János Pelikán is still in the white jersey
On Saturday, the queen stage of Tour de Hongrie took place, Stage 4 was an important one in terms of the general classification. In the climbs of Kékestető riders were fighting for the positions, however Australian Damien Howson learnt his lesson for last year and we could see how well he knows this tough climb, he attacked in the Valter-corner and finally he won this very important stage. The star of Team BikeExchange is leading the general classification. In this etape three Hungarians performed very well, Barnabás Peák worked a lot for his team mate, Erik Fetter became the best Hungarian, and János Pelikán could keep the white jersey.
Peloton has been preparing for the hardest stage of Tour de Hongrie in Balassagyarmat today morning, that covered 202 km, the longest one in this year’s edition. Stage 4 was not only quite a long one, but it contained 3221 m of elevation.
We received good and bad news before that start, we were pleased that after his crash in Tata, Erik Fetter was able to continue the race, he had been taken to the hospital and got the permission to be at the start today. Although, another Hungarian, Gergely Szarka (Giotti Victoria-Savini Due) DNS – he was also involved in a crash yesterday, moreover, fans cannot see the squad of Norway’s Uno-X Pro Cycling during the last two stages – to them covid meant the end of the race, as one of the external staff members of the team was tested positive, and even if all the riders were negative, they had to withdraw.
Organisers are doing several hundreds of tests during the stages of Tour de Hongrie, everyone – teams, organisers, staff of the hotels, members of the media etc. are tested each day, in order to organize a safe, international competition.
121 riders started the queen stage today from Balassagyarmat, in Szécsény, at the intermediate sprint the leader of the general classification, Phil Bauhaus took the most points, with this success he made a huge step forward to get the green jersey. From this point then there were several attacks, at 30 km a breakaway succeeded, with four riders: Polish Adrian Kurek (Mazowsze Serce Polski), Russian Pjotr Rikunov (Gazprom-RusVelo), Poland’s red jersey-owner Maciej Paterski (Voster ATS) and Belgium’s Gilles De Wilde (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise).
The tactics of Maciej Paterski, leader in the climber classification, were good, head of the race could keep their advantage, before they were caught by peloton at the 1st GPM, in Mátraháza, where he was able to take six more points, with this result probably he will be the winner of the red jersey.
After the first mountain-climbing after Mátraháza, peloton traveled a lap, 60 km in Mátra, when they arrived back to Mátraháza, then they turned towards Kékestető, highest point of Hungary. The gap between the breakaway and peloton was around 3:30 minutes all day, so we could expect that leaders would be caught by peloton and in the last few kilometres, an other competition would begin.
In the last kilometre Colombia’s Orlando Garcia Sosa from Caja Rural-Seguros, attacked, it seemed he could succeed, but Howson – who lost here last year against Attila Valter – got to know very well this „mountain” and he started his attack at the famous corner, dedicated to Attila Valter. He left his rivals behind and won this queen stage. With his success he is leading the general classification and probably he will keep this position in Budapest as well.
We should mention some words about our Hungarians, Barnabás Peák took loads of efforts and assistance in the victory of Howson, his work paid off, Erik Fetter after his crash from Friday, raced very well and he finished in the 11th position, but János Pelikán also did great job today, he kept the white jersey.
On 16 May, Sunday last stage of 42nd Tour de Hongrie will be a short, but really exciting one. In Budapest peloton will have 12 7,7-km-laps in the beautiful streets of the capital. During the 92 km there will be three intermediate sprints (at the finish line, in the 3rd, 6th, 9th lap). Start will be at 13:00 in Heroes Square, the estimated finish is at 14:46.
Hungary’s national sports channel, M4 Sport considers it a priority to broadcast Tour de Hongrie. This year the sports channel will air 2-hour live coverage each day about Hungary’s Tour, the race also can 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 will reach more fans worldwide than ever before, by TV-coverages. Tour de Hongrie can be followed worldwide, live in 150 countries, in each continent, with a technical reach of 800 millions people.
42. Tour de Hongrie
Stage4, Balassagyarmat–Gyöngyös-Kékestető (202km):
1. Damien Howson (Time BikeExchange) 4:55:50
2. Ben Hermans (Israel Start-Up Nation) +0.09
3. Antonio Tiberi (TREK-Segafredo) +0.15
4. Orlando Garcia Sosa (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) +0.19
5. Stefan De Bod (dél-afrikai, Astana-Premier Tech) "+0.32
6. Laurens Huys (belga, Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB) +0.38
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)