Tour de France solo breakaway ends in heartbreak for Hirschi

LARUNS FRANCE SEPTEMBER 06 Podium Marc Hirschi of Switzerland and Team Sunweb Most Combative Rider Celebration Trophy during the 107th Tour de France 2020 Stage 9 a 153km stage from Pau to Laruns 495m TDF2020 LeTour on September 06 2020 in Laruns France Photo by Marco Bertorello PoolGetty Images
Tour de France stage 9 most aggressive rider Marc Hirschi (Sunweb) (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

The Tour de France can be cruel. If two of the three under-25 year-olds in the first group to reach the finish line on stage 9 on Sunday had significant reasons to be satisfied with their outcmoes in Laruns, then the third, 22-year-old Sunweb rider Marc Hirschi, could feel only the bitterest disappointment.

While Egan Bernal (Ineos-Grenadiers) moved up too second overall and Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) won the stage, Hirschi's third place – his second podium of the race – came after a 90-kilometre breakaway which collapsed almost within sight of the line, a massive blow.

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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.