Tokyo Olympics: Mountain Fuji Olympic road race could be the toughest of my career, says Geoghegan Hart

The Olympic road race at Mount Fuji could well be the toughest of my career, says Tao Geoghegan Hart, hopeful for Team GB’s medal…

Britain’s men’s road cyclists are gearing up for a brutal 234km route on Saturday – which, according to Tao Geoghegan Hart, could prove to be the toughest challenge of their career.

A strong foursome, including three Grand Tour winners, will complete a course in the shadow of Mount Fuji.

Geoghegan Hart, Geraint Thomas and Simon and Adam Yates face 4,865 meters of climbing and two killer climbs. Scorching temperatures and a field full of talent add up to a tricky comparison.

Tao Geoghegan Hart says Tokyo road race could be the toughest challenge of his career

Saturday's 234km route will see Olympic cyclists race under the view of Mount Fuji

Saturday’s 234km route will see Olympic cyclists race under the view of Mount Fuji

“It will be one of the most physically demanding races we will run this year, perhaps even in our careers when the temperature and humidity align,” said Londoner Geoghegan Hart.

“The last climb is tough, but we have a strong team. There are probably 25 guys who can win a medal in this race, so that says it all.”

Giro D'Italia winner Geoghegan Hart says it will be the 'most physically demanding race' of 2021

Giro D’Italia winner Geoghegan Hart says it will be the ‘most physically demanding race’ of 2021

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.

2018 Tour de France winner Thomas revealed that the group has yet to decide who they will try to propel to the finish.

“We haven’t really talked about how we will race,” said the Welshman, 35. “We need to communicate with each other, have our plan and try to execute it as best we can.”

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