Astana Qazaqstan Team's Mark Cavendish sprinted to victory in stage two of the Tour de Hongrie, a pivotal moment in the 2.Pro stage race in Hungary. The stage ended with a dramatic sprint finish in Kazincbarcika, where Cavendish and his team executed their strategy to perfection.

The team's riders worked hard throughout the stage to keep Cavendish in a prime position. Yevgeniy Gidich and Michele Gazzoli controlled the race and provided protection, while Gleb Syritsa, Cees Bol, and Mikael Mørkøv set up the perfect lead-out. Cavendish launched his sprint with about 150 meters to go, showcasing his experience and explosive speed to cross the line first.

This win is particularly significant for Cavendish, marking his second victory of the season. His first came at a stage of the Tour Colombia in February. The success in Hungary now positions him in second place in the overall Tour de Hongrie standings, strengthening his momentum as he heads into the later stages of the race.

Reflecting on the race, Cavendish emphasized the importance of teamwork in achieving victory. "The team was phenomenal. My teammates did a great job, and I managed to complete the job with a win," he said. "The final kilometers were technically challenging with a few corners, but everything went according to plan. I couldn't have done it without my teammates. A huge thank you to everyone!"

With this stage win, Astana Qazaqstan Team has shown its strength and cohesion, reinforcing its reputation as a formidable force in the cycling world. The team's focus now shifts to the remaining stages of the Tour de Hongrie, with Cavendish in a strong position to contend for overall honors.

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May 09, 2024 — Logica Sport