Hirschi, another champion of the new cycling, wins the Walloon Arrow

Hirschi, another champion of the new cycling, wins the Walloon Arrow

The Swiss, only 22 years old, prevails in the Huy Wall, where Tadej Pogacar barely had a chance to shine.

Hirschi, another champion of the new cycling, wins the Walloon Arrow

There is no more agonizing kilometer in the classics than the Muro de Huy. To crown it you have to crawl pulling your arms and kidneys. In extreme exercises, few perform more easily than the Swiss Marc Hirschi (22 years old), one of those daring members of the new cycling. His explosive outburst served him today to win the Walloon Arrow, the first appointment of the Ardennes triptych, held in an atypical environment: with the fallen autumn leaves and with little public. An unprecedented winner for a test dominated in recent editions by the absent Alejandro Valverde and Julian Alaphilippe , both hungover from the World Cup and the Tour de France.

In the infernal sections of 19% of unevenness, the Swiss was expectant to the attacks of Richie Porte and Tadej Pogacar . The Australian took the initiative in the climb, but with 150 meters to go, the Swiss phenomenon pressed to easily overcome the Trek rider and make the pursuit of Benoit Cosnefroy (second) and Michael Woods (third) impossible. First victory in a classic for Hirschi, one of the sensations of the Tour (winner of a stage and protagonist of numerous escapades) and a bronze medal in the Imola World Championship.

Today's edition of the historic Belgian race followed the very predictable script: 200-kilometer full peloton, with specific skirmishes (the Belgian Mauri Vansevenant was on the run for more than 190 kilometers, Rui Costa , Sergio Henao , Alessandro De Marchi or Rigoberto Urán also jumped ) and higher acceleration in the absence of 15 kilometers to reach the first sections of the hill of the seven chapels.

No news from Landa

At that moment Mikel Landa was left off the hook and shortly before Omar Fraile suffered a breakdown. In the vicinity of the Huy ramp, as always, the teamwork ended to begin the individual battle for the conquest of the top. One against all and all against one. Be the most restless and Hirschi the most effective.

The young Swiss is awarded the first trophy of the Ardennes trilogy. Next Sunday he also intends to participate in the Liege-Bastoña-Liège and on the 10th, with the Amstel Gold Race. A consequence of the tight schedule of the endless pandemic.

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