[LISTEN] Stage 9 Tour de France winner SA's Daryl Impey talks about his victory


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On Sunday 14 July, Bastille Day, Mitchelton-Scott rider Daryl Impey won the ninth stage of the 2019 Tour de France

John Maytham caught up with the stage champ and Impey expressed his elation at the win.

Seven years it's been hard to nail anything at the Tour de France. I've made so many attempts and to finally win something at the Tour has been amazing.

Daryl Impey, Tour de France cyclist - Team Mitchelton-Scott

Winning a stage vs the yellow jersey?

The yellow jersey is so special because it is like the Holy Grail, so many factors come into play...but I think having one the stage by myself, it was probably a bigger moment...a rewarding individual effort. But they are both massive career highlights.

Daryl Impey, Tour de France cyclist - Team Mitchelton-Scott

He laughs and says the next day he had to get back on his bike with a slight hangover from all the celebrating the night before.

But these moments are so special that I had to have a few drinks with everyone.

Daryl Impey, Tour de France cyclist - Team Mitchelton-Scott

I was kind of in a different mindset.

Daryl Impey, Tour de France cyclist - Team Mitchelton-Scott

But once back on the road he says he came back down to earth.

The Tour is a great leveller, one minute you're the hero and the next you're back to the ground...from cloud 9 back straight down to my feet on the ground. That's cycling, one minute you're on top, and the next you're on the bottom again.

Daryl Impey, Tour de France cyclist - Team Mitchelton-Scott

He says winning the stage was made even more special because it does not happen often.

Take a listen to Daryl Impey below:

This article first appeared on CapeTalk : [LISTEN] Stage 9 Tour de France winner SA's Daryl Impey talks about his victory

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