- While the yellow jersey sits on the shoulders of Impey’s Orica GreenEdge teammate Simon Gerrans , Impey could still go on to become the first-ever African cyclist to lead and wear the yellow jersey in the world’s biggest cycling race beating the more fancied Kenyan-born Chris Froome to that honour. Froome is the favourite for the overall race victory come Paris.Impey needs to finish 10 places ahead of Gerrans at the finish in Marseille and the yellow jersey will be his.They both sit with the same time on GC and it will be down to the places that they have finished in previous stages that are added together.Daryl is 9 (points/places) behind Simon at the moment and a 10 place difference on the stage will see Daryl realising a dream for himself as well as for all South Africans.
Impey should be the lead out man for Matt Goss at the end of stage 5 in Marseille. Marseille is the French city with a huge African influence. It would be a great achievement for Impey to take the yellow jersey in Marseille. Daryl, who is following in the footsteps of Robert Hunter, has showed us all that he has the ability to be a winner in the grandest of bike tours in the world and it also shows that nice guys can win.
Let’s hope for African cycling and for Daryl that he makes up the 9 places today.