British rider Hugh Carthy continues great start to 2016 with solo victory on opening stage of Vuelta Asturias

British rider Hugh Carthy (Caja Rural) won the opening stage of the Vuelta Asturias in Spain on Saturday.

The 21-year-old took a solo victory after attacking with team-mate Sergio Pardilla on the final climb to the line on Alto del Acebo.

Carthy then went solo in the last two kilometres to take his first victory of the season. However, it’s not the first time that Carthy has shown his climbing form this year, having won the young rider classification at the Volta a Catalunya in March.

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Pardilla came home for second, with Garikoitz Bravo (Euskadi) in third. Carthy takes the early race lead.

“This has been a great day for us,” Carthy said after the win. “We came here with a strong team, hoping to win this stage and we did it.

“We knew it was important to start the final climb in a good position and the team worked perfectly to set it up. First, Madrazo attacked to make a selection and later, Pardilla and I went aiming for the stage win.

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“There are still two hard stages left but we have a strong and experienced team to defend the lead and make the race hard.”

Carthy rode for British team Rapha Condor JLT during the 2013 and 2014 seasons, and made the switch to Spanish professional continental outfit Caja Rural in 2015. He hopes to be picked to start the 2016 Vuelta a España, which would be his first Grand Tour outing.

Two hilly stages of the UCI 2.1-ranked Vuelta Asturias remain, finishing on Monday, May 2.

Hugh Carthy attacks on stage one of the 2016 Vuelta Asturias

Hugh Carthy attacks on stage one of the 2016 Vuelta Asturias

Hugh Carthy wins the 2016 Vuelta Asturias opener

Hugh Carthy wins the 2016 Vuelta Asturias opener

  • Steven Nicholson

    I’d rather see Brit’s spread out amongst the pro teams just like Australians, Colombians, etc are, obviously it’d be nice if Sky developed more British riders so I hope they see Alex Peters (and Geoghegan Hart if they sign him for 2017) as long term investments. There are a few talented riders emerging right now such as Doull & Dibben, for those who get to the chance to ride for a WT team it’ll be interesting to see who they join? Sky or take the Yates route of joining a team were there is less pressure and more opportunities to get good results.

  • contrelamontre

    Great ride by Hugh Carthy. This young man is obviously a serious talent and seems to be thriving at Caja Rural. Could you imagine him being given the opportunity to produce results like this and Catalunya at a team like Sky? In fact would any young British rider? It is very disappointing that Sky has developed so few young British riders. Thomas, Stannard and Swift have done well but were already pros when Sky started. Luke Rowe has been a rare success from being a new pro. Kennaugh has a lot of talent but I think Sky is holding him back.The Yates brothers, Hugh Carthy and Dan McLay show that there is perhaps a better way. Does anyone know where Owain Doull is riding next season?