Higuita, who is part of Rigoberto Urán's team, the EF Education First, also gave the first victory to that squad in the current competition.
Until here the beetle had only won a stage of the Tour of Colombia last year and this year had a victory in the Tour of Alentejo.
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The day had a complicated 177-kilometer route between Colmenar Viejo and Becerril de la Sierra, with four first-class mountain passes with ascending arrival, where fatigue and physical wear were protagonists in the fight for leadership.
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The Colombian got into a leak that eventually placed him as head of the race and alone took the victory.
For its part, Nairo Quintana (Movistar Team), lost time against leader Primoz Roglic, and was third overall at 3.30 ”. While Miguel Ángel López (Astana Pro Team) was fourth at 4’17 ”.