Marc Hirschi: I think the young guys are stronger earlier these days

La Fleche Wallonne 2020 - 84th Edition - Herve - Mur de Huy 202 km - 30/09/2020 - Marc Hirschi (SUI - Team Sunweb) - photo Anton Vos/CV/BettiniPhoto©2020
Marc Hirschi (Sunweb) wins the 2020 Flèche Wallonne (Image credit: Bettini Image)

Marc Hirschi was one of the revelations of 2020, winning a stage at the Tour de France and going close to victory on two others, before ending his season with third place at the World Championships, victory at Flèche Wallonne and second at Liège-Bastogne-Liège after Julian Alaphilippe cut across his path and wrecked his chances of success. 

They were all breakthrough performances for a 22-year-old in his second season at WorldTour level but confirmed why he won the under-23 world title in Innsbruck in 2018. They elevated Hirschi to the front of the next generations of riders who are transforming the sport, alongside long-time rival and Tour de France winner Tadej Pogačar, Team Sunweb teammate Jai Hindley, Giro d'Italia winner Tao Geoghegan Hart, Egan Bernal, Filippo Ganna, Wout van Aert, Mathieu van der Poel and Remco Evenepoel.  

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Stephen Farrand
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Stephen is the most experienced member of the Cyclingnews team, having reported on professional cycling since 1994. He has been Head of News at Cyclingnews since 2022, before which he held the position of European editor since 2012 and previously worked for Reuters, Shift Active Media, and CyclingWeekly, among other publications.