Some mainstream recognition of Hugh Carthy's talent came today in Catalunya with another impressive ride for a 21 year old on a pro conti team.
In his second year, 2014, he was given a decent programme for a rider on a British conti team and took advantage. He won a stage and the Overall of the Tour de Korea, the polka dot jersey and 6th Overall at the Tour of Japan, and came 4th in the U23 national TT championships. In 2015, as he stepped up to the second division and a new environment he took a little time to adjust, DNFing several times (not helped by the fact Caja Rural entered a 63kg 6-footer into a number of cobbled races). But at the Tour of the Basque Country he found a place in the breakaway and picked up some mountain points. After that his results changed for the better; from 81st Overall at the Vuelta a Andalucía, he was suddenly 26th Overall at the Giro del Trentino, then 20th in the Giro dell'Appennino and 16th Overall at the Vuelta a Asturias. There was a setback - 74th Overall at the Volta a Portugal, but then in August he scored his first top-10, 9th Overall at the USA Pro Challenge, a result set up by a 3rd place finish on Stage 2, beating the likes of Kreuziger, Formolo, Arredondo and Brajkovič. He followed this up with 9th Overall in the Tour du Gévaudan Languedoc-Roussillon again taking impressive scalps, like Bardet and Elissonde. He also had another top 20 in a one-day race at the Giro dell'Emilia.
This season he's shown improvement with an 18th and a 14th place in two of the Vuelta a Mallorca one-day races. Yesterday he took 10th place on Stage 3 of the Volta a Catalunya and today backed it up with another impressive ride, moving into 9th in the overall standings and taking the youth classification from Formolo.