Tao Geoghegan Hart won against any kind of prediction the 103rd edition of the Italian Giro, thus securing even the greatest career achievement. The 25-year-old Londoner won just two stages in total, however in the end British team cyclist Ineos Grenadiers took the second most important trophy in Grand Tours activities. This year’s edition will however long remain in memory, due to the extraordinary circumstances in which it took place.
Giro was originally scheduled to run from May 9 to 31, however everything was postponed to October due to fears of the spread of the Covid – 19. virus. Organizers followed the calendar and the 103rd edition was held by date 3 to 25 October. A 3,361.4-kilometer route that started in the south of Italy, more precisely in Sicily, and ended in the north of the country, in the capital of Lombardy, in Milan.
A specially selected itinerary, with 6 mountain stages in total, however 2 of them were won exactly by Tao Geoghegan Hart, who used his climbing skills, to then deserve everything in the final stage. The 25-year-old from Holloway awaited his moment and won stage 15 on October 18, exactly one week before the Giro closed. A really difficult stage from the Province of Udine to the Dolomites, more precisely from the Base Aerea Rivolto to Piancavallo, 185 kilometers long, where the British cyclist finally defeated the Sunweb Kelderman-Hindley team duo.
The 25-year-old Londoner entered the decisive week in fourth place in the overall standings, 3 ‘close to Portuguese Joao Almeida and behind Team Sunweb Kelderman – Hindley, while in the penultimate stage the English pilot almost touched the glory thanks to the triumph achieved in Piedmont. On the penultimate day of this year’s Round, Tao Geoghegan Hart managed to triumph in the final mountain stage, a treadmill 190 kilometers long, where the British team cyclist defeated Australian Jai Hindley at the finish line to win the stage. from Alba to Sestriere.
The difference was made by the closing stages from Cernusco sul Naviglio to Milan, only 15.7 kilometers long, an individual stage with a stopwatch where the English cyclist took the full 39 “Australian Jai Hindley. These two cyclists entered the last race at the same time, however Geoghegan Hart imposed a really very high pace deserving in the end fully deserved the victory.
At the end of the classification, Tao Geoghegan Hart covered the entire route with a total time of 85 hours, 40 minutes and 21 seconds, leaving behind for only 39 ”exactly the 24-year-old from Perthi, while the other cyclist of the German team Team Sunweb Dutchman Wilco Kelderman closed his adventure in Italy at the bottom of the podium, 1 minute and 29 seconds behind. Then came the Portuguese Joao Almeida, the Spaniard Pello Bilbao, the Dane Jakob Fuglsang and the Italian veteran Vincenzo Nibali.
Tao Geoghegan Hart won for only 39 “advantage over the Australian Jai Hindley also the general ranking of the youth, while in the team classification there was again glory for the British team Ineos Grenadiers that triumphed with a big advantage of 22 ’32” against the Belgian team Deceuninck – Quick Step, while the podium in this type of ranking was completed by the German team Suneb.