Sergio Higuita was the man who claimed the stage 18 for his own. The 22-year-old lost his impressive 12th overall place to the crosswinds on stage 17 but came back to show that he is indeed one of the rising stars. Winning a stage on their very first Grand Tour isn’t something many pros manage to do.

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In the GC, Primož Roglič remains untroubled. Miguel Ángel López did everything he could, making the stage very entertaining in the process. He attacked with 60 km to go but Roglič and Valverde eventually caught up to him. Faltering Quintana and Pogačar lost quite a lot of time, though. So, López now sits just 46 seconds behind the Colombian. Third place is well within his reach. Will he take it? What do you think?

Vuelta a España stage 18 results

1. Sergio Higuita (EF Education First) – 4:33:09
2. Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) + 15 s
3. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)
4. Rafał Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe)
5. Miguel Ángel López (Astana) + 17 s
6. Carl Fredrik Hagen (Lotto-Soudal) + 1:16
7. Louis Meintjes (Dimension Data)
8. Nairo Quintana (Movistar)
9. Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates)
10. Óscar Rodríguez (Euskadi-Murias) + 3:47

General classification after stage 18

1. Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) – 71:16:54
2. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) + 2:50
3. Nairo Quintana (Movistar) + 3:31
4. Miguel Ángel López (Astana) 4:17
5. Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) + 4:49
6. Rafał Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe) + 7:46
7. Wilco Kelderman (Sunweb) + 9:46
8. Carl Fredrik Hagen (Lotto-Soudal) + 11:50
9. James Knox (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) + 12:44
10. Marc Soler (Movistar) + 21:09

ŠKODA Points classification after stage 18

1. Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) – 137 pts
2. Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) – 99 pts
3. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) – 98 pts
4. Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) – 94 pts
5. Nairo Quintana (Movistar) – 92 pts
6. Miguel Ángel López (Astana) – 64 pts
7. Philippe Gilbert (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) – 59 pts
8. Sergio Higuita (EF Education First) – 52 pts
9. Alexander Aranburu Deba (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA ) – 52 pts
10. Dylan Teuns (Bahrain-Merida) – 51 pts

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