Carthy: a different Giro d'Italia starts on Saturday on the Zoncolan

MONTALCINO ITALY MAY 19 Hugh Carthy of United Kingdom and Team EF Education Nippo at arrival during the 104th Giro dItalia 2021 Stage 12 a 162km stage from Perugia to Montalcino 554m girodiitalia UCIworldtour Giro on May 19 2021 in Montalcino Italy Photo by Stuart FranklinGetty Images
Hugh Carthy of EF Education-Nippo finishes stage 12 of the Giro d'Italia (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

In the final countdown to the toughest summit finish of this year's Giro d'Italia, climber and GC challenger Hugh Carthy (EF Education-Nippo) has said that his triumph on the ultra-steep Angliru in the Vuelta a España last year does not automatically make him a favourite for this Saturday.

Some pundits argue that following his win on Spain's hardest single climb last November, the British climber's chances of success on the 27-per-cent slopes of the Zoncolan should be equally high on Saturday.

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.