A great day for Colombian cyclists in the Tour of Switzerland 2022especially for SErgio Higuita, from the Bora Hansgrohe teamwho after the seventh stage was awarded the leader’s yellow jersey.
The French Groupama’s Thibaut Pinot, single-handedly won the day, disputed between Ambri and Malbun, 194.6 km long, queen stage in the absence of the final time trial.
The French cyclist returned to his best version, pulled strength and experience and was able to present himself at the top with a record of 5h.06.39, followed by the Spanish Óscar Rodríguez (Movistar), at 26 seconds and the Kazakh Aleksey Lutsenko (Astana) at 38.
Higuita crossed the line at 1.19 from Pinot winner of stage 8. Photo: Instagram borahansgrohe
The favorite cyclists attacked Higuita, who pressed in the last section of the ascent, specifically 2 from the finish line, and opened a gap that led him to the yellow jersey. He crossed the line at 1.19 Pinot, while Geraint Thomas of Ineos He did it at 1.30 and Jakob Fuglsang at 1.48, losing command of the general.
In the absence of the time trial this Sunday, the rider from Antioquia, only 2 seconds separate him from Thomas, who sounds like a great favorite to win the Tour of Switzerland 2022, as long as he can defend the 17 seconds that he leads Fuglsang.
Thibaut Pinot winner of the eighth stage of the 2022 Tour of Switzerland. Photo: Instagram equipegroupamafdj
The breakaway was the protagonist this Saturday, which was formed on the way to the Lukmanierpass. On the climb, 14 men remained from the initial 20, including Pinot, Óscar Rodríguez, Ion Izagirre, Lutsenko, a good team for the adventure that passed the top with a 7-minute lead.
The climber Pinot saw his objective in danger in the stage and launched himself in search of the Gipuzkoan, who was caught and overtaken by an unstoppable Pinot, who did not give up until the finish line, where he savored glory again.
In the favorites sector, Bora prepared Higuita’s takeoff, and the Colombian took advantage of 12 percent ramps to fly towards the finish, counting every second to reach the yellow jersey. Neither Thomas nor Fuglsang could reply. It may be a fleeting dream for Higuita, but at least the 24-year-old will be king for a day.. The Vaduz time trial will decide, according to information from the Spanish agency EFE.
The day arranged for this Sunday will be the eighth and last stage in the will run the expected individual time trial with a route of 25.6 km starting and finishing in Vaduz, Principality of Liechtenstein,