Hugh Carthy has had a stellar showing on the first three stages of the Tour of the Alps. The Briton pulled on the best young rider’s jersey on the opening stage and sits seventh overall with two days of racing still to come. It’s not only the results that are impressive but the performance. Carthy isn’t chasing moves up mountains; he’s initiating them. CyclingNews spoke with the neo-pro about his attacking style at the Italian five-day race as he looks towards the Giro d’Italia.
Hugh Carthy again kicked off the attacks on the climb to the finish line on stage 3 of the Tour of Alps, trying to set up his teammates, test his own limits as the Giro d’Italia rapidly approaches, and strengthen his lead in the best young rider’s competition.
The Briton’s attack was pulled back and Mikel Landa, Domenico Pozzovivo and then Geraint Thomas went on to fight for stage victory, but Carthy managed to stay with the chasers and finished 10th on the stage, in an exclusive gruppetto. The likes of Michele Scarponi and Dario Cataldo (Astana) and Egan Bernal (Androni Giocattoli) all finished behind him. Bernal is his closest rival in the white jersey competition but is 17 seconds back.
22 year-old Carthy has now racked up two top-10 places on the two uphill finishes at the Tour of the Alps after also finishing eighth on stage 1 to Innsbruck, where he was also on the attack.