Daryl Impey is the first rider in the 21-year-old roll of honour of the Santos Tour Down Under, which itself succeeded as the final winner.
The 34-year-old South African from Mitchelton-Scott finished third on Willunga, the iconic climb of the very first uci world tour. Because Richie Porte, with the headwind, this time not far enough could pull away, knew the new leader of Pull-Segafredo that he also this time the Santos Tour Down Under might not win. The ‘Tasmanian Devil’, then, but very happy with a sixth(!) consecutive victory on this three-kilometre-long ‘Kwaremont’ of South Australia. “My problem was that this time there is just one arrival uphill. I knew that it would be difficult, also because Impey earlier in the week in Campbelltown won and 10 bonificatieseconden picked up. I got all of the mayor of Willunga symbolic keys of the city. I am a happy man. Even though I must provisionally be satisfied with one victory in the national round of my country and also a further four second places.”
Daryl Impey was especially pleased that he say goodbye to his 40-year-old team-mate Mathew Hayman extra in the paint put by the winner and again the very first Worldtourleider to be. While the South African champion behind Poels hands in the air put out, drunk, his team mates, on the bike the beer to the pensieon Mathew Hayman to celebrate.
Dries Devenyns was tenth and first Belgian in the final standings. This was the East-Flemish Deceuninck-Quick Step satisfied. “For the second consecutive year, I am in the top ten, but more important is that we with Elia Viviani also our first victory of the season tomorrow. Lotto-Soudal continues again after the disqualification of Saturday, of Caleb Ewan with empty hands behind. Thomas De Gendt sat for the second time this week in the flight of the day, but the East-flanders was the first to realize that the escape would be bleeding to death even before the peloton the first time over Willunga pulled. “It is a pity, but it had two nice races.”