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Bauhaus Takes Stage 1 at Tour de Hongrie

Team Bahrain Victorious got off to a great start at their first visit to the Tour de Hongrie as Phil Bauhaus sprinted to victory on Stage 1.

The 173km stage started in Siófok, featuring a relatively flat stage with only one category three climb. An early breakaway formed from about 20km into the race, and on the Igal climb, they had a gap of around three minutes. The peloton always managed the gap with several teams looking for the bunch sprint.

With around 7km to go, the race was all back together. The teams were then fighting for position in the lead out to the sprint. Bauhaus was able to launch his sprint and take the victory in Kaposvár. With the win, Bauhaus goes into the leader and the points jersey.

Tour de Hongrie 2021 – 42nd Edition – 1st stage Siofok – Kaposvar 177 km – 12/05/2021 – Phil Bauhaus (GER – Bahrain Victorious) – photo Igor Stancík/BettiniPhoto©2021

Bauhaus was delighted with the win: “It was a controlled race, and everyone expected the bunch sprint. We were really good together, and we executed our goals well. In the last corner, with 1.2km to go, I needed to be in front, and I made my way up to the front, and I could fight for the good wheels. I felt really good, and I still had a lot of power for the sprint to go for the win.

It’s good news for the team following the bad news from the Giro with Mikel. I hope it gives everyone morale for the next days for the guys at the Giro, and it’s important for our team in general.”

Tour de Hongrie 2021 – 42nd Edition – 1st stage Siofok – Kaposvar 177 km – 12/05/2021 – Ahmed Madan (BRN – Bahrain Victorious) – photo Igor Stanc’k/BettiniPhoto©2021

It was also the first race for the first Bahraini rider Ahmed Madan, who was happy to make his debut and for the team to win: “It was a perfect first day of racing with the team. All the guys were really welcoming and helpful with my first race. The team all stayed together, and I was moving well with the team. I pulled back when the pace picked up for the sprint, but the guys did a perfect job and took the win.

After the race, we heard the news about Mikel’s crash, and I really hope he recovers soon.”

— Simona Mazzoleni to bahraincyclingteam.com

Tour de Hongrie opens with a chaotic sprint and Peron just outside the top 20

Head Sports Director Massimo Podenzana:

“Well, I think it’s fair to say that today woke the legs up! It was a pretty hard stage and like all the races we have done this year, it was very fast. We had two objectives today, we wanted to get up the road in the breakaway to try and have a chance of getting in the KOM jersey like last year and secondly to help Mehdi over the climbs and support him in the sprint at the end.”

“Three guys went away after around 30kilometers and we weren’t there, so Charles tried to bridge across, but those guys weren’t waiting and around and it was too much for him to do alone.

“By that point we knew we had left it too late to get any of the available KOM points and had to settle for trying to go for something in the sprint. Mehdi was caught too far back, so Andrea tried his best, but it was very hectic, and he was a little short of the top 20 guys.”

Andrea Peron

“We all tried to get something going with a breakaway right from the start today, but because of the early intermediate sprint the bunch didn’t want to let anything go and when the trio went, we were too far back and Charles tried to make it over, but he was wasting too much energy stuck in the middle on his own.”

“The final sprint was quite chaotic, fast and technical before the line and we initially wanted to work for Mehdi, but he had to hit the brakes on the last corner and fell back. I tried to adjust and move up to have a chance of the top ten, but there just wasn’t enough road. For sure we will try again tomorrow, every stage apart from Saturday will most likely end in a sprint and that’s three more chances for us.”

