Vuelta a España - Sergio Higuita: Every day is a whole different story in which one can triumph
Sep 13 2019 04:44 am CET

Vuelta a España - Sergio Higuita: Every day is a whole different story in which one can triumph
Vuelta a España - Sergio Higuita: Every day is a whole different story in which one can triumph
EF Education First (c)Jojo Harper

EF Education First's Sergio Higuita took his first victory in a grand tour at the 18th stage of the Vuelta a España and on his first year in a WorldTour team.

The young Colombian talent showed to have strong legs in the penultimate mountain stage of the 2019 edition of the race, first by being part of the breakaway and then riding in front by himself. The 22-year-old crossed the finish line on his own 15 seconds ahead of the favourites' group.

"Yesterday, when I didn’t have the legs to be in the echelons and fight for the top 10 of the GC, we decided to save energy for today and to relax as much as possible, as if it were a recovery ride," explained Higuita. "It was great for me, as I was feeling really tired before the stage - I even fell asleep on the bus! This helped me relieve some pressure off me and take the start today with renewed energies. Today’s stage was perfect for me: I could either win from a breakaway or from a sprint. Climbing Cotos I felt extraordinary good legs, and I was able to keep my chasers at bay. I went full gas to the finish line, as I was pretty motivated to give my team a stage win after such a difficult La Vuelta.

"I didn’t have any energy left, but I had my heart set on those dreams I’ve chased for so long. I didn’t assume victory was mine until 5 kilometres to go, as my chasers were quite strong and I was afraid they would catch me. My DS kept spurring me and insisted I could make it to the finish line. I was very emotional at the finish line because there were so many Colombian fans there. At La Vuelta 19, I’ve learnt not to give up, not even in the worse moments, and to be resilient. Every day is a whole different story on which one can triumph."




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