Tour de Slovenie: Daryl Impey speeds to stage two victory
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Friday, June 15, 2012

Tour de Slovenie: Daryl Impey speeds to stage two victory

by Kyle Moore at 3:04 PM EST   comments
Categories: Pro Cycling, Race Reports and Results
 
South African takes second win of the season ahead of Ponzi, Ulissi

Daryl ImpeyDaryl Impey (Orica-GreenEdge) survived the rolling terrain of the second stage of the Tour de Slovénie on Friday and took the bunch sprint ahead of current race leader Simone Ponzi (Astana) and Diego Ulissi (Lampre-ISD).

The stage covered two categorized climbs and two more lumps on the circuit finish. The Orica-GreenEdge team is in Slovenia to get some work in before the Tour de France, with their lead out comprising of Impey, Brett Lancaster, and sprinter Matt Goss. But it was Impey who got his second win of the season in powerful fashion, in turn keeping Ponzi from taking his second win in as many days.

“It was difficult, because it was very hot,” Impey said afterward. “In the end, I got in the sprint with a smaller bunch. I am very happy with the success. But the next stage is difficult, and I do not expect much because I am not a climber. I hope that stage ends well to take me in to Sunday’s time trial.”

With Goss ailing, Impey got his chance in the sprint. Team manager Matt White explained how it came about.

“Goss had to stop a couple of times today,” White revealed. “He isn't sick, but he had some stomach problems. When the peloton pulled into the circuit for two laps around, he wasn't feeling great, so Daryl had a chance to raise his hand and go for it.

“Daryl pretty much handled the last 20 kilometers on his own. He had some help from Sam [Bewely], but other than that, he handled it all himself. He has turned himself inside out for ‘Gossy’ and whoever else we have asked him to look after this year, and it's a good payback for him to take the win today.”

“We defended the leader’s jersey in spite of the fact that we had only five riders,” Ponzi stated after retaining the overall lead. “By the end, Astana had two captains in me and [Janez] Brajkovic. Jani is better in the time trial, so tomorrow we will work for him. It is the main objective of Astana to win the race.”

With the stage shortened by three kilometers due to road construction, the peloton got underway in Kocevje, on its way to Metlika. Diego Caccia (Farnese Vini-Selle Italia), Andrea Pasqualon (Colnago-CSF Inox), and Jure Bitenc (Sava) were the featuring trio of escapees. They achieved a maximum gap of just under four minutes early on in the stage, with Astana watching over proceedings at the head of the peloton.

The leading trio split the three sprint points throughout the middle part of the stage as Astana got help from Lampre-ISD and Liquigas-Cannondale in bringing the gap under three minutes. Pasqualon took maximum points on both ascents of the Jugorje climb, but at the top for the second time, the trio had just a minute’s gap.

Caccia and Pasqualon dropped Bitenc on the final descent, and the Slovenian was soon back in the peloton, but the Italians were not long on the front either. They were soon brought back as well, and on the finishing circuit, Dominique Nerz (Liquigas-Cannondale) made a brief bid to escape, but all was soon together.

Acqua & Sapone performed the primary lead out for Danilo di Luca, but Impey came around to take the win.

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Tour of Slovenia (2.1) Stage 2 Results: Kočevje to Metlika, 177.4 km:

