On Wednesday, the 42nd Tour de Hongrie started in the town of Siófok, located on the shore of Lake Balaton. In the beginning 173-kilometer stage, Germany’s Phil Bauhaus managed to secure a victory and the first leader’s yellow jersey. The race continued on Thursday with the second stage between Balatonfüred and Nagykanizsa, ending with the spectacular victory by Belgium’s Jordi Meeus.
This year’s competition is perhaps the biggest in the history of Tour de Hongrie, bringing the strongest peloton to the starting grids. 130 riders from 22 teams are attending Hungary’s most prestigious cycling race, including eight WoldTeams, nine ProTeams, four Continental Teams, and the National. Riders are covering 792 kilometers in five days and five stages until crossing the finish line in Budapest on Sunday.
The first stage between Siófok and Kaposvár started on Wednesday amid adverse weather conditions. As soon as the caravan departed it started to rain, but after a short while, the sun reappeared.
Eventually, the opening stage came down to a bunch sprint in which German rider Phil Bauhaus (Bahrain Victorious) secured a victory against Italian Jakub Mareczko (Vini Zabu), and Belgian Jordi Meeus (Bora–Hansgrohe).
The second stage started on Thursday on the opposite side of Lake Balaton in Balatonfüred. The 182.6-kilometer long route to Nagykanizsa ran through a beautiful landscape directly on the lakeshore.
This stage was won by the Belgian Jordi Meeus (Bora-Hansgrohe), ahead of Italian Alberto Dainese (Team DSM) and Phil Bauhaus from Germany (Bahrain-Victorious).
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