Higuita Monster's Tour Debut: "I Come With Ambition"

The 23-year-old Colombian champion makes his debut at the Grande Boucle with "a desire to learn and to seek opportunities to hunt for triumphs."


Sergio Higuita (Medellín, August 1, 1997) makes his Tour debut in the atypical 2020 edition. The Colombian made his debut in a big one in the 2019 Vuelta, in which he finished 14th and took victory in Becerril de la Sierra : “I wouldn't mind getting similar results, you always have to approach races with ambition. Although my first day, with adverse weather conditions, nervousness, falls and problems, I will not remember it so fondly. It was disgusting, but at least I did not fall on the way to Nice. ”

This campaign conquered "the two most important events" in his country before the pandemic: the National Fund and the Tour of Colombia (plus one stage). His distinctive bright yellow jersey sets him apart in the middle of the pack: "I would have been excited to change him for Tour leader, but I was not well on the climb to Orcières-Merlette." His team, Education First, has a triple Colombian asset to look at the general and partial victories: Daniel Martínez, recent winner of the Dauphiné, Rigoberto Urán, second in the 2017 Tour, and him. “The road defined that Rigo is in the best position, so we will tuck him in. Between us there is trust and a very good atmosphere. We will have opportunities ”. At the moment he is 20th, 2:48 behind Adam Yates.

Sergio was nicknamed Higuita Monster by the manager of his squad, Jonathan Vaughters, because his "childish face and smile hide ambition and killer instinct." He registered the trademark and sports a lion logo. For the Tour he designed his own masks: "The nickname is a funny thing, I like it, and the marketing thing entertains me." In this first participation in the gala round he intends to "go to the maximum and learn every day, without pressure". The first half of the 2019 season was completed with the Euskadi Foundation (he scored a victory in the Alentejo), and it also served him “for adaptation to Europe and tremendous experience”. Because he would like to become an “aspiring big-time” cyclist: “Although I don't want to pigeonhole myself, I think the three weeks are good for me. Because of my versatility, I will never rule out one-day or one-week tests. It consists in competing, in winning whenever possible. ”

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