Daryl Impey finished second in the 97-kilometre race Berge en Dale Super Classic in Krugersdorp, South Africa. Impey was beaten by Reinardt Janse van Rensburg. The podium spot came a day before Impey was heading to the Barloworld training camp, held from February 2-11, in Tuscany, Italy.
Impey could leave optimistically to camp. "I guess training camp could not have come at a better time for me," he said after his good result. Although a little disappointed at not taking top spot, Impey congratulated Janse van Rensburg on a well deserved win. "He rode extremely well and saved his energy for exact moment – his moment of victory!"
During the training camp Team Barloworld will pay special attention to team time trial training. The riders will perfect their positions on their new Bianchi bikes and work on the race strategy. "We're going to work on the team time trial because it is becoming more and more important in major stage races," Team Manager Claudio Corti said. "We've got one in the Tour of Mediterranean and we also want to be ready for the Giro d'Italia."
The team has not yet secured a Giro d'Italia spot, but Corti was optimistic. "We believe we've got a good team that deserves an invitation to the Giro. We've got some important riders who know how to do well in a three-week race like the Giro. Someone like Mauricio Soler , who is capable of doing amazing rides in the mountains, deserves to ride the Giro d'Italia. The whole of the team has the ability to do well in individual stages and also in the overall classification, as we've often proved in the past. As a result we're optimistic about the future".