Sergio Higuita looks like a child. It barely exceeds 1.60, just turned 22 and always smiles. He seems happy, but that does not detract from the pedaling. His career has accelerated in recent months and he has gone from starting the season with the Euskadi Foundation orange jersey to winning his first stage in a great lap.
Juanma Gárate, the director of Education First, wanted to avoid the jump directly from Colombia to a World Tour team and that's why he gave it to the Basque team for the first leg of the season. There he felt at home and already gave signs of the cyclist that he can become. That's why Gárate advanced his recovery and now collects the prize.
Higuita entered the battle from the beginning, engaged with the escape that had formed at the beginning of the stage in the descent of Navacerrada, the first port that climbed. And he was the only one who resisted until the end.
His career was ahead. That of the favorites, behind. And while Higuita left alone in the descent of La Morcuera, his compatriot Superman López tried to recover a place on the podium. The second ascent to La Morcuera marked the beginning of his attacks. Valverde always responded, until the Colombian managed to leave. They let him go. "We have not gone for him because we had people ahead and in the group and we preferred to wear out," explains Valverde.
Alejandro always watched Superman's wheel. And Roglic always watched Valverde. The three arrived together. With Majka, who joined later and with Pogacar and Quintana suffering from behind. Nairo maintains his position on the podium, now he is third, and Valverde loses two seconds of bonus by being surpassed by Roglic in the sprint.
. (tagsToTranslate) Sunday Garcia