Cape Town - South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa has taken to social media to congratulate Daryl Impey on his Tour de France Stage 9 victory on Sunday.
Impey became just the second South African to win a stage of the Tour de France when he sprinted to victory in the stage between Saint-Etienne and Brioude.
Robbie Hunter is the only other South African to have tasted success in cycling's greatest race when he won Stage 11 of the 2007 race.
Impey, riding for Australian outfit Mitchelton-Scott, was part of a 15-rider breakaway which ended up contesting stage honours after the peloton deemed them no threat to overall yellow jersey contention.
President Ramaphosa took to Twitter on Monday to express his congratulations to Impey for winning the stage and making the country proud.
Congratulations to national cycling Champion, Daryl Impey, for winning stage 9 of the Tour de France yesterday. This is his first stage win in the tour and he has flown the flag high and made the country proud, being the first yellow jersey holder in South Africa. pic.twitter.com/HlrEHeoGNF— Cyril Ramaphosa ???? (@CyrilRamaphosa) July 15, 2019