After the action TeamSky.com caught up with Geoghegan Hart, who, along with Boswell, is the team’s co-leader in Italy.
Reflecting on a tough first day, he said: "It was a long day for riders and staff. We left the hotel at 7am and we’re just coming back now, at 5pm. It’s been busy, but it was an interesting race this morning, then a fast and furious team time trial this afternoon.
"The first couple of kilometres were pretty technical, but the last 10 minutes were pretty quick. There was a bit of crosswind which gave us something else to think about it, but it was pretty fast.”
A bunch sprint was expected in the morning and yet the peloton never brought the day’s break back.
“It was a weird race,” Tao continued. "A lot of teams in the bunch had thoughts on the TTT. No one really wanted to commit to bringing the break back. It was one of those days when it looked like it was close, but the bunch never went full gas to bring it back.
“We’re a bit disappointed not to pick up two wins really, but we’ve still left ourselves in a good position for the next few days. We’ve got a few chances to come.”
It’s Tao’s first opportunity to lead Team Sky, and he was quick to thank the team for giving him the opportunity.
“It’s really nice to have the support of the team - I’m really grateful for that. It’s also really nice to race with Ian and go for it together. We can play our cards and be aggressive over the next few days.
“The aim is to get stuck in and use it as an opportunity to get a result for the both of us.”