Sivakov completes dream week at Tour of the Alps

26 Apr 2019

Sivakov completes dream week at Tour of the Alps

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A perfectly measured team ride on the final day saw Pavel Sivakov and Tao Geoghegan Hart complete a one-two at the Tour of the Alps - the team’s last stage race as Team Sky.

Sivakov and Geoghegan Hart crossed the line together after a pulsating final stage to finish a near-perfect week in northern Italy.

Geoghegan Hart and Sivakov backed up their first professional wins on days one and two respectively with superb week-long performances, culminating in today’s result. Chris Froome also played a major role in the victory as he builds his form ahead of the Tour de France, and helped swing the race back in the team's favour when the result hung in the balance on the final day.

Wirth early escapee Fausto Masnada (Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec) a hefty seven minutes up the road and holding a near-four minute lead on the virtual GC, Froome put in a massive effort on the race’s key climb to keep Sivakov and Geoghegan Hart in contention.

Then it was Vincenzo Nibali’s turn to try and spoil the party, but Sivakov was equal to his three attacks near the top of the climb. Geoghegan Hart was able to bridge back to the duo and he and Sivakov worked well together in the closing stages to bring home the result. 

Masnada stayed clear to take his second stage win of the race but he wasn't able to hold on to his early gap. Sivakov and Geoghegan Hart finished ninth and 10th on the stage, just over two minutes back, comfortably holding onto their GC positions.

It was a true team performance in tough conditions, with Leonardo Basso, Salvatore Puccio and Kenny Elissonde also playing their part.
Pavel Sivakov

Pavel Sivakov

This victory is our victory.
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Pavel Sivakov: “Today was a really tricky race, with a really strong breakaway but the team did perfectly. 

“I was a bit stressed early on, but I knew the guys would do everything for me and in the end it was amazing. This victory is our victory. 

“We’ve been really consistent all week, with Tao winning two stages, and today we managed the race perfectly - I have no words! 

“Chris was amazing on the last climb. He did basically the whole climb on his own and closed a big gap. It’s amazing to be his teammate.”
Tao Geoghegan Hart:

“We always had the situation under control but there was definitely times when the gap was too big and also not coming down despite us riding really hard. So that was definitely concerning. But Nico Portal was super calm and as a result so were we.

“Froomey did a huge turn and then we were also lucky to have some really nice plateaus in the climbs where I could go hard. In the end those two things made the difference I think.

“We were always checking the gap, we knew what we had to do and once we got to the last flat 8km we knew we’d done enough, so we could relax a little and just ride it home. It was good to have done what we needed with time to spare!

“I think the one-two on GC summarises Team Sky perfectly and how we ride as a team and stick to our plan no matter what. We stayed absolutely united as a unit and didn’t panic. The whole team rode absolutely superbly today, and all week. It was a really great performance for our last ever stage race as Team Sky.”
Tour of the Alps GC

1. Pavel Sivakov (Sky) 18:58:00
2. Tao Geoghegan Hart (Sky) +0:27"

3. Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) +0:33"

Stage five result

1. Fausto Masnada (Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec) 4:02:06
2. Carlos Quintero (Manzana Postobon) +0:07"
3. Simone Velasco (Neri Sottoli - Selle Italia - KTM) +1:31"
4. Dario Cataldo (Astana) s.t.
5. Roland Thalmann (Team Vorarlberg Santic) +1:33"
9. Tao Geoghegan Hart (Sky) +2:14"
10. Pavel Sivakov (Sky) s.t.
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