Sparta Praha is one of the most traditional and most successful team in the Czech Republic and our great news is that they will take part in Tour de Hongrie this year. The name of the famous team was inspired by the bravery and fights of Acient people of Sparta, it was established in 1893. The football team of Sparta Praha is the most successful one in their country. The nickname of the team is: Iron Sparta / Zelezna Sparta.
Among the professional continental cycling teams there are three Czech squads. Last year we had Pardus-Tufo Prostejov, then this year the blue (Europe) – red (Royal City) -yellow (with red official colour of Prague) colored squad, Sparta will arrive to Hungary to attend our biggest race.
What about the riders? Well, it is usual in case of Czech teams that only Czech athletes compete for them. Sparta Praha has been a professional team since 2002 according to UCI. The 42-year-old Rostislav Krotky has been racing for Sparta since 2006 and he is the most experienced one with great results, he has already won a stage at Tour of Szeklerland.
Of course there are several young talents among the riders, 9 of the 12 are in their twenties or even younger. Moreover, some of them have achieved good results, too, for example the 23-year-old Petr Fiala last year won the points classification of Tour of Malopolska and got the 3rd place in the climber classification. Or we can mention the 24-year-old Tomas Kalojiros, who was 4th in Hungary at the V4 cycling race.
The Czech team also has twins: the Stöhr brothers, Jan and Pavel – they can cooperate very well together. One of them is good at multi-day races and the other one is at one-day competitions. Or sometimes inversely…
Tour de Hongrie, with its 890 km will start on 11 June, the UCI 2.1 race will finish on 16 June. 140 riders 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)
Team BridgeLane (AUS)