Tao Geoghegan Hart focused on taking 2015 to a new level

Promising British rider on the march

Fifteenth overall at the Tour of Britain against professionals and 10th in Tour de l'Avenir is pretty good going for a 19-year-old but Tao Geoghegan Hart (Bissell) isn't just any teenager. He chooses his words carefully as he assesses the season with the experience of someone beyond his years.

He tells Cyclingnews the Tour of Britain was probably his favourite race of the season but he's already focused on next year and looking to make a real impact.

"The [Tour of Britain] is certainly the one I am really excited to try and return to. I also loved California and Utah, the races in America never fail with incredible scenery and again amazing fans. I'd love to line up again at those three races and try to really get stuck in," Hart told Cyclingnews.

The Briton first made waves with a podium finish in the Paris-Roubaix juniors in 2013. He followed it up this year with another third place finish in the under 23 version of Liège – Bastogne – Liège.

"I'd like to think that I'm quite a versatile rider. I like hilly races and going for the GC but I also really love tougher flat races, whether that be in leadouts for sprinters or on the cobbles. I grew up racing the Belgian kermesse scene and the races there vary immensely. I feel like it is in my nature to give everything a go, I guess."

Often in cycling, the results page doesn't tell the full story. Hart elaborated on how the race unfolded in Liege.

"I think the team rode really well at Liege, even though it was a tough day with three guys being pretty seriously ill on the team. We pulled through and salvaged a podium from the day, with another guy in the top ten and just as importantly, really animated the race.

"My three week lay-off from the bike after California when I got injured was my biggest disappointment for the year. I lost a lot of hard work from the winter and had to start almost from scratch again. Although equally it was a huge learning experience I can also take many positives from."

2015 will be his second year in the under 23 ranks. Hart seems focused on learning from success and failure, which maybe speaks to what he has already achieved at such a young age.

"For next year I have lots of plans in writing at the minute. The hard work to turn the dreams in to actual results is underway."

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