Con il Giro d’Italia che affronta la sua prima giornata di riposo, per l’Androni Giocattoli Sidermec c’è il tempo per fare il bilancio anche del recentissimo Tour de Hongrie, che si è chiuso domenica dopo cinque tappe.
Per il team, guidato da Leonardo Canciani e Daniele Righi, nell’ultima frazione di Budapest è arrivato un bel quinto posto in volata di Matteo Malucelli. Dall’Ungheria per l’Androni Giocattoli Sidermec anche la maglia bianca di miglior corridore magiaro con Janos Pelikan. Il corridore di casa, tra l’altro, si è fatto vedere in più di un’occasione all’attacco.

— Team Androni Sidermec to teamandronisidermec.com


Bahrain Victorious secured the Green Jersey with Phil Bauhaus on their first appearance at the Tour de Hongrie. The five-stage race over 792 kilometres and 7,954 verticle meters was also raced by the first-ever Bahraini in the pro peloton, Ahmed Madan.

Bauhaus secured the jersey with wins on the opening stage and stage 3, while Santiago Buitrago had a top-ten finish in the GC.

Bauhaus reflected on the race: “In general, I think it was a successful race for us finishing in the top ten in GC, and I have two stage wins and the green jersey.

Today with two wins, we wanted the third one. It was not easy today, and we are a bit disappointed as we went out a bit too early, and there was a slight headwind. Overall it was a good race.”

Tour de Hongrie 2021 – 42nd Edition – 5th stage Budapest – Budapest 92,4 km – 16/05/2021 – Ahmed Madan (BRN – Bahrain Victorious) – photo Igor Stancík/BettiniPhoto©2021

Ahmed Madan made history, being the first Bahraini represented in the pro peloton and was delighted by the experience: “Amazing first race with the team at Tour of Hungary over five stages. At the start, I felt a little bit nervous as I didn’t know what to expect. Day by day, with the help of the team, I felt better. I started working on the front with the team and helping the guys, and we had two victories and the green jersey, so I’m pretty happy with how the first race went.”

Sports director Neil Stephens shared his thoughts on the week in Hungary: ”We placed 4th today and it was enough to solidify our lead in the green jersey competition, and we are pleased about winning that. In general, we had a really successful week. We came here to win one stage, and we won two. We also wanted to place highly in the GC, and we placed 10th. Finally, Ahmed was able to finish his first stage race in Europe and played an integral part in the success we achieved this week. Hopefully, this is a sign of great things to come for Ahmed and Bahrain Victorious.”

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— Simona Mazzoleni to bahraincyclingteam.com

Tour de Hongrie closes with fast downtown sprint in central Budapest

Head sports director Massimo Podenzana:

“We had our fair share of misfortune this week. Crashes took out Mehdi and Andrea, sickness meant Charles couldn’t finish the race and we ended up with three guys on the start line for today’s last stage in Budapest.”

“It was always going to end in a sprint finish, 92 flat kilometers in and around Budapest and the overall was decided yesterday, so our only objective today was to try and get someone in the breakaway to show our jersey and try something in the final.”

“The breakaway went straight out of the start and we missed the move, all we could do from there was try to help Peter to a high finish. We placed in the bunch, behind the sprinters and now we need to recover for the Tours of Mirabelle and Estonia at the end of the month.”

Sam Brand:

“I came into the race not feeling 100%, I had some stomach problems, but gradually started to feel better each day, more like myself and able to do something to help the team. Today we really wanted to try and get in the breakaway and show ourselves at the front of the race.”

“The move went super early, four guys led by Astana and we weren’t there. We were surprised a little by how quickly it went, and the situation didn’t really change until the final lap when it really ramped up for the sprint.”

“We did the best we could without a sprinter today and both David and Peter were flying with the group at the end, but we weren’t able to finish higher than in the middle of the pack. I’m looking ahead to Estonia now and some of the other guys to Mirabelle, it will be important to recover and regroup as we have goals we want to achieve.”

— tnn to www.teamnovonordisk.com

Howson wraps up the overall title at the Tour de Hongrie – Team BikeExchange

Yesterday’s Queen stage winner Damien Howson delivered Team BikeExchange their second overall UCI stage race victory of the 2021 season at the Tour de Hongrie, after safely negotiating the final stage in Budapest.

