Impey second on second stage to take lead at Czech TourFri 16 Aug 2019
Tour de France stage winner Daryl Impey finished second in an uphill sprint finish on stage two at the Czech Tour to move into the race lead.
Despite being initially deemed the winner, video review showed the victory was that of Shane Archbold (Bora-Hansgrohe) in a reduced bunch sprint following a hard but successful day of controlling by Mitchelton-SCOTT.
As one of just two WorldTour teams and with the yellow leader’s jersey on the shoulders of Luke Dubridge following yesterday’s team time trial victory, the onus was on Mitchelton-SCOTT to control the difficult second stage.
Four riders formed the breakaway of the day and rode out to an advantage of four minutes ahead of the day’s hardest climb. The quartet lost momentum as the challenging parcours kept coming, and by the penultimate climb, they had split and their advantage was back under one minute largely thanks to the work of Chris Juul-Jensen.
Back together heading into the final 15km, the intensity was enough to put some of the bunch under pressure and the stage finished in a slightly reduced bunch sprint into Frydek-Mistek.
Having found himself boxed in during the final sprint, Impey was unable to recover and Archbold took the victory by a bike length as the South African settled for second place.
“Chris did the brunt of the work load and did a fantastic job but everyone rode today. Our climbing group pushed the pace on the climb and split the group and gave me a great run into the finish.
“Durbo, Lucas (Hamilton) and Heppy (Michael Hepburn) looked after me in the final and put me where I needed to be. At 200m to go I was coming on the right and Archibald closed the door and I had to stop pedalling and then I never got passed him in the final metres.
“It was a good finish for me and I am disappointed not to have profited from the great team work. I may have the yellow jersey but it’s because of the great work the team has done.”
Matt White – Head Sport Director:
“The boys did a good job of making sure the break was small, four at the start and it whittled down to three, but they had a pretty heavy day.
“It was a tough day, 3300m of climbing, and the boys shared the workload, but the majority was Chris, Heppy, Brent and Jack. Everyone played their role today, it was a tough day out but tomorrow should be a more simple day before a big final day.
“Tomorrow is a lot flatter. We will control it, but just for the GC. There’s a few sprinters here and tomorrow’s their only chance at a stage win. We know we’ll get everything thrown at us Sunday, so we need to be wary of that too.”
Czech Tour – Stage 2 Results:
1. Shane Archbold (Bora-Hansgrohe) 4:29:50
2. Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-SCOTT) ST
3. Erik Baska (Bora-Hangrohe) ST
Czech Tour – General Classification after Stage 2:
1. Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-SCOTT)