Jordi Mius lost his leader’s yellow jersey on Friday in Tour Hungary (2.1). Young Limberger from Bora-Hansgrohe crashed in the third stage, and was defeated by German Phil Bauhaus (victorious Bahrain), who again took the lead in the standings.
At the 142 kilometer stage between Veszprim and Tata, five contestants chose the early break, but in the end it looked like a team race in Hungary for the third day in a row. However, the period preceding this was marred by several waterfalls.
Just over a kilometer before the end, Mius, who conquered the yellow jersey with a quick win on Thursday, crashed. He got off without serious injuries. Soon his team-mate Rüdiger Seles tested the reactions of the Belgian, who explained that he was “fine”.
A limited group was defeated by the fall and rushed to victory despite a late withdrawal from Fred Wright. There the Bauhaus, the opening stage winner, pushed his front wheel ahead of the Dutchman, which was performed by Mike Teunissen. The Dutchman re-emerged cheered, but too early. “I thought I won,” colleague Wout van Aert replied afterward.
Wright, a fellow Bauhaus, came third. Belgians Jordi Warlop and Timothy Dupont occupied the sixth and seventh places.
The Bauhaus doesn’t seem to have much chance to successfully defend his yellow shirt on Saturday: The fourth stage ends with a 12-kilometer grueling end in Kikesto. Ben Hermans is one of the favorites.