Hungary’s Valter 6th
Ivan Basso, 2-times Giro d’Italia winner was a brilliant prophet today: before the 1st stage a special Kometa Cycling Team press conference was held in Velence where he declared: the 1st stage of Tour de Hongrie would be decided in a sprint as the two hills in Dobogókő would not be so dangerous. Exactly this happened today.
(Photos: Tdh.hu/Vanik Zoltán, Pertorini Márió, Halmágyi Zsolt, Tuba Zoltán)
The 1st stage of Hungary’s biggest cycling race started from Velence, and the peloton had to ride 194 km in very hot and sunny weather conditions until the finish in Esztergom, in front of the city’s wonderful and famous Basilica.
The etape immediately started with a breakaway which almost lasted until the end. There were three riders in the front, Krisztian Lovassy, member of the National Team of Hungary, Balazs Rozsa, from Differdange-Geba and Adria Mobil’s Jon Bozic.
The peloton let them lead, until a long time, so there was not any changes. Then they attacked before the first hill and the leaders were caught by the peloton. The club of the owner of the no. 1 bib, Manuel Belletti, Androni-Giocattoli-Sidermec was working very well and their star, Manuel Belletti could won the stage in an exciting finish.
„I am very happy that i could win this stage, i really wanted to win and with the help of my team and an other squad we were able to make it. It is fantastic. I am very grateful to everyone who assisted me today.”
With his victory, Manuel Belletti is leading in the general classification, he is the current owner of the yellow jersey.
CCC Development Team’s Hungarian talent, Attila Valter who has the brithday today, took the 6th place. Then, other Hungarian favorites reached good results as well.
Anyway, the general classification is absolutely opened after this stage, tomorrow the race continues and probably there are going to be changes.
1st Stage, Velence-Esztergom (194km):
1. Manuel Belletti (Italian, Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec) 4:38:55
2. Hugo Hofstetter (French, Cofidis) st
3. Dusan Rajovics (Serbian, Adria Mobil) st
4. Louis Bendixen (Danish, Team Coop) st
5. Umberto Marengo (Italian, Neri Sottoli-Selle Italia-KTM) st
6. Valter Attila (Hungarian, CCC Development Team) st
1. (in yellow jersey) Manuel Belletti (Italian, Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec)
Sprinter's classification: 1. (in green jersey) Manuel Belletti (Italian, Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec)
Climber's classification: 1. (in red jersey) Luis Mate Mardones (Spanish, Codifis)
Best HUngarian rider: 1. (in white jersey) Dina Márton (Hungarian, Kometa Cycling Team)