Giro: After taking the pink jersey, Attila Valter sent a message in Hungarian – video
As we've reported, Attila Valter put in a sensational performance on the sixth stage of the Giro d'Italia road cycling race, so he took the lead in the overall standings, and will be able to wear the pink jersey on Friday. After the event, the Groupama-FDJ contestant also sent a message in Hungarian and said at the official press conference that "I wouldn't be surprised if there would be [sic] another surprise.”
|Historical event: Attila Valter in pink! (Photo: AFP)|
"Thank you for the opportunity. I'm very happy for this jersey. I'm thrilled that so many of you are rooting and following me. Thank you; you're incredible. Let's keep going! I wish everyone pleasant miles at the Tour de Hongrie, and I hope you'll see me on TV a lot... Go, Hungarians!" Attila Valter sent a message to Hungarian fans at the end of his interview with Eurosport.
Before the Hungarian message, Valter evaluated the event. He was joking in the morning of the race that he could wear the pink jersey today, but believing in it is a different feeling. As he says, he was startled, but was happy that he could do it. His legs were strong, and that was going up the hill well. Attila was confident that he could stay in the front with the shoo-ins. He adds racing in these weather conditions wasn't easy, but he could cry now in happiness.
Attila Valter sent a message to fans in Hungarian
The 22-year-old rider for Groupama-FDJ said at the official press conference that "Just because we have no such cycling tradition as France, Italy, it doesn't make us weaker. (...) In other sports like swimming we are one of the bests in the world. I think with cycling that's also possible. We are tough guys in the middle of Europe...”
Valter said that his goal was clearly to win a three-week race once. In addition to his team, he dedicates the pink jersey to his father, Tibor, who is still training with him to this day!
The rider in this new pink jersey also spoke at the press conference about his career, Hungarian cycling, and the ongoing Tour de Hongrie. He said he was excited to have Martin Dina at the race, and hopes that this Giro has a lot more surprises in store for him. He's proud of what he's achieved, but "I wouldn't be surprised if there would be [sic] another surprise.”
Press conference after Stage 6; Attila Valter from 10:15
Jussi Veikkanen, sports director of Groupama-FDJ, said after stage 6 that they didn't have much footage of the last three kilometers, so they didn't quite know what to expect, which is why Attila Valter's excellent performance pleasantly surprised them.
STAGE 6, GROTTE DI FRASASSI–ASCOLI PICENO, 160KM, MOUNTAINS
1. Gino Mäder (Switzerland, Bahrain-Victorious) 4:17:52 hours
2. Egan Bernal (Colombia, Ineos Grenadiers) 12-second gap
3. Dan Martin (Ireland, Israel Start-Up Nation) same time
4. Remco Evenepoel (Belgium, Deceuninck-Quick Step) same time
5. Giulio Ciccone (Italy, Trek-Segafredo) 14-second gap
12. Attila Valter (Groupama-FDJ) 29-second gap
98. Márton Dina (EOLO-Kometa) gap: 22 minutes 6 seconds
1. Valter 22:17:06 hours
2. Evenepoel 11-second gap
3. Bernal 16-second gap
4. Aleksandr Vlasov (Russia, Astana) 24-second gap
5. Louis Vervaeke (Belgium, Alpecin-Fenix) 25-second gap
87. Dina 39 minutes 22 seconds behind
YOUTH CLASSIFICATION (UNDER 25)
1. Valter 22:17:06 hours
2. Evenepoel gap: 11 seconds
3. Bernal gap: 16 seconds
4. Vlasov gap: 24 seconds
5. Daniel Martínez (Colombia, Ineos Grenadiers) gap: 1:06
22. Dina gap: 39:22
Translated by Vanda Orosz