After a new solo, Hirschi has a stage win in the Tour

Four days after his miserably failed solo of over ninety kilometres, Swiss rider Marc Hirschi managed to win a stage in the Tour de France. Hirschi (22) won the longest stage of this year’s Tour, over 218 kilometers. He arrived in Sarran on his own after a solo of 28 kilometers.

Last Sunday Hirschi single-handedly crossed several Pyrenean columns. In the final he was chased by the favourites for the final victory, who charged him two kilometers before the finish. In the sprint Hirschi finished third in Laruns, but he was disappointed.

Attack on the toughest climb

The twelfth stage of the Tour was hardly a meter flat and especially the final was full of climbs and descents. On the toughest climb of the day, the Suc au May (second category), the Sunweb rider left his fellow attackers behind and started a new solo which he crowned with his first victory with the pros.

The favourites for the final victory left each other alone, they can start Friday with a tough stage through the Central Massif. The yellow jersey will remain on Primoz Roglic’s shoulders.

Watch the reactions of Hirschi, his roommate Joris Nieuwenhuis, team leader Marc Reef and eye wearer Primoz Roglic below:

In the longest stage of the Tour a long six riders with an average length of no less than 1.91 meters got the blessing of the peloton. The experienced Spaniards Imanol Erviti and Luis Leon Sanchez, the Germans Nils Politt and Max Walscheid, the Danish Kasper Asgreen and the Frenchman Mathieu Burgaudeau found each other in the leading group of the day.

A really comfortable margin that would offer a view of the stage win was not given to the group for a moment, larger than about three minutes the lead was not with the vicious final in sight.

Tribute to ‘Poupou

More than a hundred kilometers before the finish the riders passed Saint-Lรฉonard-de-Noblat, the village of Raymond Poulidor, perhaps the most popular former cyclist who died last year and is buried in the village.

Erviti and Asgreen stayed the longest together when the leading group finally fell apart on the Cรดte de la Croix de Pey (third category).

Sagan disappoints, Sunweb active

Several teams divided the lead in the peloton, including Bora-Hansgrohe, who set the pace for Peter Sagan. But like many times this Tour it didn’t end with the triple world champion. Up hill Sagan was only in the back of the peloton.

Sunweb also did a lot of work to catch up with the leaders and was represented by four of the eight riders after a series of new attacks. Hirschi, Tiesj Benoot and Sรธren Kragh Andersen ended up in the front group, Nicholas Roche in a big chasing group.

On the flanks of the Suc au May Hirschi stepped out of the front group, in which Marc Soler and Maximilian Schachmann also rode, and started a new solo.

Behind him came a group led by Julian Alaphilippe with Soler and Schachmann, but they could not catch up with the world champion in the juniors of 2018. On the finish line number two Pierre Rolland gave a small minute on Hirschi, the first Swiss rider to win a Tour stage since Fabian Cancellara in 2012.