‘He’s got the numbers to be a contender’
“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.”