The Team Time Trial event marked the start of the 2013 UCI Road World Championships in Toscana, Italy, with Daryl Impey securing a silver medal with his Orica GreenEDGE team on Sunday 22 September.
The margins were minimal as only 0.81 seconds separated gold from silver on the 57 kilometre men’s route, with the Omega Pharma Quick-Step cycling team taking the spoils in 1 hour 04 minutes 16.81 seconds.
“We are proud of what we did out on the road and it’s easy to say now where we could have made up a second on the route, but the truth is we all gave our maximum and this time it just fell slightly short of the win,” said Impey in his newsletter.
Even though the team felt disappointment at narrowly missing out on the gold medal that they had worked so hard for, Impey is still proud to be bringing a World Championship silver medal home.
“This is my first World Championship medal. I have had a great season this year and I look forward to finishing it off in a good way in my final race for the year being the Road World Championships this Sunday with Team South Africa.”
Finishing in 14th position was Team Argos-Shimano, with South African Reinardt Janse van Rensburg. The team was aiming for a top-ten result, and they finished 3 minutes and 06.86 seconds off the pace.
Team MTN-Qhubeka powered by Samsung, the South African pro-continental team, was represented by South African team members Bradley Potgieter, Jay Thomson, Johann van Zyl, Martin Wesemann as well as Ignatas Konovalovas from Lithuania and Kristian Sbaragli from Italy.
The result was not one the team had hoped for, but they again gained valuable experience in their second consecutive attempt at the World Championship Team Time Trial competition. Team MTN-Qhubeka finished 26th out of the 35 teams that competed.
The 2013 UCI Road World Championships runs until Sunday 29 September.