Tour de Hongrie team presentation in Budapest
Participants of the Tour de Hongrie arrived to Hungary, the official start list says 119 riders from 20 teams will attend Hungary’s biggest cycling race which starts on Saturday. Teams were presented to the fans in the Hungarian capital, in front of Novotel Budapest City.
Well, as it is normal, some difficulties made the preparation more exciting, as riders arrived to the country from 31 different countries. Coronavirus affects the international travel possibilities too, for example, Spanish team, Caja Rural-Seguros-RGA had transfer difficulties, so riders could arrived to the hotel just in the evening, although their team was presented during the show.
Other teams landed in Budapest successfully and in time, we were able to welcome all the 5 World Teams. This is the very first time that such strong teams are taking part in our race. U.S. Trek-Segafredo entered its young talent, the junior world champion, Quinn Simmons, but the peloton’s top-ranked rider is the Australian Damien Howson (Mitchelton-Scott), who won the Czech Tour few days ago. Among the names we can find 8 current national champions as well, 4 of them from the road - German Marcel Meisen (Alpecin-Fenix), Czech Adam Toupalik (Elkov-Kasper), Croatian Josip Rumac (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec) and Hungary’s champon, Viktor Filutás (Giotti Victoria-Savini Due) – they will wear their national vest. The other 4 were the best in the individual time trial national championships: Polish Kamil Gradek (CCC Team), Croatian Josip Rumac, Serbian Veljko Sztojnics (Vini Zabu-KTM) and Hungary’s Barnabás Peák (Mitchelton-Scott).
This year 16 Hungarian riders attend the race. Let’s see the list! World Teams: Attila Valter (CCC Team) and Barnabás Peák(Mitchelton-Scott), Pro Teams: János Pelikán János (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec) and Péter Kusztor (Novo Nordisk), Continental Teams: Márton Dina (Kometa-Xstra), Viktor Filutás (Giotti Victoria-Savini Due), Gergely Szarka (Giotti Victoria-Savini Due), Zsombor Wermeser (Team Novák), Balázs Rózsa (Team Novák) and András Szentpéteri (Team Novák), then the 6 members of National Team of Hungary: Ádám Karl (UC Monaco), Dániel Dina (Epronex-BSS Oil Team), Gergő Orosz (Epronex-BSS Oil Team), Zsolt lstlstekker (Epronex-BSS Oil Team), András Szatmáry (Cube-Csömör) and Zsombor Palumby (SVS Pro Team).
We also have 2 former Tour de Hongrie stage-winners, Italy’s Matteo Moschetti (Trek-Segafredo) who became the best in 2018 in Székesfehérvár and Czech Republic’s Alois Kankovsky (Elkov-Kasper) who won last year in Hajdúszoboszló. Moreover, former Giro d’Italia stage-winner, Italian Andrea Guardini (Giotti-Victoria-Savini Due) will be at the start line.
The eldest participant this year is the Paralympic star, the World-, and European champion, Eduárd Károly Novák (or how everyone knows him, Ede – who celebrated his 44th birthday in July and now is the President of the Romanian Cycling Federation, too.) This is something definitely unique. The youngest rider is the 19-year-old Quinn Simmons – we have already mentioned his talent.
This year’s race will be a very special, not just because of the strongest peloton ever, but also because of the special rules that each organizer, team and fan has to pay attention to.
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Team presentation was broadcasted live, online on m4sport.hu, but the best moments will be on the screens of Eurosport as well, as fans can follow the race all over Europe in 48-min highlights.
Tour de Hongrie starts tomorrow at 11.30 from Esztergom. The UCI 2.1 race, which is part of the Europe Tour, has 5 race-days with 826 km and it will end on 2nd September, in the highest point of Hungary. Tour de Hongrie can be followed in more than 80 countries in 2020.