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Tao ready for Algarve challenge

14 Feb 2017

Tao ready for Algarve challenge

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Tao Geoghegan Hart is looking forward to seeing how he goes at the Volta ao Algarve after a strong start to the season at Challenge Mallorca and the Dubai Tour.

The 21 year old has slotted straight into the Team Sky fold and is all ready for his third race of 2017.
 
The five-day stage race will see Geoghegan Hart line up alongside team leader Michal Kwiatkowski, as we go in search of our third straight win in southern Portugal.
 
He said: “I’m looking forward to seeing how I go in Algarve - that will be a good test for this time of year. It’ll be the first time trial of the year as well [on stage three], so that will be pretty interesting. 
Tao Geoghegan Hart

Tao Geoghegan Hart

“There’s a lot of opportunities across the week to test the legs. Every day is quite a different test.
"I actually raced there in another event last March, so I kind of have a little idea of what the roads are like and the type of terrain we’ll be racing on. It’s the type of racing that I really enjoy: up and down every day, interesting little finishes, small, steep climbs.” 
  
It will be very different to where Geoghegan Hart has just finished racing - Dubai: “It was a cool experience to go somewhere new, see a new place,” he continued. “I enjoy both sides of it really and different types of racing. That’s maybe the best part of cycling, the variety that you get. 
  
“Other than the windy stage where it all kicked off a bit, it was the type of racing where everyone is pretty fresh coming into the final. There were a lot of sprint teams there and the final 10 kilometres were pretty quick every day."
Tao Geoghegan Hart

Tao Geoghegan Hart

I think it was really good to get some racing miles in, especially with those fast finishes, so I could get that top end going. I’m looking forward to getting to Algarve and seeing how the legs are.
The Hackney-born neo-pro was no stranger to Team Sky, having stagiaired here in 2015, and he’s upbeat when asked about how he’s settled in. 
  
He added: “It’s been really great. I’ve really enjoyed getting to know all the new staff and my new team-mates. Everything is improving and I feel I’m getting better and better. 
  
“For example, Challenge Mallorca was my first experience of ever having a team bus. Things like that, you just really appreciate how nice it is to have a shower after the race and eat some good food straight away. Little things like that make a massive difference and it’s been really enjoyable to step up.”

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