The EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale team is proud to announce that Hugh Carthy has re-upped with EF Pro Cycling, extending his contract for another two seasons. Carthy recently finished third overall at Colorado Classic, where he also won the mountains classification, took fifth overall at Tour of Utah and has recorded top 10 finishes on climbing stages at Tour of Britain, Tour of Utah and Volta Catalunya.
“I’m happy here,” said Carthy. “I’m happy that I have been allowed to grow and develop without significant pressure. The development process varies in length between different riders, so it’s important to have belief and trust behind you.”
“We’re proud of the steps forward Hugh has taken within the team,” said EF Pro Cycling CEO Jonathan Vaughters. “We certainly believe we’re still in the foundation-laying stage. Week-long stage races seems to be his sweet spot presently, and we’re looking forward to nurturing his talent further in this area in the seasons to come.”
Carthy attributes his tangible success during the 2018 season to a number of factors, notably changes made in the off-season.
“I made great progress last winter,” said Carthy “I made some changes with my training and lifestyle and added that to the experiences I gained last season. Sometimes progress isn’t always visible on TV. I’ve made steps forward all year and grown in confidence as a result.”
The 24-year-old has expressed pride in riding for a team with a sponsor and owner that has shown an uncommon level of investment and commitment to the team.
“Exactly a year ago, the future of the team was uncertain,” said Carthy. “EF stepped in and their involvement has changed the team in many ways. The way they activate their sponsorship is like nothing we’ve seen in the sport previously. Their employees and students are a good example of positive spirit, passion and commitment. It’s easy to forget who we’re racing for sometimes, but with EF, their presence and encouragement is a constant reminder.”