Hugh Carthy: Every race is going to be a focus

LIVRONSURDROME FRANCE FEBRUARY 27 Arrival Hugh Carthy of United Kingdom and Team EF Education Nippo during the 21st FaunArdche Classic 2021 a 1713km race from GuilherandGranges to GuilherandGranges bouclesclassic BDA21 on February 27 2021 in LivronsurDrome France Photo by Bruno BadeGetty Images
Hugh Carthy (EF Education-Nippo) takes third in the Faun Ardeche Classic (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Hugh Carthy (EF Education-Nippo) heads back to his pro racing roots at the Volta a Catalunya this week, the same race where he took a breakthrough ninth place overall and the best young rider's jersey in 2016, and where he's now building towards the Giro d'Italia.

Third in his first race of the season, the Faun Ardèche Classic, Carthy finished 55th on the opening stage of Catalunya with his options intact after a fast but fraught first day of WorldTour racing this year.

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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.