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Sergio Higuita becomes runner-up in Colombia

A race that was a nail-biter right up to the finish line. Sergio Higuita missed out on his third championship title by just a few seconds. A unique chase was impressive but went unrewarded.

The championship course in Tunja was not only challenging due to the Colombian altitude. A large part of the 212 kilometers ran at 2700 meters above sea-level. The technical laps were characterized by short climbs and descents.

 

50 kilometers before the finish, Sergio Higuita and Egan Bernal attacked from the peloton. As a duo of big names, they went chasing the seven breakaway riders, who had a lead of more than 4 minutes at this point. The gap only gradually narrowed, and it took almost until the 10-kilometre sign to drop it below the minute mark. By now it was clear that the fight for the champion's jersey would become a game of seconds.

 

At 5 kilometers it was still half a minute - Higuita and Bernal only joined the breakaway on the final climb. Here Osario attacked and saved a few seconds to take the title.

Results

01 A. Osario              4:53:23

02 S. Higuita              +0:04

03 E. Bernal                 +0:04