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Teams & Riders Marc Hirschi discussion thread

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That's weird, especially when there's no official explanation. Can't they just say "he has problems with his teeth and therefor can't start as was planned? (Or did they? I don't see much social media.)
UAE seems to communicate about those kind of issues (Ulisse). But to me it is strange Hirschi is very much missing from Team UAE’s social media. There have been introduction interviews of Majka, Trentin and Gibbons for example.
 
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Hirschi's winter preparation has most likely been hampered by his sudden departure from Sunweb.

But there's still a lot of pressure on him to perform, i.e. this is a rider who lit up the Tour last year, won la Flèche Wallone & "almost" won Liège 4 days later.

So he should be up there with the likes of Alaphilippe as one day race favorites.
 
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Hirschi's winter preparation has most likely been hampered by his sudden departure from Sunweb.

But there's still a lot of pressure on him to perform, i.e. this is a rider who lit up the Tour last year, won la Flèche Wallone & "almost" won Liège 4 days later.

So he should be up there with the likes of Alaphilippe as one day race favorites.

And got a medal at the World Championships, let's not forget.
 
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In a Dutch podcast Thijs Zonneveld mentioned that UAE is also still a bit sceptical about racing because of his issues with Whereabouts and not answering questions at DSM
That actually makes more sense than the knee problems mentioned on the sporza live coverage.

He is one of the teams big names. It does not make sense why he has not started the season yet.
 
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I guess we'll see wednesday how good/bad his form really is.
He did a very good ITT in Itzulia and I thought his form building is on point. But he's been disappointing since. His form clearly isn't on the same level it was last year in the Tour and the Ardennes. Still FW is the race most suited to his abilities and if he'll achieve a top result, he'll do it there.
 
I wonder how he feels about the domestique duty, certainly it's not as exciting as last year's breakaways and stage wins. But then again he did sign up for it, so I don't know. Hopefully he gets some chances in other races.
They said previously he would get chances but I guess the crash probably put a stop to that. His form wasn't really stage winning level either.
 

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