Hirschi: I didn't believe I could win until the last kilometre

Tour de France 2020 107th Edition 12th stage Chauvigny Sarran km 218 10092020 Marc Hirschi SUI Team Sunweb photo Luca BettiniBettiniPhoto2020
(Image credit: Bettini Photo)

In September two years ago, Marc Hirschi (Team Sunweb) soloed to victory ahead of the late Bjorg Lambrecht of Belgium and Finland’s Jaakko Hanninen in the World Championships under-23 road race. 24 months later, the young Swiss rider has clinched his first professional win, again alone, and this time at the Tour de France.

Hirschi's latest solo success was arguably all the sweeter after two near-misses in the first half of the Tour.

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.