This is the 1st season for the continental squad of Australia, Team Bridgelane. Some of their cyclists have already been in Hungary so far. From 2017 they could have great memories about our race, 2 victories plus the green jersey – such amazing achievements!
Team Bridgelane was founded by the merger of Mobius-BridgeLane and Bennelong SwissWellness. Latter attended Tour de Hongrie in 2017 as IsoWhey Swisswellness, moreover, they did not just compete, they performed very well, with spectacular and memorable moments: track world champion, Scott Sunderland at the prologue in Szombathely defeated the fastest Hungarian cyclist ever, Sandor Szalontay, so he got the yellow jersey.
Then, Sunderland continued to be stupendous, he was 2nd in Siofok and 3rd in Cegled, moreover, he won the final stage as well in Budapest. It is absolutely not fortuitous that he became the winner of the points classification and was awarded with the green jersey.
Since then, Scott Sunderland has retired, but Team BridgeLane will not return to Hungary without a Sunderland, for sure: the 23-year-old nephew of the world champion, Dylan Sunderland is such a big talent, a rising star. He was 5th at the Australian national champiosnhips this year, in 2018 he won the white jersey of Herald Sun Tour.
Chris Harper also can be familiar to Hungarian fans, he is a continental champion and this year 4th in the general classification of Herald Sun Tour. From the team led by Tom Petty and Andrew Christie-Johnston, we should mention the U23 Australian national champion, stage winner of Tour de Taiwan, Nick White, then in 2016 Scott Bowden took part in Rio Olympics. There are 15 Aussies among the cyclists plus one New-Zealander, winner of Tour of New Zealand, Joseph Cooper.
Tour de Hongrie, with its 890 km will start on 11 June, the UCI 2.1 race will finish on 16 June. 140 cyclists, from 20 teams during 6 days are going to compete in Hungary.
Teams of Tour de Hongrie in 2019
Androni-Giocattoli Sidermec (ITA)
Israel Cycling Academy (ISR)
Neri Sottoli-Selle Italia-KTM (ITA)
EvoPro Racing (IRL)
Bike Aid (GER)
Team Coop (NOR)
Dukla Banská Bystrica (SVK)