Groves kept the yellow jersey
Stage 4 of the 41st Tour de Hongrie traveled between Sárospatak and Kazincbarcika today and after 180 km of racing the etape ended with a sprint finish. It was a successful day again for CCC Team’s Italian sprinter, Jakub Mareczko who won for the third time in a row. In the general classification Australia’s Kaden Groves stayed in the yellow jersey.
Day 4 started with heavy rains, during the night loads of rain had fallen all over the county. However, right before the start in Sárospatak, weather became better. Peloton started the stage under grey sky. There were several attacks, in the front, but until 40 km no breakaway could succeed.
After the SPR in Szerencs, a breakaway group – with two Hungarians - were able to leave the bunch: Australian Chris Harper (Jumbo-Visma), Spanish Diego Sevilla (Kometa-Xstra) Spain’s Alejandro Osorio (Caja Rural-Seguros-RGA) and Hungary’s János Pelikán (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec) Balázs Rózsa (Team Novák). The advantage of the breakaway was 3:35, both Hungarian riders collected SPR and GPM points.
Chris Harper was the last one standing in the breakaway, however he was taken by the peloton in Kazincbarcika, not long before the finish. As the bunch were together, it was expected to be a day of sprinters again. There was a crash 1,5 km before the finish, but sprinters were not involved.
Then, Jakub Mareczko did not give any chance for his rivals, he won his third stage in a row – this is the first time since 1953 that a rider could have won three consecutive stages, previously, Hungarian Béla Bartusek had achieved similar. Latvian Emils Liepins (Trek-Segafredo) came second today, third place went to Dutch David van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix). Best Hungarian Ádám Karl took the 10th place.
„These days my teammates work really hard, everything happened perfectly for me again” – said CCC Team’s sprinter, who is going to work for Attila Valter’s – his teammate – success tomorrow.
Owner of the yellow jersey, Kaden Groves was involved in the crash, but as it happened 3 km before the finish, he also got the same time as the stage-winner. So, he is still leading the general classification. The points classification (green jersey) is led by Jakub Mareczko, then the red jersey (climber classification) is on David Lozano. Best Hungarian in the white jersey is András Szatmáry.
Stage 5, last etape of Tour de Hongrie, is expected to be the most exciting, the final results will be decided tomorrow when peloton travels from Miskolc to Gyöngyös-Kékestető. Start will be at 11:30 and after 188 km finish is expected at 16:30, in the highest point of Hungary.
41. Tour de Hongrie
Stage4, Sárospatak-Kazincbarcika (180km):
1. Jakub Mareczko (CCC Team) 3:55:53
2. Emils Liepins (Trek-Segafredo) st
3. David van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix)
4. Sasha Weemaes (Vlaanderen-Baloise)
5. Andrea Guardini (Giotti Victoria-Savini Due)
6. Jon Aberasturi (Caja Rural-Seguros-RGA)
10. Karl Ádám (Hungarian National Team)
1. (in yellow) Kaden Groves (ausztrál, Mitchelton-Scott) 14:10:38
2. Jon Aberasturi (spanyol, Caja Rural-Seguros-RGA) +0:02
3. Lennard Hofstede (holland, Jumbo-Visma) +0:03
4. Emiel Planckaert (belga, Vlaanderen-Baloise) +0:06
5. David van der Poel (holland, Alpecin-Fenix) +0:07
6. Szatmáry András (magyar válogatott) st
1. (in green) Jakub Mareczko (olasz, CCC Team)
1. (in red) David Lozano (Team Novo Nordisk)
1. (in white) Szatmáry András (Hungarian National Team)
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