In the 2nd part of our new series which focuses on the teams taking part in the 2018 Tour de Hongrie, starting on 14 August, we are glad to present an other returning team.
We have known them from last year, where they were 8th in the team ranking. Well, this year the bests of the Czech Pardus-Tufo Prostejov are going to Hungary again!
They are such a young team, the Pardus-Tufo Prostejov was established in 2013 by the former professional cyclist, Tomas Konecny, who has won stage at the Vuelta a Espana during his carreer, and sport director Michal Mracek. Nowadays, the team is one of the three Czech continental teams.
Among the members mostly we can find Czech cyclists but each year one or two riders from the region join the team. This year the professional team of the city Prostejov started the season with six Czech, one Polish and one Ukrainian cyclists and they can be recognized easily in their blue and yellow vests.
During the team’s presentation in March it was mentioned that in 2018 the squad has been built around the Pszczolarski-Lichnovsky Polish-Czech duo. Karel Hnik is a new member of Pardus-Tufo Prostejov, previously he competed in pro-continental teams, his debut in the world of cycling started so promisingly then last year he was injured, now as a cyclist of Prostejov he „re-starts” his carreer.
Zubenko from Ukraine is also a new member of the team however the twenty-three-year old rider is one of the most experienced ones, as four cyclists are only at their junior ages, ninteen years old. For example Daniel Babor, who has already achieved great results, European and world championships gold medals in track cycling’s scratch event. Now he can collect more experience and useful kilometres on the roads.
The Pardus-Tufo Prostejov is mostly focusing on the races of Czech Cup and they are also going to compete at a few international tours, for example 2018 Belgrade-Banjaluka and Tour de Hongrie.
Riders of Pardus-Tufo Prostejov:
Daniel Babor (Czech)
Tomas Barta (Czech)
Marek Dolnicek (Czech)
Karel Hnik (Czech)
Ludek Lichnovsky (Czech)
Wojciech Pszczolarski (Polish)
Karel Tyrpekl (Czech)
Mykyta Zubenko (Ukrainian)
This year Tour de Hongrie, Hungary’s biggest cycling race, will be held between 14-19 August. During the six days, by reaching ten different counties and biking 800 km 20 teams will compete, every team can enter seven riders. The event starts with a prologue in Siófok, then the route is: Balatonalmádi, Keszthely, Velence, Székesfehérvár, Cegléd, Hajdúszoboszló, Karcag, Miskolc, then the final stage in Budapest, capital city of Hungary.