Top 20 for Peron and Team Novo Nordisk in Hungary

The clouds parted and the sun reappeared for today’s fourth stage of the Tour de Hongrie as the peloton sat calmly behind the breakaway quartet over the undulating parcours before the sprint unfolded in Kazincbarcika with Andrea Peron placing in the top 20 on the slightly uphill finish.

Andrea Peron:

“It was almost too steady for the first part of today’s stage, and I found it quite hard to get going, then the pace picked up when we hit the last circuit and we managed to find our rhythm. The guys did a great job again with David and Peter with me right until the last few kilometers.”

“The approach to the finish was long and fast before a left-hand turn and a slight kick up to the line and I was slightly boxed in as we came out if the corner, so I lost a little bit of ground that I couldn’t make up. Spirits are high though and we’ve got a tough climbing day coming up tomorrow for the last stage.”

Head sports director Massimo Podenzana:

“We wanted more from the sprint stages here, we’ve not done badly, and the guys have worked very hard, but the results haven’t gone on our way. It goes like that sometimes, but we’ve done very well recently with podiums and top ten’s that we felt we could keep that run going here in Hungary.”

“That said, the guys have really impressed with the level of teamwork and support that they’ve been able to give Andrea going into the final and that has definitely been a step up for us, the organization, communication and collaboration between the guys has been great.”

— Tim Lindley to www.teamnovonordisk.com

Wet and filthy stage three in Hungary brings out the TNN train

The rain came down across northeastern Hungary on stage three of the Tour de Hongrie with Team Novo Nordisk shaking off the raindrops over the closing kilometers to provide sprinter Andrea Peron with an almost perfect lead out train into the final.

Almost perfect. Almost because of an untimely and unfortunate mechanical with 300m to go as Peron freewheeled to the line as the sprint unfolded around him.

Andrea Peron:

“The guys were incredible today. Truly. I don’t remember the last time we were all lined out at the front like that over the last ten kilometers. One by one the guys emptied themselves and peeled off right up to the final kilometer. I was in a great position going into the sprint and it’s just bad luck that I had a mechanical at that moment.”

“It can happen to anyone and we’re already looking ahead to tomorrow, it will be the last opportunity to try and do something in the sprint and If we ride like we did today we’ve got every chance of achieving a result.”

Head sports director Massimo Podenzana:

“We did everything right today and had some bad luck there at the end. Of course, it’s disappointing because Andrea was so well positioned and after the work the guys did bringing him to the front, he had every chance of a good result, but it happens and it’s already past.”

“Tomorrow is another chance, and it will be a longer day and hopefully in much drier conditions. We need to stay organized like we did today and collectively save our energy to work for Andrea in the final to give him the opportunity to do his sprint from the best possible position.”

— Tim Lindley to www.teamnovonordisk.com

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
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

Bahrain Victorious to Tour of Hungary

Off the back of hosting Grande Partenza for the 105th edition of Giro d’Italia, Hungary will be hosting their 43rd edition of Tour de Hongrie.

The five-stage race starting on 11th May from Csákvár will see riders take on 905km and over 6,400 vertical metres before finishing in Gyöngyös-Kékestető. Last season, the Tour of Hungary was a happy hunting ground for the team, as Phil Bauhaus claimed two stage wins and secured the sprint jersey. This year the team will be looking to go for the GC with the young Italian rider, Edoardo Zambanini.
This year’s queen stage is on the final day and is only the 11th edition the race ends with a summit finish. The 188km stage has over 3,000 vertical metres and ends atop the Kékestető, a first classified climb 12.1km long with an average gradient of 5.6%, and will ultimately be the decider for the overall winner. 

Our Sports director Michal Golas shared his thoughts ahead of the race: “We have got one of the few races where all the riders from our team can find an opportunity. We will protect Edoardo Zambanini, who is our general classification leader.”

— Simona Mazzoleni to bahraincyclingteam.com

Team BikeExchange-Jayco all in for Groenewegen in Hungary – Team BikeExchange Jayco

Team BikeExchange-Jayco goes to Tour de Hongrie with a clear objective this week: victories with sprinter Dylan Groenewegen.

The Dutchman will line up on the start line in Csákvár for stage 1 on Wednesday having last raced at the start of April, and comes into the race with a solid block of training behind him.

Supporting Groenewegen for the sprints will be Luka Mezgec, Cameron Meyer and Amund Grondahl Jansen, with one of the team’s youngest riders – Alexandre Balmer – and one of its most experienced – Jack Bauer – also in the six-rider line-up.

Of the five stages, the team sees opportunities for a bunch sprint finish across the first four, before a test of the climbing legs to round off the five days on Sunday as the race finishes up with a 184km stage into Gyöngyös-Kékestető.