Today’s win is the 28-year-old’s third overall stage race victory of his career following on from last year’s Czech Tour title and the 2017 Herald Sun Tour. 

The race concluded with 12 laps of a circuit around the capital with the stage always likely to finish in a fourth bunch sprint in five days. A breakaway was established in the opening kilometres, but the sprint teams kept them on a tight leash throughout the 92km stage.

New Zealander Sam Bewley chipped in with work on the front, while the rest of the team amassed around race leader Howson and guided him safely through the day. The sprint teams made no mistake and reeled the breakaway in ahead of the final lap before setting it up for a sprint finish won by Edward Theuns.

Damien Howson:
“Bike racing is never over until it’s over, so particularly until three kilometres to go I definitely had to be very attentive and have a little bit of luck go my way, no misfortune and at the end of the day I got around the course safely.

The team rode well and I’m happy to come away with the victory at the end of the week. It’s nice to see people at the side of the road again supporting bike racing and it was a nice day supporting the yellow jersey, I enjoyed it out there.
I think last year after winning the Czech Tour I had the desire to get a few more wins and it’s something I’ve put focus on and this race, I came close last year, so I knew it was in my grasp if I played it smart.”

Mat Hayman (Sport Director):
“We’re really happy to finish the tour off like that, it’s always a little bit nervous with a street circuit and there was quite a lot of rain this morning, but the boys did well defending the jersey.
We wanted to go for both, defend the jersey and go for the stage win, but it was quite a messy sprint again and Kaden [Groves] was a bit out of position, so that was a bit disappointing.

But we’re happy to see Damo get on the bus with the yellow jersey, we ticked that box, we won a stage and the tour, so we are really pleased.”

Tour de Hongrie – Stage 5:
1. Edward Theuns 1:55:46
2. Olav Kooij ST
11. Kaden Groves (Team BikeExchange) ST

2021 Tour de Hongrie – GC
1. Damien Howson (Team BikeExchange) 18:07:10
2. Ben Hermans +0:16
3. Antonio Tiberi +0:24

Photo Courtesy of Tour de Hongrie.

— Team BikeExchange to www.greenedgecycling.com

Tour de Hongrie Queen Stage the decider ahead of Sunday’s finale in Budapest

Head sports director Massimo Podenzana

“Everyone was waiting for today to see the race explode for the GC battle on the climbs and it happened. After the early break was caught the main contenders started to move. We wanted to try and stay with the front group with David and Peter, but after Mehdi not starting due to a broken collarbone and Andrea feeling the effects of yesterday’s crash, it was difficult to give them full support.”

“Nevertheless, the guys gave it everything and it was only on the last climb that they lost contact with the leading group as the race split apart. Those moves by the overall contenders all but decided the GC and tomorrow’s short stage in Budapest will be a fast one, over pretty quickly and certainly end in a sprint.”

“It was hard for our guys today and Andrea went deep trying to help Peter on the last climb, so we will see if he can recover a little to try again tomorrow in the sprint.”

Peter Kusztor

To be completely open and honest…I couldn’t go with the last attacks. It was super-fast and aggressive. We were there going into the last 10 kilometers, but as soon as the gradient stiffened and the accelerations got stronger, we fell back.”

“I have to thank the guys, because they worked for me today, especially Andrea as he was there with me right until the end and our teamwork was very good, but we couldn’t do more.”

— tnn to www.teamnovonordisk.com

Howson storms into Tour de Hongrie race lead after stage four summit triumph – Team BikeExchange

Australian Damien Howson moved into the race lead at the Tour de Hongrie with one day to go, thanks to a stunning victory on the summit finish to stage four.

The day was always set for a general classification showdown on the final climb, with Team BikeExchange taking a backseat for most of the day before the breakaway was reeled in and the race hit the slopes of the category one ascent.

Both Kaden Groves and Barnabás Peák set a strong pace on the climb before swinging off and leaving it to Howson and Italian youngster Kevin Colleoni with four kilometres remaining. Howson then bided his time and didn’t panic when Jhojan García made his move with two kilometres to go and instead waited to launch his bid for glory inside the final kilometre.

