3rd for Hirschi overall, Ulissi 10th on final day
Marc Hirschi completed a successful return to racing with 3rd place overall at the Coppi & Bartali stage race in Italy.
The final stage from Casalguidi to Cantagrillo (160km) was won by Josef Cerny (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl) with Diego Ulissi coming home in 10th as part of an elite chasing group. Hirschi also finished in the group to secure his final podium.
The overall title went to Irishman Eddie Dunbar (Ineos-Grenadiers) with his teammate Ethan Hayter in second place.
Hirschi's podium comes off the back of his win at Per Sempre Alfredo classic last weekend and confirmation of his strong form.
Marc Hirschi: “I'm happy with the podium, it was a hard and aggressive week of racing and we all showed ourselves well as a team. We wanted a stage win and although we came close it wasn't to be. After my win last weekend this is further motivation and gives me confidence for the races to come.”
Coppi & Bartali stage 5 results
1.Josef Cerny (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl) 3:56:55
2.Remi Cavagna (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl) s.t
3.Omer Goldstein (Israel -Premier Tech) +14”
10.Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates) +46”
Coppi & Bartali general classification after stage 5
1. Eddie Dunbar (Ineos Grenadiers) 20:38:18
2. Ethan Hayter (Ineos Grenadiers) +9”
3.Marc Hirschi (UAE Team Emirates) +24”