Tao Geoghegan Hart: 'I felt so, so good and then all of a sudden the devil came and hit me with a big hammer!'

The Brit finished only 35 seconds down on stage winner Primož Roglič on stage one of the 2019 Giro d'Italia

Tao Geoghegan Hart riding stage one of the Giro d'Italia 2019 (Photo by Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

(Image credit: Getty Images)

Tao Geoghegan Hart (Team Ineos) has described the first stage of the Giro d'Italia 2019 as similar to "being hit by a big hammer" as the Brit posted an impressive time on the opening time trial of the Grand Tour.

One of the first riders to set off, Geoghegan Hart rode the 8.2km course in 13-29, only 35 seconds off the stage winner Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma), a time which saw the Brit finish in seventh place.

Thank you for reading 20 articles this month* Join now for unlimited access

Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

Join now for unlimited access

Try first month for just £1 / $1 / €1