruka with the peloton swooping six kilometres from the line.
Wednesday’s third stage takes the riders 164.7km from Vitoria to Trapagaran.
Second stage results (Elgoibar to Vitoria, 170.2km)
1 Daryl Impey, South Africa, Orica-Greenedge, 4hr 23min 31sec
2 Francesco Gavazzi, Italy, Astana, same time
3 Angel Vicioso, Spain, Katusha, st
4 Daniele Ratto, Italy, Cannondale, st
5 Dennis Vanendert, Belgium, Lotto-Belisol, st
6 Michel Kreder, Netherlands, Garmin-Sharp, st
7 Daniele Pietropolli, Italy, Lampre-Merida, st
8 Egoitz Garcia, Spain, Cofidis, st
9 Maciej Paterski, Poland, Cannondale, st
10 Peter Velits, Slovakia, Omega Pharma-Quick Step, st