Marc Hirschi had a more straightforward ride to victory than planned today as he rode to victory at the Tour de Hongrie today after the final stage in Budapest was neutralised due to adverse weather conditions.
In a tweet published briefly before the scheduled start time, the organisers stated, “There will be no intermediate sprints, no points, no stage winner. The riders will do 8 laps around the circuit for the fans. GC stays the same as yesterday.”
The news meant Hirschi and his teammates could lead the peloton around the city streets of Budapest after a week of strong racing which saw them take home the overall honours. The result marks the 25th win of the season for UAE Team Emirates.
Hirschi: “Even though it was wet and raining I could enjoy every moment of the ride in Budapest today. Obviously we prefer to race and also for the fans it’s a pity that the last stage was neutralised but I think it was the safest option today. The team rode so well this week and I’m glad I could bring home the victory.”