Tao is one of the brightest young talents in British cycling and his incredible achievement of being only the second Brit to ever win the Giro d’Italia in 2020 sent shockwaves around the cycling world.
The 2020 breakout season followed years of steady progression. Hailing from Hackney, London, Geoghegan Hart joined Cycling Club Hackney at age 13 and started cycling more seriously.
In his final year as a junior, Geoghegan Hart netted four UCI victories along with a third-place in the Paris-Roubaix Juniors. The results were enough to get the attention of Axel Merckx’s Axeon Development Team, the team known as the best development squad in the world.
Geoghegan Hart was comfortable with the step up to the under 23 ranks on the American team, earning another podium in the highly sought-after Liège-Bastogne-Liège U23. 10th overall in the Tour de l’Avenir – the race known as the Tour of the Future – proved he was undoubtedly one of the best young riders to look out for. He again impressed weeks later when he finished 15th overall in the Tour of Britain, racing his home race in the professional ranks.
In 2015, he equalled the previous year’s result finishing third in Liège-Bastogne-Liège U23 again. He got a taste of the professional ranks when he joined Team Sky later in the year as an apprentice. Two seasons after that, he turned professional with the British outfit at 21 years old and was quoted as saying “I think this is the ideal time to be stepping up into a big team. I’m super, super excited.”
Known as a “wise soul,” Geoghegan Hart spent two years riding in support of team leaders before bagging his first professional victories in 2019 when he won two mountain stages of Tour of the Alps. Geoghegan Hart put in a phenomenal performance to be in contention for the overall race lead. Heading into the final day tied on time with the race leader, Geoghegan Hart executed the perfect time trial to win the race and become only the fifth Briton to win a Grand Tour.
Tao joins an elite pool of talent at M&C Saatchi Merlin, including Sir Bradley Wiggins, Jimmy Anderson OBE, Freddie Flintoff MBE, Jermaine Jenas and Alex Scott.