In our special series which focuses on the teams competing at the Tour de Hongrie starting on 11 June now our current squad in the „spotlight” is Differdange-GeBa from Luxembourg, they can be so familiar for Hungarian fans as from 2015 they has attended the race every year – from our teams in 2019 they are the only continental squad who can say this about themselves. It can be declared: there is not Tour de Hongrie without them…
Why are they returning to the Tour de Hongrie year after year? Well, there are several reasons. One of them is that the club has very strong Hungarian affiliation as one of the riders of Differdange is the 2014 Hungarian national champion, Balázs Rózsa. Moreover, in their own service team we can find one more Hungarian, Ákos Haiszer. Then, we are able to mention that during a few years Krisztián Lovassy was their cyclist. He was 3rd in 2015 and 2016 in the final stage in Budapest, last stage of Tour de Hongrie.
The other reason, why Differdange cannot be missing from the teams invited to the race: Tom Thill from Luxembourg was the overall winner of the „re-born” Tour de Hongrie in 2015. By winning the yellow jersey he became part of the history of Hungarian Tour.
Differdange-GeBa has a long, successful history, previously they was called CCI Differdange, started to race in 1911, in the ’80s, by the leadership of Gabriel Gatti, they became one of the most important teams of the region as the director of the squad invited back, to home, the riders of Luxembourg who then achieved amazing results with the team.
The Luxembourg team has started its 14th season in February – with such new squad as there are 9 new members among the cyclists. This year sixteen cyclists wear the blue-white-black vest, beside the Hungarian Balázs Rózsa, American, Belgian, French, German, Dutch and also Luxembourg riders form the team. Kockelmann from Luxembourg is only eighteen years old, the one with most experience and routine, the French Gabriel Muller is thirty-three years old. If we see the results and achievements, the 29-year-old Tom Thill is the strongest rider, who will have young supporters by his side this year, but it is definitely certain: the team will want to make a difference in 2019 in Hungary – again!
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.
Teams of Tour de Hongrie in 2019
Androni-Giocattoli Sidermec (ITA)
Israel Cycling Academy (ISR)
Neri Sottoli-Selle Italia-KTM (ITA)
EvoPro Racing (IRL)
Bike Aid (GER)
Team Coop (NOR)
Dukla Banská Bystrica (SVK)
Team BridgeLane (AUS)