This year South Africa hosted one of the world's best
� if not the greatest-ever � cyclists when seventimes
winner of the Tour de France Lance Armstrong
graced the Cape Argus race.
And while most South African cycling enthusiasts
caught a glimpse of the great cyclist for the fi rst time,
Johannesburg-born rider Daryl Impey belongs, for the
2010 season, to team RadioShack � a team co-owned
and led by Armstrong.
The 25-year-old South African joined this elite
group of cyclists late last year, having been on the
circuit for just three years, after a series of impressive
performances on the gruelling European circuit.
Impey's greatest achievement on the road has been his
outstanding performance in the 2009 Tour of Turkey.
Despite being pushed to the barriers by Dutch
cyclist Theo Bos, the South African went on to win the
race, though he broke two vertebrae in the crash.
It was a victory that enhanced his growing status
as one of the best road riders in the world. As an
illustration of the quality fi eld that played second
fi ddle to Impey, the 27-year-old Bos is an Olympic silver
medallist and fi ve-times world champion on the track.
Armstrong's RadioShack swooped on Impey after
his former team, Barloworld of Italy, lost its sponsor.
At RadioShack Impey also works with team manager
Johan Bruyneel, a Belgian who guided Armstrong and
Spain's Alberto Contador to their Tour de France wins.
Although he did not make the short list of the riders
who will race in the Tour de France for RadioShack this
year, Impey will have another shot, as he has a two-year
contract with the team. So, if you ever wondered what
other motivations Armstrong might have had in coming
to South Africa � now you know. � Phathisani Moyo
Lunch spot: Butcher Shop and Grill, Sandton