Sergio Higuita triumphs in 18th stage of Vuelta a España, Primoz Roglic extends GC lead
Sep 12 2019 11:17 pm CET

Sergio Higuita triumphs in 18th stage of Vuelta a España, Primoz Roglic extends GC lead
Sergio Higuita triumphs in 18th stage of Vuelta a España, Primoz Roglic extends GC lead
EF Education First (c)Jojo Harper

EF Education First's Sergio Higuita has taken his first stage victory in a grand tour in the Vuelta a España. The Colombian crossed the finish line by himself after spending the entire day in the breakaway.

The 18th day of competition was the first of the two last mountain stages of the Spanish competition and took the riders through a 177.5-kilometre route that featured four climbs of the first category. Jumbo-Visma controlled the pace of the pack for most of the first part of the stage and allowed a group of seven riders to break away.

The front group included names like Sergio Higuita, Tobias Ludvigson, Louis Mentjes, Jonas Koch and Wout Poels, and it became smaller due to the climbs. With 60 kilometres to go, Astana's Miguel Ángel López launched an attack while Jumbo-Visma led the chase until they reeled him back in while in the front Higuita was left by himself.

At 30 kilometres from the finish line, López attacked again and this time left the GC leader Primoz Roglic without any teammates and Nairo Quintana was dropped, while Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), Rafal Majka (Bora-hansgrohe) and Tadej Pogacar were able to follow but the Slovenian of UAE Team Emirates also struggled moments later.

Pogacar and Quintana formed a group to chase the favourites who at the same time got closer to Higuita. But it was not enough and the Colombian rider of EF Education First crossed the finish line by himself while the favourites did so 15 seconds later and the Quintana-Pogacar group one minute and 16 seconds after the stage winner.

Valverde climbed one spot in the GC and sits in second place at two minutes and 50 seconds from Roglic, Quintana is in the third position, López in fourth and Pogacar dropped to the fifth place.






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