Hepburn's Giro got off to the best possible start with Orica-GreenEdge winning the team time trial and giving Svein Tuft a pink jersey for his 37th birthday. Teammate Michael Matthews then spent six days in pink and won stage six while Pieter Weening went and won stage 9 for good measure.
It hasn't been all easy sailing for the Australian team since though with just three GreenEdge riders left in the Giro — Tuft and Ivan Santamorita are keeping Hepburn company on the bus.
For McCarthy, it has also been a successful first giri with Rafal Majka spending the majority of the race in the maglia bianco and Michael Rogers solo stage 11 win.
McCarthy and Hepburn sat down in Cyclingnews to talk about the stress and "carrying on" in the grupetto and have a tinkle of the ivories.