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First participation and first success for Marc Hirschi

ByRoborto Sykes

Sep 30, 2020
Marc Hirschi is definitely one of the fit men in the professional peloton. After a first stage victory on the Tour de France and having been one of the strongmen at the Mondial Imola, where he took third place, the Swiss of Sunweb training was the strongest on the terrible climb the Mur de Huy to win La Flèche Wallonne in his first participation and succeed one Julian Alaphilippe on the prize list. It didn’t take long after Herve’s departure to see a breakaway form. A quartet with Frenchman Marlon Gaillard took to the chase after just ten kilometers, quickly gaining the backing of a peloton which let them take a nine-minute lead in just 40 kilometers. It was at this time that the Ineos Grenadiers and Sunweb teams took control of operations in order to reduce this gap to more acceptable proportions. Indeed, at the end of the first ascent of the Côte d’Ereffe (2.1km at 5%), 83 kilometers from the finish at the top of the Mur de Huy, the gap was only five minutes.

Vansevenant, in the name of the father

New for this 2020 edition, the Côte du chemin des Gueuses (1.8km at 6.5%) saw a duo made up of Alessandro de Marchi and Ide Schelling set off against, Pierre-Luc Périchon not having been able to As the lead gap continued to narrow, the hunting duo worked together, but before the second ascent of Mur de Huy, Alessandro de Marchi set off on his own in hopes of getting back to a lead reduced to two runners, Mauri Vansevenant and Mathijs Paasschens. The son of Wim Vansevenant, member of a Deceuninck-Quick Step team who made the trip without his world champion and double title holder Julian Alaphilippe then found himself alone in the lead of the race with 21 kilometers still to go and barely a minute ahead of a peloton shaken by Rui Alberto Faria da Costa then Stan Dewulf … Offensives ultimately in vain, the Portuguese being caught a little over fifteen kilometers from the finish. The final was launched eleven kilometers from the finish when Rigoberto Uran, before the last climb of the Côte du Chemin des Gueuses, attacked while, at the same time, Mikel Landa was let down by the pack.

Uran started hostilities, Hirschi was the strongest

The AG2R-La Mondiale team then took charge of the hunt behind the EF team rider, then supported by the Bora-Hansgrohe formation. It took a fall by Mauri Vansevenant, visibly over-revving to maintain the gap, less than five kilometers from the finish, in the descent to the banks of the Meuse, so that the Colombian could make the junction 2000 meters further. . The peloton, relaunched by UAE Team Emirates and Jan Polanc, caught up with the duo just before the final climb of the Mur de Huy. Richie Porte accelerated 350 meters from the finish but did not detach himself. After a start from Michael Woods, it was Marc Hirschi who stood up on his pedals to win strong ahead of Benoît Cosnefroy, still well placed, and Michael Woods, ahead of Warren Barguil for third place. A few days from Liège-Bastogne-Liège, it will be necessary to count on Marc Hirschi, the revelation of this 2020 season.

CYCLING – UCI WORLD TOUR / LA FLECHE WALLONNE
Herve-Mur de Huy (202km) – Wednesday September 30, 2020
1- Marc Hirschi (SUI / Sunweb) in 4h49’17 ”
2- Benoît Cosnefroy (FRA / AG2R-La Mondiale) mt
3- Michael Woods (CAN / EF) mt
4- Warren Barguil (FRA / Arkéa-Samsic) mt
5- Daniel Martin (IRL / Israel Start-Up Nation) mt
6- Michal Kwiatkowski (POL / Ineos Grenadiers) mt
7- Patrick Konrad (POL / Bora-Hansgrohe) at 5 ”
8- Richie Porte (AUS / Trek-Segafredo) at 5 ”
9- Tadej Pogacar (SLO / UAE Team Emirates) at 5 ”
10- Simon Geschke (ALL / CCC) at 10 ”

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