After the second high altitude finish in Catalunya not only do we have a new General Classification leader, but also the leader of the Youth Classification changed hands. Caja Rural rider Hugh Carthy put in an impressive performance once more to finish in 11th place on Port Aine and snatch the pink jersey from Davide Formolo.
At the same time, his strong ride secured Hugh a place in the overall top 10 and he is most satisfied with both of his achievements given the strong field.
Hugh Carthy had something to say about it himself: “I have to thank my team. They looked after me perfectly during the entire stage, making sure I had everything I needed. On the last climb, I took it very easy until the final five kilometers when the pace went up. From that moment on, I stayed in a small group with Froome, Martin and Bardet. I lost a little ground on the last kilometer but I’m still very satisfied with my performance today. I’m happy to lead the youth classification and I believe I can keep this jersey. There are still three hard stages left, but we are in a good position and we have to go for it”.
On Friday, Volta a Catalunya continues with an undulating stage to Valls. A late climb may split up the peloton, meaning it’s very important for the riders to be alert in order to not lose any time.
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