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Impey impresses

Barloworld cyclist Darryl Impey took his first win of the year and the second of his pro career in the Presidential Tour, Turkey on Wednesday. reports that riding a slippery circuit in Marmaris, the South African outsprinted Italy’s David Malacarne (Quick Step) and David Loosli (Lampre) from Switzerland to win the fourth stage of 166.9 kilometres from Bodrum.

Loosli took over the lead of the general classification from Mauro Finetto (CSF) who struggled towards the end of the race and lost two minutes.

A spectacular crash changed the destiny of the finale when defending champion David Garcia Dapena (Xacobeo-Galicia) and Markus Fothen (Milram) had attacked and gained almost 10 seconds over the rest of the break. But the pair crashed with 3km to go, just as it seemed they were on their way to contesting the stage win in a two-man fight.

‘This was a hard stage today because of the weather and the slippery roads. I was lucky not to come down,’ said Impey, who last won in stage six of the Herald Sun Tour last year.

Impey’s win came at the right time following his third place in the bunch sprint the day before in Marmaris. ‘We’re coming close to the Giro, I’m happy to show that I’m good form for the selection,’ he said.
Barloworld’s wildcard for the Tour of Italy was awarded last week, but the Italian team will not be able to contest the Tour de France this year as they apparently must pay for the misbehaviour of Moises Due├▒as who tested positive last July.

Impey’s team-mate and fellow South African, Robbie Hunter, who was the first African to win a stage in the Tour de France (2007), had to pull out because of a deep cut under his left knee. 15 riders were forced to retire, mostly due to crashes.

The Tour ends on Sunday