Marc Hirschi, one of the rising stars of road cycling, has agreed to terminate his contract with DSM (former Sunweb), the team announced today.
Last season, the 22-year-old Swiss rider won the Fleche Wallonne, the longest stage of the Tour de France after a solo breakaway and was third in the World Championship road race. His contract was set to expire at the end of 2021.
“Team DSM has reached a settlement agreement with their rider Marc Hirschi to terminate their present employment before the original end date of 31 December 2021,” the team said in a statement.
“It has been agreed that the agreement will be terminated with immediate effect and that no further comments will be made.
Neither the team nor Hirschi has indicated where he will ride next season. However, some rumours say Hirschi will ride for UAE Team Emirates this season.
He is not the first big-name rider to be allowed to quit the team before his contract expired. Hirschi is the fifth such rider to leave prior to the end of his contract, following Marcel Kittel, Warren Barguil, Tom Dumoulin, and Michael Matthews.