Tao Geoghegan Hart is optimistic about the new challenge of his team (Ineos Grenadiers). The Vuelta a España will be a real test. “We definitely have a few good cards to play, I would say that there are bigger favourites outside of our team but we’re looking forward to the next few weeks," he said, as quoted by cyclingweekly.
“I think we have a strong team with eight super strong guys on different terrain. The last few years have shown that some of the Grand Tours can be quite open with really dynamic racing. That’s something our team has pursued in the last few seasons and the best races I’ve been a part of are those when every rider has a valued role to play in a team."
Stomach Virus; “I was on antibiotics"
This season he had to miss the Giro d'Italia due to illness. It was not easy in those moments. In addition to the problems with the common virus, there was also a stomach virus that caused him problems.
“There wasn’t too much rearranging as the plan for me always finished at the Giro," Geoghegan Hart added. "So it was more just about resetting goals. I got pretty sick after the Basque Country, that was the third virus for me in the space of less than two months so it wasn’t ideal.
I was on antibiotics, so it just wasn’t realistic to go into the Giro in good shape especially after a spring of basically being off of the bike three times for a week. I think that’s a pretty familiar story that a lot of people in the peloton and in wider society have gone through in the last 12 months.
Unfortunately I then got another stomach virus in the week before the Tour of Norway so that was tough again”.