The 105th Giro d’Italia cycling race started from Budapest, the field reached the finish line in Visegrád at the end of the 195-kilometer stage, touching Székesfehérvár and Esztergom. Budapest would have originally given a home to the Grande Partenza, ie the Great Start, in 2020, but this could not have happened due to the coronavirus epidemic. Two more stages will start in Hungary, on May 7 (Saturday) there will be a 9.2 km race in Budapest, and on May 8 (Sunday) the competitors will run from Kaposvár to Balatonfüred, while they will also touch Nagykanizsa, Badacsony and Tihany.
Such an event is of great importance in terms of country image, especially since the competition starts from Hungary. The entire Giro is watched by about 800 million people on television for more or less time. In Hungary, the three Hungarian stages can be followed live on M4 Sport and m4sport.hu. All stages are broadcast live on Eurosport and Eurosport Player.
Last year we had two, and this year three, a record number of Hungarian competitors in the three-week round:
- Valter Attila Through (Groupama – FDJ), the lovers of Hungarian cycling witnessed several historical moments in the previous year: first they wore the white jersey for the best young man, then for three days they took the lead in the complex, so they could wear the Maglia Rosa for a while. Previously, no Hungarian cyclist has managed to achieve a distinctive jersey in any of the Grand Tour competitions.
- Fetter Erik (EOLO-Kometa) is preparing for the first three-week round of his life. The 22-year-old rider’s knee injury at the beginning of the year is a thing of the past and has since been 100 percent repaired, and for months, nothing has bothered him while running.
- Barnabas Peák (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux )’s primary goal is to help Biniam Girmay win the stage, which Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux, who will be in good shape in the spring, will have every chance to do.
Erik Fetter, Attila Valter and Barnabas PeákGallery: It’s over! The Giro field set off from Heroes’ Square(Photo: Péter Papajcsik / Index)
Valter Attila he told MTI he wasn’t at all excited before the start, not even as stressed as he expected.. The extremely excited Barnabas Peák he confirmed to reporters that on the Visegrád ascent, their entire team will work for the success of the U23 silver medalist Biniam Girmay from Eritrea, who was accompanied by a large number of fans to the Hungarian capital. Peák’s role will be to on the ascent to put the “lead train” in a good position. Starting with a fresh two-year contract extension Fetter Erik betrayed, they got a free hand to the finish line, but their main man on the stage is Vincenzo Albanese, the EOLO-Kometa will be built on them so they don’t run away.
The field was scheduled to leave at 12:20 a.m. from Heroes’ Square, where the Index’s on-site correspondent said the atmosphere was huge. There was a crowded wall along Andrássy Avenue, with roughly ten thousand people watching the slow start. Attila Valter, Erik Fetter and Barnabás Peák led the field. It was quite a magical experience to see the best road cyclists in the world ride alongside the sights of Budapest. If you’re wondering what the atmosphere was like in Heroes ’Square, experience the experience through images from Index photographers. The official Twitter of the Giro d’Italia has posted a sumptuous video about the start and the mood, with the text “Thank you Budapest”:
After roughly 25 minutes of running, the field reached the 0th kilometer, where they officially shot the start and the race became more intense. The Drone Hopper-Androni Giocattoli riders Mattia Bais and Filippo Tagliani immediately escaped, with no one else on the field trying to keep up with them. After about 20 kilometers, at the height of Érd, the two fleeing Italians built an advantage of nearly eight minutes. The peloton started to hook up a bit when, after 45 kilometers, the two Italians in the lead pulled away for 10 minutes. Even the members of the St. Ladislaus Hussar Association helped the field:
The Giro d’Italia is not just about cycling: it’s about folklore, tradition and lots of fun 😍
– Giro d’Italia (@giroditalia) May 6, 2022
In the first sub-race in Székesfehérvár, the escaping Italians had only a five-minute advantage over the field. Filippo Tagliani crossed the section for the first time, followed by his teammate Mattia Bais. Five minutes later in the peloton, he reached his subhair, with Giacomo Nizzolo, an Israel-Premier Tech rider, finishing third in the middle.
Approaching the second sub-hair, 40 kilometers before the end of the stage, the position in the fleece began. The accompanying bikers also took the lead, probably because there would be no room to get around the field later. The advantage of the two Italians in the lead was reduced to one and a half minutes, we could almost call the action of the two of them an advertising escape. The sponsors are sure to be happy because the camera showed them a lot in the first half of the stage.
In her second subhair, Mattia Bais crossed the measuring point for the first time, closely followed by Filippo Tagliani. Third was the Belgian Lotto-Soudal rider Thomas de Gent. It was only about half a minute here between the fugitives and the peloton. Eventually, 13.5 kilometers before the end, the boly caught up with the two cyclists of Drone Hopper-Androni Giocattoli.
In the last ten kilometers, as the boly visegrád arrived, the position started, and the riders switched on. In the picturesque bend of the Danube, the bottles just flew, the cyclists got rid of the extra weight.
6.4 miles before the end, Erik Fetter got into a triple fall.
Luckily, he was able to go further, not much trouble for the EOLO-Kometa race winner. It was the first fall at the 105th Giro d’Italia, not to mention a small fall in the first third of the stage. At the bottom of the Visegrád ascent Lawrence Naesen he stepped away from the flea, cycling a ten-second advantage to himself three kilometers before the end, but his joy did not last long. Another fall ensued, then Lennard Kämna he blew up his huge hair, quickly leaving the fleeing Belgian.
At the start of the last mile, the 25-year-old German was still in the lead, beating the others by seven seconds then. But that’s when everyone started shaking, Davide Formolo he took the lead in one fell swoop and there was another huge turmoil in the last hundred meters.
Valter AttilaGallery: Drama: meters ahead of the finish line, the winning contestant has fallen(Photo: Péter Papajcsik / Index)
Mathieu van der Poel in the end in a suffocating hair Biniam Girmaywith and Caleb Ewanplayed a huge match
when Caleb Ewan looked in and collided with Van der Poel, then the Australian fell a few meters before the finish line.
Thus, the Dutchman Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) won the first stage, the second place went to Barnabás Peák’s teammate Biniam Girmay (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux) and the third to Bilbao Lopez (Bahrain Victorious). Attila Valter (Groupama-FDJ) finished in 29th place, 4 seconds behind.
Section 1: Budapest-Visegrád, 195 km:
1. Mathieu van der Poel (Dutch) 4:35:28 (10 sec bonus)
2. Biniam Girmay (Eritrea) at the same time
3. Peio Bilbao (Spanish) at the same time (4 second bonus)
… 29. Valter Attila 4 sec. h.
… 112. Fetter Erik 2:22 ph
(Cover image: Péter Papajcsik / Index)