6 days, 890 km
In the nine-decade history of Tour de Hongrie the official route was presented in a spectacular gala for the very first time on Tuesday. This unique gala was held in the Budapest Music Center, in the heart of the Hungarian capital. Hungary’s biggest cycling race will start on 11 June from Siofok, the peloton is going to compete for 6 days, via 11 counties, on 890 km. The finish will be in Szekesfehervar.
The gala was streamed live on M4 Sport, Hungary’s national sport channel. After the welcome speeches of Mr. Mariusz Revesz, Government Commissioner of „Active Hungary”, Mrs. Tunde Szabo Dr., Secretary of State for Sport and Mr. Zoltan Guller, CEO of Hungarian Tourism Agency, the focus was on the social responsibility of Tour de Hongrie. The LOC of the event (Vuelta Sportiroda) with the help of the international media presence of the race drawed the attention to the safety of transport and education.
„Safe transport is really an important case for us, especially if we think about the promotion of cycling. In the past few years we tried to do anything we could for this case. We established the Bike Academy which helps the children to learn the most about safe cycling and also we are assisting in the education of mentors as well.
We have a road show which teaches the most important rules to kinds. We have been part of the team who created a special notebook regarding „how to transport in a smart way” – it was released in 2000 copies and it’s curriculum at primary schools” – said Karoly Eisenkrammer, President of the Organizing Committee.
During the Tour de Hongrie everyone could get to know our safe transport campaign: last year we joined the call of Tour de France regarding the 1,5 meter lateral distance. The logo of it was also on the yellow jersey of our race. This year we will tour a blue heart accross Hungary, our event is going to draw the attention again to this important case.
The next part of the gala was the welcome of the great champions. The son of the very 1st, 1925’s winner of Tour de Hongrie, Karoly Jerzsabek, Mr. Tibor Jerzsabek was awarded with a yellow jersey. The special gift was presented by Mr. Peter Princzinger, President of the Hungarian Cycling Federation and Mr. Karoly Eisenkrammer.
The eldest TDH-winner, the 85-year-old Mr. Ferenc Stamusz could not attend the gala, however organisers visited the winner of the 1964 edition in his own home. The silver medalist of the 1964 Tou de Hongrie, Bela Juhasz was greeted at the gala, he was known by his nickname, Cérna (Twist) and in 1963 he received Sport Fair Play Award after the Tour de Hongrie. Organisers wanted to indicate with these special greetings that traditions are really important. The event will celebrate a unique jubilee: in 2019 the 40th Tour de Hongrie will be organized.
Then the official route of the Tour de Hongrie was launched. Karoly Eisenkrammer said they took into consideration several aspects during the planning of the route. As Hungarian cyclists were successful last year in the longer, more difficult, climby stages, LOC tried to insert more climbs and hills into the route this year.
In a short interview, Attila Valter, member of CCC Development Team, said the route seems very interesting and prosperous.
Karoly Eisenkrammer added: in 2019 in several villages there are going to be races for amateur cyclists so they will be able to know how does it feel to be a part of a professional competition. The main organiser also mentioned some facts about the television broadcasts: each race day will be broadcasted live on M4 Sport and also Eurosport is going to stream a 48-min summary after every stage. Moreover, on the last 2 stages there will be 1,5-hour live broadcast on the international sport channel.
Karoly Eisenkrammer noted: between LOC and Eurosport there is a 3-year-term collaboration and also, organiser of the Tour de France, Amaury Sport Organisation also helps a lot regarding the international media presence of the race.
Tour de Hongrie, with its 890 km will start on 11 June and until this time already 4 pro continental teams are among the participants: French Cofidis, Italian Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec, Israeli Israel Cycling Academy and Italian Neri Sottoli-Selle Italia-KTM. The UCI 2.1 race will finish on 16 June.