Tao Geoghegan Hart (Team Sky) gave Monday his first pro victory booked in the openingsetappe of the Tour of the Alps (Austria/2.BC). The 24-year-old Brit won the sprint of a thinned group and is also the first leader.
The first stage of the five-day Tour of the Alps started in the Austrian Kufstein and finished there 144 km later. Along the way there were a lot of slopes to wait, but still no high cols. Big names such as Chris Froome and Vincenzo Nibali heard so still not the favorites for the dagzege.
Just after the early escapees Maximilian Kuen, Patrick Gamper, Matthias Krizek and Emil Dima, and a counter of Andreas Schillinger and Georg Zimmermann, were revisited, burst the battle for the stage win loose on the last climb of the Hinterthiersee (two kilometers to 10 percent on average) by a pulse of Nibali, who Pavel Sivakov, Geoghegan Hart and Rafal Majka got.
But the foursome was the chase from Astana back got caught in the descent direction of Kufstein, in which first Majka and later Sivakov still in vain tried to drive away. In the subsequent sprint of a small group drew Geoghegan Hart with small ahead of Spaniard Alex Aranburu (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) and the Swiss Roland Thalmann (Team Vorarlberg-Santic). Froome finished sixth.
In the position, Geoghegan Hart four seconds ahead of Aranburu and six on Thalmann. Tuesday should the peloton in a stage in the direction of the Italian Scena a summit above the two-thousand meters round, and is the arrival and then on a hill of five kilometres.
German champion Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe), disappeared by a crash of course, but despite the initial apprehension for a armbreuk showed an initial hospital visit no fractures to the sprinter, which is provided for the Tour of Italy.