Geoghegan Hart’s decision to miss Tour de l’Avenir pays off with top 10 result in Colorado

20-year-old British rider, 7th overall at the USA Pro Challenge, weighing options ahead of next year

Resplendent in the light-blue jersey of the best young rider at this week’s USA Pro Challenge, Tao Geoghegan Hart (Axeon Cycling) said at the final press conference that he is still weighing his options for next year.

The 20-year-old from Great Britain finished seventh overall after seven stages in Colorado’s high altitude, bettering his finishes this year at both the Tour of California and Tour of Utah by six places.

Geoghegan Hart signed on as a trainee with Team Sky earlier this month, but he has yet to compete with the British WorldTour team and his schedule for the rest of the year is still up in the air.

“For me, personally, I think I’m still weighing up options with people I have around me, supporting me, both friends and people in the team like Axel Merckx and other advisors that I have,” he said.

Despite the uncertainty of where he’ll be next year, he said there is a lot of excitement around the Axeon program’s future.

“Obviously, recently the team had a big announcement about next year’s future, with Specialized and Hagens Berman coming on board,” he said. “So the prospects for the team are looking great and there’s massive excitement for the riders who aren’t aging out of the program that there’s going to be even more support next year.”

Geoghegan Hart missed an opportunity to race the Tour l’Avenir this week. He finished 10th overall in the prestigious Nations Cup espoirs race last year when he chose to compete in Colorado instead. The gamble appears to have paid off.

“That’s kind of the point coming to these races is to compare yourself a little bit,” he said. “For an under-23 rider it’s hard because l’Avenir, one of the biggest stages races for a young rider, clashes with this race.

“But that’s just how the program kind of falls out,” he said. “It was a big decision to come here and test myself against some of the best riders in the world. So I’m very fortunate, and we’ll see what happens.”


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