  Click on the arrowsat the top of the column to sort the race results.
Country Result Name Team Time
rsa RSA 1 Daryl Impey (Orica - GreenEDGE) 04:26:55
ita ITA 2 Simone Ponzi (Astana Pro Team) s.t.
ita ITA 3 Diego Ulissi (Lampre - ISD) s.t.
ita ITA 4 Daniele Ratto (Liquigas - Cannondale) s.t.
slo SLO 5 Kristjan Koren (Liquigas - Cannondale) s.t.
slo SLO 6 Matej Mugerli (Adria Mobil) s.t.
ita ITA 7 Gianluca Brambilla (Colnago CSF Bardiani) s.t.
slo SLO 8 Luka Mezgec (Sava) s.t.
ita ITA 9 Alessandro Bisolti (Team Idea) s.t.
ita ITA 10 Francesco Failli (Farnese Vini - Selle Italia) s.t.
bel BEL 11 Pieter Serry (Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator) s.t.
por POR 12 Bruno Manuel Silva Pires (Team Saxo Bank) s.t.
ita ITA 13 Domenico Pozzovivo (Colnago CSF Bardiani) s.t.
slo SLO 14 Tomaz Nose (Adria Mobil) s.t.
slo SLO 15 Janez Brajkovic (Astana Pro Team) s.t.
ita ITA 16 Danilo Di Luca (Acqua & Sapone) s.t.
den DEN 17 Mads Christensen (Team Saxo Bank) s.t.
ita ITA 18 Francesco Reda (Acqua & Sapone) s.t.
col COL 19 Winner Andrew Anacona Gomez (Lampre - ISD) s.t.
slo SLO 20 Jure Golcer (Tyrol Team) s.t.
cro CRO 21 Vladimir Miholjevic (Acqua & Sapone) s.t.
cro CRO 22 Radoslav Rogina (Adria Mobil) s.t.
bra BRA 23 Rafael Andriato De Mattas (Farnese Vini - Selle Italia) s.t.
bel BEL 24 Tim Declercq (Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator) s.t.
slo SLO 25 Marko Kump (Adria Mobil) s.t.
ita ITA 26 Marco Frapporti (Team Idea) s.t.
slo SLO 27 Jan Polanc (Radenska) s.t.
bel BEL 28 Arthur Vanoverberghe (Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator) s.t.
ita ITA 29 Matteo Rabottini (Farnese Vini - Selle Italia) s.t.
ita ITA 30 Enrico Battaglin (Colnago CSF Bardiani) s.t.
ita ITA 31 Marco Canola (Colnago CSF Bardiani) s.t.
ita ITA 32 Christian Cominelli (Team Idea) s.t.
ita ITA 33 Fabio Taborre (Acqua & Sapone) s.t.
bel BEL 34 Kevin Seeldraeyers (Astana Pro Team) s.t.
den DEN 35 Anders Lund (Team Saxo Bank) s.t.
ita ITA 36 Paolo Ciavatta (Acqua & Sapone) s.t.
ger GER 37 Dominik Nerz (Liquigas - Cannondale) s.t.
aus AUS 38 David Tanner (Team Saxo Bank) s.t.
aut AUT 39 Harald Totschnig (Tyrol Team) s.t.
bel BEL 40 Kevin De Jonghe (Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator) s.t.
ita ITA 41 Adriano Malori (Lampre - ISD) s.t.
rus RUS 42 Evgeni Petrov (Astana Pro Team) s.t.
ita ITA 43 Valerio Agnoli (Liquigas - Cannondale) s.t.
ita ITA 44 Luca Dodi (Team Idea) s.t.
ita ITA 45 Alessandro Donati (Acqua & Sapone) 00:00:13
ita ITA 46 Aristide Ratti (Team Idea) s.t.
slo SLO 47 Vladimir Kerkez (Sava) 00:00:20
bel BEL 48 Sander Armee (Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator) 00:03:19
ita ITA 49 Andrea Pasqualon (Colnago CSF Bardiani) 00:03:53
