Colombian Sergio Higuita (Bora Hansgrohe), leader of the Tour of Switzerland after the seventh stage, commented that his idea by attacking in the group of favourites, it was to gain time for the Welshman Geraint Thomas before this Sunday's time trial, which he will reach with only 2 seconds ahead.
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“I needed to get seconds to be in the best possible position for the time trial. It will be difficult maintain the lead with Geraint Thomas because he is a specialist in this modality”, the cyclist from Medellín admitted at the finish line.
Bora's strategy was designed to buy more time, but things did not go perfectly.
“The last climb was very steep, especially in the last kilometers, after the small descent. The plan was to attack with Félix Grosschartner, and then continue with Maximilian Schachmann, but Félix did not feel very well. Afterwards of Fuglsang's attack, Daniel Martinez controlled, then Thomas immediately followed. When I managed to stand out I kept pushing, but I couldn't get any more time.”
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