Hungary Grande Partenza 'exceeded all expectations' - gov't commissioner


The presentation of Giro d'Italia teams took place on May 4 on Heroes' Square.

Photo by Tibor Illyés / MTI

Hosting the first three stages of this year's Giro d'Italia cycling race "exceeded our wildest dreams", government commissioner for an active Hungary Máriusz Révész said on Sunday, according to a report by state news wire MTI.

Révész said "at least a quarter of a million people" encouraged riders along the route, contributing to "a sensational mood" and "exceeding all expectations of the Italian organizers".

He thanked the Giro d'Italia organizers, the local governments of the capital, and the other settlements through which the race passed and road maintenance company Magyar Közút Nonprofit, as well as volunteers, fans, and local residents.

Race director Mauro Vegni said the welcome in Hungary for the Giro d'Italia's Grande Partenza "could not have been warmer".

"We want to thank Hungary, the government, local residents, fans, and naturally the local organizing committee for the Grande Partenza. The last three days have been a real success," he said.

He added that Hungarians have "ensured their place in the international cycling community".

Hungary hosted the first three stages of the Giro d'Italia on May 6-8. Cyclists raced 195 km from Budapest to Visegrád, via Székesfehérvár and Esztergom, in the first stage, on Friday. An individual time trial followed on Saturday, on a 9.2 km stretch in the heart of Budapest. On Sunday, cyclists rode 201 km from Kaposvár along the northern shore of Lake Balaton to Balatonfüred.

Hungary was to have hosted the Grande Partenza of the 2020 Giro d'Italia, but the race was postponed because of the pandemic.


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