Sports Director Gabriele Missaglia said that Valter and Mareczko will be joined by a strong group of riders who can both support their leaders while also looking for their own opportunities.
“We are starting Tour de Hongrie with a strong rider roster that will be racing for both stage wins and the General Classification in Hungary. In the first instance, Attila Valter, who I know is motivated to race at home, and Jakub Mareczko will be our two main leaders and I am confident that they are capable of making a good result at the race. The first stage is short with three laps of a course that includes a climb and while it is not too long I think it will be harder for the bunch to arrive all together so, this will be more open for everyone to try something. Mareczko is in good shape so we will look to work for him on stages two to four where a bunch sprint is likely before the crucial day for the General Classification on the final stage, which features three big climbs including a summit finish. Overall, all of the guys already have some good racing in their legs, so I think where possible, we can also look to give everyone the chance to try something and take opportunities,” Missaglia explained.
Valter is excited about racing on home soil at the five-day stage race, which starts on Saturday.
“I am really looking forward to this race and to be racing in my home country, I think it will be a great race and my main goal is to fight for the General Classification. I finished third overall here last year and, although the competition is going to be tougher this time, I am feeling confident that I can try to do better than that with the first and last stages of the race being the most important. I am feeling recovered and in good shape after my first big block of racing in Spain, Poland, and Italy and I have had some time to train on part of this year’s parcours. I think this year’s race will be a good one and although it’s not the hardest or longest I think with WordTour teams racing, the level will be much higher and it will be more demanding than ever,” Valter said.
Mareczko is motivated ahead of the potential bunch sprint finishes on the opening stages of Tour de Hongrie
“I am looking forward to racing at Tour de Hongrie because there are some good opportunities for bunch sprints at the race. After my first two races back in Italy, I have continued to work hard and I think that my legs are good and my form is where I want it to be at this point. Hopefully, I will see that reflected in the race and I can get some good results over the five days”, Mareczko said.
Tour de Hongrie (29 August – 2 September)
Rider Roster: Kamil Gradek (POL), Kamil Malecki (POL), Jakub Mareczko (ITA), Michal Paluta (POL), Attila Valter (HUN), Łukasz Wiśniowski (POL)
Sports Director: Gabriele Missaglia (ITA)