After the stage TeamSky.com caught up with Geoghegan Hart who happily confirmed he was fine after his lap eight crash.
He explained: “I wanted to attack out of that corner and I went in at what I thought was the limit. I think it was fine, but because I wanted to attack I tried to pedal as soon as possible. It was really new, shiny road and my back wheel just slid out. The good side of the new road was that the road rash was really light and superficial.
“It’s a bit annoying to have potentially lost second place because of that. But who knows, maybe it would have been the same conclusion in the end. But it was an okay day I think.”
The 22 year old also talked us through a hectic start to the race, which saw the peloton split apart and the pattern set for the afternoon.
“We thought it might split apart early as it’s such a short race. Everyone has so much depth that they can be really aggressive from the start and they’re not going to pay for that over 77km. But then it was also a really fast neutral zone. It seemed that the teams with numbers at the front who had been called up looked around, realised they had the advantage, and started riding straight away. I just had to go full gas for the first couple of kilometres to make sure I was at the front. But from then on it was actually a pretty simple race, as very quickly it was a reduced peloton.
“It was pretty clear that Betancur was on a level above everyone else. I wasn’t too stressed about trying to beat him in in the sprints as I knew it was going to be difficult. On the seventh lap for double points I was able to do some good positioning and come around (Luke) Durbridge to take that. It was pretty clear from the first time up the climb what position and where you needed to be on the road for those corners. It’s always easier when there are six or seven guys to look at, rather than 50.”
Hammer Climb result:
1. Movistar (144.8 points) +15” bonus
2. Team Sunweb (98.9 points) +12” bonus
3. Team Sky (84.7 points) +10” bonus
4. Orica-Scott (83.3 points) +8” bonus
5. BMC Racing (75.2 points) +6” bonus