Hirschi solos to victory on stage 12: Daily Tour Digest
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Marc Hirschi nabbed the first pro win of his career on Thursday’s stage 12 of the Tour de France, soloing away just inside the last 30 kilometers of the day and holding on to take the victory in Sarran.
Pierre Rolland crossed the line 47 seconds later for runner-up honors on the day with Soren Kragh Andersen leading a group of escapees over the line in third.
The peloton arrived 2:30 behind Hirschi with Peter Sagan leading across the line and Primoz Roglic finishing safely in the group to stay in control of the yellow jersey.
“I was always doubting because they were always close and I always had the picture in mind from the last two stages I was close,” Hirschi said. “The last k, I first believed that I could make it. It’s my first pro victory and it’s at the Tour. It’s like a dream. It’s incredible.”
The 218-kilometer stage from Chauvigny, the longest of this year’s race, always looked like a good one for the break, but the early move of the day would not be the one contesting the stage victory in the end. The initial escape, which featured six riders after a chasing duo joined an early quartet of attackers, was never given much breathing room on the day. With Bora-Hansgrohe putting in much of the work at the front over the course of the afternoon, the break was brought back with around 40 kilometers to go.
After things came back together, however, a new collection of riders went on the attack. Going up, over, and down the other side of the Côte de la Croix du Pey, the Sunweb trio of Hirschi, Kragh Andersen, and Tiesj Benoot got clear along with Max Schachmann, Quentin Pacher, and Marc Soler. A second group of riders formed behind in pursuit. The lead group built a small gap, and then as things began to splinter on the final climb of the day, the short but steep Suc au May, Hirschi made his move. He quickly built a sizable advantage on the climb and then pressed on solo.
Although a strong collection of chasers, including Julian Alaphilippe, coalesced behind Hirschi, no one came particularly close to catching the Swiss up-and-comer. Hirschi held on take the win, with Rolland jumping out of a small chase group for second and Kragh Andersen nabbing third.
Top 10, stage 12
1 HIRSCHI Marc (Team Sunweb) 5:08:49
2 ROLLAND Pierre (B&B Hotels – Vital Concept p/b KTM) 0:47
3 KRAGH ANDERSEN Soren (Team Sunweb) 0:52
4 PACHER Quentin (B&B Hotels – Vital Concept p/b KTM)
5 HERRADA Jesús (Cofidis, Solutions Crédits)
6 SCHACHMANN Maximilian (BORA – hansgrohe)
7 HOULE Hugo (Astana Pro Team)
8 REICHENBACH Sébastien (Groupama – FDJ)
9 ELISSONDE Kenny (Trek – Segafredo) 0:56
10 ROCHE Nicolas (Team Sunweb)
Top 10, GC
1 ROGLIC Primoz (Team Jumbo-Visma) 51:26:43
2 BERNAL Egan (INEOS Grenadiers) 0:21
3 MARTIN Guillaume (Cofidis, Solutions Crédits) 0:28
4 BARDET Romain (AG2R La Mondiale) 0:30
5 QUINTANA Nairo (Team Arkéa Samsic) 0:32
6 URÁN Rigoberto (EF Pro Cycling)
7 POGACAR Tadej (UAE-Team Emirates) 0:44
8 YATES Adam (Mitchelton-Scott) 1:02
9 LÓPEZ Miguel Ángel (Astana Pro Team) 1:15
10 LANDA Mikel (Bahrain – McLaren) 1:42
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Today’s featured image of Marc Hirschi winning stage 12 of the Tour de France comes from Cor Vos.