— tnn to www.teamnovonordisk.com

ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI SIDERMEC: SI CORRE ANCHE AL TOUR DE HONGRIE

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ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI SIDERMEC: ALSO RACE AT THE TOUR DE HONGRIE

With the Giro d’Italia in full swing, Androni Giocattoli Sidermec, with another part of the team, will also be involved in Hungary in these days. The team, in fact, will race the Tour de Hongrie which will start today and end on May 16 after five stages. In the race there will be Luca Chirico, Matteo Malucelli, Leonardo Marchiori, the Hungarian Janos Pelikan, the Croatian Josip Rumac and Mattia Viel.
The team will be led by Leonardo Canciani and Daniele Righi, the Tuscan sports director who will make his debut with Androni Giocattoli Sidermec.

— Team Androni Sidermec to teamandronisidermec.com

Israel Start-Up Nation brings strong, balanced team to Tour de Hongrie

  • Itamar Einhorn starts his 2021-season: ‘Finally’
  • Ben Moshe joins WorldTour-team for first time: ‘Worked for this for long time’.
  • Pridham from Rwanda to Hungary: ‘Great adventure’

Israel Start-Up Nation returns to the Tour de Hongrie. The race that Israel Cycling Academy won in 2019 with Krists Neilands, features the return of Israeli sprinter Itamar Einhorn and the WorldTour-team debut of Yuval Ben Moshe.

Back from knee injury

Einhorn suffered a knee injury at the beginning of the season, so the sprinter took time for his recovery, did some races on the track, and is returning to begin his road competition for the 2021-season in Hungary.

Recovering from the knee injury took Einhorn longer than expected, he says. “However, now I feel like I am ready to race on the road again. This race will be special and I can imagine that I have to get used to the peloton feeling once again.”

“From my experiences on the track over the last few weeks, I do know that I am on the right way,” Einhorn continues. “We are going to Hungary with a number of fast guys, and I am looking forward to racing with them. I see the Tour de Hongrie as a build-up to bigger races yet to come.”

Ben Moshe introduced to WorldTour-team

The Tour de Hongrie also means Yuval Ben Moshe’s WorldTour debut. The Israeli sprinter is excited to get a chance to show himself.

“I am really looking forward to the Tour de Hongrie,” Ben Moshe says. “With the continental riders who are living in Girona, I have been training a lot. We motivate each other, especially when we share each other’s stories about racing.”

Ben Moshe: “Getting the chance to race in the WorldTour-colors is something I have been looking forward to, and worked for, for a long time.”

“For us, as continental team-riders, it is an amazing thing that we can sometimes race with the WorldTour-team,” Ben Moshe says. “We gain experience and I am sure that I will learn a lot during the week in Hungary.”

Mixture of riders

Sports director Dirk Demol says Israel Start-Up Nation has a balanced team. “We bring powerhouses, youngsters, experienced riders, sprinters, and a good climber. There is a large variety in the stages and we will play our cards accordingly.”

Demol will be accompanied by Cherie Pridham. The first female sports director in the WorldTour has a busy racing schedule and traveled straight from the Tour du Rwanda to the Tour de Hongrie.

“Rwanda was a great adventure,” she says, “especially having the community #RacingForChange projects. I am sure the Tour de Hongrie will be a nice race too.”

Israel Start-Up Nation’s line up for Tour de Hongrie:

  • Ben Hermans
  • Rudy Barbier
  • Itamar Einhorn
  • Taj Jones
  • Tom Van Asbroeck
  • Yuval Ben Moshe

Sports directors: Dirk Demol and Cherie Pridham
Tour de Hongrie: 12-16 May

— Sjors Beukeboom to israelcyclingacademy.com

BUONO IL BILANCIO PER L’ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI SIDERMEC AL TOUR DU RWANDA

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GOOD BALANCE FOR ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI SIDERMEC AT THE TOUR DU RWANDA

