Hirschi: I’m still missing a little bit and hope La Fleche Wallonne will go better

VALLTER 2000 SETCASES VALL CAMPRODON SPAIN MARCH 24 Marc Hirschi of Switzerland and UAE Team Emirates during the 100th Volta Ciclista a Catalunya 2021 Stage 3 a 2031km stage from Canal Olmpic de Catalunya to Vallter 2000 Setcases Vall Camprodon 2125m VoltaCatalunya100 on March 24 2021 in Vallter 2000 Setcases Vall Camprodon Spain Photo by David RamosGetty Images
Marc Hirschi of UAE Team Emirates (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Marc Hirschi and his UAE Team Emirates squad came into Amstel Gold Race among the favourites but the Swiss rider and his squad were left disappointed after he cruised home in 35th place. UAE Team Emirates' top finisher in the race was Matteo Trentin, with the Italian sprinting to 11th after Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) had sprinted to a narrow win over Ineos Grenadiers' Tom Pidcock after a pulsating day of drama.

UAE Team Emirates played a prominent role in several key moves with former World Champion Rui Costa and Ryan Gibbons both going on the attack inside the closing stages of the Dutch race. However, the team missed the vital moves in the finale and were forced to chase Van Aert, Pidcock, and Max Schachmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) after the trio created the winning move with 15km remaining.

Hirschi found himself working for Trentin from that point onwards but the duo were unable to crack the top 10 between them, with Michael Matthews (Team BikeExchange) winning the bunch sprint for fourth.

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