Australian Groves in the yellow jersey
Today’s stage of Tour de Hongrie ended with a sprint finish: the peloton traveled 182 km between Karcag and Nyíregyháza, at the end of stage 3 CCC Team’s Italian sprinter, Jakub Mareczko could celebrate – similar to yesterday in Hajdúszoboszló. There is a change in the general classification: today’s second-placer, Australian Kaden Groves (Mitchelton-Scott) took the lead, best Hungarian is András Szatmáry with his 6th position.
Today did not start with good news in the caravane: after the crash in Hajdúszoboszló on Sunday, several riders were taken to the hospital for examination. Unfortunately, Boris Vallee (Bingoal-Wallonie Bruxelles) has pelvis fracture, and his teammate, Franklin Six has handbone fracture. No other fracture for any other riders, but some bruises. All riders – except Boris Vallee – were allowed to leave the hospital.
Unfortunately, one photographer (from organizers’ side) was also involved in an accident yesterday, Zsolt Halmágyi, our colleague and his driver got injured. Both have fractures and their motor were also broken. However, our photographer is really dedicated and today he was in the start, in order to continue his work. We are wishing a quick recovery to each of them.
In Karcag 111 riders were presented, the bunch was led out from the city by hussars. We did not have to wait too much for the first attacks and breakaways: Spanish Riccardo Verza (Kometa Xstra Cycling Team), Dutch Lennard Hofstede (Team Jumbo-Visma Cycling), Norwegian Kristian Kulset (Uno-X Pro Cycling Team), Belgian Emiel Planckaert (Sport Vlaanderen – Baloiseand Austrian Maximilian Kuen (Team Vorarlberg Santic) were the leaders – they could keep their advantage for almost three hours.
The three SPRs were won by the leaders, who achieved a six-min-gap ahead of the bunch – however, it was not enough. Peloton started to chase the head of the race and they made it, so another sprint could be expected. Stage 3 in Nyíregyháza (Kossuth square) brought another Italian-success, as CCC Team’s Jakub Mareczko won – now he is standing with two victories.
Australia’s Kaden Groves came second today, and as he got time bonus, he took the lead in the general classification – that means currently he is wearing the yellow jersey of Tour de Hongrie. Today’s third was Norway’s talent, Erlend Blikra (Uno-X Pro Cycling Team), ahead of Italy’s Matteo Moschetti (Trek-Segafredo).
„Today my team worked really hard, it was an amazing teamwork, this helped us to catch the breakaway. At the end, everything happened perfectly” – said Jakub Mareczko, stage-winner in Nyíregyháza.
There were further changes in the classifications. Green jersey (leader of points classification) was awarded to Jakub Mareczko as well. Current owner of the red jersey (climber classification) is Spain’s David Lozano (Team Novo Nordisk), then the best Hungarian (in the white jersey) is András Szatmáry.
„Our aim for today was to be in the breakaway, but unfortunately, we could not make it. The other goal for stage 3 was to help Ádám Karl to reach a good result – as I do not have too much routine in sprints, I was not able to help him a lot. We wanted to keep the white jersey, and to arrive together with the bunch” – said Hungary’s András Szatmáry, who is now 6th in the general classification.
On Tuesday with stage 4 Hungary’s biggest cycling race continues. Peloton travels from Sárospatak to Kazincbarcika, with a length of 180 km. Start will be at 12.00 in Sárospatak (at the castle), then the finish in Kazincbarcika (Építők road) is expected at 16.20.
41. Tour de Hongrie
Stage3, Karcag-Nyíregyháza (182km):
1. Jakub Mareczko (CCC Team) 3:48:53
2. Kaden Groves (Mitchelton-Scott) st
3. Erlend Blikra (Uno-X Pro Cycéing Team)
4. Matteo Moschetti (Trek-Segafredo)
5. David van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix)
6. Itamar Einhorn (Israel Start-Up Nation)
1. (in yellow) Kaden Groves (Mitchelton-Scott) 10:14:45
2. Jon Aberasturi (Caja Rural-Seguros-RGA) +0:02
3. Lennard Hofstede (holland, Jumbo-Visma) +0:03
4. Emiel Planckaert (belga, Vlaanderen-Baloise) +0:06
5. Gilles De Wilde (belga, Vlaanderen-Baloise) +0:07
6. Szatmáry András (Hungarian National Team) st
1. (in green) Jakub Mareczko (olasz, CCC Team)
1. (in red) David Lozano (Team Novo Nordisk)
1. (in white) Szatmáry András (Hungarian National Team)