It was heartbreak for Marc Hirschi afterwards that he had been denied a breakaway triumph for the second time in the 2020 Tour de France.
was defeated at the sprint as Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck — Quick-Step) took yellowish on stage 2, this time that he was outsprinted by Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates), that took point honours, also Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma), who entered the race guide.
This time round his sprint was blunted from the 90kilometers he spent the front part of the race, the Swiss rider demonstrating his power to make it in the break after a challenging beginning to rushing at which the crowd closed down wave after wave of strikes.
The GC battle erupted behind him on the Col de Marie Blanque and Hirschi descended like a rock to attempt to remain out of reach. Since he furiously pedalled towards the conclusion the elite team closed in on himthen picking to sit and try his fortune in the rush, which did not pay off.
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“I am happy, I’m quite sad I did not win,” a dejected Hirschi said following the end. “I needed to concentrate on my strategy because I knew I needed to go as quickly as you possibly can to the end. Now wasn’t like yesterday they talented time to the stern.”
While Ag2r La Mondiale’s Nans Peters was allowed time to solo into a point win, Hirschi could take solace in the fact that it required the riders that will struggle to the yellow jersey to just just pull him back in time to the end line.
“Yeah for sure, I am pleased with my performance and the way it went, but twice today I had been so close and had been defeated,” he explained.
Sunweb had intended for Hirschi to get from the rest, and following that the chasers were not really profiting in their rider he invited him to attempt to make his movement rod, sports manager Matt Winston stated.
“He arrived across the previous climb with a while so we dedicated to the end after which the gap came down fairly large when the chasers were functioning for GC so that he waited and we gambled at the rush. All-round it was a brilliant work. He is super disappointed but he has actually shown what the future holds.”
The 22-year old rider boasts Fabian Cancellara as his representative, that has tipped his rider as cycling’s equal to Kylian Mbappé, the PSG ahead and World Cup winner with France, whatever analogy means for driving a bicycle. He was also the U23 world road race winner 2018 before stepping up to this WorldTour with Sunweb this past year.