Kusztor king of the breakaway on stage two in Hungary

Hometown hero Peter Kusztor got his wish on today’s second stage of the Tour de
Hongrie
as the former Hungarian road champion attacked early to join the second and
main breakaway of the day.
Team Novo Nordisk went into the stage with a plan and despite the windy conditions
were able to execute phase one with the 37-year-old digging deep to stay out there as
long as possible. The crosswinds ended up playing their part as the chasing peloton split
in two after catching the Kusztor group with 50km to go, eventually coming back
together before the chaotic final sprint with Andrea Peron avoiding late crashes for
another top 20.

Peter Kusztor (HUN):
“The first move went early but came back within the first 20km due to the wind and I was
well positioned at the front of the peloton, so I jumped with the next attack and that move
formed the main breakaway. We were out front for around 100km before the bunch
caught us and then it all split again with fresh attacks in the crosswinds.”
“It was hard but I’m happy because I really wanted to get up the road and show the jersey
for my team and for my family and for everyone out there that lives with diabetes every
day. Yesterday we had some special visitors at that start of the stage and those kids could
be the next Team Novo Nordisk athletes, we wanted very much to show them what’s
possible with diabetes.”

Head sports director Massimo Podenzana:
“We tried repeatedly yesterday and didn’t have much success, but thankfully Peter made it
into the break today and that’s great. One job done. It’s Peter’s home race and for him and
for the team it was a goal of ours to get out there in front of the TV cameras and lead the
race for a while.”
“The final wasn’t so simple today and even though Andrea made it back into the lead
group, he was alone and spent too much energy throughout stage positioning himself so as
a consequence a top ten was just out of reach.”

— Tim Lindley to www.teamnovonordisk.com