6 days, 10 counties, 10 cities, 800 km
The most prestigious cycling event will take place in Hungary between 14-19 August. The cyclists of the Tour de Hongrie 2018 are going to do their very best during 6 days, by reaching 10 different counties and biking 800 km until the finish line in Budapest.
The Local Organizing Committee of the Tour de Hongrie selected the cities of the 2018 Tour de Hongrie event programme very circumspectivly from the venues applied in 2016: organisers also took into consideration professional and touristical aspects. They also declared their aim is that in the coming few years Tour de Hongrie shall become one of the most important race in Central Europe as well. To have such a great event, where the very bests from Giro d’Italia, Tour de France or Vuelta a Espana compete and what fans can follow live on several European TV channels.
The route – is a special way – was first revealed to the public at the M4Sport morning live show, Sportreggeli, by Mr. Karoly Eisenkrammer, President of the LOC of the Tour de Hongrie. According to the current plans, in Hungary M4Sport will broadcast the event. President of the Hungarian Cycling Federation, Mr. Peter Princzinger and TDH Race Director, Mr. Laszlo Szilasi were also presented in the studio. Moreover, representatives from TDH 2018 cities also attended.
During the 2018 event, cyclists will compete during 6 days, by reaching 10 different counties and biking 800 km until the finish.
The 4 km individual time trial as the prolouge of the event will be hosted by capital of Lake Balaton, Siófok, on 14 August. Next day, on the northern shore of the Hungarian sea, team will race between Balatonalmádi and Keszthely, where they finish hat the wonderful Festetics Castle. The 2nd stage takes place from Velence to Székesfehérvár, cyclists will arrive to the capital of Fejér county during its Royal Days’ Festival, so it is certain, the TDH stage will be the main event that day. The start of the 3rd, very long, 210km stage will be in the center of Cegléd and certainly the finish will have spectacular sprints in Hajdúszoboszló.
„We already have received very warm welcomes and greetings from lots of cities, all are honoured to be a part of this event and it is also important to note that after TDH got higher classification this year, bigger professional teams, for example the Polish CCC Sprandi Polkowice, are excited to join the TDH teams” – Mr. Eisenkrammer added.
„It is also very interesting to mention, that the city of Hajdúszoboszló, which is the part of the TDH first time in history, gave big attention to this Polish team as the city is well-know from its baths and lots of Polish guests visit our spa city year by year. So I am sure that CCC team is going to have a very huge support from fans there.”
The start of the main stage of the Tour de Hongrie will be hosted by Karcag on 18 August. During the „mountain stage” through Bükk, cyclists finish this etap in Miskolc where there is going to be a cycling festival as well. The end of the 6-days Tour de Hongrie will be in Budapest, capital of Hungary by a spectacular round race in Újbuda, on the bank of Danube where the teams of the 1st TDH in 1925 started the competition.
This year, the Magyar Közút Nonprofit Zrt., will also be one of the key partners of the event. The Technical Deputy-Director of the company, Mr. Csaba Mikesz ensured the organisers that they pay special attantion to the state of the race: „Our staff and colleagues will walk through all the stages if necessary, correct the faults on the roads in order the safety of the cyclists. We wil also focus on the environment as well to provide every condition for the public in order to enjoy the competition. I would also note that we will keep tha public updated with the actual information about the roads.”
The official programme of the Tour de Hongrie 2018:
14 August (Tuesday): Prologue, individual time trial, Siófok (4 km)
15 August (Wednesday): 1st stage, Balatonalmádi-Keszthely (160 km)
16 August (Thursday): 2nd stage, Velence-Székesfehérvár (170 km)
17 August (Friday): 3rd stage, Cegléd-Hajdúszoboszló (210 km)
18 August (Saturday): 4th stage, Karcag-Miskolc (178 km)
19 August (Sunday): 5th stage, Budapest-Budapest (78 km)
Tour de Hongrie was added to the 2018 calendar of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) last yeat, but this time on a higher level – higher than ever before with 2.1 classification. The total prize money will be more than 8 million HUF. The bests of the individual race are going to wear special jerseys this year: yellow for the overall leader, green for the leader in sprint, red will goes to the best in the mountain ranking and finally, white jersey will be received by the best Hungarian cyclist.
