Tao Geoghegan Hart takes first professional victory in Tour of the Alps
Apr 23 2019 02:38 am CET

Tao Geoghegan Hart takes first professional victory in Tour of the Alps
Tao Geoghegan Hart takes first professional victory in Tour of the Alps
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Team Sky's Tao Geoghegan Hart has taken the victory of the first stage at the Tour of the Alps. This is the first winner of the rider at a professional level.

The first stage of the Alpine race was 144 kilometres long with a start and finish in Kufstein that took the riders over a rolling route that featured several climbs. The escape of the day was formed in the first three kilometres by four men and included names like Maximilian Kuen and Matthias Krizek.

The last of the escapees was caught inside the last 20 kilometres and moments later, Bahrain-Merida's Vincenzo Nibali launched an attack and was followed by Bora-hansgrohe's Rafal Majka, Team Sky's Tao Geoghegan Hart and Pavel Sivakov. The four men were caught by the group of chasers that was formed by 20 riders in the last kilometres, sentencing the stage to a reduced sprint.

Geoghegan Hart proved to maintain good legs in the last stretch and crossed the finish line ahead of Caja Rural's Alex Aranburu and Ream Vorarlberg Santic's Roland Thalmann, taking his first victory as a professional rider. The rider of Team Sky is also at the lead of the General Classification.

"It was a beautiful day and a beautiful parcours," Geoghegan commented. "I’m really happy to take my first professional win here in Austria. It was a headwind over the top of the climb which was a shame but it was really close the finish, but also with some riding to go over the plateau before the final kilometres. It was kind of a mix between committing with having two guys at the front and also always thinking about the finish.

"I think we have a strong team here, we showed that with four guys across the line at the finish in the front group. We have Froomey here, he’s one of the biggest riders in the world so we support him as much as we can. We have some nice cards to play in the next couple of days and I’m looking forward to this Tour of the Alps."



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