Mount Fuji Olympic road race could be the hardest of my career, says Team GB medal hopeful Tao Geoghegan Hart… as he prepares for brutal 234km slog in Tokyo this weekend
The British men’s cycling road racers are preparing for a brutal 234km route on Saturday — which Tao Geoghegan Hart believes could be the toughest challenge of their careers.
A strong foursome, which includes three Grand Tour winners, will tackle a course in the shadow of Mount Fuji.
Geoghegan Hart, Geraint Thomas and Simon and Adam Yates will have to deal with 4,865 metres of climbing and two killer ascents. Searing temperatures and a field full of talent add to a tricky equation.
Tao Geoghegan Hart says the Tokyo road race could be the toughest challenge of his career
The 234km route on Saturday will see the Olympic cyclists race under the sight of Mount Fuji
‘It’s going to be one of most physically demanding races we will do this year, if not in our careers potentially if the temperature and humidity line up,’ said Londoner Geoghegan Hart.
‘The final climb is a hard one but we’ve got a strong team. There are probably 25 guys who could win a medal in this race so that says it all.’
When asked if he thought he could prevail, last year’s Giro D’Italia winner, 26, was confident. ‘I wouldn’t be here otherwise,’ he said.
Giro D’Italia winner Geoghegan Hart says it will be 2021’s ‘most physically demanding race’
The 2018 Tour de France victor Thomas disclosed that the group are yet to decide who they will try to propel to the finish line.
‘We haven’t really spoken about how we will race,’ said the Welshman, 35. ‘We must communicate with each other, have our plan and try to execute it as best as we can.’