The tour leads over 863.5km from Lake Balaton, the most famous Hungarian holiday destination, to the eastern Bükk Mountains. Anyone who thinks Hungary has no history of cycling needs to think again. In 1925, the Hungarian tour was held for the first time, thus looking back on almost a century of history.
In 2004, BIKE AID team founder Matthias Schnapka already started the trip, which he remembered well: "Warm-hearted, friendly people and a quaint natural landscape in the mountains; since then I always wanted to come back, unfortunately it never worked ". In 2017, the BIKE AID Pro Team started in Hungary for the first time and finished second with Meron Teshome on the final stage.
A good organization, high media presence and attractive stages led in 2018 to the upgrading of the tour in the UCI category 2.1., With the starter field also gained in quality. The tour is currently broadcast in 195 countries, in Germany it can be seen in Eurosport 2 and in the live stream.
Lucas Carstensen placed a first exclamation mark in 8th place in the prologue. On the following day Nicodemus Holler was able to equal the next top ten placings with 7th place. Nicodemus Holler is currently seventeenth, 47 seconds back in the overall standings, against the leading Manuel Belletti of the Italian Pro Continental Team Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec.
Currently the 3 stage from Cegléd to Hajdúszoboszló runs for 206km. We'll keep our fingers crossed for the boys!
Photos Credit: Tour de Hongrie