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Tao Geoghegan Hart Q & A
« on: May 13, 2016, 09:00 »

Tao Geoghegan Hart Q & A
Rarely will you find a developing rider more in demand than Tao Geoghegan Hart. Be it sponsor representation, photo or video shoots, magazine columns or even book deals, it is plainly clear why the Hackney-born Londoner feels himself pulled so many directions when he is off his Specialized bicycle. Now in his third year with the Axeon Hagens Berman Cycling Team, he speaks with knowledge of the sport – and many other things – that extend well beyond his 20 years. Start with his goals: "I am ready to put the development phase behind me and join the list of alumni of this program who have joined the pro ranks," Geoghegan Hart says. And of his time in the program? "Riders come and go, but the constant with this team is the great sponsors who have stayed on year after year. And the staff are an extension of Axel Merckx," he says. "All of them buy into it." So what is next for the twice-third-place-finisher at the Under 23 edition of Liège-Bastogne-Liège and last year's best young rider of the USA Pro Challenge? "I chose to pass up an offer to turn professional last year. I am going to make the most of this year."source team website Sean Weide

So similar deal to before 10 - 15 Questions sent to Tao via email and then he responds

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    Re: Tao Geoghegan Hart Q & A
    « Reply #1 on: May 13, 2016, 09:24 »
    Q1. Please promise us you'll never sign for Sky and become another faceless, personality-less, domestiques more concerned with power output than anything else?
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    Re: Tao Geoghegan Hart Q & A
    « Reply #2 on: May 13, 2016, 11:40 »
    Q1. Please promise us you'll never sign for Sky and become another faceless, personality-less, domestiques more concerned with power output than anything else?
    "Objection, your honour! This is not a question, it is a plea!"
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    Re: Tao Geoghegan Hart Q & A
    « Reply #3 on: May 13, 2016, 11:54 »
    "Objection, your honour! This is not a question, it is a plea!"
    :P

    Can you please promise us..?
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    Re: Tao Geoghegan Hart Q & A
    « Reply #4 on: May 19, 2016, 07:02 »
    Ok so the 1st question covered :)

    Axel has amazing success with the team not just in performance but getting tiders ready for WT.

    Why is that can you explain how the team is set up with coaching management etc.
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    Re: Tao Geoghegan Hart Q & A
    « Reply #5 on: May 19, 2016, 09:18 »
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    Re: Tao Geoghegan Hart Q & A
    « Reply #6 on: May 19, 2016, 10:07 »
    I assume when signing for a WT team you would be looking at who/want team is going to be help me develop as a rider, what sort of rider ie ( puncher/classics/GC etc ) do you think you are now and what if different you hope to develop into ? What are the goals for the 1st 2-3 years and long term?
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    Re: Tao Geoghegan Hart Q & A
    « Reply #7 on: May 19, 2016, 14:05 »
    If you had to race only in one country for the rest of your career, where would it be?
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    Re: Tao Geoghegan Hart Q & A
    « Reply #9 on: May 20, 2016, 09:04 »
    Folling in the footsteps of Robie McEwen - who also passed up his first offer to turn pro and waited another year ... do you think that the extra year in development will help you overall?   How important is that basic grounding before turning pro?
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    Re: Tao Geoghegan Hart Q & A
    « Reply #10 on: May 20, 2016, 09:35 »
    How do you - the new generation of cycling - see the fight against drugs in sport proceeding?   are we winning?   what more can we do to ensure that you arent faced with the same 'cheat or quit' options that many former riders seem to have faced

    How do you feel knowing that you WILL be beaten by riders who have cheated to win?   that you will be fighting for contracts against riders who take drugs
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    Re: Tao Geoghegan Hart Q & A
    « Reply #11 on: May 20, 2016, 09:51 »
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    Where does Tao see himself in 5 years time and what does he see as the main steps (objectives) in progression
    to arrive there?
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    Re: Tao Geoghegan Hart Q & A
    « Reply #12 on: May 20, 2016, 09:58 »
    Many of us know the names Costa (Adrien) and Powless (Neilson] from Axeon , these guys may become rivals in the future what other riders that we might not know from outside Axesons of your generation are you keeping an eye on as potential rivals ?
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    Re: Tao Geoghegan Hart Q & A
    « Reply #13 on: May 20, 2016, 10:01 »
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    What does he see as the main differences, if any, between riding in the peloton in the US and Europe?
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    « Reply #14 on: May 20, 2016, 10:32 »
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    Re: Tao Geoghegan Hart Q & A
    « Reply #15 on: May 20, 2016, 12:34 »
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    I wonder if he's heading for the Tour de Savoie Mont Blanc next month & what are his plans for the rest of the year?
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    Re: Tao Geoghegan Hart Q & A
    « Reply #16 on: May 20, 2016, 19:25 »
    only an hour or 2 until I send in the questions
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    « Reply #17 on: May 20, 2016, 19:37 »
    is there a team you would always have loved to ride for (including past ones), and for what reason?
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    « Reply #18 on: May 20, 2016, 21:12 »
    Question have been sent
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    Re: Tao Geoghegan Hart Q & A
    « Reply #20 on: May 22, 2016, 12:57 »
    Question have been sent

