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Hirschi finally touches the goal

The young Swiss rider (22 years old) ended up winning his first success on the Grande Boucle after winning the 12th stage in Sarran this Thursday, which he won alone. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo) retained the yellow jersey.

The young Swiss rider (22 years old) ended up winning his first success on the Grande Boucle after winning the 12th stage in Sarran this Thursday, which he won alone. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo) retained the yellow jersey.

(AFP) -Marc Hirschi, who is running the Tour for the first time in the jersey of the Sunweb team, beat the Frenchman Pierre Rolland by about fifty seconds, at the forefront of a pursuit group set by the Danish teammate Soeren Kragh Andersen, who takes third place.

Having come close to victory twice since the start from Nice, Hirschi won this time by attacking 28 kilometers from the finish, in the ascent of Suc au May, a severe hill that overlooks the Monédières massif.

2018 world champion, the Swiss lost to Julian Alaphilippe at the finish of the second stage in Nice. He had also come close to success last Sunday in the second Pyrenean stage, in Laruns, where he had been caught as he approached the finish (3rd). The last success of a Swiss rider in the Tour was in 2012, when Fabian Cancellara, a neighbor of Hirschi, won the opening time trial in Liège.

In this stage, the longest of the event with 218 kilometers, the breakaway, formed during a first hour led with beating pace, brought together 6 riders (Erviti, LL Sanchez, Politt, Walscheid joined by Asgreen and Burgaudeau). But team Bora’s pursuit limited the gap to two minutes until the junction 42 kilometers from the finish, followed by a flurry of attacks.

A group (Soler, Schachmann, Pacher, Benoot, K. Andersen, Hirschi) ended up emerging on the penultimate hill of the course. But the decision was made in the wall of Suc au May, on the start of Hirschi who forced the pace, including the descent.


The threat of the virus hangs over the biggest cycling race in the world, which starts in front of a minimum of spectators and without benchmarks, in Nice on Saturday after a postponement of two months. Bob Jungels is the only Luxembourger at the start.


Behind him, Julian Alaphilippe, finally delayed by a mechanical problem near the finish, struggled in a group which remained at about fifty seconds. The peloton, with the favorites, arrived more than two minutes late. Bob jungels joined Sarran in 86th position at 12’58 “. Overall, the former national champion is 1h10’56 ” behind the yellow jersey (53rd)

This Friday, the 13th stage, between Châtel-Guyon and Puy Mary, presents the most important difference in height of this edition, 4,400 meters, over 191.5 kilometers. Seven climbs appear on the route which ends with the climb to Pas de Peyrol, very steep in its final part and classified in the first category.


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