Edoardo Zambanini takes 5th on Queen stage and is 4th GC at Tour de Hongrie.

The 5-day stage race Tour de Hongrie concluded with a final day that suited climbers (Miskolc >
Gyöngyös-Kékestető, 184km).

After four days for sprinters, today’s hilly course featured an elevation of almost 3000m and a mountain’s top-finish on the highest point of Hungary, Kékestető, at the end of an 18km long climb, with a gradient of more than 10%.
A queen stage that was highly anticipated to shake the general classification and that, as expected, saw the showdown of the climbers.

Bahrain Victorious’ young rider Edoardo Zambanini managed to keep the pace with the strongest riders in the peloton in the final crucial part of the race. At 2km to go, Dunbar (Ineos Grenadiers) accelerated from the selected group in front, but when it seemed, he could easily take a solo win, he was caught back by Tiberi (Trek Segafredo), who won on the line. Dunbar was second, but he could find solace with the GC victory ahead of Rodriguez (Movistar) and Battistella (Astana). Our Zambanini finished just out of the podium in 4th place, after taking 5th on the stage.

Tour de Hongrie 2022 – 43rd Edition – 4th stage Kazincbarcika – Kazincbarcika 177km – 13/05/2022 – Bahrain Victorious – photo Szymon Gruchalski/CV/SprintCyclingAgency©2022

Edoardo Zambanini: “It was a very nice stage today. It was a challenging course due to the elevation.
The peloton controlled the race. Thanks to my teammates, I was well-positioned, and they helped me save energy throughout the day. I tried to give all on the final climb and stay in the front until Dunbar’s attack at 2km. Then I didn’t give up and could take a good 5th place.”

Tour de Hongrie 2022 – 43rd Edition – 1st stage Csakvar – Szekesfehervar 195 km – 11/05/2022 – Edoardo Zambanini (ITA – Bahrain Victorious) – Kamil Gradek (TPE – Bahrain Victorious) – photo Szymon Gruchalski/CV/SprintCyclingAgency©2022

Michal Golas, Bahrain Victorious Sports Director: “It was a good race. We finish 4th with Edoardo, and with a bit of luck, we could even be on the final GC podium. Anyway, we should be happy with this result. Coming to the Tour of Hungary without a sprinter wasn’t easy for us in the first four stages, but I think the team worked pretty well, and we can be happy, especially today. We really believed in Edoardo, and he proved that he has some skills and might be proud of him”.

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— Simona Mazzoleni to bahraincyclingteam.com

Tour de Romandie (5th stage): Ben O’Connor fifth overall

Ben O’Connor : « It’s a solid result »

« It was not my best day of the week but I went as hard as I could in the time trial. Taking fifth overall, while battling for stage wins, it’s a solid result. I am happy with the work of the whole team and proud of my overall position. It’s a good sign, especially since this season I have always finished in the top-10 in the final classification of the stage races that I have finished. I will stay in Switzerland for a few days to rest and reconnoiter some Swiss stages of the Tour de France before leaving for a training camp in the Sierra Nevada (May 12th to 29th). My form and my results are in line with what I expected for this time of year. The next goal is to get on the podium in a stage race»Ben


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Ben O’Connor, 10th in the time trial and 5th overall at the Tour de Romandie, finished in the top-10 for the third time in a stage race this season. He finished 7th in the Vuelta a Andalucia and 6th in the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya, where he won the third stage. He also won the Tour du Jura.

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17th at Eschborn-Frankfurt

Andrea Vendrame, despite having his chain jump in the final, finished in 17th place in Eschborn-Frankfurt which ended in a sprint.

— Kévin Bottin to ag2rcitroenteam.com

Matej Mohorič 5th at Paris-Roubaix

Bahrain Victorious played an active role again at this year’s Paris-Roubaix a few months after celebrating Sonny Colbrelli’s success in the Vélodrome André-Pétrieux.

