The Kékestető marks a Tour de Hongrie where we compete at home
42nd Tour of Hongrie
From 12 to 16 May
Since Kometa started supporting the professional project of the Contador Foundation the Tour de Hongrie has been a kind of Tour de France for the formation. The most important race of our year. This passion has gone beyond Kometa’s interests in the country. It’s a race that we like, where we feel at home. Stage victories have come here, podiums in the general classification, great individual and team performances have taken place here. And even though it coincides these days with the Giro d’Italia, it is in itself another very important objective.
Ahead, 792 kilometres spread over five stages with a particularly interesting fourth day: the high finish at the top of the country. The iconic Kékestető, at just over 1,000 metres and with its surrounding lush forests, will host the race for the eleventh time. The city of Tata, the City of Waters, makes its debut in the Magyar race and will be the 73rd venue to be present on the course. Budapest, the country’s capital, also returns after four editions off the course. Erik Fetter, Davide Bais, Mattia Frapporti, Luca Pacioni, Alejandro Ropero and Diego Pablo Sevilla are the six riders with whom the EOLO-KOMETA Cycling Team will take part in this edition in which seven WorldTour teams will be present.
Erik Fetter: “I think it will be a beautiful race. Starting in Siofok, which is my favourite place by Lake Balaton, and finishing in the capital Budapest in front of my family, my friends and of course all the Hungarian cycling fans. It will be a very beautiful five-day race. I’m really looking forward to it, because I think I’m close to my best form and it would be nice to prove it in this race, especially in the queen stage, on the Kékestető. That’s where the race will be decided. So my goal is to fight for a good result, and then enjoy myself on the last stage, in a beautiful area of Budapest.”
“After having competed in the Clásica de Almería, I had a few days in which the sensations were not good in training, I didn’t feel good. I did some tests and there we saw that my liver was not working well. I had a difficult few weeks. But calmly, without haste, I have been able to recover and little by little I have been able to resume training. I can’t wait to get back to racing, although I would have liked to be in the fight for a place in the Giro d’Italia team”, says Luca Pacioni, who will be the fast man of the men in blue in the Hungarian race.
12 May: Siófok – Kaposvár (173 km).
13th May: Balatonfüred – Nagykanizsa (183 km).
14th May: Veszprém – Tata (142 km).
15 May: Balassagyarmat – Gyöngyös-Kékestető (202 km).
16 May: Budapest-Budapest (92 km).