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

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Sports director Gennady Mikhaylov:

“We had a better day today and it was good to see Peter rediscover his mojo and race with a smile on his face again. I’m not sure how much longer that we could have held on at the front because the pace was high, the crash split things up anyway so it’s a moot point.”

“Andrea is pretty lucky because that was a heavy crash at 60kph and it could have been a lot worse, so we’re thankful that he’s ok and will be ok to race tomorrow. It’s going to be a hard day at the Tour du Jura and we will need all of our resources.”

Peter Kusztor:

“I think I’ve come back quite well after, some good training days at home since the Tour of Denmark and today went better than I expected. The weather was beautiful all day, brilliant sunshine and not much wind. The course was hilly, but the bigger climbs tomorrow and once the breakaway went clear today the peloton eased up and the pace stayed relatively constant until the final third.”

“I managed to stay with the front group until a crash split the bunch with around 20 kilometers to go. Andrea had gone down a little earlier and that was a bigger crash. I was lucky because I manged to avoid the worst of it, but I couldn’t make it back to the front and David and I finished together.”

— Tim Lindley to www.teamnovonordisk.com