Due to the coronavirus epidemic, the Hungarian Circuit (Magyar Körverseny) cycling race will start on August 29, instead of the originally planned spring date, and end on September 2.
The 41st Tour de Hongrie starts at the Basilica of Esztergom and ends at the top of Kékes mountain. Participants will cover a total of 817 kilometers during the five-day race, with 120 cyclists from 20 teams scheduled to start in the UCI 2.1 category; five World Tour teams are expected to take part as well.
Károly Eisenkrammer, the main organizer of the Tour de Hongrie, said that due to the new date, it was necessary to make some changes to the route that had been originally planned for May.
The only significant change is that the cycling race will start with a section around Esztergom. This leg will be 118 kilometers long.
The second stage starts from Debrecen and ends in Hajdúszoboszló, followed by the third stage between Karcag and Nyíregyháza. On the fourth day, cyclists must then ride from Sárospatak to Kazincbarcika.
The final stage of the Tour de Hongrie is between Miskolc and the peak of Kékes, the highest mountain in Hungary. The distance on this final leg is 188 kilometers, but the competitors have to climb Kékes twice.
The goal of the organizers is to meet one of the important criteria for entering the Pro Series: At least 14 World Tour and/or Pro Team groups must participate in this year’s Hungarian Circuit.
The 41st Tour de Hongrie Program:
Section 1, Saturday, August 29: Esztergom-Esztergom, 118 km
Stage 2, Sunday, August 30: Debrecen-Hajdúszoboszló, 158 km
Stage 3, Monday, August 31: Karcag-Nyíregyháza, 182 km
Section 4, Tuesday, September 1: Sárospatak-Kazincbarcika, 171 km
Stage 5, Wednesday, September 2: Miskolc-Gyöngyös-Kékestető, 188 km