Only few days left until the start
A really special press conference – as opening of Tour de Hongrie - was held in an unique place, CCC’s city-centered-base in Budapest, capital of Hungary. Hungary’s biggest cycling race will start on 11 June, 133 riders from 19 teams are going to attend and fight across 6 days, 11 counties, more than 100 villages and 890 km.
Photo: Vanik Zoltán
„It is truly incredible that the 40th Tour de Hongrie will start next week. We get used to it that we have this race, however it was renewed only 4 years ago” – said Mr. Mariusz Revesz, Government Commissioner of „Active Hungary”. If someone would have told us 4 years ago that we are going to reach this level we did, well, i am sure we could not have believed it. Year by year stronger and stronger teams are attending our race, which is having such a huge prestige now. Tour de Hongrie is a really amazing chance for Hungary and next year, in 2020 we will be able to welcome the peloton of Giro d’Italia, one of the world’s biggest cycling races, you may all know, it will start from Budapest. The Hungarian government is glad that more and more youngsters choose cycling.”
The special jerseys of Tour de Hongrie were presented at the press conference. Ms. Anna Nemeth, deputy CEO of Hungarian Tourism Agency said that Tour de Hongrie is a priorited sport event and one of the key events for sport tourism.
„In cycling it is very hard to renew something that had continuity in the past. The very 1st Tour de Hongrie was organized in 1925 and there were long breaks and silence during the past century” – continued Mr. Peter Princzinger Dr., President of the Hungarian Cycling Federation. Karoly Eisenkrammer did all his best to renew the race, and now he has the support from Hungary’s government, sponsors, cities and of course, from the federation. Tour de Hongrie is the festival of cycling. Cycling without Tour de Hongrie would be like football without Champions League. Special doors are opening with it.”
Cofidis will be one of the main sponsors of the race. Mr. Bence Holló CEO said few words. „Cofidis has been supporting road cycling for more than 20 years now which is definitely unique, even on an international level. We have a professional cycling team as well and finally, they are coming to Hungary to race. It is such a big thing.”
Marketing manager of CCC, Ms. Johanna Janositz highlighted: cyclists of CCC are racing for a special aim, too. „Social responsibility is really important for us, CCC pays 1 USD after each km of their riders to the UN. We are happy to have Hungary’s Attila Valter among our competitors.”
Mr. Giacomo Pedranzini, owner of Kometa held his speech in Hungarian. „As leaders of a company we are not just working for ourselves but also we are thinking about society, how to help others. In my opinion we are on a good way. We would like to motivate people, to help them to be healthier and fitter.” Then he added Kometa Cycling Team is having a Hungarian rider now as not long ago Marton Dina joined the team of Alberto Contador and Ivan Basso. The two legends will arrive to Hungary as well.
Mr. Karoly Eisenkrammer, President of LOC mentioned the key numbers of Tour de Hongrie first. „I would like to say a huge thanks to each of our sponsors, our race cannot be organized without them, we are really grateful to all of them.”
Then, Hungary’s stars also said few words. „Last year was very special for me, and yes, this year is more unique as i could join such a strong team, CCC Development Team” – started Attila Valter. Tour de Hongrie will be truly spectacular and super in 2019, i am looking forward to be at the start line.”
Marton Dina just arrived back to Hungary from Madrid before the press conference. „I signed my contract in Spain, i will meet my team mates soon and i am very excited to be part of the Kometa Team during the Tour de Hongrie.”
Hungary’s Olympian, stage-winner, Krisztian Lovassy will join the National Team of Hungary. He said he is really looking forward to compete and probably, the prologue is going to be his favourite.
Daniel Moricz, cyclist of Hungarian Pannon Cycling Team is optimist before the race, he mentioned, he is hoping for a successful competition. Only few days left and the peloton will start its journey...