Great Britain's Tao Geoghagen Hart 10th in 2014 Tour de l’Avenir

Great Britain's Tao Geoghagen Hart 10th in 2014 Tour de l’Avenir

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Britain’s Tao Geoghagen Hart showed his potential with an excellent 10th place overall finish at the 2014 Tour de l’Avenir in France.

The 19-year-old ended the seventh and final stage in 14th, six minutes and 31 seconds behind winner Louis Vervaeke after a 95.1-kilometre parcours from Saint-Michel de Maurienne to La Toussuire

Vervaeke crossed the line alone having been part of the day’s break which started with nine riders but was gradually reduced to leave just the Belgian.

Miguel Angel Lopez took the yellow jersey and overall victory, Hart completing the eight-day stage race eight minutes and 56 seconds behind the Colombian.

Of the other British riders, Dan Pearson was 38th on the day, Scott Davies 69th and Owain Doull 78th. Jake Kelly abandoned while Dan McLay retired from the race on Friday’s stage six, having taken victory on stage three.

The race, considered a Tour de France for promising young riders, concluded with a summit finish - the fourth successive day a stage had ended on an ascent.

The 19-kilometre hors-catergorie Montee de la Toussuire was the final challenge for the peloton. Before that, the stage had taken in two categorised climbs, the Col du Molard and Col de la Croix de Fer.

As he crossed the line Vervaeke gestured to the sky, a tribute to countryman Igor Decraene. The junior world time trial champion sadly passed away aged 18.

The Tour de l‘Avenir is the final event in the UCI Under 23 Nations’ Cup.

Results

Stage seven
Final general classification

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