22 teams are waiting for the start
Team presentation of the 42nd Tour de Hongrie, with the 22 participating squads, will take place in Siófok on 11 May, Tuesday, from 19:00. The race features strong start list, from former wearer of Tour de France yellow jersey, stage-winners of Giro and Vuelta, youth world and European champions, to national champions, we can find several great riders on the provisional entry list.
Jumbo-Visma will arrive with their Dutch star, Mike Teunissen, who won the first stage of Tour de France in 2019 and with his success he was able to wear the legendary yellow jersey. Heinrich Haussler, sprinter of Bahrain Victorious, is also stage-winner of Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana. Chad Haga, time-trial specialist of Team DSM, has already won stage at Giro d’Italia, just like Italy’s Damiano Cima (Gazprom-Rusvelo) and Andrea Guardini (Giotti Victoria Savini Due).
Mike Teunissen in the legendary yellow jersey
Among the contenders, we are going to have world champions, too: Damien Howson, Australian rider of Team BikeExchange – third in the general classification of Tour de Hongrie last year – became U23 time-trial world champion in 2013, Denmark’s Mads Würtz Schmidt from Israel Start-Up Nation, achieved the same (in 2015), Uno-X Pro Cycling Team’s Norwegian, Kristoffer Halvorsen won the U23 road world championships title. In 2019, rider of Uno-X, Danish Johan Price-Pejtersen became U23 time-trial Europan-champion, Belgium’s Sean De Bie (Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB) won the road European Championships in 2013.
Damien Howson (second from right) was third in the general classification of Tour de Hongrie last year
There’s an outstanding number of national champions in this year’s provisional list, BORA-hansgrohe entered the brother of the 3-times world champion Peter Sagan, the Slovakian national champion Juraj Sagan, Poland’s defending time-trial champion Kamil Gradek (Vini Zabu) is going to be at the start line, then current Danish U23 champion, Julius Johansen from Uno-X, Szymon Krawczyk (Voster ATS Team), Polish U23 time-trial champion, and, if he recovers from coronavirus, Hungary’s champion Viktor Filutás (Giotti Victoria Savini Due) are taking part in the race.
Israel Start-Up Nation arrives with strong squad
In terms of Hungarians, defending champion Attila Valter is preparing for Giro d’Italia, but instead of him, „each Hungarian” is on the list. Our other WorldTour rider, second in the 2017 general classification, Barnabás Peák (Team BikeExchange) is entered, then our four ProTeam-members will be in Siófok, 2016 national champion János Pelikán (Androni Giocattoli Sidermec), two-times Hungarian champion Péter Kusztor (Team Novo Nordisk), 2019 Tour de Hongrie second-placed, Márton Dina and Youth Olympics 6th Erik Fetter (both EOLO-Kometa). Giotti Victoria Savini Due also enroled its Hungarians, along with defending national champion Viktor Filutás, 2019 Hungarian champion Gergely Szarka joins the race, Ádám Karl, Gergő Orosz, Zsombor Palumby, Ferenc Szöllősi, Balázs Rózsa and Norbert Hrenkó are the members of National Team of Hungary. So, we can support thirteen Hungarians this year.
Riders of the five continents, from 27 countries arrives to us, Italy gives the most riders (23), it’s followed by Belgium (16), Poland and Hungary (13-13). However, this is a provisional entry list, there may be changes in it, for example, according to our information, Mazowsze Serce Polski’s Estonian rider, Mihkel Räim, winner of the 2016 Tour de Hongrie might also compete...
Hungary’s biggest cycling race, Tour de Hongrie, will be held between 12–16 May 2021. Organizers have already announced officially the participation of 21 teams – among them there are eight World Teams and nine Pro Teams.
As a World Team, Australia’s Team BikeExchange may arrive with Hungarian Barnabás Peák, furthermore, German Team DSM, Israel Start-Up Nation, U.S. Trek-Segafredo, Kazakh Astana-Premier Tech, Bahrain Victorious, German BORA-hansgrohe and Dutch Jumbo-Visma will both attend the race.
Turning to Pro Teams: fans can welcome again Alberto Contador’s and Ivan Basso’s squad, Italian EOLO-Kometa, then Belgian Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB and Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise, U.S. Team Novo Nordisk, Spanish Caja Rural-Seguros-RGA, Russian Gazprom-Rusvelo, Norwegian Uno-X Pro Cycling Team, Italian Androni-Giocattoli-Sidermec and Vini Zabu are on the startlist.
Some words about the Continental teams: the participation of Romanian Giotti Victoria-Savini Due, Polish Mazowsze Serce Polski and Voster ATS Team, Slovenia’s Adria-Mobil and finally Hungarian National Team is already official.