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Teggart back in the game with strong ride on Italian climbs

Posted on: July 13th, 2018

Matt Teggart, centre, has been tackling some major climbs with many of the best U23 riders in the world and holding his own.

 

Having been forced to pull out of the recent National Road Championships with illness, Matt Teggart has been riding well in Italy.

He’s back in the international peloton with his Team Wiggins trade team, riding the five-stage Giro Ciclistico della Valle d’Aosta Mont Blanc (2.2U).

And with the race heading for the hills today, Teggart climbed well and took 9th place. His team mate Mark Donovan took an impressive stage victory.

Donovan would win by 39 seconds from Italian Fabio Mazzucco (Trevigiani Phonix-Hemus 1896) on a day when the top eight were finished in ones and twos.

Teggart was in a large group, of 15 riders, sprinting for 9th place. And the Irish rider led them home.

 

Top down: Donovan wins stage 2 today, Teggart on the road on stage 1, Team Wiggins -Teggart second from left.

 

Today’s result saw Teggart move up a couple of places to 23rd overall. He is 7:03 down on race leader, Italian national team rider Matteo Bellia.

The 20-year-old was 4th in the opening prologue and was 2nd on yesterday’s five-hour stage when the racing split to pieces.

Teggart placed 45th in the 7.9km opening TT into Saint-Nicolas de Véroce; the short sharp effort not ideal for a man coming back to racing after a lay-off.

And on yesterday’s stage 1 he was 23rd, some 6:01 off winner Kevin Inkelaar (Polartec-Kometa).

The Dutch rider finished with Bellia; the pair moving up overall to fill the top two places which they retained today after 148.6km into Quassolo.

Both would today finish in the same small group as Teggart; the only Irishman in the race.

Stage winner Donovan got up the road early in a breakaway; attacking at the bottom of the first climb of the day.

Those in the move were the best climbers in the race and they rode clear in a group.

Behind them it was a war of attrition, especially on the final climb. It averaged 12 per cent for just over 5km.

Up front the breakaway split on the climb; Donovan attacking to win solo.

The peloton, driven by the race leader and others, was trimmed right back to form a select group on the final climb and it picked up some of those from the early escape.

Teggart held his place in that group and then had the legs to take the sprint for 9th.

 

 

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