With the influx of new young riders at Team Sky Tao has gone from being the most junior member of the squad to the fifth youngest and he’s enthusiastic about being a part of such a youthful, talented group.
He added: “It’s really special to have a young group in the team. I think we have a lot of experience in the team then a lot of young guys who don’t really know what our potential is, what we could achieve or where we can go in the sport. I learnt in my previous team where everyone was under 23 that having that shared place where you all don’t know what you can achieve helps you all strive for more.”
The Hackney-born Brit was proof in 2017 that opportunities are there for the team’s younger riders if they are ready to grasp them.
Tao continued: “Last December if you’d have told me the races I was going to do and the places I would visit I would have been really, really happy. One big memory was Strade Bianche. I remember lining up and being super nervous. It was my first big WorldTour race and it went really well.
“I was there in all the crucial moments and had a good race. Crossing the line to find out that Kwiato had finished it off was really cool. It’s a beautiful race. The weather was stinking, there was grit and grime everywhere - I’m really looking forward to it again this year!”