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Hirschi joins Tour de France winner Pogačar at UAE team

106th Liege - Bastogne - Liege 2020 - Men Elite

LIEGE, BELGIUM - OCTOBER 04: Sprint / Arrival / Primoz Roglic of Slovakia and Team Jumbo-Visma / Julian Alaphilippe of France and Team Deceuninck - Quick-Step World Champion Jersey / Marc Hirschi of Switzerland Team Sunweb / Tadej Pogacar of Slovenia and UAE Team Emirates / Matej Mohoric of Slovenia and Team Bahrain McLaren / during the 106th Liege - Bastogne - Liege 2020, Men Elite a 257km race from Liege to Liege / #LBL / #classiquesardennes / on October 04, 2020 in Liege, Belgium. (Photo by Bas Czerwinski/Getty Images)

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ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — After a breakout season in 2020, Swiss cyclist Marc Hirschi has joined Tour de France winner Tadej Pogačar at UAE Team Emirates.

Hirschi signed a three-year deal, the team said in a statement. It followed his exit on Tuesday from the team known last season as Sunweb.

The 22-year-old Swiss left his former team one year before the expiration of a contract with a basic salary reportedly of around just 30,000 euros ($36,500).

He is managed by Fabian Cancellara, the retired Swiss great who won multiple one-day classic races and two Olympic titles in the time trial.

Hirschi’s strong end to the 2020 season included winning a stage at the delayed Tour, the overall award as the most aggressive rider, plus his first one-day classic victory at the Flèche Wallonne in Belgium.

He also finished runner-up at the Liege-Bastogne-Liege classic and took bronze at the World Championships.