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    Sergio Higuita empile tous ses œufs dans le panier du Tour de France cette année.

The Colombian climbing star of EF Pro Cycling had to change his priorities for 2020 after the coronavirus shook the season. Earlier this year, he focused on the Ardennes classics, but the 22-year-old is now on the carpet for a tour start in August. The rest of his schedule, including plans for a racing day, remains to be confirmed.

“We are already training again and everything is focused on the Tour de France. This is the highest priority right now, “said Higuita. Damarrajaweb Friday. Higuita, the reigning Colombian national champion and winner of the February Tour Colombia, will ride alongside veteran Rigoberto Urán to lead the challenge of his team’s yellow jersey.

Higuita also placed the world championship on its short list of priorities earlier this year. The hard-hitting course to be used in Switzerland in September is an ideal hunting ground for a rider in Higuita climbing chops. However, with discussions in progress on a possible displacement of the place towards a course adapted to sprints in the UAE, Oman or Qatar, Higuita is reconsidering.

“The world championships are the big unknown,” said Higuita. “If it takes place on schedule and in Switzerland, I would love to run it because I think it’s a race I can do well. But if he is delayed and taken to the Middle East, it will change my vision a lot. “

One thing Higuita is sure of is that he will not be supporting the Tour with his second Vuelta a España, where he won a stage last year. With goals also in the classics, Higuita seeks to keep his options open when he is young.

“Without analyzing it well, I would say that with 22-23 year olds like me, it is too early to compete in two long races. And more when there are classics that I like and in which I think I can do as well, “he said. “I always said that I wanted to focus my sports career on the three-week races, but also on the classics. I don’t want to exclude one of the options to focus only on one type of competition. I’m very young and I have to keep trying what’s best for me. But my passion is to be versatile and to try classic and stage races. “

Higuita, Urán and their Tour de France rivals Egan Bernal and Nairo Quintana are among the many Colombians who will have to circumvent travel restrictions from their country that were imposed until August 31. Although they may be able to obtain special state exemptions to allow them to travel to Europe to train and run, the situation remains to be confirmed.

“I haven’t started analyzing with the team when we are going to be able to travel to Europe,” said Higuita. “Right now, everything is in the air because the rules change so easily. “

  

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