Cycling Weekly published this story on Hugh Carthy two days before his big ride at Volta Catalunya. The Briton matched his breakthrough ride at the 2016 Volta Cataluyna with a brave ride on the queen stage of the 2017 Volta Cataluyna, climbing to eighth place, not far off the pace of the biggest names in the sport.
A year on from his breakthrough performance at the Volta a Catalunya, Hugh Carthy has returned to the Catalan race in 2017 with a new team and with a very different perspective.
The 22-year-old Briton announced himself to the wider cycling world when he finished ninth on general classification and best young rider at the 2016 Volta, the first of a series of results that led to him stepping up from the Spanish Pro Continental outfit Caja Rural to Cannondale-Drapac in the WorldTour.
“It’s all going well so far, which is how I expected it when I joined a bigger team with a bigger budget. You notice the difference right away, but at the end of the day we still have to do the races, train the same way,” Carthy told Cycling Weekly before the start of the third stage in Mataró.