Sergio Higuita took the race lead at Tour de Pologne after winning stage 3 on a steep final in Przemyśl.
The Colombian champion sprinted strong on the gradients that reached 15% and held off a late surge from Pello Bilbao (Bahrain Victorious) and Quinten Hermans (Intermarche-Wanty-Gobert).
“This is a very beautiful win for me. It’s a great birthday present for me,” Higuita said.
“The last climb was super hard and super steep. I train on climbs like this in Colombia, going full gas; so when I started the climb, I left a little power for the final 200 metres so that I could keep going. I waited and waited and then sprinted to the line. After the line I was completely empty.”
Sergio Higuita (Bora Hansgrohe) a remporté en costaud la 3ème étape du #TDP2022 à Przemyśl. Il a devancé Pello Bilbao (Bahrain Victorious) et Quinten Hermans (Intermarché – Wanty-Gobert). Higuita s'est emparé du maillot de leader #TDP22 #TourdePologne #ciclismo #wielrennen pic.twitter.com/3De27X9ZVQ
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