Two for Tao at Tour of the Alps

25 Apr 2019

Two for Tao at Tour of the Alps

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Tao Geoghegan Hart sprinted to a second stage win of Tour of the Alps on stage four as he moved up to second overall.

Geoghegan Hart outsprinted fellow GC contenders Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain Merida) and Rafal Majka (Bora Hansgrohe) after a superb lead out by race leader Pavel Sivakov after a punishing climbing test.

The Londoner now moves to second overall, 27 seconds behind Sivakov, with one stage remaining and he hailed the impact of both Sivakov and Chris Froome who was crucial in repelling the attacks of Nibali and Majka earlier in the stage.
Tao Geoghegan Hart

Tao Geoghegan Hart

This stage has give me lots of confidence, I felt great on the climbs and very comfortable so that’s nice."
He told TeamSky.com: "The sprint was great. I felt really good all day and comfortable on the climbs. So the finish was always in my mind. With the plan being a defensive one and simply consolidating Pavel’s lead then I knew we’d arrive in a group, so I was obviously thinking about that for most of the stage.

"Pavel knew what he had to do once we got to 500 to go. And he did it perfectly. So I’m really grateful to him. I think we worked really well together the whole final, with myself covering the moves between the two last climbs and marshalling the downhill, and then using our resources perfectly in the final kilometres to manage the situation and keep it under control, avoiding a situation with lots of jumping around."

Geoghegan Hart was also upbeat about his form ahead of the final stage and hailed the impact of Froome, who has been crucial in helping him and Sivakov establish their overall positions.

He added: "This stage has give me lots of confidence, I felt great on the climbs and very comfortable so that’s nice. Both the guys with us tried pretty hard to do some damage but I felt completely in control so that’s a great feeling to be honest.

"Froomey has been great. I can see him improving every day, and it’s a huge honour to have him helping. It’s a big opportunity for myself, to do my first race with him and learn from him, so I’m really grateful for that."

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