The young Swiss Marc Hirschi, 22, ended up touching the goal in the 12e stage of the Tour de France, which he took away alone, on Thursday in Sarran (Corrèze). Slovenian Primoz Roglic (Jumbo Visma) retained the yellow jersey after this rugged stage but with no consequences at the top of the standings.
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Hirschi, who is racing the Tour for the first time in the jersey of the Sunweb team, beat the Frenchman Pierre Rolland by around 50 seconds, in the vanguard of a pursuit group set by the Dane Soeren Kragh Andersen, a teammate of the Swiss, who takes third place.
Having come close to victory twice since leaving Nice, Hirschi won this time by attacking 28 kilometers from the finish, in the ascent of Suc au May, a severe hill overlooking the Monédières massif. 2018 world champion hopes, the Swiss lost to Julian Alaphilippe at the finish of the second stage in Nice. He had also come close to success last Sunday in the second Pyrenean stage, in Laruns, where he was picked up as the finish approached (3e).
4,400 vertical meters on Friday
The last success of a Swiss rider in the Tour was in 2012, when Fabian Cancellara, a neighbor of Hirschi, won the opening time trial in Liège (Belgium). In Sarran, the peloton, with the favorites, arrived more than two minutes late.
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Friday, the 13the stage, between Châtel-Guyon (Puy-de-Dôme) and Puy Mary (Cantal), presents the most important vertical drop of this edition, 4,400 meters, over the 191.5 kilometers. Seven climbs appear on the route which ends with the climb to Pas de Peyrol, very steep in its final part and classified in the first category.
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