Daryl Impey made history on Sunday becoming the first male rider to win back-to-back Tour Down Under titles.
The South African finished the final day of racing in third place to win the six-stage race for the second time.
“That’s special to go back to back. I never dreamed to come here and win twice in a row,” Impey said.
“Every year we come here with strong ambitions. I knew the competition is always tough. I just believed in myself, and it was just fantastic to pull it off.”
The Mitchelton-SCOTT rider boosted his chances of winning the general classification after winning the fourth stage for the first time on Friday.
He came into the sixth and final stage second overall with Patrick Bevin
“Last year I was a lot more ecstatic because I felt like I made a big step. I feel like I am maturing more as a rider, and that’s so exciting,” Impey said.
Bevin, who crashed on Saturday, started the final stage bandaged and bruised looking to defend his lead but dropped out of contention 25 km from the finish.
Richie Porte raced to victory on the last stage taking the Willunga Hill finish for the sixth consecutive time.
Meanwhile, Ryan Gibbons of Team Dimension Data finished just outside the top-10 on the general classification in 11th place.
Gibbons finished the stage in 12th place and was the third best young rider overall.
He won the Young Rider jersey in the penultimate stage on Saturday crossing the line in eighth place.
“I gave it my all today and had nothing left in the end so it’s a real pity to miss out on a top-10 result by just three seconds,” Gibbons said.
“With a bit more experience I am sure I could’ve saved those three seconds somewhere out on the road but the key is to learn from this and take the positives with me, of which there are many.
“After not expecting to be anywhere near GC contention before the race started, I am relatively pleased with where I am at.”
1 Daryl Impey (RSA) Mitchelton-Scott 20:30:42
2 Richie Porte (Aus) Trek-Segafredo 0:00:13
3 Wout Poels (Ned) Team Sky 0:00:17
4 Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team 0:00:19
5 Rohan Dennis (Aus) Bahrain-Merida 0:00:26
6 Chris Hamilton (Aus) Team Sunweb 0:00:33
7 Michael Woods (Can) EF Education First Pro Cycling 0:00:38
8 Ruben Guerreiro (Por) Katusha-Alpecin 0:00:40
9 Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
10 Dries Devenyns (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep
11 Ryan Gibbons (RSA) Dimension Data 0:00:43
100 Nicholas Dlamini (RSA) Dimension Data 0:25:57