Tour de Hongrie is over: “The team has always worked well, united and compact”
42º Tour de Hongrie
Stage 5: Budapest – Budapest (92 km)
A crash in the final part of the third stage ruined his chances of fighting for the overall and in the Kékestetö he would prove one day later that he was in good shape to fight for a nice classification. That’s why this Sunday Erik Fetter didn’t want to miss the chance to leave himself in the streets of Budapest again. Fetter was in a breakaway with Italian veteran Manuele Boaro, Belgian Jordi Warlop and Polish Mateusz Grabis. The four rode with a lead of more than two minutes until they were caught with eleven kilometres to go.
The Belgian Edward Teuns won in a sprint with many contenders after which the Australian Damienn Howson secured his victory in the general classification. A final classification where, after Fetter’s fall, it was the Spaniard Alejandro Ropero the best classified. The Spaniard from Granada finished 17th, 1’23” behind Howson.
Erik Fetter, the ‘eolo-kometa’ of the day: “The course was flat, it was difficult to break the possibility of a sprint. But I was determined to experience it. I was afraid there might be a lot of crashes on the street circuit and I thought the best way to avoid them was to ride at the front. Riding in the breakaway all day was a way to ride safely. Of course it was a way to give the team and even Hungary a presence in the country’s capital. The atmosphere was wonderful with so many people and fans”.
Mattía Frapporti, road captain in the Hungarian race: “The team was good every day. Erik’s bad luck prevented us from being further ahead in the overall, because in the end Erik was very good and he proved it in the mountains. We were in the breakaway every day. Unfortunately, we didn’t get the result we were looking for, but the team has always worked well, united and compact. This Sunday Pacioni wasn’t feeling well and couldn’t be in the final sprint”.