Team BikeExchange-Jayco line-up:
Alexandre Balmer (SUI)
Jack Bauer (NZL)
Dylan Groenewegen (NED)
Amund Grondahl Jansen (NOR)
Cameron Meyer (AUS)
Luka Mezgec (SLO)

Dylan Groenewegen:
“It’s been a few weeks now since I’ve raced. After many days of racing at the beginning of the season I had a small break, but then I trained hard to prepare for this next block of races which are coming up, starting with the Tour of Hungary.

We will have a few options in Hungary to try to win some stages, and this will be our goal. I feel good and we have a strong team for this race. I’m ready to race again, and to feel the adrenaline of the competition.”

Tristan Hoffman (Sports Director):
“We are going to Hungary all in with Dylan. The first four stages should all finish with sprints, so we will try our best to take the most out of them.

We have a strong team with great lead-out riders, such as Cameron and Luka, and we know it’s never easy but we enter the race with lot of confidence. Only the final day finishes with a climb, and we will see how Alex will feel and we might give it a go with him.

It should be an exciting week for us and we hope to keep the good vibe the team had in Hungary during the first stages of Giro d’Italia.”

2022 Tour de Hongrie – Race Details:
Wednesday, 11th May: Stage 1, Csákvár to Székesfehérvár, 195km
Thursday, 12th May: Stage 2, Karcag to Hajdúszoboszló, 192km
Friday, 13th May: Stage 3, Sárospatak – Nyíregyháza, 154km
Saturday, 14th May: Stage 4, Kazincbarcika – Kazincbarcika, 177km
Sunday, 15th May: Stage 5, Miskolc – Gyöngyös-Kékestető,184km

Photo Courtesy of Getty Sport.

— Team BikeExchange to www.greenedgecycling.com

Team Novo Nordisk go into Tour of Hungary on a high

A great week of racing in Greece sets the world’s first all diabetes professional cycling team up well going into the 43rd edition of the Tour de Hongrie with sprinter Andrea Peron and Catalan climber David Lozano both in form and hungry for more results.

Peron achieved the team’s third podium of the year when he sprinted into second place on stage two at the Tour of Hellas, following it up with fourth on stage 4 before Lozano took up the GC reigns and climbed up to 13th overall to cap a superb all round team performance.

“Having your team leaders in good shape and in form is always positive,” said General Manager Vassili Davidenko. “And all the guys did a very good job in Greece, but we’re up against a field stacked with WorldTour teams in Hungary and we know the level will be high. That’s why it’s important for us to carry the confidence and momentum we have built up into next week and keep banging on that door.”

“The Tour de Hongrie is a race we know well, and it always plays a significant role on our calendar. This year’s course is particularly difficult, and we need to start well to have a chance of achieving our goals. Andrea and David have a strong supporting cast around them, and teamwork will be important, it doesn’t hurt to have our Hungarian champion Peter Ksuztor in the mix. Let’s see if his local knowledge can bring us something extra!”

Back racing on home roads Kusztor brings bags of experience along with his climbing skills and the former national road champion joins current Finnish champion Joonas Henttala, Kiwi Hamish Beadle and Italian neo-pro Filippo Ridolfo in completing the line-up.

“I say it every year, but I love racing on my home roads in front of my family and friends,” said Kusztor. “This year won’t be any different and we’re very pleased to be once again back at the Tour de Hongrie. Our moral is very high after our performances in Greece and that was maybe the best we have raced as a team this season, so we come to Hungary with our tails up and our game face on.”

“Cycling in Hungary is more popular every year and with the Giro d’Italia starting the first three stages here last weekend the spotlight in the Tour de Hongrie is brighter than ever. That also means that the competition will be tougher, so we will need to be sharp from the first kilometer and race as a team to continue our good run of results.”

Following a slightly different route to last year’s race, the 2022 edition will cover 902km over five days of racing, starting in the noble castle of Csakvar outside of Budapest and then moving gradually northeast for a mountainous finale in Kekesteto.

Team Novo Nordisk at the Tour de Hongrie, 11th – 15th May:

Hamish Beadle (NZL, 24)

Joonas Henttala (FIN, 30)

Peter Kusztor (HUN, 37)

David Lozano (ESP, 33)

Andrea Peron (IT, 33)

Filippo Ridolfo (IT, 20)


Wednesday 11th May, Stage1: Csakvar – Szekesfehervar, 195km

Thursday 12th May, Stage 2: Karcag – Hajduszoboszlo, 192km

Friday 13th May, Stage 3: Sarospatak – Nyiregyhaza, 154km

Saturday 14th May, Stage 4: Kazincbarcika – Kazincbarcika, 177km

Sunday 15th May, Stage 5: Miskolc – Gyongyos-Kekesteto, 184km

— Tim Lindley to www.teamnovonordisk.com