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Barnabás Peák: Knocking on World Tour’s door

Barnabas Peak Interview

It’s been some time since Hungary has had a pro rider at the biggest level, but things look like they are about to change, and that’s thanks to Barnabás Peák; hailing from Budapest, this talented all-rounder has steadily moved through the ranks with perseverance in just a few years, showcasing his potential, big engine and catching the eye of many teams.

Since bursting onto the U23 scene in 2017, Barnabás has forged his own path, building a palmares that after just two seasons includes both Elite National Championships titles, Beograd-Banjaluka, GP Kranj and a string of top 10 overall results at the Tour of Hungary, Vuelta al Bidasoa (where he also took a stage after an explosive finish), Paris-Arras Tour and the Tour of Serbia, many of these results being made even more impressive by the fact they came against seasoned riders and professional teams.

Currently racing at the Tour de l’Avenir, arguably the most prestigious multi-stage event for amateur riders, the 19-year-old will fly afterwards from France to Belgium to join World Tour team leader Quick-Step Floors – the most successful squad of 2018 – for which he’ll ride as a stagiaire in the closing weeks of the season, a chance he is ready to grab with both hands and show what he is really made of.

Before that happens, I got to interview Barnabás and find out more about his background and the expectations he nurtures.

– Barnabás, how did you start cycling?

It all began in the winter of 2014, at the age of 16, so my first season was as a junior. Chris Froome’s ride at the Vuelta a España inspired me a lot that year, I decided to pick up cycling because of him and his performance. In the meantime, cycling has become more and more popular in my country, we have some good teams now, people begin appreciating the results you get and have a real interest in cycling, and that motivated me as well.

– How did you end up at the World Cycling Center team?

We had our first contact in January last year, and I raced for them ever since in some really important events and got to learn a lot, but things have changed lately there and I am looking forward to change the scenery next season.

– In 2017, you had a breakthrough season, with several wins and podium finishes.

Yes, it was a good season for me, I gained a lot of confidence and developed my skills, but since then I came to realize that the level of the races where I was prominent wasn’t so high at it should have been, so I am happy that I could improve since then and be more competitive at the harder races this year.

– You also came very close to winning the Tour of Hungary, missing out on the overall victory for a mere two seconds, but in some special circumstances.

Indeed, I broke my collarbone during stage 3, so holding onto my second place in the general classification and taking home the best young rider jersey felt like a win.

– This season brought you victories in one-day races, stage races and at the National Championships. Which of these was the most important?

I’d say the Nationals, winning both the road race and the individual time trial gave me great satisfaction. It wasn’t easy, as I had a big target on my back and some pressure compared to last year, and that’s why I rate these victories as the most important so far.

– After two U23 seasons, what would you say that are your main strengths and what is it that you would still like to improve?

I feel that I have a lot of power now, but still lack skills to get results, which is frustrating. I have a good power peak for my weight, but despite this, I am far from the best in the decisive moments of the races, so there’s still plenty of work to be done.

– This week you are lining up at the start of the prestigious Tour de l’Avenir. What are your goals?

I am looking forward to it, but I don’t know what to expect. The course is again mountainous, especially in the second part, but before reaching the climbs I will try hard to seize any opportunity I’ll get.

– You joined Quick-Step Floors last winter for their first training camp in Calpe, and after L’Avenir, you’ll race with their jersey for the remainder of the season. What are your expectations?

Having the chance to train with them was a great experience and I really enjoyed their professionalism and the high level and attention for every single detail. I can’t wait to pin a number on the Quick-Step Floors jersey and to be in a very good shape for the races I will do with the squad. My dream is to win a Classic as a pro, preferably arriving solo. I think my characteristics match those of the team and there is no better place to learn how to race than as part of the Quick-Step Floors squad.


2018 Vuelta a España Roadbook

2018 Vuelta a España Roadbook

2018/19 Confirmed Transfers


In: Geoffrey Bouchard, Dorian Godon, Aurélien Paret-Peintre.

Out: Cyril Gautier.

Androni Giocattoli

Out: Davide Ballerini, Luca Chirico.

Aqua Blue Sport

Out: Matthew Brammeier (retired).


In: Davide Ballerini, Manuele Boaro, Yuriy Natarov.

Out: Jesper Hansen, Michael Valgren.


In: Phil Bauhaus, Damiano Caruso, Rohan Dennis, Marcel Sieberg, Dylan Teuns, Jan Tratnik, Stephen Williams.

Out: Manuele Boaro, Gorka Izagirre, Ion Izagirre, Franco Pellizotti (retired).


In: Luca Covili.


In: William Barta, Simon Geschke, Łukasz Owsian, Serge Pauwels, Szymon Sajnok, Guillaume Van Keirsbulck.

Out: Alberto Bettiol, Damiano Caruso, Rohan Dennis, Kilian Frankiny, Simon Gerrans (retired), Stefan Küng, Jürgen Roelandts, Dylan Teuns, Tejay van Garderen, Loïc Vliegen, Danilo Wyss.


