Tao targets Giro ride
Sky youngster reveals designs on next year’s Giro
Tao Geoghegan Hart has said that he hopes to find a place in Team Sky’s squad for the 2018 Giro d’italia as he looks to build on his experiences from his first year as a professional rider.
Writing on the Team Sky website, reflecting on his 2017 season and looking ahead to the future, the 22-year-old said that he is hoping to ride his first Grand Tour next year, but admitted it will be a step into the unknown.
“I’d like to ride a Grand Tour [in 2018],” Geoghegan Hart wrote. “We will see when race programmes are decided, but I’d like to aim for the Giro.
“It’s still quite an aspirational goal, and the feeling I get is whenever it’s your first one, it’s difficult to get in just because you are such an unknown quantity after 10 days. But one of my goals this year was to show I can consistently deliver, not have bad days, and that’s also a part of being a GC rider.”
Looking back on a successful first year with the team, in which he bagged a top 10 finish at the Tour of California, Geoghegan Hart said that his high point of the year had come in his first top-level race, but that he had gained valuable experiences throughout the season.
“The best moment was crossing the line at Strade Bianche to discover that Kwiato [Michal Kwiatkowski] had won,” the young rider from Hackney added.
“It was my first Worldtour race so I was pretty nervous before it and didn’t know what to expect — especially with that race. That was pretty cool.”
Geoghegan Hart was also able to gain valuable leadership experience when the opportunity presented itself, such as on the final stage of the Tour de Yorkshire where he found some of Team Sky’s biggest names at his disposal as domestiques, helping him to fifth place on the stage and eighth overall.
“I was going into Yorkshire as the only climber there, so on the last day all those guys [Luke Rowe and Ian Stannard] were supporting me.
“They said it how it is — if I made a mistake during the stage they just told me. At one point I casually stopped for a nature break and Luke said, ‘Come on, say you’re going to do it, we’re going to support you 100 per cent,’ and as a young guy four months into my first season, it was hard for me to get my head round them working for me.”