After a difficult end to the season in 2021, Briton Hugh Carthy found himself back in the thick of the action at the Volta a Catalunya on Wednesday when he tried to chase down stage winner Ben O’Connor (AG2R Citroën) at the summit finish of La Molina .
As the peloton hesitated behind the Australian, the EF Education-EasyPost rider was one of the few men to try and regain ground on O’Connor. Carthy’s attack did not work out and the terrain that followed, with a long downhill midway on the climb, made catching O’Connor even more difficult.
But as Carthy told Cyclingnews after the stage, he so far feels more than satisfied with how his form is looking in the race, even if riders like O’Connor proved unreachable on Wednesday.
"He was extremely strong on that climb and clever too. Credit where’s credit due, he avoided all the messing around [behind], so good for him," Carthy said at the finish.
"It was a hard climb, Esteban [Chaves] went and I tried to go over the top but I wasn’t punchy enough."
In the moments that followed, Carthy tried to up the pace in the group to bring back O’Connor, "so I rode a little bit but then we hit the downhill and that was it then."
As Chaves explained afterwards, "we were all gambling a bit that O’Connor would run out of gas."After Wednesday’s intense round of skirmishing, the key stage for the overall is clearly set to be Thursday, with a 14-kilometre ascent to […]