    You didnt take mine... which was a serious question.
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    Re: Tao Geoghegan Hart Q & A
    « Reply #21 on: May 22, 2016, 13:25 »
    You didnt take mine... which was a serious question.

    what was it ? it wasn´t in the thread
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    Re: Tao Geoghegan Hart Q & A
    « Reply #22 on: May 22, 2016, 17:08 »
    i tweeted inresponse to your bored tweet.  asked if he was sure he wasnt scottish with those freckles and his name.
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    « Reply #23 on: May 22, 2016, 17:31 »
    i tweeted inresponse to your bored tweet.  asked if he was sure he wasnt scottish with those freckles and his name.

    ahh ok will ask  ;)
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    Re: Tao Geoghegan Hart Q & A
    « Reply #24 on: June 02, 2016, 09:00 »
    Q2 Axel has amazing success with the team not just in performance but getting tiders ready for WT.

    Why is that can you explain how the team is set up with coaching management etc

    The staff are the mainstay of the team. It obviously operates in a development capacity, with solely u23 riders, meaning there is a very high turnover year on year. As such, the staff are the constant factor that ensure the ethos and dynamic of the team is passed on from year to year.

    Coaching is left to the rider, which is think is a good thing as it takes away the restrictions of being fixed to one team assigned coach. I would say it's definitely not uncommon for a rider to change coaches during this stage of their career's, which I think is a good thing as it give the chance to experience different methods and approaches.

    Finally the programme is a huge part of the team, combining top level pro racing in the States with lower level .2 races in Europe and also u23 races. This gives a wide variety across the year, with insight into the (huge) differences between those three types of racing.

    Q4 I assume when signing for a WT team you would be looking at who/want team is going to be help me develop as a rider, what sort of rider ie ( puncher/classics/GC etc ) do you think you are now and what if different you hope to develop into ? What are the goals for the 1st 2-3 years and long term?

    I'd like to think I am quite a versatile rider, with results across the spectrum of different races. That is something I aim to continue, while obviously trying to hone my strengths that thus far have seemed to lie in hillier races.

    Q5 If you had to race only in one country for the rest of your career, where would it be?

    I think it would probably be Italy. But Belgium would be a close second, as I love the variety of racing there, not to mention it's a place I spent a great deal of my youth and junior days racing.

    Q6 Which was your hardest day on the bike in a US race?

    Not necessarily the hardest day, but the stage of USAPro Challenge that started in Aspen was a good one, there were about 15 guys left in the front by the top of Independance Pass, an hour in to the race.

    The Salt Lake City > Snowbird stage of Utah is definitely a good one too, climbing almost all day and up to some serious altitude, it's alway pretty interesting up the first climb out of SLC, straight out the blocks.

    Q7 Following in the footsteps of Robbie McEwen - who also passed up his first offer to turn pro and waited another year ... do you think that the extra year in development will help you overall?   How important is that basic grounding before turning pro?

    I hope so. I think it's about looking at the long term. Nobody remembers what you do now in five years, or even really when you step up to a big team. In fact in some ways I think you start from 0 every season in some ways. In light of that I think it's important to consider the long term of your career and equally longevity of it too, taking every step one at a time, whilst continuously striving for progression beyond that step.

    Q9 Where does Tao see himself in 5 years time and what does he see as the main steps (objectives) in progression to arrive there?

    I'd like to progress into a professional team, that is the first step. Past that it will be about settling in, adapting to the consistently higher level races and finding my place in the team to work up from.

    In 5 years I would like to a valued and key element of my team, having progressed year on year from today. Past that I think to some degree anything is possible, so I will continue to simply aim for the top and see where that ambition can take me.

    Q11 What does he see as the main differences, if any, between riding in the peloton in the US and Europe?

    The size of the roads and the lack of road furniture in the States.

    Q12 Continental level cat hearder, manager, physio, soigneur, ex-soldier, and frequent traveler. I've been to 45 countries and I am only (currently) banned from 1.
    from Reed McCalvin Twitter Bio

    Seems a pretty funny guy and has been important a quiet a few riders careers aka Taylor Phinney what he like and how important is he to the team and you?


    As I said earlier the staff are the key element of the year, not the riders. Reed is an integral part of that group of Staff, and prides himself on doing as much as he can for his riders. I think that is very humbling for an athlete, seeing the lengths to which someone will go to support.

    Q13 I wonder if he's heading for the Tour de Savoie Mont Blanc next month & what are his plans for the rest of the year?

    I will indeed be racing in Savoie. Something I am looking forward to as I have never done a 2.2 level race, with much climbing in, in Europe. So it should be interesting. I'll be racing Roubaix u23 after California, a race with the British national team and then the British nationals after Savoie, before taking a break and rebuild period in July. Thereafter the year is still in its planning phase but I'll be hoping to line up in Utah, L'Avenir and the Tour of Britain.

    Thanks Tao

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    Re: Tao Geoghegan Hart Q & A
    « Reply #25 on: June 02, 2016, 09:01 »
    I take this as Tao is riding for #sky  :lol
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    Re: Tao Geoghegan Hart Q & A
    « Reply #26 on: June 04, 2016, 16:26 »

    Somehow I am not surprised...
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    Re: Tao Geoghegan Hart Q & A
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    Somehow I am not surprised...
    He's both desperate not to be Scottish and he definitely will ride for Sky :P
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