Marc Hirschi: Next season I want to get back to my level of 2020

Marc Hirschi (UAE Team Emirates) at Giro del Veneto
Marc Hirschi (UAE Team Emirates) at Giro del Veneto (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

When professional cycling resumed after the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown in August 2020, few riders performed as strongly from a standing start as Marc Hirschi, who illuminated the condensed season with a remarkable sequence of all-action displays at the Tour de France and victory at Flèche Wallonne.

Hirschi’s 2021 campaign, by contrast, has known more shadow than light following his abrupt transfer from Team DSM to UAE Team Emirates in early January, the reasons for which remain obscured behind the terms of a non-disclosure agreement between the rider and his former team.

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.