Armstrong heaps praise on 'nicest dude' Impey

Daryl Impey (Getty Images)
Daryl Impey (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Former seven-time Tour de France winner - before being stripped of his titles for doping - Lance Armstrong, has heaped praise on former team-mate Daryl Impey.

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Impey became just the second South African to win a stage of the Tour de France when he sprinted to victory in Sunday's 170.5km Stage 9 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.

Impey, 34, drew praise from Armstrong, who previously raced alongside him at Team RadioShack.

Speaking on his podcast, THEMOVE, Armstrong said:

“Daryl Impey - excellent stage winner. If you people want to cheer for nice guys and see nice guys win, you can be happy today.

“Daryl Impey is one of the nicest guys in the peloton. He was on RadioShack with us. He and I raced Cape Argus down in South Africa in 2010 - just one of the sweetest, nicest dudes in the group.

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