Marc Hirschi makes UAE Team Emirates debut in Catalunya after hip problem

CALELLA SPAIN MARCH 22 Start Podium Marc Hirschi of Switzerland and UAE Team Emirates during the 100th Volta Ciclista a Catalunya 2021 Stage 1 a 1784km stage from Calella to Calella Mask Covid safety measures Team Presentation VoltaCatalunya100 on March 22 2021 in Calella Spain Photo by David RamosGetty Images
Marc Hirschi (Image credit: Getty Images)

He’s back. Four months after his spectacular victory in la Flèche Wallonne and second place in Liège-Bastogne-Liège, Marc Hirschi (UAE Team Emirates)  finally began his season at the Volta a Catalunya on Monday.

The 22-year-old was due to start at the UAE Tour, nearly a month ago, he told Cyclingnews and other reporters before stage 1 of the Volta a Catalunya. Despite the delay, he said, “the critical thing is that the Ardennes campaign is not in danger.”

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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.