Team spirit and experience keeps Kusztor in the fray in Belgium

Sport Director Gennady Mikhaylov:

“Today was for sure the toughest stage of the race starting with the iconic Mur du Huy and then steadily getting more difficult with repeated climbs over the final circuits. Yet again the boys did a good job of helping and looking out for one another when the going got tough.”

“The race split to pieces on the final circuits and Peter dropped out of the front group, but he kept his head and fought hard to get back up towards the front before the finish and in the end, he finished in the second group, just behind the sprinters.”

Peter Kusztor:

“I am really enjoying this race. The team is working very well together, and we are developing a really good understanding between each other that makes everything feel a little bit easier and somehow, I feel like I have more energy to fight in the final kilometers. I guess that’s the team spirit!”

“We were positioned quite close to the front going into the last 50 kilometers, but once the race split behind the breakaway it became quite chaotic and I tried to stay up there as long as I could, but it was too fast.”

“On the last lap I managed to get back into the second group and I really wanted to have a go at the finish, because I like that kind of sweeping, slightly uphill finale, but we couldn’t bring the sprinters group back and that was it. C’est la vie.”

— tnn to www.teamnovonordisk.com

Kusztor rolls back the years on stage 2 ITT at the Belgium Tour

Sport Director Gennady Mikhaylov:

“Our target today was for all our guys to come through without any issues and try to try as hard as possible, gain some good experience and learn as much as we can. We are not hugely experienced time trialists and with the big guys that are here targeting the overall, it was never going to be our objective to have a go on this stage.”

“That said, it was pleasing to see our guys giving it their best shot out there. It was a flat course, made for big powerful riders, but it was great to see Peter in particular shaking off the effects of yesterday’s crash and almost catch his minute man.”

Peter Kusztor:

“That was awesome! I really enjoyed it. I felt good despite the crash yesterday and I was able to put some good power down. It was windy, but not too bad and to be honest I prefer going into the head/cross wind because a tailwind does more favours for the bigger, heavier riders.”

“I am pleased. I am not a young man anymore so to go well is satisfying and I hope it means some positive signs for the rest of the Belgium Tour.”

— tnn to www.teamnovonordisk.com

Kusztor tries to kick up some dust from the Mirabelle breakaway

Peter Kusztor (HUN)

“We knew we had to try to get in the breakaway tidy and show ourselves, but also try to make something happen and that’s what I did.”

“It was a hard stage, but the collaboration was quite good in the group and we managed to stay away for a long time, but the GC teams were working to bring us back and it became clear we wouldn’t make it to the line.”

“Nevertheless, it was good to get up the road and push for a positive result from the front of the race.”

— Alice Podenzana to www.teamnovonordisk.com