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.”
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