With Colleoni setting a strong pace behind, Howson powered across the gap and straight pass the Colombian, with nobody able to follow the 28-year-old’s stinging acceleration as he crossed the line. The victory propels the Czech Tour winner into the overall race lead by 16 seconds with just one stage remaining.

Damien Howson:
“I feel bad for the Caja Rural rider, he did exactly the move I did last year, and I knew if a team still has more than one rider it’s virtually impossible to stay away.

From the beginning of the race, from the first 30 kilometres until the break went, the team was flawless, the communication was fantastic, they marked every move that we knew was dangerous and we didn’t have to commit anyone to the front until the final climb.

It was quite an easy stage until the final climb, but I needed to make the race as hard as possible to get rid of some of those faster guys. So, we took it up from the bottom and once the solo rider attacked with two kilometres to go, I was lucky to have Kevin Colleoni there.

He just rode a really hard tempo, I think everyone was uncomfortable on the wheels and I was able to time my move to perfection and essentially copy last year’s stage winner and the way he won, so I couldn’t be happier!”

Mat Hayman (Sport Director):
“What can I say? We came here with a team with only two climbers with Kevin and Damo, but the boys really stepped up today and a lot of the boys that we’ve been using for the lead out started climbing and it was really nice to see how everyone pulled together to give Damo that opportunity.
He came close last year, he made a little bit of a mistake last year and this year he fixed that mistake and won the stage convincingly and it was really nice to see. It was pretty impressive how some of the guys were climbing on a course that doesn’t really suit them.
Also, without Kevin there, who knows what would have happened? To have a guy that young to be able to react that quickly and to ride tempo for Damo was great. So all round a great team performance and I’m super happy for Damo to get the win after last year when he came ever so close.”

2021 Tour de Hongrie Stage 4 – Results
1. Damien Howson (Team BikeExchange) 2:55:50
2. Ben Hermans +0:09
3. Antonio Tiberi +0:15

2021 Tour de Hongrie Stage 4 – GC
1. Damien Howson (Team BikeExchange) 16:11:24
2. Ben Hermans +0:163. Antonio Tiberi +0:24

Photo Courtesy of Vanik Zoltan.

— Team BikeExchange to www.greenedgecycling.com

Bauhaus Wins Stage 3 at Tour de Hongrie as Fred Wright rounds off the Podium.

A third win in three days for Team Bahrain Victorious as Phil Bauhaus sprinted to victory on stage 3 at the Tour de Hongrie.

Stage 3 started in Veszprém with riders taking on 142 kilometres to the finish in Tata. An early breakaway of five riders formed after 20 kilometres, but the gap was controlled with them not getting more than four minutes.

The peloton worked to close the gap on the break with good work from Bahrain Victorious and the first Bahraini rider Ahmed Madan doing turns on the front of the group. In the last kilometres, two crashes reduced the sprinting group, but Bahrain Victorious positioned themselves well through Marcel Sieberg, Heinrich Haussler and Fred Wright. The lead-out train put Bauhaus in a great position to win and beat Mike Teunissen (Jumbo Visma) to the line. A strong show from Fred Wright also saw him cross the line in third.

With the win, Bauhaus went back into both the overall and points jersey:
“We had a really good tactic and were able to stay calm in the last corners. With 1km to go, Haussler was amazingly strong. There was one guy from Jumbo between us, and I let Fred go, but I could go and get the win. Tomorrow we have Santiago here, and he is super strong on the climbs, so we hope he can go for the podium.”

Tour de Hongrie 2021 – 42nd Edition – 3rd stage Veszprem – Tata 141,9 km – 14/05/2021 – Ahmed Madan (BRN – Bahrain Victorious) – photo Igor Stancík/BettiniPhoto©2021

Ahmed Madan is delighted with his first race with the team, which has seen the team take two wins and a third-place so far: “Stage 3 of Tour de Hongrie done. It was a shorter stage with sunny weather. Haussler helped me a lot today on the stage with positioning and getting more confident with the group. The more I race now, the more I have confidence in myself, allowing me to do more work for the team in the front to help chase the breakaway. And we won today!”

