Impey wins Tour Down Under, while Dlamini crowned King of the Mountains

Aubrey Yates
January 21, 2018

Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) beat Ewan (Mitchelton-Scott) by less than half-a-bike length to win the sixth and final stage on Sunday in Adelaide.

Though both riders were credited with the same time in the final results, Impey edged out second-placed Australian rider Richie Porte (BMC Racing) on count back in the general classification, spearheading an impressive all-round performance by the SA contingent.

Bidding to become the first rider to win the Tour Down Under in consecutive years, Porte took out the grueling 151.5-kilometer (94-mile) stage from McLaren Vale to the summit of Willunga Hill, which normally decides the Tour victor, when he crossed the finish line eight seconds ahead of Impey.

"I'm stoked, I can't believe it", Impey said. "I am delighted to win my first leaders jersey in my first World Tour race", Dlamini said.

In stage 6, which was raced over 90 kilometres on a city-streets circuit in Adelaide, there was a crash during the final lap but none of the major contenders got caught up in the trouble.

There were 16 seconds of time bonuses available Sunday - three seconds from each of two intermediate sprints and 10 seconds to the stage-winner.

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"I am really satisfied and happy that we could secure third place on the last day, I am really proud of the guys for what they did this week", Slagter said. "It was all up to me to put more time into him but I wasn't quite up to finishing the job off".

Triple world champion Peter Sagan took over in front when he won the fourth stage but led by only two seconds from Impey, Ewan's teammate on the Mitchelton-SCOTT team, who came to the fore as the tour progressed.

Sagan dropped off the pace less than 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) from the finish line.

Australian Caleb Ewan took over the overall lead when he won the hard second stage, with its uphill finish created to test the sprinters, and held his advantage after finishing third behind Italy's Elia Viviani on the third stage.

"Always in the back of my mind I knew I had to do a big sprint to the end", Impey said.

"I think I learned a lot in just one week of racing so going forward I think I will still improve a lot".

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