slo SLO 50 Jaka Bostner (Radenska) s.t.
ita ITA 51 Andrea Di Corrado (Colnago CSF Bardiani) s.t.
bel BEL 52 Preben Van Hecke (Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator) s.t.
bel BEL 53 Kenny De Ketele (Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator) s.t.
ukr UKR 54 Vitaliy Buts (Lampre - ISD) s.t.
ukr UKR 55 Oleksandr Kvachuk (Lampre - ISD) s.t.
slo SLO 56 Jan Tratnik (Radenska) s.t.
aut AUT 57 Stefan Praxmarer (Tyrol Team) 00:04:32
slo SLO 58 Tim Mikelj (Sava) 00:05:56
nzl NZL 59 Sam Bewley (Orica - GreenEDGE) s.t.
ita ITA 60 Luca Barla (Team Idea) s.t.
slo SLO 61 Klement Stimulak (Radenska) s.t.
slo SLO 62 Luka Pibernik (Radenska) s.t.
ita ITA 63 Daniele Righi (Lampre - ISD) s.t.
bel BEL 64 Steven Van Vooren (Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator) 00:07:41
ita ITA 65 Damiano Caruso (Liquigas - Cannondale) s.t.
ita ITA 66 Alessandro Spezialetti (Lampre - ISD) s.t.
pol POL 67 Maciej Bodnar (Liquigas - Cannondale) s.t.
aus AUS 68 Brett Lancaster (Orica - GreenEDGE) s.t.
ita ITA 69 Danilo Napolitano (Acqua & Sapone) 00:09:41
ita ITA 70 Filippo Pozzato (Farnese Vini - Selle Italia) s.t.
ita ITA 71 Claudio Corioni (Acqua & Sapone) s.t.
ita ITA 72 Luca Ascani (Farnese Vini - Selle Italia) s.t.
ita ITA 73 Diego Caccia (Farnese Vini - Selle Italia) s.t.
ita ITA 74 Alan Marangoni (Liquigas - Cannondale) s.t.
ukr UKR 75 Dmytro Krivtsov (Lampre - ISD) s.t.
slo SLO 76 Simon Pavlin (Adria Mobil) s.t.
ita ITA 77 Giuseppe De Maria (Team Idea) s.t.
aut AUT 78 Maximilian Kuen (Tyrol Team) s.t.
aus AUS 79 Mitchell Docker (Orica - GreenEDGE) s.t.
aus AUS 80 Travis Meyer (Orica - GreenEDGE) s.t.
pol POL 81 Rafal Majka (Team Saxo Bank) s.t.
slo SLO 82 Marko Pavlic (Radenska) s.t.
slo SLO 83 Mark Dzamastagic (Sava) s.t.
aut AUT 84 Marc Obkircher (Tyrol Team) s.t.
ita ITA 85 Omar Lombardi (Colnago CSF Bardiani) s.t.
ned NED 86 Jens Mouris (Orica - GreenEDGE) s.t.
ita ITA 87 Alfredo Balloni (Farnese Vini - Selle Italia) s.t.
bel BEL 88 Kevin Hulsmans (Farnese Vini - Selle Italia) s.t.
slo SLO 89 Borut Bozic (Astana Pro Team) s.t.
slo SLO 90 Matej Gnezda (Adria Mobil) 00:12:05
uzb UZB 91 Ruslan Karimov (Team Idea) s.t.
svk SVK 92 Juraj Sagan (Liquigas - Cannondale) s.t.
slo SLO 93 Robert Jenko (Radenska) s.t.
aut AUT 94 Martin Weiss (Tyrol Team) s.t.
aut AUT 95 Christoph Sokoll (Tyrol Team) s.t.
ita ITA 96 Paolo Locatelli (Colnago CSF Bardiani) s.t.
aus AUS 97 Michael Hepburn (Orica - GreenEDGE) s.t.
slo SLO 98 Jure Bitenc (Sava) s.t.
slo SLO 99 Andrej Rajsp (Radenska) s.t.
slo SLO 100 Ziga Marolt (Sava) 00:13:02
aut AUT 101 Mario Schoibl (Tyrol Team) 00:13:27
aus AUS 102 Matthew Goss (Orica - GreenEDGE) s.t.
isr ISR DNF Ran Margaliot (Team Saxo Bank)  

