Tao third on Sassotetto

10 Mar 2023

Tao third on Sassotetto

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Tirreno-Adriatico stage five: Morro d'Oro › Sassotetto - Fonte Lardina, 165.6km.

Tao Geoghegan Hart sprinted to third in a thrilling finale to stage five of Tirreno-Adriatico to move up to sixth overall. 

The British rider remained well-placed on the ascent of the Sassotetto climb, sheltering from changing wind conditions before attacking the GC group in the closing metres. 

In the final, he stole a march on the majority of his rivals, with Giulio Ciccone (Trek Segafredo) and Primoz Roglic (Jumbo Visma) the only two able to respond, with the latter edging the win to take the overall lead. 

Earlier, the INEOS Grenadiers had combined well to ensure safe passage through strong and changing wind conditions.

Michal Kwiatkowski and Filippo Ganna paced the bunch as the peloton raced through windswept valleys and helped deliver Geoghegan Hart in a good position to the final climb. 

The Londonder then bided his time, stayed in the wheels, before launching a well-timed attack only to be edged out on the line by Roglic and CIccone. He is now sixth overall and moves closer to the podium.