June 9, 2023

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Sergio Higuita sprints to win in the Basque Country, Vingaard has no problem | Tour of the Basque Country 2023

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.”

  1. 5 p.m. 17. Higuita, Baggioli and Skgelmos. Baggioli finished second, Skjelmose completing the podium. .
  2. 17:16 Higuita is the fastest. Sergio Higuita makes it! So the Colombian can also work in the apartment. He rushes towards victory in an authoritarian manner. .
  3. 5:15 p.m. Schmid and Guerrero go together. Hijita is also coming. .
  4. 5:14 p.m. Walter gets his own shot. Hungarian starts with an early exit. without success. Everyone got back together. .
  5. The last kilometer. Then the enemy! Who makes it? . 5 p.m. 14.
  6. 5:12 p.m. 3 more kilometers. The leading group prepares for a sprint. Hayter also tries to make the connection in the background. .
  7. 5:10 p.m. We start the last climb. If no differences appear, the enemy seems inevitable. .
  8. 5pm 09. Soudal – The Quick Step is still very much present. Knox and Baggioli crawl into the Outposts of the Lead Group. After a full day in the breakaway, Soudal – Quick Step still has enough riders to make the race here, too. Schmid is the favorite for the Belgian national team. .
  9. 5:07 p.m. The peloton was significantly weakened by Mas and co’s acceleration. The leading group still had about twenty riders. The last climb for the day is coming soon. .
  10. 5:04 PM Vingegaard has another fine lieutenant with him in Valter. The Hungarian takes the lead and goes at a steady pace. .
  11. 5:04 p.m. The top riders stood out right away. A group of 12 riders gaped instantly after two shots. Since the hikes are not long, they can close again in no time. .
  12. 5:03 pm The Basques would love to see that happen. Maas is the first to speed up, Vingaard is alert and immediately gets behind the wheel. .
  13. 17 hours. last. The two dangerous slopes are coming soon. Previously there are segments of more than 10%. .
  14. 4:57 PM Ineos takes the lead in the final. Hayter alert in third place. Vingegaard is also on his toes and follows at their wheel. .
  15. 4:56 PM Bora reports as well. Their biggest rival seems to be Sergio Higuita. .
  16. Gregoire, Skjelmose, and Vingegaard. Vingegaard did another job by taking a second in the middle sprint. Grégoire took the full prize, while Skjelmose earned an additional two seconds. . 16 hours 52.
  17. 4:52 PM Who can advance to today’s stage? If the GC riders don’t mix, Aranburu, Hayter and Schmid look like contenders. .
  18. 4:48 p.m. Regroup. Cattaneo was also now captured. Thus the final can start with the last intermediate sprint. .
  19. 4:43 PM Cattaneo refuses to throw in the towel. The difference remains about 20 seconds. The Italian wants to collect the extra seconds in the next intermediate race. Followed within 6 kilometers. .
  20. 4:41 PM Ineos has entered the discussion again. Many candidates for victory today. .
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