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by Mark Zalewski
August 3, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Dahl sprints to biggest career win in Utah; Van Poppel sprints to Vuelta a Burgos opener win; Armitstead avoids Rio ban after winning UK Anti-Doping Court case; Nicole Cooke weighs-in on Armitstead missed tests; UCI expands WorldTour calendar for 2017; Froome: Team GB leader not decided for Rio; Atapuma, Dombrowski headline Tour of Utah GC battle, host of others look to spoil the duel; Lars Boom returns to LottoNL-Jumbo; Hugh Carthy joins Cannondale-Drapac for 2017; The next generation: Meet the 2016 WorldTour stagiaires; Germans bring extra track sprinter to Rio; Truck driver reported after filming road rage incident with cyclists; Trailer: “The Grey Escape”; Specialized Olympic bikes have colour-changing paint; Daniel Oss hair toss
Hugh Carthy will make the jump to the WorldTour with the Cannondale-Drapac team, after spending two years with the Caja Rural-Seguros RGA squad. The 22-year-old British rider came up through the Rapha-Condor programme.
A disappointed Hugh Carthy (Rapha Condor) in the team car post-race after being forced to abandon due to a crash early in the race.
“The team roster at the moment has quite a lot of young riders, also experienced riders. I think that mix is something that’s important,” said Carthy. “It’s something I’ve had here, with my current team, for the past two years. You have the guidance as well but at the same time you have some freedom. That balance was what I was looking for on a team, and Cannondale-Drapac seemed the best fit for that criteria.”
“He’s shown he’s a world-class stage racer at the age of 21,” team CEO Jonathan Vaughters said. “In my opinion probably the best young stage-racing talent out of the UK, if not period. I think he’s got a big future in three-week races, and we want to help him develop into the best rider he can be.”
The one who had his eye on Carthy is team director Charly Wegelius, who had followed a similar path in his career.
“We’ve got a shared past, which isn’t the reason I went after him but the reason he came to my attention quite early,” Wegelius said. “He’s trained by the guy who trained me when I was a young rider, Ken Matheson, and then he raced with John Herety at Rapha. I’ve always tracked him, kept an eye on him.”