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Topic - Simon Gerrans
Riders who don't have the legs to carry them to victory in Paris, who have been bluffing and pretending to be strong in the first third of the 2,115-mile Tour, could be cruelly exposed on Saturday when the race sharply gains altitude in the Pyrenees mountains where France and Spain meet.
Impey became the first South African to wear the race leader's yellow jersey after taking it from teammate Simon Gerrans.
Considered an outsider to win the 15.5-mile dash along the streets of the southern seaport of Nice, Gerrans' team Orica Greenedge edged pacesetter Omega Pharma-Quickstep. Orica finished in a provisional time of 26 minutes, 25 seconds, with the top four teams all within 10 seconds.
"I'll have a bit more time to myself now and pass all that extra work on to Daryl," Gerrans added. "I don't count it as losing the jersey. I count it as passing it on to a mate. It was the plan before the stage and we were able to execute it perfectly."
"Daryl was a huge part of me getting the jersey so I thought it was a nice gesture to be able to pass it on to him now. Hopefully for a few days," Gerrans said. "To have the yellow jersey, it just really changes your life as a cyclist."