How do you solve a mystery like Hugh Carthy?


This is your second race after the lockout, how was that period for you?“Lockdown was good, yeah,” Hugh Carthy told me at the Critérium du Dauphiné, taking shape before his first Tour de France.

Can’t wait for your first Tour de France to come?

“Yeah, excited I’ve never done this before so I’m ready.” I look forward. ”

Hugh Carthy appears to be a man of few words, a rider happy to let his legs do the talking.

Usually that wouldn’t be a problem, except that there are only four British riders in the 2020 French Grand Tour, and this British cycling magazine would be a lighter journalist if I returned home with just this interaction of the first Prestonian to ride. on the Large Buckle.

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Carthy is skinny at 6’4, with hair cropped short and sporting a simple hoop in her left ear, visually giving her a more intriguing touch than your average glazed, mechanized member of the pack. He is also far from being the cannon fodder of the WorldTour, finishing 11th in the 2019 Giro d’Italia.

He has only posted 20 photos on his Instagram and does not have a Twitter account. While other British riders endlessly share every detail of their lives with their thousands of followers, Carthy seems to be keeping himself to himself. Clearly, in order to find out who he is, we’re going to have to do more than just ask him.

“I would say that’s pretty accurate,” says Charly Wegelius, Carthy’s athletic director at EF Pro Cycling, on whether his rider prefers to let his legs speak for him most of the time. “I think he likes to do things his own way. He’s not very interested in what the outside world is saying, but in private he has a pretty good sense of humor.

A sense of humor that he refuses to share with the outside world, in this economy ?!


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