Interview-Series: Marc Hirschi
16. April 2021

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The young professional cyclist from Bern talks to us about his early days, his breakthrough last summer and his plans for the future.

Tour de Suisse: «Marc, You rode your debut Tour de Suisse in 2019 at the age of 21. When did the passion for cycling first grab you??»

Marc Hirschi: «I always liked cycling, with my father as well. When we went to watch the Tour de Suisse race for the first time, I realised that I wanted to become a professional cyclist myself.»
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TdS: “You were able to celebrate your first big successes in professional cycling last summer. How surprising was this breakthrough for you?”

Marc Hirschi: “I had a good start to my first professional season (2019). But I realised that I still had a long way to go to reach the top – to win – in the big races. That’s why I was very surprised myself last summer that I was able to take that step so soon to be competitive with the very best.”

TdS: “What was it like to have that moment when you realised that you could keep up with the absolute strongest or even beat them?”

MH: “It was mentally important. I demonstrated to myself what I could achieve and that I’m on the right track. This mental aspect makes a big difference during the race – when you believe in yourself and you also have the full support of your team.”

TdS: “It was evident as well last summer at the Tour de France how easily you were able to cope with longer climbs and mountain stages. Is it a longer-term goal for you to also race for the overall victory in one-week stage races like the Tour de Suisse?”

MH: “It’s in the back of my mind – but the main focus is elsewhere at the moment. I believe to race for the overall in GC, I need a few more years. Plus, I have to wait and see in which direction I evolve as a rider. I’m young and I can’t completely control that development myself.”

TdS: “The famous / infamous classic-like stages in the first half of the Tour de Suisse suit your type of cyclist, don’t they?”

MH: “Absolutely. The typical Tour de Suisse stages, which are decisive and where only a small group determines the victory at the finish, generally suit me.”

TdS: “After your successes this summer, what does it mean to you to be competing at your home race again?”

MH: “It doesn’t really matter what my season goals are – the Tour de Suisse will always be a highlight. I’m looking forward to it this year too!”

TdS: “Marc, thank you very much and all the best in achieving your goals!”

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