HACKNEY HAS A NEW HERO. Raised in London Fields, Tao Geoghegan Hart last weekend won the Giro d’Italia, 3,345.7km of racing across Italy for more than 85 gruelling hours.
Geoghegan Hart rode for Hackney Cycling Club and once bunked off school to ride, as a fan, with Team Sky, which later signed him. A typical Sunday for the teenager was: play football on Hackney Marshes then ride down to Brick Lane with his father, a builder, to look for market bargains.
He is also a strong swimmer . In the summer of 2008, barely in his teens, he and five other members of Clissold Swimming Club took 11 hours 34 minutes to finish a cross-Channel swimming relay. He worked part-time at Condor Cycles, in Gray’s Inn Road, Holborn London WC1.
After his triumph, which ended at Milan cathedral, the 25-year-old said: “I hope I can inspire a few kids in Hackney to dream big, even if it’s not just in cycling.”
Say the Geoghegan bit of the name as Geygan. And his christian name? Tayoh: it’s a Celtic version of Tom.
Hamish Scott 261020
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