Hugh Carthy takes lead in Tour of Korea

Rapha Condor Sharp's Hugh Carthy stage queen stage win and puts himself into yellow jersey

Hugh Carthy wins stage seven of Tour of Korea 2014
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Hugh Carthy (Rapha Condor JLT) won the queen stage and took the overall lead in the Tour of Korea on Saturday.

Wearing the white jersey of best young rider, Carthy attacked near the summit of the stage's mountain-top finish in Pyeongchang to take the victory, leaving race leader Juan Oroz (Burgos) distanced.

Carthy's victory is the British team's third stage win in the race, after Richard Handley and Mike Cuming both scored stage wins.

"Our plan from the start of this race was to try to get me into yellow on this stage," said Carthy. "We knew that I had the form after Japan, and so even when Rich took the jersey early on we were still focused on winning and taking yellow here."

"When we came to the climb, I told Rich to attack at 4km to go and to ride like he was going for the win. The group had to ride hard to ride him down, and as soon as he came back I went."

Carthy stands 19 seconds ahead of Hyeong Min Choe (Geumsan Insam Cello) in the general classification with one stage remaining.

Richard Handley attacks, stage seven, Tour of Korea 2014

Richard Handley attacks, stage seven, Tour of Korea 2014
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Hugh Carthy in race lead, Tour of Korea 2014 stage seven

Hugh Carthy in race lead, Tour of Korea 2014 stage seven
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Hugh Carthy in race lead, Tour of Korea 2014 stage seven

Hugh Carthy in race lead, Tour of Korea 2014 stage seven
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