Tour Down Under stage six results: Daryl Impey wins the tour

Jose Verdugo
Enero 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.

He finished eight seconds back and did enough to take the leader's jersey on countback from Porte. But Impey needed only to stay in touch with any breaks throughout the 20 laps to become the first South African to win the event.

"Coming in, I did not expect to win, but sometimes the stars line up and things go according to plan", Impey said after his victory.

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

"The finish was pretty hectic".

He said the win, combined with Nicholas Dlamini's effort in taking the King of the Mountain title, was a boost for South African cycling.

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Impey secured the biggest win of his career when he finished safely in the peloton behind stage victor Andre Greipel, who beat Impey's Mitchelton-SCOTT teammate Caleb Ewan with a lunge to the finish line.

Greipel, who was competing in the Australian tour for the first time in four years, won the first and last stages of the race but dropped out of contention for overall honors after previously winning around the Adelaide hills in 2008 and 2010.

Impey's teammate, Australian Caleb Ewan, was second and Slovakian Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) third.

Instead, Australian Ben O'Connor (Dimension Data) was prominent as a breakaway rider for much of the stage.

Ewan briefly looked in with a chance of another stage win but Greipel came off his wheel to cross the finish line in first place.

The Netherlands and Dimension Data's Tom-Jelte Slagter finished third overall, 16 seconds behind the leading duo.

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