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Impey rides to 16th for SA at World Championships

South Africa wrapped up their participation at the UCI Road World Championships in Spain on Sunday with a 16th spot finish by Daryl Impey in the elite men’s road race, writes Mark Etheridge.
After Ashleigh Pasio had raced to 20th in the elite women’s event the previous day, Impey was also in the mix, ending seven seconds adrift.
Race winner was Poland’s Michal Kwiatkowski who covered the 254.8 kilometre course around Ponferrada in 6hr 29min 07sec.
That was after he had gone clear with seven kilometres left to race. Runner-up was Impey’s Orica-Greenedge teammate Simon Gerrans of Australia while Alejandro Valverde took the bronze medal.
Reinardt Janse van Rensburg was the only other South African to finish, in 73rd spot, +6:11 back. Jacques Janse van Rensburg failed to finish. Said Reinardt afterwards: ‘Man that was a hard race. Sixteenth for Daryl. We gave it everything we had, so can’t complain! Next time even better.’
South Africa’s best placed finisher at the week-long championships was Louis Meintjies who ended eighth in the Under-23 individual time trial last week. He went on to finish 28th in the U23 men’s road race.

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