Tour of Hungary
prólogue: Siófok-Siófok (3.5 km ITT)
With a test conditioned by the appearance of rain and some gusts of strong wind when some thirty riders had already finished, on Tuesday he started to ride in a new edition of the Tour of Hungary in which the Swiss Patrick Schelling became the first leader of the Magyar round. The Vorarlberg-Santic rider, still on dry ground, and facing the prologue just after Matteo Moschetti, set the best time on a finish line where the Italian set the eleventh best time of the day, 9 seconds from the winner. His compatriot Michele Gazzoli finished 19th, 17 seconds behind. The fast men of the Polartec-Kometa, at the forefront of the race.
An urban route in the capital of Lake Balaton, an essentially flat route where long straights alternated with up to nine bends, hosted the starting gun of the first Tour of Hungary with the Polartec-Kometa in the participating pack, a more special edition if possible due to the premiere of a collaboration between the organisation and ASO, the driving force behind the Tour de France. A prologue of power, of strength, also of technique, where a good specialist like Schelling, current Swiss runner-up in the discipline, allied himself with the weather. He was the twelfth rider to take the time trial and his 4:32, by a hundredths, ended up being definitive with 117 riders still to go out and compete at that time.
“The performance was good, but I’m a little unhappy with the final result,” said Matteo Moschetti from Siófok: “The course was difficult, with many turns and I didn’t want to risk too much. “It was a circuit without pause, without rest. You stopped, you faced the turn, to the limit until the next corner, again to stop, to start again…. With the appearance of the water everything becomes more complicated in a technical circuit and of force like this one”, contributes Miguel Ángel Ballesteros. The Spaniard finished 103rd, 48 seconds behind the winner.
The Italian Stefano Oldani made his debut as a stagiaire, completing the 3.5 kilometres clocked with 34 seconds more than the winner, finishing in 51st place in the prologue. Juan Camacho scored the 69th time, Diego Pablo Sevilla the 78th and Isaac Cantón the 87th.
This Wednesday the first stage will take place, 154 kilometers north of Lake Balaton, which will link Balatonalmádi and Keszthely with three steps through a second category score, the last of them ten kilometers from the end.
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