Impey on cloud nine after national TT triumphFri 7 Feb 2020
South African Daryl Impey has powered to his ninth national time trial title in Mpumalanga, extending his unbeaten run to eight years.
The 35-year-old lined-up as the pre-race favourite and showed everyone why as he negotiated the 36km course in a time of 41 minutes 52 seconds to take the win by 40-seconds over Stefan de Bod (NTT Pro Cycling).
Impey will now turn his attention to Sunday’s 175km road race as he looks to do the TT and road double for a third successive year at the national championships.
“It’s always nice to bring the jersey back to Europe and doing it for the ninth time, it’s been quite a nice run so far. It’s just nice to represent my country with the South African flag for another year, I think that’s important.”
“The race itself was pretty tough, it was quite difficult coming from the Tour Down Under and Australia, then backing up four days later to do a time trial, but I managed the course really well and came in the best I could considering the jetlag.”
“Sunday is now the goal and I will do everything I can to try and retain the jersey.”
2020 South African TT Championships:
1. Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-SCOTT) 41:45
2. Stefan De Bod (NNT Pro Cycling) +0:40
3. Kent Main (ProTouch) +2:08
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