News – Hugh Carthy 9th in Catalunya


Hugh Carthy from the North West of England, held on to 9th overall and the Young rider’s jersey in the Volta Catalanya on Sunday

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News – Hugh Carthy 9th in Catalunya

With yet another strong performance on the final stage of Volta a Catalunya, Caja Rural – Seguros RGA finished off a great week of racing in Spain thanks to a British rider, Hugh Carthy.


In a field only seen stronger at the Tour de France, the team’s young climber, Hugh Carthy, took the world by storm as he won the Young rider’s classification and finished ninth overall. A truly incredible performance by the 21 year-old Brit who – well protected by his teammates – always stayed close to his rivals on the demanding circuit in Barcelona.

The Caja Rural – Seguros RGA riders were not only easy to spot in the dark green kit near the head of the peloton but also up front in the breakaway, represented by the always opportunistic Lluis Mas. The Spaniard attacked several times but at the end, he was caught with under 10 km left to go.

Alexey Tsatevich (Katusha) won the stage, while Nairo Quintana (Movistar) took the overall win. Carlos Barbero finished 10th on the stage, securing his third top10 result in the race. In the team classification, Caja Rural – Seguros RGA impressed as well by finishing fifth overall, in front of several of the biggest World Tour teams.

Hugh Carthy: “This was a hard stage but, luckily, my teammates supported me perfectly. We took it easy on the first laps but when Purito attacked, Barbero and Molina started to pull in the peloton to reduce the gap. At the end, we all finished together. Before the race, I had a look at the start list. I was pretty nervous because anybody who’s anybody was here. To make top 10 overall and win the youth classification is very important for me and for the team. Everybody worked hard to make this a great week for us. We won’t rest on our laurels, though. We will continue on this path in the upcoming races”.






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