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Damien Howson won Tour de Hongrie

Edward Theuns took the victory in Budapest


Lots of fans could see the final stage of the 42nd edition of Tour de Hongrie, on the TV-screens worldwide, on the streets, in the venue. The route covered a beautiful part of Budapest, at the end Belgian Edward Theuns became the winner of the stage, Australia’s Damien Howson won the general classification.



Tour de Hongrie returned to Budapest: Hungary’s most prestigious race has not visited the capital since 2017. The beautiful buildings, sights of Budapest could be seen live today worldwide on the TV-screens. Final stage was broadcasted live on M4 Sport and Eurosport 2.

Last stage of Tour de Hongrie contained 92 km, around Heroes Square and Városliget. The average speed of the peloton, with 117 riders, was 52 km/h in the first lap. Viktor Filutás, the reigning Hungarian champion, and the member of National Team of Hungary, Balázs Rózsa dr. attacked, then during the second lap Erik Fetter did the same – with further three riders they collected the seconds.

Four riders were in breakaway, Belgian Jordi Warlop (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise) won the first and second intermediate sprints, Italy’s Manuele Boaro (Astana-Premier Tech) won the third one. However, as it was expected, the teams of the sprinters changed the speed breakaway was caught by the peloton. Several WorldTeams and ProTeams were leading the race and stage finished and was decided in bunch-sprint.



There were lots of fans in the streets, waiting for the last sprint, in Heroes Square and Andrássy Avenue. TREK-Segafredo did the best job, Belgium’s Edward Theuns won the final stage in Budapest.

„I am very happy, everything happened very well, we were unlucky during the past few bunch-sprints, we made some mistakes, however today we did everything we could. I knew that we are strong, but it is not always easy to show it” – said Edward Theuns after his victory. The rider also said thanks to his team for all the help.



The jerseys of Tour de Hongrie were not in danger during the last stage, after his victory in the queen stage, Damien Howson (Team BikeExchange) became the winner of the general classification, so he owns the yellow jersey. This is the first Australian victory in the history of Tour de Hongrie. The winner of the green jersey, as the best sprinter, was German Phil Bauhaus (Bahrain-Victorious), Maciej Paterski (Voster ATS) became the winner of the climber classification so he takes the red jersey home. The white jersey, for the Best Hungarian rider, was given to János Pelikán.

We can definitely declare that Hungarians performed well in this peloton, which was stronger than ever before, they could attack, fight for the great positions, against the world stars. Although, WorldTeams proved why they are the best in the world: all the five stages of Tour de Hongrie were won by WorldTeam-rider, and this is ture also in terms of the podiums.



We had wonderful five stages during Tour de Hongrie. The race is ahead of new goals, to take a step forward and become a ProSeries event. Once the race achieve this, even stronger teams could attend Hungary’s Tour.

Hungary’s national sports channel, M4 Sport considered it a priority to broadcast Tour de Hongrie. This year the sports channel aired 2-hour live coverage each day about Hungary’s Tour, the race also could be followed on the internet at mediaklikk.hu/m4-elo. With the help of A.S.O., communication and international media distribution partner of Tour de Hongrie, the race reached more fans worldwide than ever before, by TV-coverages. Tour de Hongrie could be followed worldwide, live in 150 countries, in each continent, with a technical reach of 800 millions people




RESULTS
42. Tour de Hongrie
Stage5, Budapest–Budapest (92km):
1. Edward Theuns (TREK-Segafredo) 1:55:46
2. Olav Kooij (Jumbo-Visma) st
3. Timothy Dupont (Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB) st
4. Phil Bauhaus (Bahrain-Victorious) st
5. Matteo Malucelli (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec) st
6. Jordi Meeus (BORA-hansgrohe) st

Overall classification:
1. (in yellow) Damien Howson (Team BikeExchange) 18:07:10
2. Ben Hermans (Israel Start-Up Nation) +0.16
3. Antonio Tiberi (TREK-Segafredo) +0.24
4. Orlando Garcia Sosa (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) +0.32
5. Stefan De Bod (Astana-Premier Tech) +0.45
6. Laurens Huys (Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB) +0.51
23. Pelikán János (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec) +1:32

Overall: 1. (in yellow) Damien Howson (Team BikeExchange)
Sprint classification: 1. (in green) Phil Bauhaus (Bahrain-Victorious)
Mountain classification: 1. (in red) Maciej Paterski (Voster ATS)
Best Hungarian: 1. (in white) Pelikán János (Androni Giocattoli Sidermec)