Making a break in a gutsy move that paid off, Daryl Impey secured his maiden title at the Telkom 947 Cycle Challenge in Joburg on Sunday, while Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio outclassed an international field to win the women’s race.
Racing solo, without the support of his Orica-Scott team at the domestic contest, Impey earned his first victory at a major South African road race.
He finished more than a minute clear of his nearest opponent, with Team BCX rider Calvin Beneke grabbing second spot in a sprint for the minor placings.
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“Everyone talks about the big races in South Africa and I’ve won none of them, so it’s nice to get this one,” Impey said.
With the women’s event classified as a UCI 1.1 race, Moolman-Pasio did well to close out her season in style.
Having missed last year’s Cycle Challenge after breaking her hip in a crash at a time trial contest in Europe, she bounced back from another crash at the recent World Championships to claim her fourth victory at the popular annual race.
Riding for an all-African team, in the absence of her Cervelo-Bigla pro outfit, Moolman-Pasio waited for a late climb to make her break.
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She was rewarded for her patience, finishing well clear of Norwegian rider Vita Heine (HiTec Products) who took second place.
“Staying calm is something I have had to learn (while racing) in Europe,” Moolman-Pasio said afterwards.
“I get too excited and like to attack from early on, but I have started being a lot calmer in the World Tour this year, learning to have composure and waiting for my chance.”