General classification after stage 2:

Country Result Name Team Time
ita ITA 1 Simone Ponzi (Astana Pro Team) 08:13:07
slo SLO 2 Marko Kump (Adria Mobil) 00:00:10
ita ITA 3 Daniele Ratto (Liquigas - Cannondale) 00:00:12
ita ITA 4 Diego Ulissi (Lampre - ISD) s.t.
slo SLO 5 Kristjan Koren (Liquigas - Cannondale) 00:00:16
bel BEL 6 Pieter Serry (Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator) s.t.
ita ITA 7 Francesco Failli (Farnese Vini - Selle Italia) s.t.
ita ITA 8 Francesco Reda (Acqua & Sapone) s.t.
por POR 9 Bruno Manuel Silva Pires (Team Saxo Bank) s.t.
slo SLO 10 Janez Brajkovic (Astana Pro Team) s.t.
ita ITA 11 Domenico Pozzovivo (Colnago CSF Bardiani) s.t.
slo SLO 12 Tomaz Nose (Adria Mobil) s.t.
col COL 13 Winner Andrew Anacona Gomez (Lampre - ISD) s.t.
slo SLO 14 Jure Golcer (Tyrol Team) s.t.
aus AUS 15 David Tanner (Team Saxo Bank) s.t.
ita ITA 16 Fabio Taborre (Acqua & Sapone) s.t.
ita ITA 17 Valerio Agnoli (Liquigas - Cannondale) s.t.
rsa RSA 18 Daryl Impey (Orica - GreenEDGE) 00:00:20
bel BEL 19 Kevin Seeldraeyers (Astana Pro Team) 00:00:23
ita ITA 20 Aristide Ratti (Team Idea) 00:00:29
slo SLO 21 Luka Mezgec (Sava) 00:00:30
den DEN 22 Mads Christensen (Team Saxo Bank) s.t.
bel BEL 23 Tim Declercq (Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator) s.t.
ita ITA 24 Danilo Di Luca (Acqua & Sapone) s.t.
slo SLO 25 Matej Mugerli (Adria Mobil) s.t.
ita ITA 26 Alessandro Bisolti (Team Idea) s.t.
ita ITA 27 Gianluca Brambilla (Colnago CSF Bardiani) s.t.
slo SLO 28 Jan Polanc (Radenska) s.t.
bel BEL 29 Arthur Vanoverberghe (Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator) s.t.
bra BRA 30 Rafael Andriato De Mattas (Farnese Vini - Selle Italia) s.t.
ita ITA 31 Marco Frapporti (Team Idea) s.t.
cro CRO 32 Vladimir Miholjevic (Acqua & Sapone) s.t.
ita ITA 33 Matteo Rabottini (Farnese Vini - Selle Italia) s.t.
ita ITA 34 Christian Cominelli (Team Idea) s.t.
bel BEL 35 Kevin De Jonghe (Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator) s.t.
den DEN 36 Anders Lund (Team Saxo Bank) s.t.
cro CRO 37 Radoslav Rogina (Adria Mobil) s.t.
ger GER 38 Dominik Nerz (Liquigas - Cannondale) s.t.
ita ITA 39 Adriano Malori (Lampre - ISD) s.t.
ita ITA 40 Enrico Battaglin (Colnago CSF Bardiani) s.t.
aut AUT 41 Harald Totschnig (Tyrol Team) s.t.
ita ITA 42 Luca Dodi (Team Idea) s.t.
slo SLO 43 Vladimir Kerkez (Sava) 00:00:50
ita ITA 44 Paolo Ciavatta (Acqua & Sapone) 00:01:20
ita ITA 45 Marco Canola (Colnago CSF Bardiani) s.t.
rus RUS 46 Evgeni Petrov (Astana Pro Team) s.t.
bel BEL 47 Sander Armee (Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator) 00:03:49
ita ITA 48 Andrea Pasqualon (Colnago CSF Bardiani) 00:04:23
ukr UKR 49 Vitaliy Buts (Lampre - ISD) s.t.
