Tao Geoghegan Hart celebrates again in Tour of the Alps
Apr 26 2019 01:21 am CET

Tao Geoghegan Hart celebrates again in Tour of the Alps
Tao Geoghegan Hart celebrates again in Tour of the Alps
(c)Team Sky

Team Sky's Tao Geoghegan Hart has taken his second victory at the 2018 edition of the Tour of the Alps. The rider was part of the four-rider group that arrived together to the final kilometre of the stage.

The fifth day of competition in the Alpine race took the peloton through a 134-kilometre route that featured one climb of the first category, one of the second and a steep climb just before the final stretch. The day was a display of strength and power that got its highest point at 19 kilometres from the finish when Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) launched a strong attack that forced the favourites to also make a move.

Nibali attacked five times in two kilometres, showing the talent and aggressiveness that has taken him to win several Grand Tours. Chris Froome (Team Sky) shone once again in his role as a super domestique and took the lead in the control of the Italian's attack and brought Tao Geoghegan Hart and Pavel Sivakov to his wheel, along with Bora-hansgrohe's Rafal Majka.

The fourth attack of Nibali finished Froome's job and then the Sky duo had to deal together with the other two riders, who became allies in the last steep part of the course. The Italian was the first to make a move but the trio caught him moments later, then Majka tried his luck but the other riders also came to his wheel.

Geoghegan Hart increased his pace at the last moment and crossed the finish line just ahead of Nibali and Majka. Sivakov finished the stage in the fourth position and managed to extend his lead of the General Classification, while Froome was the fifth rider to finish the stage.

The overall classification also suffered changes and while Sivakov stays at the top, Geoghegan Hart climbed three positions to the second place and he now sits at 27 seconds from his teammate. Majka is now in the third position of the General Classification at 31 seconds from the Russian of Sky.




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