Hirschi, Van der Breggen win Fleche Wallonne classic races

Marc Hirschi has prolonged his stellar run in a breakout biking season to win the Fleche Wallonne one-day vintage

HUY, Belgium — Marc Hirschi prolonged his stellar run in a breakout biking season to win the Fleche Wallonne one-day vintage on Wednesday.

In his first get started on the race outlined through the fast however grueling Mur de Huy completing climb, the 22-year-old Swiss rider went transparent within the closing 100 meters to win with ease forward of Benoit Cosnefroy. Michael Woods was once 3rd.

“It is simply brutal,” Hirschi stated of the steep trip to the highest. “It’s important to be sturdy within the head to get in the course of the ache.”

Hirschi added his first win in a vintage to his bronze medal from the arena championships highway race on Sunday and his spectacular Excursion de France. There, he gained a degree, was once an ordinary danger in breakaways and gained the prize as probably the most combative rider total within the three-week excursion.

Within the ladies’s race previous, global champion Anna van der Breggen gained for the 6th instantly time.

4 days after claiming the arena champion’s rainbow jersey, Van der Breggen was once in a position to apply an assault from Demi Vollering at the steep climb to the end. Vollering ran out of gasoline within the ultimate meters and Van der Breggen overpowered Cecilie Uttrup-Ludwig to be successful within the dash.

Vollering finished the rostrum.

“I believe it was once the nearest of annually. It approach so much,” stated Van der Breggen. “This finale is amazingly onerous, profitable six occasions is loopy.”

Van der Breggen, who additionally claimed gold within the highway race on the 2016 Rio Olympics, secured a unprecedented double on the global championships closing week, profitable each the street race and the time trial.

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