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Tao Geoghegan Hart back racing today at Challenge of Stars

Vifrtual event on Bkool sees climbers take on the Stelvio and will be broadcast live

Giro d’Italia champion Tao Geoghegan Hart will be back racing this afternoon in the Challenge of Stars virtual cycling tournament from Bkool in partnership with RCS Sport, organisers of the Italian Grand Tour.

The 25 year old Ineos Grenadiers rider will be racing head to head against Trek-Segafredo’s Giulio Ciccone in the opening round of the knockout tournament at 4pm GMT, with the action streamed live on

The pair are among eight climbers who will take on a virtual representation of the Passo dello Stelvio – others include Vuelta champion Primoz Roglic of Jumbo-Visma, and Deceuninck-Quick Step’s João Almeida.

the Challenge of Stars - Climbers

At 6pm GMT, the action switches – virtually, at least – to the Tuscan countryside, as eight sprinters are paired off for their first knockout round, including Giro d’Italia points classification winner Arnaud Demare of Groupama-FDJ.

Also racing will be Deceuninck-Quick Step’s Tour de France green jersey winner, Sam Bennett, as well as Ben Swift of Ineos Grenadiers.

The Challenge of Stars - Sprinters

Geoghegan Hart said: “I’ve not raced since winning the Giro so it will be good fun to blow out the cobwebs and take on some of the best climbers in the world in The Challenge of Stars. Let’s see if I can do well in this knockout tournament.”

Demare added: “I am very happy to be able to race during Christmas time. Physically, of course, I am not as competitive as I was during last Giro d’Italia but to me, this is a game, a cycling party as well as a nice moment of sharing with the public at a time when we don’t usually interact much with our fans.

“The level of contestants is impressive and challenging. This format is all new to me, I’m already caught up in the game”.

Both events will be streamed live on the Giro d’Italia’s Facebook page, as well as on Eurosport Player.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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