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— Simona Mazzoleni to bahraincyclingteam.com

Bauhaus Takes Stage 1 at Tour de Hongrie

Team Bahrain Victorious got off to a great start at their first visit to the Tour de Hongrie as Phil Bauhaus sprinted to victory on Stage 1.

The 173km stage started in Siófok, featuring a relatively flat stage with only one category three climb. An early breakaway formed from about 20km into the race, and on the Igal climb, they had a gap of around three minutes. The peloton always managed the gap with several teams looking for the bunch sprint.

With around 7km to go, the race was all back together. The teams were then fighting for position in the lead out to the sprint. Bauhaus was able to launch his sprint and take the victory in Kaposvár. With the win, Bauhaus goes into the leader and the points jersey.

Tour de Hongrie 2021 – 42nd Edition – 1st stage Siofok – Kaposvar 177 km – 12/05/2021 – Phil Bauhaus (GER – Bahrain Victorious) – photo Igor Stancík/BettiniPhoto©2021

Bauhaus was delighted with the win: “It was a controlled race, and everyone expected the bunch sprint. We were really good together, and we executed our goals well. In the last corner, with 1.2km to go, I needed to be in front, and I made my way up to the front, and I could fight for the good wheels. I felt really good, and I still had a lot of power for the sprint to go for the win.

It’s good news for the team following the bad news from the Giro with Mikel. I hope it gives everyone morale for the next days for the guys at the Giro, and it’s important for our team in general.”

Tour de Hongrie 2021 – 42nd Edition – 1st stage Siofok – Kaposvar 177 km – 12/05/2021 – Ahmed Madan (BRN – Bahrain Victorious) – photo Igor Stanc’k/BettiniPhoto©2021

It was also the first race for the first Bahraini rider Ahmed Madan, who was happy to make his debut and for the team to win: “It was a perfect first day of racing with the team. All the guys were really welcoming and helpful with my first race. The team all stayed together, and I was moving well with the team. I pulled back when the pace picked up for the sprint, but the guys did a perfect job and took the win.

After the race, we heard the news about Mikel’s crash, and I really hope he recovers soon.”

— Simona Mazzoleni to bahraincyclingteam.com

Tour de Hongrie opens with a chaotic sprint and Peron just outside the top 20

Head Sports Director Massimo Podenzana:

“Well, I think it’s fair to say that today woke the legs up! It was a pretty hard stage and like all the races we have done this year, it was very fast. We had two objectives today, we wanted to get up the road in the breakaway to try and have a chance of getting in the KOM jersey like last year and secondly to help Mehdi over the climbs and support him in the sprint at the end.”

“Three guys went away after around 30kilometers and we weren’t there, so Charles tried to bridge across, but those guys weren’t waiting and around and it was too much for him to do alone.

“By that point we knew we had left it too late to get any of the available KOM points and had to settle for trying to go for something in the sprint. Mehdi was caught too far back, so Andrea tried his best, but it was very hectic, and he was a little short of the top 20 guys.”

Andrea Peron

“We all tried to get something going with a breakaway right from the start today, but because of the early intermediate sprint the bunch didn’t want to let anything go and when the trio went, we were too far back and Charles tried to make it over, but he was wasting too much energy stuck in the middle on his own.”

“The final sprint was quite chaotic, fast and technical before the line and we initially wanted to work for Mehdi, but he had to hit the brakes on the last corner and fell back. I tried to adjust and move up to have a chance of the top ten, but there just wasn’t enough road. For sure we will try again tomorrow, every stage apart from Saturday will most likely end in a sprint and that’s three more chances for us.”

— tnn to www.teamnovonordisk.com




With the Giro d’Italia in full swing, Androni Giocattoli Sidermec, with another part of the team, will also be involved in Hungary in these days. The team, in fact, will race the Tour de Hongrie which will start today and end on May 16 after five stages. In the race there will be Luca Chirico, Matteo Malucelli, Leonardo Marchiori, the Hungarian Janos Pelikan, the Croatian Josip Rumac and Mattia Viel.
The team will be led by Leonardo Canciani and Daniele Righi, the Tuscan sports director who will make his debut with Androni Giocattoli Sidermec.

— Team Androni Sidermec to teamandronisidermec.com