EF Education-Nippo have despatched a notice of termination to Sergio Higuita as they give the impression of being to finish his contract with quick impact after the rider was filmed on a Specialized bike throughout a current occasion in Colombia.
The climber is at present beneath contract at EF Education-Nippo and may due to this fact race and prepare on a Cannondale highway bike. However, together with his transfer to Bora-Hansgrohe set for January, he has been despatched a brand new bike to use through the winter. In footage filmed on the Giro de Rigo, an occasion created and run by teammate Rigoberto Uran, Higuita is clearly seen on his new Specialized highway bike with customized Bora-Hansgrohe colors as he rides alongside Egan Bernal.
The choice to trip the Specialized bike would usually fly beneath the radar and due to this fact not draw consideration – both on social media or from EF Education-Nippo and their companions – however Higuita’s use of his 2022 tools in such a public occasion has lead to the American staff taking motion.
“We acknowledge Sergio wants time to regulate to his new tools, as he’s heading to a brand new staff subsequent season. Riders routinely request permission earlier than utilizing new tools at staff camps and in private settings, which the staff routinely grants,” a spokesperson for the staff informed Cyclingnews on Monday evening.
“Additionally, outgoing athletes can trip unbranded bikes from their new groups after the ultimate WorldTour race of the season, per the present AIGCP/CPA joint settlement contract template.
“However, this was not the case concerning Sergio’s current choice to trip a bike exterior of staff concern on the Giro de Rigo, which lacked respect for the companions that help him right this moment. As a consequence, the staff has despatched a notice of termination concerning his contract. We finally hope to work with Sergio to come to an amicable resolution.”
Higuita, 24, signed with EF Education-Nippo in 2019 and have become one in every of their most profitable climbers. He received a stage of the Vuelta a España throughout his first season on the staff and completed second general within the Tour of California. In 2020 he completed third in Paris-Nice and got here shut to profitable a stage within the Tour de France this summer time and delivered a string of top-ten locations within the mountains.
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