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Tao Geoghegan Hart takes first victory of career at Tour of the Alps

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Tao Geoghegan Hart wins Tour of the Alps stage 1

Tao Geoghegan Hart (Team Sky) clinched his first professional victory with a late burst on stage 1 at the Tour of the Alps.

The 24-year-old took the sprint at the end of the 144-kilometre stage which started and finished in Kufstein after earlier helping shut down an attack on the final climb by Vincenzo Nibali.

The Briton was narrowly able to hold off Alex Aranburu (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) and Roland Thalmann (Vorarlberg Santic) as they rapidly gained on him in the sprint for the finish.

“It was a beautiful day and a beautiful parcours. I’m really happy to take my first professional win here in Austria,” said Tao Geoghegan Hart. “It was a headwind over the top of the climb which was a shame but it was really close the finish, but also with some riding to go over the plateau before the final kilometres.

“It was kind of a mix between committing with having two guys at the front and also always thinking about the finish.”

The five-day Tour of the Alps continues on Tuesday and after passing over to Italy concludes on Friday with a mountainous 148.7km stage to Bolzano.

Tour of the Alps 2019 – stage 1 results (Kufstein – Kufstein):

1Tao Geoghegan Hart (Team Sky)

3:30:48

2Alex Aranburu (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA)

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3Roland Thalmann (Vorarlberg Santic)

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4Pello Bilbao (Astana)

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5Nikita Stalnov (Astana)

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6Chris Froome (Team Sky)

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7Aleksandr Vlasov (Gazprom–Rusvelo)

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8Rafal Majka (Bora-hansgrohe)

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9Giovanni Carboni (Bardiani-CSF)

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10Dayer Quintana (Neri Sottoli–Selle Italia–KTM)

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