After Kwiatkowski won the prologue the team won the TTT in style, besting nearest rivals BMC by 38 seconds, putting the Pole back in the yellow jersey after he had ceded it to Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott) on stage two.
Gianni Moscon then climbed into the race lead on stage four, before Thomas surged to second the following day and moved into yellow.
“I think that’s pretty special to have the jersey between three guys,” added Geoghegan Hart. “The feeling around the team was really good. We started well and we carried that momentum. When you’re in that place as a team, the mishaps we had, like the punctures G had yesterday, you take them a lot more in your stride. You roll over what could be big upsets in the plan a lot more smoothly.”
After a crash during the prologue it appeared Thomas has seen off all of his bad luck for the Dauphine but a puncture on a key descent midway through the final stage could have been disastrous.
Geoghegan Hart didn’t panic: “When you’re in the moment you often don’t really realise that it’s such a big gap. I knew it was about 30 seconds and there was quite a few times where we could see the group up the road so that made it a bit less nerve-wracking. It never feels quite so far when you can see the group.
“In hindsight the team did a good job of just communicating and not panicking in the moment, which is really easy to do. That was one of the big things for me, being around that group of all the guys that are going for the Tour. The experience of guys like G, Luke, Michal, the more you’re around in those situations the more you learn.”