Photo credit: Rhys Howells
Tao Geoghegan-Hart had an impressive ride over the weekend at the 2013 Junior Paris-Roubaix. The talented rider from Hackney took third spot on the podium in a race the preceeds the main Paris-Roubaix race.
A trio containing Hart broke free from the peloton on the Carrefour de l'Arbre sector of cobbles during the 119km race, which traces a route through the final 16 cobbled sectors of the senior parcours. Tao Geoghegan Hart, Mads Pedersen (DEN) and Nathan Van Hooydonck (BEL) created just over a one minute over the main field, which was beginning to split behind.
In the final run in, Van Hooydonck 'sat on' leaving Hart and Pedersen doing the lion's share of the work, meaning the gap back to the chase group dwindled as the riders reached the velodrome finish. Pedersen took the win from Van Hooydonck with Geoghegan-Hart in third.
Tao commented "Team rode a absolute blinder. All over EVERYTHING! Can't wait to work for these lads in some races this year. This is just the start from us."
Tao has been a Condor supported rider throughout his junior years riding for CC Hackey and GB Development squads using a Condor Leggero and time trial bicycle. We interviewed him a few years ago before becoming a junior rider and you can read the article here.
Take a look at Tao's blog documenting the highs along with the inevitable lows of becoming a professional athlete.
1 Mads Pedersen (DEN)
2 Nathan Van Hooydonck (BEL)
3 Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBR)
4 Damien Touze (FRA)
5 Edward Plankaert (BEL)
6 Oliver Wood (GBR)
7 Kristoffer Halvorsen (NOR)
8 Nino Honigh (NED)
9 Gustav Hoog (SWE)
10 Justin Oien (USA)