Tao second as Yates impresses

21 Feb 2021

Tao second as Yates impresses

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Tao Geoghegan Hart put in a battling ride on the final day of Tour des Alpes Maritimes et du Var, taking second place on the stage.

The Brit bounced back well from a small crash on Friday's opening test, forcing his way into a high-calibre break ahead of the Col Saint-Roch.

With the GC group chasing hard from behind, Tao dug deep as the lead group splintered on the Col de la Madone. The Grenadiers man was able to sprint for second into Blausasc, 13 seconds behind lone stage winner Gianluca Brambilla (Trek Segafredo).

The result saw Geoghegan Hart elevate himself to 10th overall in a tightly packed GC battle - a productive start to the season for the Giro winner.

Sunday also saw the opening stage of the UAE Tour, with crosswinds quickly blowing the race apart. Defending champion Adam Yates positioned himself perfectly to make the front group as the echelons formed for a second time.

Despite the split coming over 100 kilometres out, the group would never be caught, eventually finishing over eight minutes ahead of a defeated peloton. 12th on the stage, Yates was immediately able to place himself among the top contenders for overall victory. The action continues on Monday with a time trial.