Race: Tour de Hongrie
Start/Finish: Karcag – Nyiregyhaza
Andrea Peron, ITA
“It’s really frustrating to have crashed today, I was feeling good and determined to break into the top ten, but a group of riders went down in front of me and I couldn’t avoid them and hit the deck too.”
“I banged my knee pretty bad, but I hope the swelling goes down and that I will be ok for tomorrow’s stage.”
David Lozano, ESP – Red Jersey
“The team did another great job today. It’s a shame that Andrea got caught up in the crash, but he couldn’t avoid it and we all tried our best to help him get back in the best position possible.”
“It was really hectic out there, lots of attacks early on and me, Sam Brand and Joonas Henttala all tried to make it into the break, but it was quite late when it formed, and we settled down focused on holding our position.
“Tomorrow is going to be a tough day, we have to be very attentive to hold on to the red jersey and the objective will be to get into the breakaway and get as many mountains points as possible. The climbs come quite late in the stage and we will definitely do our best to keep the jersey.”
Massimo Podenzana, DS
“We came into today’s stage viewing it as a good opportunity for Andrea to contest the final sprint, but this is cycling, and crashes happen and in a moment your plans can change. He is ok and we’ll see if his knee recovers in time for tomorrow.”
“David and the guys knew what they had to do today, and they did it. Tomorrow is where we have to really switch on. We need to get into the breakaway or at the very least make sure the guys closest to David in the Mountain’s Classification don’t get up the road and get the point ahead of us.”
Tomorrow’s stage four of the Tour de Hongrie covers 171 kilometers from Sarospatak to Kazincbarcika.