Hugh Carthy moves into podium position as EF-Nippo go for broke at Giro d'Italia

CORTINA DAMPEZZO ITALY MAY 24 Hugh Carthy of United Kingdom and Team EF Education Nippo passing through Passo Giau 2233m during the 104th Giro dItalia 2021 Stage 16 a 153km stage shortened due to bad weather conditions from Sacile to Cortina dAmpezzo 1210m girodiitalia Giro on May 24 2021 in Cortina dAmpezzo Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
Hugh Carthy (EF Education-Nippo) at the top of the Passo Giau on stage 16 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Aggressive racing by Hugh Carthy and his EF Education-Nippo team on stage 16 of the Giro d'Italia was not enough to topple race leader Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers) but nonetheless saw the British climber move up to third place overall.

Despite intermittent TV images that dried up completely on the upper slopes of the Passo Giau, the crunch climb of the shortened queen stage, viewers could see that EF Education-Nippo's pace-setting caused the favourites group to shrink to a bare half a dozen riders. 

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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.