Geoghegan Hart shouldn't rush to sign pro contract, says Merckx

Tao Geoghegan Hart is advised to remain in the junior ranks to win races, rather than join the professional ranks too soon

Tao Geoghegan Hart, Tour of Britain 2014 team presentation

Tao Geoghegan Hart needs to take his development steadily and not rush to the professional ranks, explained team Axeon General Manager Axel Merckx.

Geoghegan Hart celebrated his 19th birthday in March, but rode strongly against riders sometimes twice his age in 2014. Last year, he placed third in the Under 23 Liège-Bastogne-Liège, 10th in the Tour de L'Avenir and 15th in the Tour of Britain.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.