Tao Geoghegan Hart has become the fifth Briton to win a Grand Tour with victory in the Giro d’Italia.
The 25-year-old rider beat Australian Jai Hindley by 39 seconds in the 15.7-km closing time trial in Milan after the pair went into the final stage level on time.
Geoghegan Hart was ahead of Hindley at every time check along the way, clocking a time of 18 min 19.40 secs to deliver a remarkable win. His Ineos Grenadiers team-mate Filippo Ganna took the stage win with a time of 17 mins 16.55 secs, 32 seconds faster than second-placed Victor Campernaerts, to deliver his fourth stage win of the race and a seventh for the team.
Geoghegan Hart follows Sir Bradley Wiggins, Chris Froome, Geraint Thomas and Simon Yates in winning one of the big three stage races on the calendar, delivering Britain’s 11th Grand Tour victory since Wiggins won the Tour de France in 2012, and second in the Giro after Froome in 2018.
This was by far the most unexpected entry on the list, with Geoghegan Hart having started the Giro planning to support Thomas before the Welshman’s race-ending crash on stage three.
Geoghegan Hart pulled on the pink jersey for the first time on the final podium after the race came down to two riders who began the opening stage in Sicily three weeks ago as domestiques.
“It’s bizarre, to be honest,” Geoghegan Hart. “Not in my wildest dreams did I imagine that this would be possible when we started nearly a month ago in Sicily.
“All of my career I’ve dreamt of trying to be in the top five, top 10 maybe in a race of this stature so this is something completely and utterly different. I think this is going to take a long time to sink in.”
An outstanding final week in the mountains propelled Geoghegan Hart up the standings, with his victory on Saturday’s stage 20 setting up the unprecedented scenario of the top two in a Grand Tour being level on time at the start of the final day.
After winning Saturday’s mountain stage at the Sestriere ski resort, the 25-year-old, Geoghegan Hart was level on time with Hindley – an unprecedentedly tight and tense situation after more than 85 hours of racing. Both have completed the first 20 stages in an official time of 85 hours, 22 minutes and seven seconds.
It is Great Britain’s second Giro d’Italia win in three years after Chris Froome’s last-ditch victory in 2018.
Will Fotheringham’s race report will follow shortly.