‘He’s got the num­bers to be a con­tender’

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“The sec­ond half of his sea­son wasn’t as good as the first,” says Dario Cioni, Tao Geoghe­gan Hart’s coach at Team Sky. “He was very solid in­deed dur­ing the first half of the sea­son, and es­pe­cially so from the Tour of the Basque Coun­try on­wards. He was the last man for ‘G’ [Geraint Thomas] a cou­ple of times in the moun­tains at the Dauphiné and went pretty close to the podium in Cal­i­for­nia while still man­ag­ing to hold his own place high up on GC.

“He was of­ten the guy who made the fi­nal ac­cel­er­a­tion which pro­vided the launch­pad for Egan Ber­nal’s at­tacks and wasn’t sim­ply fol­low­ing in the wheels.”

Sky will be ex­pect­ing at least the same level of per­for­mance next sea­son, says Cioni. “He’ll per­haps do an­other Grand Tour, with the Giro the most likely op­tion,” the Ital­ian coach sug­gests.

“He’s got the num­bers to be a per­former in his own right. One of the best things about Tao is that he’s got very good rac­ing sense, far su­pe­rior to other rid­ers his age. He’s been the road cap­tain at some races, in­clud­ing Cal­i­for­nia and the Vuelta, which is un­usual for a Sky rider who is so young.”

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