Hugh Carthy

Pamplona, Spain
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
Last Race
Vuelta a España
"Exploring the world means trying new things, meeting new people, living a bit."

Marching to the beat of his own drum, Hugh started his career in a non-traditional fashion, leaving the comfort of British Cycling for a Spanish Professional Continental squad. He picked up the nickname “Huge” when a Giro d’Italia announcer mispronounced his name. The nickname stuck and, along with his signature tongue wag, highlight his ability to dig deep.

In 2019, Hugh took a spectacular solo win at the Tour de Suisse after breaking away in the early stages of the race and riding nearly 100km solo over three climbs. Last season, Hugh continued to impress at the Tour de France and everyone knew it was only a matter of time until he won his first Grand Tour stage. Less than two months later, Hugh Carthy would be standing at the top of the podium of his first stage win on the mythical Alto de L’Angliru before a third place overall finish at the Vuela a España. The future is bright.

Q&A with Hugh

Favorite local expression

Pulling my tripe-out; it means making a big effort, like in a race, you’d pull your tripe out. It’s quite local to Preston, where I’m from in the UK

Top travel tip

I have three. Be organized. Be punctual. Enjoy yourself.

What's on your reading list?

Haruki Murakami - Kafka on The Shore

Favorite TV show

The Office, the British Office, not the American Office, of course

If I could go anywhere in the world, I would go to

Eastern Europe

Cycling makes me feel


When I think of EF

I think smiling and fun, enthusiasm and passion for what we’re all doing, for the mission.

Describe EF in one word