Tao Geoghegan Hart ended up being the current British winner on a Grand Trip after sprinting to victory on stage 15 of the Giro d’Italia at Piancavallo. The 25-year-old Londoner saw off the Group Sunweb pair of Wilco Kelderman and Jai Hindley for a win which also thrusts him into contention in the basic classification.Kelderman’s 2nd place cut João Almeida’s total cause just 15 seconds, with Hindley in 3rd and Geoghegan Hart now simply 2 minutes and 57 seconds behind the leader.Victory made Geoghegan Hart the 5th phase winner for the Ineos Grenadiers, despite the group losing leader Geraint Thomas after a crash in phase three.Geoghegan Hart informed Eurosport: “The technique was to support Geraint and I truly believe that Geraint would have been on the podium of this Giro, or better. Crossing the line initially is something actually unbelievable. I’m honoured to be a part of this group. “This season we have had some big highs nevertheless likewise some huge lows. We merely need to show the Grenadier spirit that we’re just attempting to promote in this group, and keep recuperating the technique we can. “Intending to spring Kelderman to the top of the category, Group Sunweb had stretched the last
climb with Almeida struggling to hang on and two-time winner Vincenzo Nibali similarly losing time. And Almeida’s battle does not bode well for the recently of the race following Monday’s day of rest, with a variety of high mountain stages still to come.In the Tour of Flanders on Sunday Dutchman Mathieu van der Poel beat his powerful Belgian competing Wout van Aert in a photo-finish sprint to win the classic, as world champ Julian Alaphilippe crashed out of the race. Julian Alaphilippe falls after crashing into a motorbike, as he trips behind Wout van Aert(front)and Mathieu van der Poel. Image: BELGA/AFP/Getty Images Van der Poel, whose father Adri won the one-day race in 1986, presented the two-man sprint and managed to just hold back Van Aert after 241km. Norway’s Alexander Kristoff took 3rd location.”They had in fact currently called my name 2 times, nevertheless I could not believe it. I’ve asked for verification 10 times. I have no words for this. I am speechless,”said Van der Poel, grand son of the late Frenchman Raymond Poulidor, who won another Monolith– Milan-San Remo– in 1961. Alaphilippe, who had divided the peloton with an attack on the Kopperberg, went head over heels after his ideal elbow clipped the back of a race motorcycle 35km from the line after the trio had actually broken clear.The 26-year-old Van der Poel, riding simply in front of the Frenchman, directly avoided the bike on the ideal side of the roadway. Alaphilippe eventually stayed up, holding his ideal arm and shouting in discomfort before being took care of by race physician prior to being required to a health center where x-rays exposed 2 fractures in his hand.”A couple of motorcycles wanted to go behind us, considering that our space was growing, I wished to take earnings as much as possible to go behind the moto, and I believe Julian was not concentrating or something. It’s a real pity that he hit the moto, “specified Van Aert, who had actually been intending to end up being the first rider to win the Trip of Flanders and Milan-San Remo in the extremely exact same year given that Eddy Merckx in 1975. In the ladies’s race, the previous world champion Chantal van den Broek-Blaak ran clear to win the 136km race, beating her Boels-Dolmans teammate and Dutch compatriot Amy Pieters, who completed second, and the third-placed Lotte Kopecky of Belgium.