Carthy eyes first Vuelta a España summit finish despite stage delay

Hugh Carthy (EF Education-Nippo)
Hugh Carthy (EF Education-Nippo) (Image credit: Getty Images)

Climbing ace Hugh Carthy (EF Education-Nippo) remains upbeat about his chances for the Vuelta a España’s first summit finish on Monday, team sources say, despite being held up by the late-race crash on stage 2 and losing nearly 40 seconds.

Carthy crossed the line in 87th place, 38 seconds down on stage winner Jasper Philipsen (Alpecin-Fenix) and the bulk of the GC favourites, and has dropped to 76th overall, 1:11 down on leader Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma).

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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.