Tour de Hongrie concludes with Kekesteto Queen Stage

The classic Tour de Hongrie Queen Stage closed out the 43rd edition of the race, climaxing atop the Kekesteto climb with former Hungarian national champion Peter Kusztor’s first home for Team Novo Nordisk, buoyed by the cheers of the home crowds.

Peter Kusztor:

“As always I’ve really enjoyed racing at home and showing off the Team Novo Nordisk jersey, spreading our inspirational message and hopefully showing people wants possibile with diabetes. My personal highlights were obviously getting up the road in the breakaway on stage two and also the great teamwork we showed working together to help position Andrea on the sprint stages.”

“We’ve really improved there and it’s a great feeling being on the front mixing it up with the big sprinters teams. The Queen Stage is always hard with the double ascent of Kekesteto and this time it was the final stage again so we knew all week what was coming. I tried to stay with the leaders as long as possible but I’m not a young man anymore and I don’t have the same explosiveness as before, so I need to ride my own tempo. All in all we had a good week and I’ll have a little break now before heading to altitude for a couple of weeks.”

Head sports director Massimo Podenzana:

Today wasn’t a day for us and we knew that in advance so we wanted to try one last time to get in the break again, but the move went early and we were out of position. That meant that the attention shifted to David and Peter trying to do their best to stay with the leaders on the climbs.”

“The guys have worked hard all week to try and break into the top ten and they displayed the same desire again today, but it was a step too far for us and the last time up the Kekesteto climb saw the definitive splits appear and that’s where we came unstuck. David and Peter hung on and they both did well to stay up there until the last 2km.”

— Tim Lindley to www.teamnovonordisk.com

Greek odyssey concludes for Team Novo Nordisk at the Tour of Hellas

After close to three weeks racing and training on the Greek island of Rhodes in March, Team Novo Nordisk head back to Greece for the International Hellas Tour next week as 2022 marks the return of the stage race after a ten-year absence.

Taking place over five days of racing that will start on the Island of Crete before heading to mainland Greece and a finish on the shores of Lake Pamvotis in historical Ioannina, the Hellas Tour will have something of everything in terms of terrain and cover 858km as the peloton takes in 28 cities.

Hot on the heels of an impressive Tour of Turkey that included a top ten on the sprint on stage five, Italian Andrea Peron will lead the team alongside Spanish climber David Lozano with Brit Sam Brand and Finnish champion Joonas Henttala both returning to the Hellenic shores.

“It’s important for us to maintain the good momentum we have built up recently,” began General Manager Vassili Davidenko. “And a busy racing program should help us do that. We’re very happy to be back racing in Greece after the International Rhodes Cycling events in March and this time it’s quite special as this will be the first time in ten years that the Hellas Tour has been held.”

“The guys have done very well so far this year and we have managed to hit most of our targets in each race we have participated in. We’re heading a little into the unknown here due to the long period since the last edition, but our approach will be the same; work together to achieve our goals and do our best to drive change in diabetes by producing the best results possible.”

French climber Lucas Dauge comes into the team after racing with the TNN devo team in Serbia at Belgrade – Banjaluka last week, lending talent and experience to the next generation of professional cyclists who live and race with type 1 diabetes.

“We’re looking forward to be back racing on the Greek roads,” said Brand. “We had some good results at the Rhodes Tour in March and more recently at the Tour of Turkey, so we’re in a good place and the focus will be on keeping that run going.”

“From what I’ve seen the parcours looks tough and we know that it will be important to stay switched on from the opening stage. It’s exciting to be taking part in the return edition of the race and it would be great to create some opportunities for ourselves, but it will be my job to help Andrea – he’s been going really well this year – and also to try and get up the road in the break if the chance presents itself.”

Team Novo Nordisk at the Tour of Hellas 27th April to 1st May:

Sam Brand (GBR, 31)

Lucas Dauge (FR, 25)

Joonas Henttala (FIN, 30)

Peter Kusztor (HUN, 37)

David Lozano (ESP, 33)

Andrea Peron (IT, 33)


Wednesday 27th April, Stage1: Heraklion – Chania, 190.1km

Thursday 28th April, Stage 2: Olympic Sports Complex – Itea, 165km

Friday 29th April, Stage 3: Delphi – Karditsa, 172.5km

Saturday 30th April, Stage 4: Karditsa – Larissa, 176.5km

Sunday 1st May, Stage 5: Kalabaka – Ioannina, 154.5km

— Tim Lindley to www.teamnovonordisk.com