The professional cycling team of Norway’s successful store, Coop, is having a world-wide-known, popular and truly such a famous mentor: the ambassador of the company is Alexander Kristoff, star of international cycling, who is an usual participant of World Tour races, few days ago he achieved his 74th professional victory at the legendary Gent-Wevelgem.
Team Coop will arrive to Hungary soon and it is possible that Hungarian fans will be able to see Kristoff as well if his team, UAE is going to allow him this visit, just a few days before the Tour of Switzerland. The arrival and participation of the Norwegian squad is definitely going to be a real big day, a festival for Tour de Hongrie. Like in 2005 the Team Maxbo-Bianchi, from that group several cyclists made a difference and achieved amazing success, for example Lars-Petter Nordhaug, professional member of Team Sky, 3-times Tour de France stagewinner, Dimension Data’s World-Tour hero, Edvald Boasson Hagen or we can mention even Alexander Kristoff too who started his professional carreer there in 2007.
It is really interesting to note: Team Coop has some kind of Hungarian „involvement” too, in 2004 as Team Sparebanken Vest they have had Hungary’s Tamas Lengyel among their cyclists for 3 years. Moreover, the great performance of Slovakia’s Martin Prazdnovsky at our race in 2005 was a good entry into Norway.
The team uses the name „Coop” since 2015, that year they received 5 international success, so the support was requited very soon. Last year they also collected 5 victories, moreover in 2019 they got one: Norway’s Trond Trondsen won the 6th stage of Tour de Normandie – where Hungary’s Barnabas Peak also won an etape.
Team Coop is having 8 cyclists in 2019 plus two trainees, the main squad: 6 Norwegians, one-one Danish and Swedish. The average age is very young, the most experienced cyclist is Trondsen who was 3rd in the general classification of Tour de Normandie and also has several Top10 results. Then, Kristian Aasvold, the bronze medalist of last year’s national championships, this year he was medalist of the Istrian Spring Trophy (where Hungary’s Attila Valter won), Olay Hiemsaeter was 3rd at the Umag Trophy and Hakon Aasvold achieved a stage victory at last year’s Tour de l’Avenir. Probably, some of them can be the big starts of the future!
Tour de Hongrie, with its 890 km will start on 11 June, the UCI 2.1 race will finish on 16 June. 140 cyclists, from 20 teams during 6 days are going to compete in Hungary.