Thursday July 4th, 2013

Stage 6Aix-en-Provence / Montpellier

Start 13h20 GMT 2+

Daryl Impey: "I like to think that we are sharing it..."

interview04.07.2013Stage 6- Aix-en-Provence / Montpellier

Daryl Impey started the stage ranked second overall behind his team-mate Simon Gerrans. He had to finish just seven places ahead of the Australian and he would become South Africa's first Tour leader. Impey was 13th in Montpellier after leading out Orica-GreenEdge's sprinter, Matt Goss; Gerrans was 48th... and history was made.

“The last two days we've been trying to ride the sprint for ‘Gossie' and with me being a lead-out man we knew that the possibility of me taking the yellow jersey would be quite good. Yesterday I talked to Simon [Gerrans] after the finish and he said that he really valued the support I gave him in the first couple of days. I think he knew what would happen today with him leading us out and he never really had a problem with it. He could have just sat on and just done his own sprint but instead he was happy enough to let the jersey go and to give me this opportunity to wear this jersey for South Africa and myself.

“It'll sink in tomorrow but I think it's going to be amazing to ride in the Tour de France as the leader. I'm going to be on a high the whole way to the finish and hopefully I'll feel like I'm floating.

“You always dream about this moment and there are many good bike riders out there who have gotten to experience it so I'm really one of the luckiest guys to get this opportunity thanks to the Orica-GreenEdge boys today. Obviously we were working for Gossie [who finished 15th, two places behind Impey in Montpellier] but Simon gave up his opportunity to wear the yellow jersey for another day and to give it to me. That's magical.

“Simon is probably one of the most selfless riders out there. He's a great champion and he's always willing to commit to everyone around him – today was proof of that. We were riding for Gossie today and obviously it didn't work out but with me being the final lead-out man it worked out the way it has. I wouldn't say that I stole the jersey, I like to think that we are sharing it.”

Stage 6 Aix-en-Provence / Montpellier

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