Geoghegan Hart prepared for ‘dynamic’ Giro challenge

20 May 2019

Geoghegan Hart prepared for ‘dynamic’ Giro challenge

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Tao Geoghegan Hart is prepared for a general classification battle in the second week of the Giro d’Italia as the mountains loom large and the majority of the main contenders have to make up for lost time.

Geoghegan Hart and fellow co-leader Pavel Sivakov both face an uphill struggle to get back into contention following a difficult opening week of the race which was punctuated by crashes, and saw Valerio Conti (UAE-Team Emirates) take a large lead in the overall standings and pre-race favourite Primoz Roglic make significant gains to regaining the maglia rosa in stage nine’s time trial.

After the flat parcours on the opening road stages, the race hits the mountains in week two and Geoghegan Hart believes the large time gaps between the main contenders will make for exciting racing coupled with uphill stage profiles can see Team INEOS’ young team excel. 

He told TeamINEOS.com: “It’s been good leading the guys with Pavel, we’ve got a nice team here and it’s nice to see all the young guys working together. I’m looking forward to the terrain which suits our team better, and let’s just keep trying and see what happens.

“I think the large gaps in the general classification means you will have a very dynamic race which will be interesting. When we get to the mountains, I’ll just have to see how it goes - the race hasn’t really started yet, so I will take it day-by-day, not look too far forwards.”
Geoghegan Hart showing the extent of his damage following his crashes on stage three

Geoghegan Hart showing the extent of his damage following his crashes on stage three

Following on from a stellar performance at Tour of the Alps, where he won his first two stages as a professional and helped Sivakov to the overall title, Geoghegan Hart began the Giro d’Italia strongly and was well placed overall until misfortune struck on stage three. 

The Londoner initially went down amid the technical run through Grosseto on the 220km stage, before suffering another setback when he was caught in a larger pile-up with 4.5km to go. While the injuries were accepted at the time as ‘just part of bike racing’ by the resilient 24 year old, he has revealed the extent of his injuries and the toll it took on his body.  

“It started super well for me, I felt great on the first stage and even in the early part of the stage which I crashed on, I was feeling confident and the legs were good and I was thinking ‘this is the best I’ve felt in a WorldTour race, he beamed.
Tao Geoghegan Hart

Tao Geoghegan Hart

Everything changed in one moment and I was forced to enter 'survival mode' and I had to get through each day and stay positive. "
“Then it was a shame that everything changed in one moment and I was forced to enter ‘survival mode' and I just had to get through each day and stay positive. 

“Now I am trying to make the most of the rest day as well as the two sprint stages, but I’m expecting them to be just as hectic as last week, but the onus will be on the sprinters and I can try to recover. 

"The focus for me is to get my body feeling like it did before my crashes, heal the skin and get everything mobilised again as my joints are stiff, then we can see what we can do.”

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