The closing balance of the Tour du Rwanda is good for Androni Giocattoli Sidermec. Good but unfortunate, with Jhonatan Restrepo losing the second place in the overall standing in the last stage due to two punctures. The African race (Uci 2.1) ended yesterday after eight stages.
The Colombian rider from Androni Giocattoli Sidermec has always fought with the best, winning the Kigali-Kwa Mutwe time trial stage. Restrepo, who had already been a great protagonist in the African race last year, has finished in the top-10 seven of the eight stages, then he has closed in fifth place in the general classification with the same time as the fourth classified, just one second from third position. For Androni Giocattoli Sidermec, directed by Leonardo Canciani, good tests also for Santiago Umba that has worn the race leader’s jersey for a day.
About the African race, where the team also received a visit from the ambassador of the delegation of the European Community in Rwanda Nicola Bellomo, comes the comment of the team manager Gianni Savio: «We obtained the third victory of the season with Jhonatan Restrepo, very good at finding a good condition, after passing Covid. The trip to Africa was an interesting experience for all the team members and in particular for the very young Santiago Umba».

— Team Androni Sidermec to teamandronisidermec.com

Team Novo Novo Nordisk Budapest bound with Tour de Hongrie up next

Team Novo Nordisk is set to back to the Tour de Hongrie next week, carrying some bittersweet memories of 2020 after Spanish climber David Lozano’s near miss in the red king of the mountain’s jersey.

The world’s first all diabetes professional cycling team took the race head on a year ago with Lozano claiming the mountains jersey on the opening stage and holding it all the way to the last day of racing only to miss out by one point and a time difference technicality.

While the heartache and disappointment may have passed, the memory lingers and Lozano alongside former Hungarian champion Peter Kusztor and puncheur Charles Planet will be looking to get in the mix again at the five-day race.

“For sure it’s something I think about from time to time,” began Lozano. “To win a jersey is a big deal and to come so close was really hard to take at the time, but we moved on as a team and need to use the memory and to a certain extent the frustration to motivate us this time around. It will be hard up against so many WorldTour teams this year, but we will try our best!”

After some strong performances in the breakaway at Milan – San Remo and in the sprints at the Tour of Turkey, Andrea Peron is on form and completes the line-up alongside French sprinter Mehdi Benhamouda and Brit Sam Brand.

“We love racing at the Tour de Hongrie,” said General Manager Vassili Davidenko. “And after our strong performance there last year we are keen to reach that level again this time around, especially in a special year like 2021.”

“Charles, David and Peter both know what it takes to be up there in this race and with Andrea and Mehdi also achieving some good results lately we feel like we have some good options for this race. It will be hard, there’s a very strong field of competition here and stage four in particular will be brutal, but we are well prepared, focused on the task in hand and working towards our goals.”

Five days of challenging racing awaits with stage four’s Queen Stage the kicker, topping out at 3,221 meters of elevation over 204 kilometers and certainly set to be the deciding day. A short and fast criterium in Budapest closes proceedings, providing one last chance of glory for the sprinters.

“I always enjoy racing at my home race,” concluded Kusztor. “It’s something special and every year the Tour de Hongrie shows that we have some beautiful countryside to race across and the parcours always gets more interesting and more challenging.”

“I am feeling good after a solid block of racing recently at the Tour of Turkey and La Vuelta Asturias and we have been working well together as a team. We will see how it goes next week, but it would be great if we can perform as we did in 2020.”

Team Novo Nordisk at the Tour of Hungary, May 12th – 16th:

Mehdi Benhamouda (FRA, 26)

Sam Brand (GBR, 30)

David Lozano (ESP, 32)

Peter Kusztor (HUN, 36)

Andrea Peron (IT, 32)

Charles Planet (FRA, 27)

Stages:

Wednesday May 12th, Stage 1: Siofok – Kaposvar, 173km (1280m)

Thursday May 13th, Stage 2: Balatonfured – Nagykanizsa, 183km (1648m)

Friday May 14th, Stage 3: Veszprem – Tata, 142km (1585m)

Saturday May 15th, Stage 4: Balassagyarmat – Gyongyos-Kekesteto, 204km (3221m)

Sunday May 16th, Stage 5: Budapest – Budapest, 92km (220m)

— tnn to www.teamnovonordisk.com