„It was a planned decision that TDH will be a higher-classified event” – said Mr. Péter Princzinger Dr. – The aim of the Hungarian Cycling Federation is to host more and more UCI-events, i mean not only road races, but others as well. The higher ranking can mean bigger or more prestigious teams, more exciting races and also mosre serious media focus. If we reach this, it will be good for the Hungarian cycling sport and for Hungary too.”
„Tour de Hongrie is a stronger event, year by year, i am very glad and honoured to be a part of it because this event really helps a lot for the Hungarian cyclist to catch up with the bests of the world” – said Mr. Máriusz Révész, Government Commissioner responsible for cycling. „Moreover, the Tour is not only just a cycling event, it is also a good chance for our conutry’s marketing, we are able to show our most beautiful Hungarian cities, places and several historical monuments to the world.”
The competitors of the Tourde Hongrie can know this city very well as it is usually part of the event. It was the start of the race for the first time in 1964, then in 1993, 1997, 1998, 2003, 2016 and in 2017 hosted stages. Last year the stage was won by the Slovenian Ziga Jerman.
This 1st stage of the 2018 event will be hosted by Balatonalmádi, the city is part of the route for the first time. The team will arrive to the northern part of Lake Balaton by ferry from Siófok, then after the start they will head to Keszthely.
Keszthely – after 1930, 1937, 1949, 1953, 1963, 1964, 2015, 2016 and 2017 – is a part of the route for the 10th time. Two years ago the Estonian, latter overall winner, Mihkel Raim won the stage in front of the Festetics Castle. Last year Keszthely hosted the 1st stage of the TDH.
Velence will be part of the Tour programme for the second time. The city is having more and bigger role in the life of the Hungarian cycling year by year, it has one of the most popular cycling road in Hungary, which will be visited this year by the professional cyclists as well. The 2nd stage will start in Velence.
The capital of Fejér county will host a stage for the 3rd time. First, in 1933 Székesfehérvár had a finish, that time the Italian Servadei was the winner, then in 1964 the Polish Blawdyn got the stage-victory. This year, after a half-century, Székesfehérvár will have a stage-winner again.
„The gate of the Hungarian lowland”, Cegléd was the part of the TDH first time in 2016, that time there was the start of the 3rd stage. Last year the Finnish Manninen had a memorable and spectacular victory in the city. In 2018 Cegléd hosts the 3rd stage of the Tour de Hongrie.
The biggest thermal and spa city of Hungary is also a new venue in the programme. It will host the finish of the 3rd stage. In the city, which is the 3rd most popular cities, after Budapest and Héviz, cycling has been very popular.
Karcag, after 2004, 2015, 2016 and 2017, is part of the route for the 5th time. The main stage of the Tour will start from this city. Two years ago fans were able to see a spectacular finish: the Lithuanian Kaupas became the fastest, then last year the Australian Scott Sunderland started the stage here by wearing the yellow jersey.
The city of Borsod county follows Budapest: in nine decades the city was part of the Tour for 30th time. The teams visited the city during the event first time in 1926, the jubilee 30th occassion happened on 1 July 2017 where the latter overall winner, the Colombian Daniel Jaramillo won the stage.
The 1st Tour de Hongrie ever, in 1925 started in Budapest then after 2 days there was the finish too. The Győr-Budapest stage, so the 1st event finish in the capital of Hungary was won by Mihály Rusovszky. Until 1942 Budapest was the start and the finish of the TDH as well. During the II World War, the route changed and more stages went via Transylvania, in 1943 Oradea hosted the finish. After the war, Budapest became the home of the competition’s finish again. In 1963 and 1964 the city of Szombathely welcomed the cyclists after crossing the finish line. Then between 1993 and 2001 it was Budapest-Budapest again. After few years the capital of Hungary then only welcomed the cyclists in the finish – this happened in 2015, 2016 and in 2017.
What about the previous TDH routes?
In more than nince decades, in the history of the Tour de Hongrie, there were totally 223 stages. The longest Tour was in 1962 with its 1393 km, then the event had the most stages in 1994 with its 10. Budapest was start or finish of the Tour 76 occassions, then it is followed by Miskolc (30), Debrecen (24) nd Szombathely (23). The Tour has crossed the Hungarian border four times, in 1942 and 1943 teams visited Transylvania, in 2007 and 2008 Slovakia were able to welcome the cyclists.