CSA president lauds Impey's history-making TDF ride | SASCOC - SASCOC

CSA president lauds Impey’s history-making TDF ride

Cycling South Africa president William Newman was a proud man after Daryl Impey’s historic ride into the Tour de France yellow jersey on Thursday, writes Mark Etheridge.

Newman heaped praise on Impey, who took over the famed maillot jaune jersey from ORICA-GreenEdge team-mate Simon Gerrans of Australia after Thursday’s sixth stage of 176.5 kilometres between Aix-en-Provence and Montpellier.

“What an awesome day for our sport yesterday with Daryl riding into the yellow jersey position,” enthused Newman. “On behalf of Cycling South Africa, our members, the broader sporting community and the nation we congratulate Daryl on his phenomenal achievement on taking over the leader’s yellow jersey. This is an absolute awesome achievement with him making history in becoming the first South African and African to wear the coveted yellow jersey. He has made us all so proud!

“His performance has inspired us all and will serve as tremendous motivation for all the riders here and instil a sense of self-belief in the youth. He has shown the true qualities of a real champion with his performances this week. First the stage win in the Team Time Trial now the yellow jersey ÔÇô awesome!┬áDaryl is a true role model to all the youth. His achievements will definitely elevate the profile of our wonderful sport and attract new youngsters from all walks of life into the sport.

“Daryl has shown the character and perseverance to succeed in one of the toughest sports in the world. He made the bold move to Europe to further his career and despite some setbacks never gave up and has shown now that hard work definitely pays off. He represented us with pride at the 2012 London Olympics and continued to deliver great performances culminating in this historic achievement at the Tour now. He is a great team player as was seen in his selfless and well executed sprint lead out for his team mate Gerrans to win Stage Four. Daryl is part of a great team.

“Always a true gentleman, Daryl has inspired all of us not only in South Africa, but across the African continent. This is further proof that Africa can perform at the highest level in the very tough world of international cycling. His performance will be remembered for a long time. We all wish him further success in the rest of the Tour.”