Marc Hirschi has taken the win at Tour Alsace queen stage today, after chasing down a solo attacker on the final climb to the line.
With the leaders jersey on the shoulders of Florian Stork, Development Team Sunweb worked to bring both he and Marc Hirschi into position for the final climb of the day, where the battle for the stage victory began. One rider attacked and opened up a 30 second advantage, and immediately Marc was on the move in pursuit of the leader.
In a chase group of three he caught the leader, and went on to take the stage honours as it came down to a sprint between the group. Fighting hard to keep hold of his GC lead, Florian Stork put in a valiant effort in attempt to defend his jersey, finishing 9th on the stage.
*During the race Jarno Mobach was forced to abandon, with the impact of his stage two crash becoming too much to continue.
Marc said: “We tried to control the race as much as possible and take some advantages on the descents. In the final we still had three guys in the front peloton with Niklas, Florian and me which was great. On the last climb we caught the front group and I tried to wait it out in case Florian came back. I also tried to save energy so that I could go for it in the sprint should it come down to one. For me it was the perfect day, the team work was really strong and now we hope that we can keep this position in the GC and do something in the sprint tomorrow with Niklas.”
Team Sunweb coach Koen de Haan said: “Today was an epic queen stage. The team were really strong and everyone worked really hard. We had Joris always counterattacking and Leon and Niklas going right up until the final positioning Marc and Florian for the last two climbs. It was a group of three that went with Marc for the sprint and Marc overtook in the final 200 metres to take the win. Not only did he win the stage, he is now 2nd in the GC and leads the points and youth competition. Florian also finished 9th which was really strong from him. Today is not just a good result for the team’s leaders, but for the whole team. It really was an epic team race on an epic day.”