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RCJ: Tour of Japan

Hugh Carthy put in an excellent performance to finish in second place on the Mount Fuji stage of the Tour of Japan today.

The 19 year-old sprinted to second at the summit of Japan’s most iconic mountain 1’19” behind lone winner Mirsamad Pourseyedigolakhour, who smashed the previous record time for the climb by over a minute.

The fourth stage of the Tour of Japan was a mass start hill climb, and Carthy had marked the day as one that he knew he would perform on.

“I knew from the previous stages that I was one of the best climbers here, so I went in to it with the ambition of going for the win. It was a bit of a specialist stage, being so short and on such a hard climb, so no-one quite knew what to expect.”

“I planned to ride my own pace so when the Iranian guy went I didn’t go with him. The group thinned out and it just became every man for himself. There were a few guys ahead of me coming into the final 500m, and I just picked them off all the way to the line.”

Carthy now moves up to 15th place overall, with team mates Richard Handley and Tom Moses also riding strongly in 18th and 22nd respectively. New signing Daniel Whitehouse also put in a good performance finishing in 13th place on the stage.

The race continues tomorrow with a 148km stage at the Japanese Keirin School in Izu where Kristian House took a memorable stage win for the Men in Black in 2010.

Image: Yufta Omata/Rapha Japan.

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