Geoghegan Hart opens winners and leadership in the Alps

Chris Froome had some troubles in the most belligerent moments, but ended up entering in sixth position.


The British Tao Geoghegan Hart (Sky) scored his first professional victory and also premiered the millot leader in the Tour of the Alps by winning the first stage played over 144 kilometers with start and finish in Kufstein, in the Austrian Tyrol .

Geoghegan Hart, 24, was the fastest of the select group of 20 runners who played the stage at sprint and gave the team of Chris Froome the victory, achieved by beating speed Spanish Alex Aranburu (Caja Rural) and the Swiss Roland Thalmann (Voralberg), second and third respectively.

In the main group that entered the finish line with a time of 3h.30.48, at an average of 40.98 kns / hour, another Spanish was placed in the top positions , Pello Bilbao (Astana), fundamental in the pursuit when a few kilometers from the finish marched the winner of the escaped stage with his partner Russian Sivakov, the Polish majka and the Italian Vincenzo Nibali.

This way, Tao Geoghegan Hart will go out to defend the leadership in the second day, which will already travel through Italian lands. For the bonuses the British born in London, without triumphs like professional and classified in the 62nd place in the Vuelta 2018, overall advantage in 4 seconds to Aramburu and in 6 to Thalmann.

Although some favorites like Chris Froome himself had trouble in the most belligerent moments, finally entered the first group and the general keeps the list of favorites intact. The four-time winner of the Tour entered sixth.

The Tour of the Alps, former Giro del Trentino, was threatened by Austrian runners who wanted to show off in their country, hence three entered the fledgling starting quartet, with Kuen (Vorarlberg), Gamper (Ride with Passion), Krizek (Felbermayr) and the Romanian Emil Dima (GTV). Halfway through the race. An adventure, that in spite of arriving to have 6 minutes of rent was sentenced in advance. The Bahrain and Sky of Nibali and Froome were in charge of tearing down the project to 14 kilometers of goal, just over the High of Hinterthiersee, where Dima crowned alone.

After several rides attacked with force the "Shark" Vincenzo Nibali, who took two men from the Sky: Geoghegan Hart and the Russian Sivakov, and the Polish Rafal Majka (Bira). Two veterans and two young people with a future marked the key maneuver of the stage. Astana, who did not put anyone in the breakaway, had to work by piece to avoid the debacle in the general, to which Pello Bilbao aspires.

In full descent towards goal and vertiginous rhythm there was the merger of the top 20 to 3 , 5 of goal. Sivakov started without luck, but he extended even more an endless row of runners who already smelled the outcome to the sprint. The Sky was ambitious with the double trick of his two young promises and pulled strategy in the arrival, also with Froome safely in the group.

The strongest was Tao Geoghegan Hart, who attacked with determination to sign the stage and the leadership. Aramburu, almost, stayed with the honey on the lips, but with the joy of having fought among the best in the goal of Kufstein. This Tuesday is the second stage, already on Italian lands, between Reith im Alpbachtal and Scena, 178.7 kilometers, with a high finish and the lure of the Passo Monte Giovo (1a), with the top 40 at the finish line.



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