Sergio Higuita (Bora-Hansgrohe) can play on the flat. Colombia’s Bora-Hansgrohe gave stage two victory in the Tour of the Basque Country after racing with the elite group. Leader Jonas Vingaard (Jumbo-Visma) had no problem.
On paper, the penultimate leg of the Basque Country tour appears to be the refugees’ last big chance.
Remy Cavagna understood it too. The Frenchman from Soudal-Quick-Step indicated before the start that he was hungry for a day of attacking.
no sooner said than done. The fast driver escaped after 15 kilometers, along with teammate Mattia Cattaneo. The Italian was 15th, one minute behind leader Jonas Vingaard.
The fact that both teammates can work so well together is nothing short of surprising.
The duo made a good progression that increased to nearly 5 minutes.
After an impressive time trial of more than 100km, the story is over for the two friends. They were caught before the hills final.
Higuita is the fastest after the exciting final
This final featured a series of short, hard difficulties. The guess was about the intentions of the rating men.
Enrique Mass tried it once with a gear, but all caps slipped off easily.
After the following hills also yielded no differences, the thin peloton—about 20 riders—were allowed to sprint for victory.
Favorites ratings aren’t really discussed in that. Jonas Vingaard has stayed out of trouble.
The victory was for Sergio Higuita. The Colombian cruised to victory in authoritarian fashion. Bagioli and Skjelmose complete the podium.
The decision will be made in the Basque Country tomorrow. Jonas Vingegaard defended his lead by 13 seconds.
Vingaard: “A hot and treacherous day”
Sergio Higuita: “I knew it was going to be a tough ride today, as there were chances for me. I feel very relieved that I was able to win this stage. The positioning was essential.”
Jonas Fingergaard: “It was a very hot and treacherous day. The breakaway were very strong today, so we had to work hard to get them back. In the last stage of the Basque Country it’s always hectic. I’ll do everything I can to get a jersey for the defense tomorrow.”
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