Late crash holds up Geoghegan Hart

13 May 2019

Late crash holds up Geoghegan Hart

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Giro d’Italia – Stage three: Vinci - Orbetello, 220km

Tao Geoghegan Hart dropped out of the early top 10 at the Giro d’Italia after being caught up in a pair of crashes on stage three.
The 220-kilometre test bit back after an uneventful start, with the young Brit initially going down amid the technical run through Grosseto. Despite quickly remounting and returning to the bunch, he was again caught up in a larger pile-up with 4.5km to go. 
Eventually dropping one minute and 28 seconds at the finish in Orbetello, Geoghegan Hart was forced to relinquish seventh place, dropping down to 57th. Pavel Sivakov was able to stay out of trouble and was shepherded through an exposed finale by Christian Knees. Knees surfed the wheels in the closing metres to pick up a 9th place finish, with Sivakov finishing close behind to move up to 19th on GC.
In the battle of the big-name sprinters it was Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) who initially prevailed. Launching a late sprint, the Italian was then relegated due to deviating from his line, handing the win to Fernando Gaviria (UAE-Team Emirates).

With the threat of crosswinds and wind whipping up throughout the day, the team looked to place themselves towards the head of the bunch at key points.
However amid a stressful final run-in there was nowhere to go for Geoghegan Hart, who was helped back to the line by Eddie Dunbar, Jhonatan Narvaez, Sebastian Henao and Salvatore Puccio.
Derick Macleod

Derick Macleod

“There’s no head injury and nothing to indicate anything is broken. It could have been a lot worse.”

Dr Derick Macloed

"Tao fell twice - the first time he suffered an abrasion to his right knee, then when he fell towards the end of the stage he suffered multiple abrasions and he’s been patched up and he will start recovering now.

“There’s no head injury and nothing to indicate anything is broken. It could have been a lot worse.”

What's Next?

The climbing intensifies with stage four ideally suiting the punchy climbers within the bunch. General classification contenders will go head to head with stage hunters on the uphill finish into Frascati.
Stage three result:

1. Fernando Gaviria (UAE-Team Emirates) 5:23:19
2. Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ)
3. Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe)
4. Matteo Moschetti (Trek-Segafredo)
5. Giacomo Nizzolo (Dimension Data)
9. Christian Knees (Team INEOS)
24. Pavel Sivakov (Team INEOS)
111. Tao Geoghegan Hart (Team INEOS) +1:28"

Overall standings:

1. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) 10:21:01
2. Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) +19"
3. Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain Merida) +23"
4. Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) +28"
5. Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) s.t.
19. Pavel Sivakov (Team INEOS) +1:01"
57. Tao Geoghegan Hart (Team INEOS) +2:03"

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