This time it was Matej Mohorič who put in an impressive performance at the Hell of the North. Brave and so willing to take a victory for his teammate forced at home, the Slovenian Champion was one of the most combative of the day. He was part of a 5-man group of attackers that opened a gap jumping from the first group before the Trouée d’Arenberg sector, after a fast and furious first part of the race, where the peloton split because of crosswinds.

It was only a puncture to interrupt his mission and dream of glory, with 37.5km to go, when he was leading with just one other rider. Despite the misfortune, Mohorič was able to stay with the strongest riders of the day, who caught him when he had to stop to change the wheel. On the cobbles of Camphin-en- Pévèle, van Baarle (Ineos Grenadiers) attacked to take a solo win, ahead of Van Aert (Jumbo Visma) and Küng (Groupama-FDJ). Matej was in the group sprinting for the podium, but he paid for the great efforts throughout the day and in the end, had to settle for 5th place despite his exceptional performance.

Paris Roubaix 2022 – 119th Edition – Compiegne – Roubaix 257.2 km – 17/04/2022 – Matej Mohoric (SLO – Bahrain Victorious) – Wout Van Aert (BEL – Team Jumbo – Visma) – Stefan Kung (SUI – Groupama – FDJ) – photo Luca Bettini/SprintCyclingAgency©2022

Matej Mohorič: “I can’t say I was unlucky today, but I could do without that puncture. Maybe, I could stay at the front much longer because we were getting along together and collaborating with the rider in front alongside me. I wanted the podium for myself and the team, as we did a great race today, but at the sprint in the velodrome, I was without legs and energy left. More than this result was impossible to take today. I had Sonny in my mind all day long. I wanted to take a victory for him. We will try again next year, maybe with him”.

Paris Roubaix 2022 – 119th Edition – Compiegne – Roubaix 257.2 km – 17/04/2022 – Matej Mohoric (SLO – Bahrain Victorious) – photo Luca Bettini/SprintCyclingAgency©2022

Michal Golas, Bahrain Victorious Sports Director: “Matej rode a great race. He was on the attack almost all the race and deserved the podium. But we should be happy with how he performed. He gave everything he had, and everybody saw and enjoyed his amazing performance. He missed something in the end, but he was with the strongest guys and did everything possible”.

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— Simona Mazzoleni to bahraincyclingteam.com

Pello Bilbao 5th at Itzulia 

The six-day race in Itzulia and a hilly Basque country finished with the decisive queen stage on top of Arrate. It was an open finale until the last few kilometres. Pello Bilbao finished 6th today and 5th in general classification with one stage win on stage three.

Pello Bilbao commented on today’s stage and overall race: “The most important thing was the team spirit from the beginning until today. Today Gino did a fantastic job. On the first climb in Arrate, I didn’t have the best legs to follow the rhythm of the front group, but I knew that with the help of Gino and knowing a technical descent in the middle, I could join the front of the group again. I did like that, and when I arrived back to the group, I attacked in the front to make another selection. We collaborated quite well, but Remco (Quick-Step) and Daniel (Ineos) did a good job. They came back. In the last climb, with Gino’s help, I gave everything, but Ion (Cofidis) was stronger than me. Congrats to the guys on the podium. I am satisfied with the all week of racing and my performance.”

Sports Director Neil Stephens, satisfied after the entire race, commented: ”It’s been a fantastic six days of racing, full of emotions. We have been fighting for the stage wins and the whole week to get on the final podium. Obviously, the week’s highlight was Pello’s stage win on stage 3. But even today, at one moment, we were virtual leaders on GC. There were crashes, attacks, and all sorts of things. And unfortunately, Pello couldn’t go that far to the final breakaway once again. With a small crash in front of him, he lost a distance, and that was it. That was the last bit of energy he had spent. Unfortunately, we finished off the podium. But we are satisfied with racing. It was a fantastic day again. Everyone tried hard, everyone supported us well, all the staff, the riders, and great. I am satisfied, stage win, 5th overall, it was a satisfying week.”

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— Simona Mazzoleni to bahraincyclingteam.com