Monday 1 September 2014

Alex Peters and Tao Geoghegan Hart racing news

Riding for British Cycling Tao Geoghagen Hart has achieved tenth place in the final general classification of the 2014 Tour de l'Avenir. There's a chance that this lad from Hackney could be disappointed that he did not make it onto the podium. Make no mistake this is some result against an international field of 107 highly rated and motivated young men over a prologue TT and seven stages; most of which included some seriously testing alpine climbs including summit finishes of the highest order.

The team came away with a stage winner in
Daniel Mclay on stage three; Montrond-les-Bains to Paray-le-Monial.

We done Tao and GB from CC Hackney.

Cycling Weekly:
"Previous winners of ‘the l’Avenir’ include Greg Lemond, Nairo Quintana, Warren Barguil and Bauke Mollema and it’s established itself in recent years as a springboard for a lot of talent. Last year Simon Yates won two stages and Adam Yates finished second overall, and both went on to do quite well with Orica-GreenEdge…"

Les 10 premiers du classement général final

1  LOPEZ Miguel Angel COL COL 23h54'28" 00"
2  POWER Robert AUS AUS 23h54'58" 30"
3  RIBALKIN Alexey RUS RUS 23h55'12" 44"
4  FOLIFOROV Alexander RUS RUS 23h55'19" 51"
5  VERVAEKE Louis BEL BEL 23h55'43" 01'15"
6  LATOUR Pierre-Roger FRA FRA 23h56'53" 02'25"
7  BUCHMANN Emanuel GER GER 23h57'44" 03'16"
8  SILVA Joaquim POR POR 24h00'05" 05'37"
9  MAISON Jérémy FRA FRA 24h00'22" 05'54"
10 GEOGHEGAN HART Tao GBR GBR 24h03'24" 08'56"

Back on home turf Tao's peer and long time training partner Alex Peters is preparing himself for the 2014 Tour of Britain (ToB) This starts in Liverpool on Sunday 7th September and finishes in London seven days later. Alex was invited to ride the 2014 Tour de l'Avenir as well but he declined to take part because of Madison Genesis's (his team) commitment to the ToB and it was felt that attempting to do both would be too much at his age. 

Alex Peters before the 2014 Prudential Ride London Classic
Having spoken to Alex recently he has said that he is keen to impress after taking part and learning a lot in the 2013 edition. This year the race has been up graded to UCI 2. HC (Hors Category) this is higher than Tour de l'Avenir with World Tour teams taking part. It means Alex will be riding with some of the best cyclists in the world; established hard nuts from the likes of Giant-Shimano, Movistar & Team SKY. 

Good luck Alex we'll keep an eye on the results and check the ToB stages on ITV.  

The name on the new Genesis 'Zero' carbon fibre road bike - ready for ToB

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