Impey extends lead with bonus seconds at Czech Tour

Sat 17 Aug 2019

Tour de France stage winner Daryl Impey extended his lead at Czech Tour today, claiming eight seconds at intermediate sprints along the road before the expected bunch finish in Unicov.

The South African now leads by 13seconds to teammate Lucas Hamilton, who also pick up two bonus seconds today, with the next non Mitchelton-SCOTT teammate at 29seconds.

All about the intermediates:
Racing held together for the first intermediate sprint, just 18.5km after the start, and Impey settled for second place and Hamilton third, behind yesterday’s stage winner Shane Archbold (Bora-Hansgrohe).

The break was then allowed to form and five riders jumped off the front to make the move. With the closest on general classification just one-minute down, Mitchelton-SCOTT worked hard again to control their advantage.

Having ridden out to a two-minute advantage, it was then reduced, before being brought back completely ahead of the final two intermediate sprints which came in the final 35km of racing.

Impey claimed maximum seconds at both sprint points, taking his seconds-gained to eight, and extending his lead with one more stage to go.

As the stage wound up for a bunch sprint, it was the European under-23 champion Alberto Dainese (SEG Racing Academy) who was too fast for the rest.

Daryl Impey:
“The plan was always to go for the intermediate sprints as we have been in similar positions before. We are never sure how tomorrow will go but it’s always nice to give yourself a good chance going into the stage.

“The team were great all day and were really aggressive where we needed to be.

“It's a shame the second group came back, as the winner came from there, but we knew we had to try and we did. I think the team is ready for tomorrow and if I am not on my best day, there are some other options to play as well for us.”

Matt White:
“We’ve been using a pretty similar template to what we’ve used in the past to win Tour Down Under. Sometimes it’s a lot easier to get the seconds from intermediate sprints than those on the finish line.

All of the guys did a good job to control until the first sprint, where Daryl took second, and then a break went after that.  We never let the break get much more than two minutes or so, then on the second-last climb the guys turned the screws and the break came back very quickly which enabled us to go for the last two intermediates.

“Tomorrow is definitely the toughest day, the first 35km are flat but then it’s on. There’s three times over 1000m and then onto the circuit for three times up a cobbled climb which is quite tough.

“Daryl is in pole position but we’ve obviously got Lucas and a couple of other guys around the mark. We are going to get attacked, but we’ve got options to use.”

Czech Tour – Stage 3 Results
1. Alberto Dainese (SEG Racing Academy) 4:01:02
2. Dusan Rajovic (Adria Mobil) ST
3. Stanislaw Aniolkowski (CCC Development Team) ST
17. Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-SCOTT) ST

Czech Tour – General Classification after Stage 3:
1. Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-SCOTT) 8:49:12
2. Lucas Hamilton (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +0:13
3. Chris Juul-Jensen (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +0:15