I did really believe I could go for the win


Not to take anything away from the stage victory from the talented Tadej Pogacar. Marc Hirschi deserves kudos for his brilliant solo march towards Laruns. 

"I feel pretty sad, I was so close. On the last climb I did really believe I could go for the win, they came so fast. But then at the end to be beat so close in the sprint... yeah, I'm pretty sad. I knew my victory on this stage was not up to me, but to the peloton. I could only focus on my pacing. 

I went full gas on the descent. With three kilometres to go, my team car told me to wait for the guys, try for a bit of recovery and beat them in the sprint. But just.. just.. Pogacar was strong in the sprint."

- Marc Hirschi.

Tirreno-Adriatico gets underway...