Italian fireworks in Hajdúszoboszló

Great day for András Szatmáry

Italy’s Jakub Mareczko from CCC Team won the second stage of Tour de Hongrie in Hajdúszoboszló, however the day had a Hungarian hero, too: András Szatmáry (National Team of Hungary) was in the breakaway group for about 130 km and he took the third place in the general classification. Owner of the yellow jersey, Jon Aberasturi was involved in a crash, however he could defend his first place in the GC.

The 41st Tour de Hongrie continued with the 2nd stage on Sunday when peloton had to compete 158 km between Debrecen and Hajdúszoboszló. There were 114 riders at the start line, five cyclists did not finish stage 1 – Dániel Dina and Zsolt Istlstekker (National Team of Hungary), Zsombor Wermeser and Ede Novák (Team Novák), then Romanian Ioan Jitaru from Giotti Victoria-Savini Due.

In the meantime, Poland’s Kamil Malecki, who was involved in the crash yesterday and was taken to the hospital, decided to be at the start in Debrecen. Fortunately, he did not suffer serious injuries, so he felt, he had to try to continue. He did his very best, stayed strong, but after 60 km of racing, Malecki gave up.

At the early stage of the race, there was a breakaway with a group of five, Arturo Gravalos (Kometa-Xstra), Diether Sweeck (Alpecin-Fenix), Gilles De Wilde (Vlaanderen-Baloise), Simone Sano (Team Novák) and Ziga Horvat (Adria-Mobil). Hungary’s András Szatmáry could join them a bit later.

The first success of the day went to Hungary, after 80 km, the first SPR in Debrecen was won by András Szatmáry – that point he virtually took the lead in the general classification.

The gap between the head of the race and the peloton was five minutes, then step by step leaders were caught, after SPR 2 in Balmazújváros. This happened 20 km before the stage finish. In the last 10 km everyone was in one group.

City of Hajdúszoboszló gave us memorable moments and exciting sprints in the past few years, two years ago Ukraine’s Brataschuk could succeed after a long breakaway, then in 2019 Czech Kankovsky won in a brilliant sprint.

On Sunday, Poland’s World Team could celebrate, in a city which is really popular among Polish tourists: Jakub Mareczko, CCC Team’s Italian rider – with Polish origin – took the victory, ahead of two Italians, Matteo Moschetti (Trek-Segafredo) and Luca Pacioni (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec). It was a brilliant day for Italians, 5 of them were in the Top 6.

Three Hungarian arrived in the top 20, Ádám Karl (14.), Gergő Orosz (17.) and Péter Kusztor (20.) – because of the crash, they got the same time.

„It was a fantastic day – said today’s stage-winner, Jakub Mareczko, - During the stage we only had to concentrate on one thing: to be in a good position at the end. My team helped me a lot, I was also lucky, as I was not involved in the crash. So I could be in a great place. I have not won for a long time, this is an amazing day for me.”

Before the finish there was a crash, few riders were involved, this also affected the stage results.

Yellow jersey owner, Jon Aberasturi was involved in a crash and injured. He finished the stage altough. Just for safety he and other four riders were taken to the hospital for examination.

The white jersey was given to András Szatmáry, hero of the day. Currently he is third in the general classification. After the stage he said: with the head coach, Zsolt Dér they had planned to be in a breakaway, he or Zsombor Palumby had real chance for this. Szatmáry missed the first attack, so he had to catch the leaders. It was not easy, however when he caught them, they raced in a good rythm. Szatmáry added that there was not even a shadow during the day.

„It was a really difficult day” – said. In the last few hundred metres each rider did everything to be in a good position, someone could not make it and it caused the crash. He hit his ankle, this will not help him during the coming stages. Tomorrow he wants to recover a bit, then in stage 4 maybe he will try to attack again. Regarding the jersey he said, it is a bonus, he tries to defend it.

Aberasturi is the leader in the general classification, Kaden Groves is second and András Szatmáry is third.

On Monday with stage 3 Hungary’s biggest cycling race continues. Peloton travels from Karcag to Nyíregyháza, with a length of 182 km. Start will be at 12.30 in Karcag (Kossuth square), three SPRs (Hortobágy, Hajdúböszörmény, Nagykálló) are also included, then the finish in Nyíregyháza (Kossuth square) is expected at 16.30.

41th Tour de Hongrie
Stage2, Debrecen-Hajdúszoboszló (158km):
1. Jakub Mareczko (CCC Team) 3:38:20
2. Matteo Moschetti (Trek-Segafredo) azonos idővel
3. Luca Paolini (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec) a. i.
4. Andrea Guardini (Giotti Victoria-Savini Due) a. i.
5. Itamar Einhorn (Israel Start-Up Nation) a. i.
6. Alexander Konychev (Mitchelton-Scott) a. i.

General classification:
1. (in yellow) Jon Aberasturi (Caja Rural-Seguros-RGA) 6:26:14
2. Kaden Groves (Mitchelton-Scott) +0:04
3. Szatmáry András (Hungarian National Team) +0:05
4. Gilles De Wilde (Vlaanderen-Baloise) st
5. Adam Toupalik (Elkov-Kasper) +0:06
6. David Lozano (Team Novo Nordisk) +0:09

Sprinters classification:
1. (in green) Itamar Einhorn (Israel Start-Up Nation)

Mountains classification:
1. (in red) David Lozano (Team Novo Nordisk)

Best Hungarian:
1. (in white) Szatmáry András (Hungarian National Team)