Marc Hirschi: 'I like to open the book in the morning and then find out what the Tour de France stage is'

The Swiss rider makes it third-time lucky as he takes first professional win at the Tour de France

Marc Hirschi on stage 12 of the 2020 Tour de France (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

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If there was anyone not willing Marc Hirschi on to victory as he escaped up the road on stage 12 of the Tour de France, best check the back of their neck for loose wirings that would expose them as a robot incapable of human emotion.

The Swiss youngster's win came at the third time of asking, edged out by Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck - Quick-Step) on stage two, a victory that would have also handed him the yellow jersey, before being foiled by Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) and Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) on stage nine.

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Hi. I'm Cycling Weekly's Weekend Editor. I like writing offbeat features and eating too much bread when working out on the road at bike races.

Before joining Cycling Weekly I worked at The Tab and I've also written for Vice, Time Out, and worked freelance for The Telegraph (I know, but I needed the money at the time so let me live).

I also worked for ITV Cycling between 2011-2018 on their Tour de France and Vuelta a España coverage. Sometimes I'd be helping the producers make the programme and other times I'd be getting the lunches. Just in case you were wondering - Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen had the same ham sandwich every day, it was great.