Peter Crouch made history when he scored his 100th Premier League goal while playing against Everton Football Club on February 1, 2017. And now it's surprising to see that even though in a different sport, Hugh Carthy is well on the way to replicating Peter's success throughout his football career.
Hugh Carthy is a 26-year-old British racing cyclist who currently rides for UCI WorldTeam EF Education–Nippo. With a gifted tall, and gangly body structure, it didn't take much time for him to rise his career ladder. Well, what can we say; his current track record is proof that soon he’ll join the elite cyclist squad from Britain.
To know more about Carthy's achievements, stick with us till the end.
Hugh Carthy's Journey
Carthy started racing at the age of eight. His professional career was boosted in 2012 when he won the overall Junior Tour of Wales. His passion for cycling at such a young age reminded many people of Peter Crouch, who started playing football at age 10.
Two years later, in the 2014 Tour de Korea, he again emerged as the overall winner. The same year, he came sixth in both the Tour of Japan and the Mzansi Tour.
In 2015, Carthy participated in the Tour du Gévaudan Languedoc-Roussillon and USA Pro Cycling Challenge, where he secured the ninth overall position. By 2016 he was sure that it was time to make bolder moves, so he decided to turn down Sky Team's offer and enrolled himself in the Spanish team, Caja Rural–Seguros RGA.
Carthy's decision to turn down the Sky team again showed a similarity between him and Crouch. This is because, during the beginning of his career, Crouch had also turned down offers from great teams like Chelsea and Millwall to join Queens Park Rangers.
In 2018, Carthy grabbed the third position in the Colorado Classic and the fifth position in the overall Tour of Utah. His racing style and fast decision-making skills helped him come third in the 2019 Tour du Haut Var. The turning point in his career came in 2020 when he came in third overall in the Vuelta a España.
After that race, it was clear to everyone that Hugh Carthy is here to stay. Many people even said that he would soon be a part of A-list British Cyclists and might break some massive records. In 2021, he kept his word of aiming higher and grabbed third place in Classic Sud-Ardèche and eighth position in Volta a Catalunya.
It seems that for an achiever like him, these achievements are just the beginning. Only time will tell when Carthy lands in the future.
Carthy's Other Interests
Though snooker and darts aren’t related to cycling, Hugh Carthy has a keen interest in both. As per team chiropractor Matt Rabin, Carthy is a big fan of the two sports. While talking to Cycling Weekly, Rabin recalled how during the Criterium du Dauphiné 2020, Carthy texted him to discuss snooker!
In fact, Carthy was once quoted saying that he usually wants to watch the snooker World Championships after he finishes racing. He even named some great personalities like Neil Robertson and Stephen Maguire as his favorite players in snooker.