Impey triumphs again
The South African champion became the first rider ever to win the Tour Down Under in two consecutive seasons. Impey was losing seven seconds to Patrick Bevin (CCC Team) prior to the final stage. Patrick Bevin, however, was unable to keep pace with the peloton, owing to his injuries from previous stages. The final day of the Australian Tour was claimed by Richie Porte. He won the stage set on Willunga Hill for the sixth time and managed to finish second overall.
Such a special memory made yesterday. Winning Tour down Under for a 2nd time was made easier with such a great team. Thank you @MitcheltonSCOTT for backing me and supporting me and thank you to all the fans who cheer us on , you are all part of this victory. @GettyImages pic.twitter.com/AnVGo7JANL
— Daryl Impey (@darylimpey) January 20, 2019
1. Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott) – 20:20.42
2. Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) +13s
3. Wout Poels (Team Sky) +17s
4. Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana) +19s
5. Rohan Dennis (Bahrain-Merida) +26s
6. Chris Hamilton (Team Sunweb) +33s
7. Michael Woods (Team Sunweb) +38s
8. Ruben Guerreiro (Katusha-Alpecin) +40s
9. Diego Ulissi (UAE-Team Emirates) +40s
10. Dries Devenyns (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) +40s
— MathewHayman (@Mathew_Hayman) January 21, 2019
Matt Hayman, the 2016 Paris-Roubaix winner, said his final goodbye to the fans as he decided to retire after the race.
Let’s get ready to rumble
And the cooldown
I had to wait so long for this, but finally it happened. It took me 8 years of @tourdownunder to get rain during a stage. And after 3 hot days it felt amazing.
— Thomas De Gendt (@DeGendtThomas) January 18, 2019
— KATUSHA (@katushacycling) January 16, 2019
Last but not least…
— Luke Rowe (@LukeRowe1990) January 16, 2019