The race starts from Esztergom
As it was announced few weeks ago, after the postponement caused by pandemia, Hungary’s biggest cycling race, Tour de Hongrie received great new and final date from the international federation (UCI): the 41th edition of the event will be held between 29 August – 2 September 2020.
Tour de Hongrie will start from the Esztergom Basilica and after the most difficult etape, will finish at the highest point of Hungary, Kékestető. The international peloton (with five World Tour teams) is going to compete for 5 days, via 7 counties, on 817 km.
Karoly Eisenkrammer, Main Organiser of Tour de Hongrie said: the unusual race period (from Saturday to Wednesday) required some modifications regarding the planned route, the decision was made by considering several important aspects.
The only huge change is that the Hungarian tour will start from Esztergom, it will be an an out-and-back race taking place in the hills of Pilis during 118 km. The 1st stage contains 3 laps in a quite popular venue, Pilisi Parkerdő. The difference between the lowest and highest point will be 1963 m.
As the city is quite close to the Hungarian capital, Budapest, certainly lots of fans can support the world star teams.
Then, the program almost remained the same, how it was announced in February. The 2nd stage of the Tour de Hongrie travels from Debrecen to Hajdúszoboszló. The 3rd stage of the Tour de Hongrie is played out in the eastern part of Hungary. Riders set off in Karcag, then via Tiszafüred and Hortobágy moves to Nyíregyháza. The 4th stage is a race between Sárospatak and Kazincbarcika.
Tour de Hongrie serves its most difficult high altitude finish in the 5th stage – what a finale in the hills between Miskolc and Kékestető, on 188 km. The difference between the lowest and highest point will be 3259 m.
We are certain it will be such an exciting finish and spectacular battle for the yellow jersey.
The 41th edition of Hungary’s most prestigious, UCI 2.1 race will have 20 teams with 120 riders. The aim of the organizers are to become a Pro Series race from 2021. There are really serious and strict rules and regulations if a race would like to become a Pro Series competition. The first criteria is that at least fourteen World Tour or Pro Continental teams should take part in the race.
Laszlo Szilasi, race director thinks, based on the current discussions with the teams, five World Tour and ten Pro Teams will attend the five-day competition.
More information about the teams will be announced officially shortly.
The official route of the 41th Tour de Hongrie
Stage 1 / 29 August, Saturday: Esztergom–Esztergom (118km)
Stage 2 / 30 August, Sunday: Debrecen–Hajdúszoboszló (158km)
Stage 3 / 31 August, Monday: Karcag–Nyíregyháza (182km)
Stage 4 / 1 September, Tuesday: Sárospatak–Kazincbarcika (171km)
Stage 5 / 2 September, Wednesday: Miskolc–Gyöngyös-Kékestető (188km)