Daryl joined the Australian team when they were created at the start of 2012 and took his first win for the team in the Tour of the Basque Country and Tour of Slovenia in the same year.
With an incredible 2 years of racing behind him and a string of more than impressive results which included the 1st ever African yellow jersey holder in the 2013 Tour de France , winning the team time trial in the same event as well as a silver medal in the team time trial at the world championships, the new 3 year contract is just reward for a hard working and extremely likeable Impey.
Daryl went on to say that , “the past two years have been incredible, we started from scratch to build a competitive team and we are all looking forward to reaching for the stars again in 2014”.
With the wearing of the yellow jersey being Impey greatest highlight in what is promising to be an awesome career his focus will shift to the first half of the season where he will tackle Milan-San Remo and the Amstel Gold Race before changing his focus to the Tour de France.
Daryl has proven as he did when representing any South African team to be a team man of the highest accord and has cemented his place as 1 of the best lead out men in the world of professional cycling at the moment.
Orica-GreenEdge sports director Matt White was full of praise for Impey’s contribution to the team. He said: “He has proven that he is a super team-mate and that he is critical to the team’s overall success”.
We have seen that repeatedly over the past two years. He has been a part of most of our biggest wins – Matt Goss win at the Giro, Simon Gerrans win at the Tour, the team time trial win at the Tour and second place in the same event at worlds. He is a very versatile rider that we can use in a lot of different ways.
There is still room for improvement and we know Daryl is capable of even bigger wins. We are certainly going to give him more opportunity to show that over the next three years.
How far Daryl has progressed since carrying water bottles in the Tour of Morocco to being crashed in the Tour of Turkey and still winning overall, to wearing the yellow jersey in the biggest cycling race in the world is a testament to his work ethic and strong will power. Let’s hope that our “ Zulu” continues his winning ways.