- By Daryl Impey
I’m sure most of you have read that my first Giro d Italia has come to an end and although I was hoping to go to the end the team and I had to make a decision after the rest day. My crash on Montecatini has injured my ribs and although I have been fighting through each day and being able to do my job, my ribs have been killing me. I was hoping the 2nd rest day would be a winning solution but on stage 16 the pain was still there. It was decided by the team that I should leave and recover as it is an important year and focus on the teams bigger objectives later in the season. I was disappointed to miss the break on stage 16 as the final suited me but hey it happens.
I am happy with how my Giro went and my legs have adapted well to the big racing block. Although I would have liked to finish, I also know what is coming up for me so it’s best that I be 110%.
Right now, I am back in Girona (Spain) with my wife and I’ll take a few days off to switch the mind off. First I’ll get a few easy rides in just to spin the legs before taking a complete rest. Then I’ll be racing again in June doing the Tour de Slovenia and then hopefully fill you guys in after that.
Today the Giro will be the last stage for the sprinters and I can bet you anything that Sky are going to control it. Cavendish is the man to beat, we have Vaitkus for us and SA we still have Robbie Hunter, it will be difficult to beat Sky today but anything is possible.
- Daryl Impey
Born and bred in Johannesburg, Daryl Impey has come a long way since he first signed with SA pro team Microsoft in 2003. He has since ridden for Team Barloworld, Radioshack and NetApp and most recently Orica-GreenEDGE. Daryl will be blogging exclusively for Bicycling for the duration of the Giro d’Italia, giving us an insight into what goes in to such a big event. Log on daily.