The re are still no answers. Even the Bernese himself did not provide any clarification this Monday, at his first public appearance. “I am not allowed to say anything about the settlement agreement,” he clarifies right at the beginning of the Zoom meeting with journalists.
The fact is: Hirschi has signed a three-year contract with the Arab team of manager Mauro Gianetti (56). Gianetti? Exactly: This is the man who had to defend himself against doping allegations both during his career and later as team boss. He doesn’t want to say anything about that for a long time. Hirschi doesn’t care. He says: “Everything is perfect here, I’m looking forward to the future.”
The Ardennes classics, the Tour de France, the Olympic Games and the World Cup. Plus the Tour de Suisse, which I’m really looking forward to. ” While the cycling star will be given a lot of freedom in the one-day races, as with his previous team, things are different in the Tour de France. “Right.
The biggest goal is for Tadej to defend his title, ”he says, referring to the young Slovenian star Pogacar (22). Last year he was sensationally the first to reach Paris. “I will be his helper”, Hirschi already knows.
Hirschi has to deliver
Hirschi accepts that tour stage wins like 2020 will hardly be possible. “Tadej and I often competed against each other in the junior categories. We always valued each other, the connection is good and I am glad to now go with him. ” He himself has no ambitions to finish at the top of the overall classification in a Grand Tour.
Rather, Hirschi wants to continue to play to his strengths and win one-day races – as at the Flèche Wallonne last autumn. Translated means: Hirschi and Pogacar should complement each other, but not compete. “It will be a good experience to see how my body reacts in the Tour de France when I want to be up front for three weeks to help Tadej. I don’t know that yet », says Hirschi.
He will be vaccinated soon
The same goes for his new life in the United Arab Emirates. Hirschi is currently in the training camp there, a lot is new. “I’ve never been to the desert before. It’s special, of course. But the weather is perfect for training. And there is even a small mountain that you can climb, ”he reports.
The subject preoccupies him – he suspects that difficult times could come for cycling. «Some races have already been canceled and more will follow. 2021 will probably be a difficult year for cycling too. “