bel BEL 50 Kenny De Ketele (Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator) s.t.
ita ITA 51 Andrea Di Corrado (Colnago CSF Bardiani) s.t.
ita ITA 52 Alessandro Donati (Acqua & Sapone) 00:04:53
ukr UKR 53 Oleksandr Kvachuk (Lampre - ISD) 00:05:13
slo SLO 54 Jaka Bostner (Radenska) s.t.
slo SLO 55 Jan Tratnik (Radenska) s.t.
ita ITA 56 Daniele Righi (Lampre - ISD) 00:06:26
slo SLO 57 Luka Pibernik (Radenska) 00:07:16
ita ITA 58 Luca Barla (Team Idea) s.t.
ita ITA 59 Damiano Caruso (Liquigas - Cannondale) 00:07:57
pol POL 60 Maciej Bodnar (Liquigas - Cannondale) s.t.
ita ITA 61 Alessandro Spezialetti (Lampre - ISD) 00:08:11
aut AUT 62 Stefan Praxmarer (Tyrol Team) 00:09:12
ita ITA 63 Giuseppe De Maria (Team Idea) 00:09:57
ita ITA 64 Alan Marangoni (Liquigas - Cannondale) 00:10:11
ita ITA 65 Omar Lombardi (Colnago CSF Bardiani) s.t.
slo SLO 66 Borut Bozic (Astana Pro Team) s.t.
slo SLO 67 Tim Mikelj (Sava) 00:10:36
ita ITA 68 Filippo Pozzato (Farnese Vini - Selle Italia) 00:11:01
ukr UKR 69 Dmytro Krivtsov (Lampre - ISD) s.t.
ned NED 70 Jens Mouris (Orica - GreenEDGE) s.t.
ita ITA 71 Alfredo Balloni (Farnese Vini - Selle Italia) s.t.
bel BEL 72 Kevin Hulsmans (Farnese Vini - Selle Italia) s.t.
bel BEL 73 Preben Van Hecke (Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator) 00:11:46
svk SVK 74 Juraj Sagan (Liquigas - Cannondale) 00:13:25
aut AUT 75 Christoph Sokoll (Tyrol Team) s.t.
slo SLO 76 Klement Stimulak (Radenska) 00:13:49
nzl NZL 77 Sam Bewley (Orica - GreenEDGE) s.t.
slo SLO 78 Marko Pavlic (Radenska) 00:14:16
ita ITA 79 Luca Ascani (Farnese Vini - Selle Italia) 00:14:21
slo SLO 80 Simon Pavlin (Adria Mobil) s.t.
ita ITA 81 Diego Caccia (Farnese Vini - Selle Italia) s.t.
pol POL 82 Rafal Majka (Team Saxo Bank) s.t.
ita ITA 83 Danilo Napolitano (Acqua & Sapone) s.t.
ita ITA 84 Claudio Corioni (Acqua & Sapone) s.t.
slo SLO 85 Mark Dzamastagic (Sava) s.t.
aus AUS 86 Matthew Goss (Orica - GreenEDGE) 00:14:22
bel BEL 87 Steven Van Vooren (Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator) 00:15:34
aus AUS 88 Brett Lancaster (Orica - GreenEDGE) s.t.
aut AUT 89 Maximilian Kuen (Tyrol Team) 00:16:27
aut AUT 90 Marc Obkircher (Tyrol Team) s.t.
slo SLO 91 Matej Gnezda (Adria Mobil) 00:16:45
slo SLO 92 Robert Jenko (Radenska) s.t.
slo SLO 93 Jure Bitenc (Sava) s.t.
aut AUT 94 Mario Schoibl (Tyrol Team) 00:18:07
aut AUT 95 Martin Weiss (Tyrol Team) 00:18:51
aus AUS 96 Mitchell Docker (Orica - GreenEDGE) 00:19:04
aus AUS 97 Travis Meyer (Orica - GreenEDGE) s.t.
uzb UZB 98 Ruslan Karimov (Team Idea) 00:19:58
ita ITA 99 Paolo Locatelli (Colnago CSF Bardiani) s.t.
slo SLO 100 Andrej Rajsp (Radenska) s.t.
slo SLO 101 Ziga Marolt (Sava) 00:20:55
aus AUS 102 Michael Hepburn (Orica - GreenEDGE) 00:21:28

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