Aberasturi won Stage 1
The 1st stage of the 41st edition of Tour de Hongrie ended with a sprint finish where Spain’s Jon Aberasturi became the best: the peloton raced over 118 km on day 1, in and around of the beautiful landscapes of Esztergom. The stage finished in front of the Basilica – Aberasturi became the first Spanish stage-winner in the history of Tour de Hongrie.
119 riders from 20 teams started the race-day in Esztergom, Ádám Hernádi, mayor of Esztergom also attended the start ceremony. Peloton had three laps on the climbs and hills of Dobogókő, which is quite popular among Hungarian riders. During the first lap the international squads were getting to know the roads, nine cyclists could be in a breakaway with the advantage of four minutes.
Then two World Teams, Australian Mitchelton-Scott and American Trek-Segafredo led the race, changed the rythm, so by the third lap all riders were together again. The 3rd GPM brought the first Hungarian-success when Attila Valter got the most points.
After this, the Hungarian star of CCC Team was in the head of the race, but before the finish teams of the sprinters took the lead, finally the stage-victory was decided in a sprint finish. Spain’s Jon Aberasturi from Caja Rural-Seguros RGA became the winner, he was followed by Australian Kaden Groves (Mitchelton-Scott) and the Czech national champion, Adam Toupalek (Elkov-Kasper).
Jon Aberasturi (left) won the first stage
After Stage 1 the best Hungarian – placed 16th - is Márton Dina (Kometa-Xstra) who was 2nd in the general classification last year. Attila Valter also arrived to the finish with the head of the peloton. Both of them kept their hopes and chance for a good final result in the general classification.
In the last few metres, during the sprint there were several crashes, CCC Team’s Kamil Malecki was taken to the hospital – hopefully, he will recover shortly from his injuries.
„In the last lap I needed to change my bike twice, but at the end, with the help of my team I could stay in the head of the race. I was not in a really good place in the last four km, but I was able to catch the leaders. I kept my eyes on Kaden Groves from Mitchelton-Scott, who had a chance to win the stage, but I did my very best and I could succeed” – said the winner, Jon Aberasturi who received the yellow jersey, as leader of the GC and also he is leading the sprinters classification as well, so the green jersey went to him, too. Now the climbers classification is led by Spanish David Lozano (Team Novo Nordisk), he is wearing the red jersey – certainly until stage 4 where climbers will be able to collects further points. The best Hungarian rider, Márton Dina, can wear the white jersey.
41. Tour de Hongrie
Stage1, Esztergom-Esztergom (118km):
1. Jon Aberasturi (Caja Rural-Seguros-RGA) 2:48:04
2. Kaden Groves (Mitchelton-Scott) st
3. Adam Toupalik (Elkov-Kasper)
4. Kamil Gradek (CCC Team)
5. David van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix)
6. Itamar Einhorn (Israel Start-Up Nation)
18. Dina Márton (magyar, Kometa-Xstra)
27. Valter Attila (magyar, CCC Team)
1. (in yellow jersey) Jon Aberasturi (Caja Rural-Seguros-RGA)
1. (in the green jersey) Jon Aberasturi (Caja Rural-Seguros-RGA)
1. (in the red jersey) David Lozano (spanyol, Team Novo Nordisk)
1. (in the white jersey) Dina Márton (Kometa-Xstra)
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