South African Daryl Impey claimed victory on stage one of the Criterium du Dauphine that finished in Saint-Just-Saint-Rambert today.
The Mitchelton-Scott rider, who also moved into second overall, completed the 179km course that started in Valence in a time of 4:24:26.
Quick-Step Floors’ Julian Alaphilippe followed him home, with Bora-Hansgrohe’s Pascal Ackermann in third.
“I surprised myself because in the end, I found myself in a good position and I went with 200m to go,” said Impey.
“I had no plan, and even when the team said in the meeting that I might go for stage, I thought it was far-fetched.”
He added that to have won at the Dauphiné was a nice step in his career. “I just kept fighting to the end, it was nice to show myself that I could be there.”
Team Sky’s Michal Kwiatkowski leads overall in 4:31:51, with teammate Gianni Moscon third.
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1. Daryl Impey (RSA) Mitchelton-Scott 4:24:26
2. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Quick-Step Floors
3. Pascal Ackermann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
4. Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto Soudal
5. Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team Sky
6. Jesus Herrada (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
7. Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing Team
8. Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert
9. Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team Sunweb
10. Jaime Roson (Spa) Movistar Team
1. Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team Sky 4:31:51
2. Daryl Impey (RSA) Mitchelton-Scott +0:00:02
3. Gianni Moscon (Ita) Team Sky +0:00:03
4. Bob Jungels (Lux) Quick-Step Floors +0:00:07
5. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Quick-Step Floors +0:00:08
6. Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Lotto Soudal +0:00:09
7. Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team Sunweb +0:00:13
8. Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing Team +0:00:15
9. Laurens De Plus (Bel) Quick-Step Floors
10. Michael Valgren (Den) Astana Pro Team +0:00:16
82. Jay Thomson (RSA) Dimension Data +1:49
124. Johann Van Zyl (RSA) Dimension Data +5:08
128. Nicholas Dlamini (RSA) Dimension Data +5:15