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Hirschi takes bronze at Worlds.

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Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe was the strongest on the Italian Imola circuit this Sunday. The Bernese took third place behind Wout van Aert.

Julian Alaphilippe made the difference on the last climb.

Marc Hirschi brought Switzerland a third medal in the 2020 world championships. The Bernese took third place in the road race on Sunday. He was a few centimeters ahead of Pole Michal Kwiatkowski in the sprint. In the final, the French Julian Alaphilippe soared to the world title. Belgian Wout van Aert settled the chasing group to take second place.

The Bernese Marc Hirschi, who was one of the favorites, responded perfectly on the roads of Emilia-Romagna. If his teammates did the job at the start of the race but were then gradually let go, the Bernese managed to hang on to the leading group when the French riders picked up the pace at about sixty kilometers from the finish.

Placed in the group of pursuers with other big names (Fuglsang, Van Aert, Roglic, Kwiatkowski), the revelation of the last Tour de France could not do anything against the power of Belgian Wout van Aert in the sprint. But the 22-year-old rider struggled to save the essentials, a bronze medal in front of the Polish Michal Kwiatkowski. Hirschi imitates Thurgovian Stefan Küng, who won the same medal in the road race a year ago.

 


Julian Alaphilippe is the first Frenchman to win the world title since Laurent Brochard in 1997. He attacked at the top of the last climb, less than 12 kilometers from the finish to win solo, on the Enzo autodrome and Dino Ferrari, 24 seconds ahead of his first pursuers.

Pogacar sets fire to the powder

The race began to settle 70 kilometers from the finish when the forcing of the France team (Pacher, Peters, Elissonde), coming after the wear and tear of Switzerland and Denmark, put an end to the ‘initial escape (Koch and Traeen for the last survivors).
Belgium took over before the Tour de France winner, the Slovenian Tadej Pogacar, attacked from the foot of the penultimate climb of the most selective hill, Gallisterna, 42 kilometers from the line. The young Slovenian, 22, rocked to the top with a ten-second advantage over the pursuit group led by van Aert’s teammates (Benoot, Wellens).
Pogacar arrived at the 9th and last lap (28.8 km) with 25 seconds ahead of a still supplied peloton, some 35 riders. He was joined before the last 20 kilometers by the Dutchman Tom Dumoulin then by the group shaken by the Italians Damiano Caruso and Vincenzo Nibali.

 

Hirschi the detonator

Approaching the top of the final ascent of Gallisterna (2.7 km at 6.4%), Alaphilippe carried the necessary attack to get out of the small group, which had emerged at the instigation of Hirschi (Kwiatkowski, Fuglsang, van Aert, Schachmann, Roglic, Nibali). He increased his advantage to 15 seconds on the downhill false flats towards the finish line before the pursuers fought mainly for the other medals.
Winner of the second stage of the Tour de France, August 30 in Nice, Alaphilippe took off his second success of the season, crowning a career that had ignited the French public last year when he wore the yellow jersey for 14 days.
Sport-Center / AFP

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