Carthy soars onto Vuelta a España podium with solo stage win on Angliru

ALTODELANGLIRU SPAIN NOVEMBER 01 Hugh Carthy of The United Kingdom and Team EF Pro Cycling during the 75th Tour of Spain 2020 Stage 12 a 1094km stage from Pola de Laviana to Alto de lAngliru 1560m lavuelta LaVuelta20 La Vuelta on November 01 2020 in Alto de lAngliru Spain Photo by David RamosGetty Images
Hugh Carthy (EF Pro Cycling) digs in on the steep slopes of the Angliru (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Hugh Carthy (EF Pro Cycling) netted a memorable solo victory on stage 12 of the Vuelta a España. The British racer tamed the Alto de l'Angliru to take his first Grand Tour triumph on Spain’s toughest climb, joining Alberto Contador, José María Jimenéz and Roberto Heras on the list of Angliru winners.

A win of this calibre is reward enough for any racer, but thanks to his a 10-second time bonus and 16-second difference to the next group on the road, led home by Astana's Aleksandr Vlasov, Carthy also has overhauled Israel Start-Up Nation leader Dan Martin to move up into third overall, just 32 seconds down on new leader, Ineos Grenadier's Richard Carapaz.

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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.