Fantastic Hungarian victory in the highest point of Hungary
Last stage of Tour de Hongrie brought an amazing Hungarian success, Attila Valter attacked on the last km – no one could keep the rythm with him, peloton was not able to catch the Hungarian talent. CCC Team’s rider won the stage in Kékestető, moreover, with his win on Sunday, he became the overall winner, owner of the yellow jersey of this year’s Tour de Hongrie. Today was definitely a historical day for Hungarian cycling, this is the first time since 2005 that a Hungarian rider has won the race.
On Wednesday Stage 5 of Tour de Hongrie covered 188 km between Miskolc and Gyöngyös-Kékestető. It was the last etape of Hungary’s biggest cycling race. We did not have to wait too much for the first GPM, in Hollóstető, Swiss Roland Thalmann (Vorarlberg-Santic) and Dutch Koen Bouwman (Team Jumbo-Visma) attacked. Thalmann was in a breakaway, alone, for 140 km, then later with three chasers, Bouwman previously was taken by peloton. Thalmann collected the SPR-points, finally he was caught by the bunch, too.
The last 10 km decided about the overall winner of Tour de Hongrie and the final results. Current leader in the yellow, Kaden Groves worked a lot in the front for his teammates, however, he knew, as a sprinter, he would not be able to keep the yellow jersey. First Team Jumbo-Visma took the lead on the road to the top, they had four riders in the front. Their tactic did not work perfectly, even if the peloton were in several groups that final stage of the competition. Hungary’s star Attila Valter was in the head of the race.
Damien Howson (Mitchelton-Scott) winner of the Czech Tour, attacked 2,5 km before the finish line, his chasers could not go with him, but Hungary’s Attila Valter went with him, with a group of 8.
Howson tried everything but he was not able to keep his own rythm – Attila Valter just waited for a sign, the last km. CCC Team’s rider changed the rythm and started to sprint. He left every rival behind, nobody could follow Valter, so Hungary’s favorite achieved a confident victory in Kékestető.
„My team was fantastic during the whole race, well, I did not add too much to the previous three stages. Today I felt myself very well, my legs were really good, until the attack I could ride easily. Also, I was very motivated, I heard how many people supported me next to the roads, so I could not lose it. I want to thank to everyone, let’s go Hungarians!” – said Attila Valter right after he won the race. With his victory, the 22-year-old Hungarian has achieved his biggest success so far.
As mentioned above, Attila Valter won the yellow jersey of 41st Tour de Hongrie. After 15 years we could celebrate Hungarian success. Trek-Segafredo’s junior world champion Quinn Simmons took the second place in the general classification, ahead of Damien Howson (Mitchelton-Scott). Three World-Tour stars, huge Hungarian success.
Today the green jersey was not in danger: Italian Jakub Mareczko (CCC Team) won it, so he became the winner of the points classification. The red jersey was decided in Kékestető, the winner of the climber classification is Attila Valter, too. Moreoer, he became the Best Hungarian rider as well, so the white jersey was given to him also.
41. Tour de Hongrie
Stage5, Miskolc–Gyöngyös-Kékestető (188km)
1. Valter Attila (magyar, CCC Team) 4:35:15
2. Quinn Simmons (amerikai, Trek-Segafredo) +0:10
3. Damien Howson (ausztrál, Mitchelton-Scott) +0:12
4. Matteo Badilatti (olasz, Israel Start-Up Nation) +0:15
5. Tobias Foss (norvég, Jumbo-Visma) +0:17
6. Janez Brajkovic (szlovén, Adria-Mobil) +0:17
24. Dina Márton (magyar, Kometa-Xstra) +1:46
28. Filutás Viktor (magyar, Giotti Victoria-Savini Due) +2:57
1. (in yellow) Valter Attila (magyar, CCC Team) 18:45:55
2. Quinn Simmons (amerikai, Trek-Segafredo) 12 mp h.
3. Damien Howson (ausztrál, Mitchelton-Scott) 16 mp h.
4. Matteo Badilatti (olasz, Israel Start-Up Nation) 25 mp h.
5. Tobias Foss (norvég, Jumbo-Visma) 26 mp h.
6. Janez Brajkovic (szlovén, Adria-Mobil) 27 mp h.
21. Dina Márton (magyar, Kometa-Xstra) 1:51 p h.
28. Filutás Viktor (magyar, Giotti Victoria-Savini Due) 4:05 p h.
1. (in green) Jakub Mareczko (olasz, CCC Team)
1. (in red) Valter Attila (magyar, CCC Team)
1. (in white) Valter Attila (magyar, CCC Team)
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