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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 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

Groenewegen storms to Tour de Hongrie victory on Stage 4 – Team BikeExchange Jayco

Dylan Groenewegen powered to victory on stage 4 of the Tour de Hongrie with a superb sprint to hold off the competition and take his third win of the season.

The Dutchman finished off a brilliant team effort with a surging sprint in the finale of the 177km stage, which started and finished in Kazincbarcika after a day of rolling terrain in Hungary.

A four-man break was caught inside the final 25km by a charging group which included Groenewegen and his Team BikeExchange-Jayco team-mates, as they looked to capture the win that had eluded them in the previous three stages.

Launching his sprint early, Groenewegen was too strong for his rivals and held firm in a 200-metre drag to the finish, to bounce back from a crash on Stage 2 which only served to strengthen his – and his team-mates’ – determination to leave Hungary with a win under their belt.

The fifth and final stage takes place tomorrow, from Miskolc to Gyöngyös-Kékestető, as the race concludes with a test for the climbers which will shape the final GC.

Dylan Groenewegen – 1st place:

“The legs were really good the whole week but the results were not there, so today we made a new plan. It was a hard final with the two small climbs, and the team did an amazing effort for me. I have no voice because of all the screaming! It was fantastic job and I’m really happy with my team-mates who got me into a great position.

With 200m to go I had really good legs to sprint, I went and I saw nobody.

Today we used everyone. In the last days we mixed things up and got boxed in, and today we had freedom. The whole team was really strong and I could sprint for the win. The speed was really high in the bunch and on the climbs, but I could stay in the bunch and the team got me to the front.

It’s a really important win, it’s been a difficult season, we had two wins with the sprint train already but after that we had a lot of sickness and I also crashed [here], but today we had a bit of luck.”

Tristan Hoffman (Sport Director):

“Dylan was the fastest today. Stage 1, 2 and 3 we really tried hard to get him in a good position to sprint for the win, but every time we failed. but we kept talking, the riders stayed motivated and the staff too, and we said we wouldn’t go home until we won!

In the end it worked today, and it was fantastic. Not just Dylan, but his team-mates too. Today it worked out and it’s a big relief for Dylan and the team because they’ve been working hard for him.”

2022 Tour de Hongrie Stage 4 – Results:

1. Dylan Groenewegen (Team BikeExchange-Jayco) 3:59:15
2. Fabio Jakobsen s/t
3. Rudy Barbier s/t

Photo: Getty Sport

— Team BikeExchange to www.greenedgecycling.com

Tour de Hongrie opens with blazing sunshine and a hectic sprint

The 43rdTour de Hongrie began with rising temperatures on stage one and Team Novo Nordisk focused on keeping tempo behind the early breakaway and the subsequent bunch sprint in downtown Szekesfehervar with Italian Andrea Peron 15th and already looking for better on tomorrow’s stage two.

Andrea Peron:

“It was a hectic sprint today, partly due to the late catch of the breakaway and, also partly due to the technical nature of the finish. There was a fair bit of road furniture to deal with and I’m relieved that there weren’t any crashes.”

“I was around 50th wheel going into the last five kilometers and actually made up a lot of ground in the run in to the finale, so to finish 15th isn’t bad. But it’s not what we came here for and we need to do better tomorrow.”

Head sports director Massimo Podenzana:

“We wanted to get either David or Peter into the breakaway today. That was our first goal. It’s important for us to be visible and for Peter in particular at his home race and we tried repeatedly over the first kilometers and coulsnt get away, but after 15 kilometers we heard on the radio that five guys went clear and we didn’t make it.”

“This needs to be corrected tomorrow, I’m pleased that the guys were trying, but we need to be up the road as many times as possible here. Andrea did well considering the complexion of the finish and he had to jump a lot of wheels to get close to the top ten.”

— Tim Lindley to www.teamnovonordisk.com

Astana Qazaqstan Team for Tour de Hongrie 2022 – Astana

Astana Qazaqstan Team for Tour de Hongrie 2022

Astana Qazaqstan Team will take part in the 2.1 stage race Tour de Hongrie (Tour of Hungary), which will be held from May 11th to 15th.

Rider roster: Samuele Battistella (ITA), Yevgeniy Fedorov (KAZ), Yevgeniy Gidich (KAZ), Michele Gazzoli (ITA), Davide Martinelli (ITA), Alexey Lutsenko (KAZ).

 

Sports directors in race: Mario Manzoni (ITA), Orlando Maini (ITA).

Race information: https://www.tourdehongrie.hu

Photo credit: @Gettysport

— Vitalii to www.astana-qazaqstan.com

Israel Start-Up Nation brings strong, balanced team to Tour de Hongrie

  • Itamar Einhorn starts his 2021-season: ‘Finally’
  • Ben Moshe joins WorldTour-team for first time: ‘Worked for this for long time’.
  • Pridham from Rwanda to Hungary: ‘Great adventure’

Israel Start-Up Nation returns to the Tour de Hongrie. The race that Israel Cycling Academy won in 2019 with Krists Neilands, features the return of Israeli sprinter Itamar Einhorn and the WorldTour-team debut of Yuval Ben Moshe.

Back from knee injury

Einhorn suffered a knee injury at the beginning of the season, so the sprinter took time for his recovery, did some races on the track, and is returning to begin his road competition for the 2021-season in Hungary.

Recovering from the knee injury took Einhorn longer than expected, he says. “However, now I feel like I am ready to race on the road again. This race will be special and I can imagine that I have to get used to the peloton feeling once again.”

“From my experiences on the track over the last few weeks, I do know that I am on the right way,” Einhorn continues. “We are going to Hungary with a number of fast guys, and I am looking forward to racing with them. I see the Tour de Hongrie as a build-up to bigger races yet to come.”

Ben Moshe introduced to WorldTour-team

The Tour de Hongrie also means Yuval Ben Moshe’s WorldTour debut. The Israeli sprinter is excited to get a chance to show himself.

“I am really looking forward to the Tour de Hongrie,” Ben Moshe says. “With the continental riders who are living in Girona, I have been training a lot. We motivate each other, especially when we share each other’s stories about racing.”

Ben Moshe: “Getting the chance to race in the WorldTour-colors is something I have been looking forward to, and worked for, for a long time.”

“For us, as continental team-riders, it is an amazing thing that we can sometimes race with the WorldTour-team,” Ben Moshe says. “We gain experience and I am sure that I will learn a lot during the week in Hungary.”

Mixture of riders

Sports director Dirk Demol says Israel Start-Up Nation has a balanced team. “We bring powerhouses, youngsters, experienced riders, sprinters, and a good climber. There is a large variety in the stages and we will play our cards accordingly.”

Demol will be accompanied by Cherie Pridham. The first female sports director in the WorldTour has a busy racing schedule and traveled straight from the Tour du Rwanda to the Tour de Hongrie.

“Rwanda was a great adventure,” she says, “especially having the community #RacingForChange projects. I am sure the Tour de Hongrie will be a nice race too.”

Israel Start-Up Nation’s line up for Tour de Hongrie:

  • Ben Hermans
  • Rudy Barbier
  • Itamar Einhorn
  • Taj Jones
  • Tom Van Asbroeck
  • Yuval Ben Moshe

Sports directors: Dirk Demol and Cherie Pridham
Tour de Hongrie: 12-16 May

— Sjors Beukeboom to israelcyclingacademy.com