Vuelta a Espana
Stage 12: Escaldes to Engordany. Andorra - Lleida - Stage Details

South African Daryl Impey has sprinted to a close second place on stage 12 of the Vuelta a Espana, the national time trial champion just pipped in the closing metres of the slightly uphill finish.

Following yesterday’s epic mountain stage, ORICA-GreenEDGE also successfully protected Colombian Esteban Chaves to ensure the 25-year-old finished in the bunch to retain fifth place overall.

There were some tense moments in the closing 20km of the day as the bunch had to put in maximum effort in order to make an extremely late catch of the early break.

Impey hit the front in the final one hundred metres, but was just beating over the line in the closing metres by Danny van Poppel (Trek Factory Racing) for the victory.

“I thought it was going to be touch and go if we were going to catch them but I had to rely on a bit of luck,” Impey said. “When I saw them with 500m to go I knew we would catch them with the run in but it was very close.”

Read the full report here.

Results

Place Rider/Team Time
1 Danny Van Poppel (NED) - Trek Factory Racing 4:02:11
2 Daryl Impey (RSA) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
3 Tosh Van Der Sande (BEL) - Lotto Soudal ST
4 Nikolas Maes (BEL) - Etixx - Quick-Step ST
5 John Degenkolb (GER) - Team Giant-Alpecin ST
6 Jean-Pierre Drucker (LUX) - BMC Racing Team ST
7 Tom Van Asbroeck (BEL) - Team LottoNL-Jumbo ST
8 Kristian Sbaragli (ITA) - MTN - Qhubeka ST
9 Jose Joaquin Rojas (SPA) - Movistar Team ST
10 Leonardo Duque (COL) - Colombia ST
Place Mitchelton-SCOTT Riders Time
2 Daryl Impey (RSA) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
17 Jens Keukeleire (BEL) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
37 Esteban Chaves (COL) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
38 Damien Howson (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
73 Mathew Hayman (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
112 Simon Gerrans (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
130 Cameron Meyer (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:00:36
167 Mitchell Docker (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:01:35