Climb to form continues for Kusztor with strong ride on Rwanda Queen Stage

23 February 2023

The elder statesman of Team Novo Nordisk defied the years again and showed what’s possible with diabetes at the Tour du Rwanda as 37-year-old Peter Kusztor proved to be one of the strongest of the day on this race’s brutal Queen Stage finishing in 22nd place.

Sports Director Gennady Mikhaylov:

“It was a good performance from Peter again today, the climbs were not easy at all and 195km with six ascents at altitude in these conditions means that there’s nothing straightforward about performing well.”

“The bunch split early on what was an explosive stage and Peter did a good job to stay close to the top 20 all day and he’s a great example for us all with his determination.”

Peter Kusztor:

“We knew it was going to be a tough day today – Queen stages are never easy – but alongside the length and elevation the constant attacks made it even harder.”

“I had to dig deep all day and the explosive nature of the racing meant that I had to try my best to stay near the front all day which was extremely difficult. I suffered, but I was able to suffer, and Charles in particular really helped me a lot, going on bottle runs back to the car and doing his best to make sure I was as good as I could be.

“I dropped off on the last climb with around 5km to go and had to ride my own pace to the line, but I didn’t finish too far back and I’m happy to stay in the top 20 on GC.”

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