Daryl Impey is the man who suffered a horrific crash in the final metres of the Presidential Tour of Turkey in 2009, with the yellow jersey on his back – when Theo Boss decided that the South African might like to make a close inspection of the crash barriers.
The podium substituted for an ambulance, that day – but Impey fought back from his injuries.
Then his Barloworld team – for whom he rode the 2008/9 seasons – folded.
However, a contract with Radio Shack took him back up to the sport’s highest level for 2010.
Bur just twelve months ago, he was down at Continental level with South African team MTN Qhubeka – who threw him a lifeline after his contract with stillborn Australian ‘Pro Tour’ outfit Pegasus proved not to be worth the paper it was written on.
MTN were the team he originally turned professional with in 2007.
His results with that squad – including a stage win and second on GC in the Tour of Morocco – saw Pro Continental squad NetApp offer him a contract, and in the autumn it was back to the top division when he signed with fledgling Australian Pro Tour team, GreenEdge.
And earlier in the year in the second stage of the Vuelta Ciclista al Pais, 166 kilometres over typically Basque terrain – rising and falling all day – from Guen