Lozano leads from the front on Stage 3 in Hungary as late crash takes down Peron & Benahmouda

Head Sports Director Massimo Podenzana:

It’s been our intention since the first stage. To get someone up the road in the breakaway, show our jersey to the world and also ease the pressure on our guys in the bunch who are asked with looking after Andrea and Mehdi so they can try in the final sprint.”

“Today that plan worked out really nicely, it took a while for the move to go, but when it went David was at the front, attentive and he made it into the group. We knew there wasn’t much chance of the move staying away, the big sprinters teams would always want to bring things back together ahead of tomorrow’s Queen Stage.

“David worked hard, and he kept trying to drive the group on into the closing kilometers, but they were caught ten kilometers from the finish, then first Mehdi went down and then Andrea in the final kilometer. That finished our chances for the sprint. Thankfully they are both ok. Andrea finished, but Mehdi had to be taken for a check-up, so won’t start tomorrow.”

David Lozano:

“Man, we have been trying every day to get into the breakaway and despite our efforts it didn’t happen, so I am really happy that we made it today. It was hard, but the stage was relatively short, and I felt good out there.”

“At first there were only three of us out there, we attacked on a short rise after the first climb and then two more guys came across. As a quintet we worked well together, I tried to go for some KOM points and managed to pick up a couple, but the other guy had a better sprint than me. Still, it was great to get out front again, it’s been a while for me, and I enjoyed it.”

— tnn to www.teamnovonordisk.com

Wet roads, uphill kickers and late crashes on second stage in Hungary

Sports Director Gennady Mikhaylov:

“There was a crash very early on the bottom of the first climb and we got caught out behind it. Subsequently we missed the break. Seven guys went clear after the crash and that was it until the last ten kilometers.”

“We knew the final was going to be quite technical with successive roundabouts and it was made more technical with the wet roads. There was another crash as the break was caught and we tried to bring Andrea back up, but we were a little too far back. Considering the difficulties in the final, to place 21st is pretty good and it was very good to see the guys working together to help Andrea over the last 20 kilometers.”

Andrea Peron:

“I actually finished a little better today than yesterday even if the stage was harder, but to be honest I’m feeling like I’m missing a bit of top end after having a little break after the Tour of Turkey and it would be great if we can go better again tomorrow.”

“We were all together as a team for most of the stage and that’s a great feeling, having your teammates around you, supporting you to try and get the best result possible.”

Charles Planet:

“Me and David tried to get in the break today, but we missed the key attack, and that was the attack that formed the breakaway, Afterwards, I have to say we worked well together for Andrea, but we know we need to try and stay up there with him for as long as possible and unfortunately today we struggled to be there until the last kilometer.

“We split in the final five kilometers when the speed really ramped up and that is exactly the point where we need to fight to be together. We know that and that’s what we are aiming for tomorrow.”

— tnn to www.teamnovonordisk.com