Speaking of racing, there’s a rather well-known photo of you taken after you crashed at last year’s junior Paris-Roubaix.
In the photo I’m wearing the Merci Roubaix [Rapha Pro Team] base layer. I’m wondering if I should wear the same base layer this year; I can’t decide whether that’s being too superstitious. In the photo we’re trying to find a doctor – in the crash I tore a huge hole in my back. Before the crash I was feeling good, giving bottles to [team leader] Jon Dibben and leading him out on sectors. By that time the group was quite small, we were doing well, 30km to go and we still had five Brits in there. I tried to get back after the crash but I couldn’t pedal properly and was having back spasms over the cobbles. By the time I reached the velodrome, the gates were closed and they wouldn’t let me in. It’s a cliché but it was a big lesson for me; one moment of lost concentration.
Rapha interviews Seventeen year-old Tao Geoghegan Hart, born and raised in east London and part of the British Cycling Olympic Development Programme and races for CC Hackney.