Team Ineos’ Tao Geoghegan Hart was involved in a crash and forced out of the Giro d’Italia in Stage 13.
The British rider was moving alongside teammate Eddie Dunbar in the break of the day but midway through the race, he crashed. His ranking coming into Stage 13 was 33rd overall.
“Sadly we can confirm that Tao Geoghegan Hart has been forced to abandon the Giro after a crash. He is OK and our Team Doctor is with him. A full update will follow,” Team Ineos confirmed on Twitter.
— Team INEOS (@TeamINEOS) May 24, 2019
Coming into the Giro d’Italia, Geoghegan was in joint leadership at Team Ineos sharing first place with Pavel Sivakov. They also saw teammate Egan Bernal drop out of the team after he crashed and suffered fractures to his collarbone just one week before the start of the race in Italy. Therefore more responsibility was given to the pair.
The British cyclist has had an impressive start to his season and he was able to secure first and second wins during the Tour of the Alps while he also managed to finish second overall in the stage race in Italy, behind teammate Pavel Sivakov.
At this year’s Giro, Geoghegan Hart also had a great start in the opening time trial in Bologna where he finished in seventh place. However, a dip in form was observed when he started going down the overall standings throughout the first week. He lost time on stage 9 time trial which was won by outright favourite Primosz Roglic.
Giro d'Italia: Tao Geoghegan Hart crashes out
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Geoghegan Hart was already involved in a crash twice at this year’s Giro. The first one came with around 50 kilometres left during which he suffered a cut to his right knee and short but wholehearted chase to regain the peloton.
The second time he crashed was at the dying moments of the stage, with just four kilometres to go. This was even worse for him after it left him with further abrasions, a shredded jersey and a deficit of 1:28 at day’s end.