Tao tar­gets Giro ride

Sky young­ster re­veals de­signs on next year’s Giro

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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.”

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