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Impey takes time trial silver at World Road Championships
- Updated: September 23, 2013
South Africa’s Tour de France stage winner Daryl Impey helped secure a silver medal in the team trial for his team Orica GreenEDGE as the road cycling world championships opened in Florence, Italy on Sunday.
The gold medal went to Omega Pharma-Quick Step as the team covered the 57-kilometre route in 1hr 04min 16.81sec.
Impey’s team were just 0.81sec behind while Tour de France winner Chris Froome was part of the bronze medal winning Team Sky outfit, 22.55 seconds back.
Said Impey, pictured right on the podium, after the race: “It’s a hard pill to swallow when it’s just 0.88 seconds between a gold and silver medal. That being said we are proud of what we did out on the road and it’s easy to say now where we could have made up a second on route but the truth is we all gave our maximum and this time it just fell slightly short of the win. This is sport and the beauty of it, that’s what makes winning so special, being slightly better on the day and taking the glory.
“We set off at a really high and manageable tempo, in fact I don’t think we ever slowed down. The team which consisted of Svein Tuft, Luke Durbridge, Brett Lancaster, Jens Mouris, Michael Hepburn and myself, put everything down on the line. The boys were so driven and just sacrificed everything they had, it’s a special feeling being part of such a united team. This is one of the hardest disciplines out there, and to be honest it hurt like hell.
“I couldn’t believe the gaps were so close to Omega and us but it certainly made it an exciting final. When we were in the hot seat watching the guys from Omega come in, I was trying to do my own quick calculations if we were going to win it or not and finally when they crossed and we saw “second” next to Orica GreenEDGE we were disappointed, I mean who wouldn’t be?
“We had put so much preparation into this and all the riders and staff were so committed in us achieving a gold medal and we nearly pulled it off. We are still proud to be taking the silver medal back home, this is also my first World Championship medal as well so I can’t complain too much. I have had a great season this year and I look forward to finishing it off in a good way in my final race for the year being the Road World Championships this Sunday with Team South Africa.
“We’ll be back next year to go for gold again, this has just put more fire in my belly and if it’s this close next year I will use this memory of second place and give that extra push to, hopefully, bump us into top spot on the podium.
Monday’s events are the individual time trials for Junior women and Under-23 men.