Sergio Higuita made 'riskiest descent' of his life to claim Vuelta a España win

The Colombian held off the GC riders to claim his first Grand Tour victory

Sergio Higuita at the Vuelta a España 2019 (Photo by Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

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EF Education First's Sergio Higuita pulled off a memorable victory at the 2019 Vuelta a España as he survived from the day's break and held off some of the strongest riders in the WorldTour to claim his maiden professional win.

Riding his first Grand Tour for his new American top tier cycling team, Higuita could have hardly hoped for more in 2019, having previously come a close runner-up to Tadej Pogačar (UAE Emirates) at the Tour of California and finishing 14 seconds off winner Pavel Sivakov (Ineos) at the Tour of Poland.

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Hi. I'm Cycling Weekly's Weekend Editor. I like writing offbeat features and eating too much bread when working out on the road at bike races.

Before joining Cycling Weekly I worked at The Tab and I've also written for Vice, Time Out, and worked freelance for The Telegraph (I know, but I needed the money at the time so let me live).

I also worked for ITV Cycling between 2011-2018 on their Tour de France and Vuelta a España coverage. Sometimes I'd be helping the producers make the programme and other times I'd be getting the lunches. Just in case you were wondering - Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen had the same ham sandwich every day, it was great.