Out: Michal Kolar (retired).


In: Jetse Bol.

Out: Matvey Mamykin.


In: Jesper Hansen, Victor Lafay, Damien Touzé, Zico Waeytens.

Out: Dorian Godon, Anthony Turgis, Jimmy Turgis.

Delko Marseille

In: Alexis Guerin, Fabien Schmidt.

Out: John Anderson Rodriguez.

Dimension Data

In: Lars Bak, Stefan De Bod, Roman Kreuziger, Rasmus Tiller, Michael Valgren, Danilo Wyss.

Out: Serge Pauwels.

Direct Energie

In: Mathieu Burgaudeau, Niki Terpstra, Anthony Turgis.

Out: Sylvain Chavanel (retired).

EF Education First

In: Alberto Bettiol, Moreno Hofland, Julius van den Berg, Tejay van Garderen, James Whelan.

Out: Pierre Rolland.


Out: Rémy Di Gregorio (retired), Julien Loubet (retired).


In: André Greipel, Thibault Guernalec, Alan Riou.


In: Kilian Frankiny, Stefan Küng.

Out: Jérémy Roy (retired), Arthur Vichot.

Hagens Berman Axeon

Out: William Barta.

Israel Cycling Academy

Out: Aviv Yechezkel (retired).


In: Jens Debusschere.


In: Lennard Hofstede, Jonas Vingegaard.

Out: Bram Tankink (retired).


In: Caleb Ewan, Harm Vanhoucke.

Out: Lars Bak, Jens Debusschere, André Greipel, Moreno Hofland, Marcel Sieberg.

Manzana Postobon

Out: Jetse Bol.


In: Callum Scotson, Robert Stannard.

Out: Caleb Ewan, Roman Kreuziger, Carlos Verona.


In: Jürgen Roelandts, Carlos Verona.

Nippo-Vini Fantini

In: Juan Jose Lobato, Giovanni Lonardi.

Out: Damiano Cunego (retired).

Quick-Step Floors

In: Remco Evenepoel.

Out: Niki Terpstra.

Rally Cycling

Out: Danny Pate (retired).


Out: Tim Ariesen, Floris Gerts, Coen Vermeltfoort, Wouter Wippert.

Sport Vlaanderen – Baloise

In: Sasha Weemaes.


In: Cees Bol, Max Kanter, Joris Nieuwenhuis.

Out: Phil Bauhaus, Roy Curvers (retired), Simon Geschke, Lennard Hofstede, Laurens ten Dam, Mike Teunissen.


In: Matteo Moschetti.

Out: Gregory Rast (retired).

UAE Team Emirates

In: Tadej Pogacar.

Verandas Willems-Crelan

Out: Jappe Jaspers (retired), Tim Merlier, Zico Waeytens.

Vital Concept

In: Cyril Gautier, Pierre Rolland, Jimmy Turgis, Arthur Vichot.

Wanty-Groupe Gobert

In: Loïc Vliegen.

Out: Guillaume Van Keirsbulck.

WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect

Out: Gregory Habeaux (retired).

Willier Triestina

In: Sebastian Schönberger.

2018 Stagiaires


Geoffrey Bouchard, Clément Champoussin, Nicolas Prodhomme

Androni Giocattoli

Seid Lizde, Mattia Viel


Jonas Gregaard


Andrea Garosio, Maxim Pirard, Stephen Williams


Alex Evans, Freddy Ovett


Johannes Schinnagel


Angel Fuentes, Gabriel Pons


Emmanuel Morin, Antonio Puppio, Anders Skaarseth

Delko Marseille

Alessandro Fedeli, Robin Meyer, Rémy Rochas

Dimension Data

Kent Main, Matteo Sobrero, Conner Swift

Direct Energie

Marlon Gaillard, Clément Orceau, David Rivière

EF Education First

Cyrus Monk, José Neves, James Whelan


Vladislav Kulikov, Alexandr Kulikovskiy, Denis Nekrasov


Alexys Brunel, Clément Davy, Jimmy Raibaud


Thibault Guernalec, Karl-Patrick Lauk, Florentin Lecamus-Lambert

Israel Cycling Academy

Matteo Badilatti, Clement Carisey, Itamar Einhorn


Jan Maas


Stan Dewulf, Gerben Thijssen, Brent Van Moer


Kenny Nijssen Dmitry Strakhov


Brayan Chaves, Sun Xiaolong

Nippo-Vini Fantini

Miguel Angel Reyes

Novo Nordisk

Oliver Behringer, Declan Irvine

Quick-Step Floors

Mikkel Honoré, Barnabás Peák


Kevin Inkelaar


Mark Donovan, Ethan Hayter


Cees Bol, Nils Eekhoff, Max Kanter


Matteo Moschetti, Michel Ries

UAE Team Emirates

Andrea Bagioli, Allesandro Covi, Nicolas Tivani

Veranda’s Willems-Crelan

Luuc Bugter, Gil D’Heygere, Guillaume Seye

Vital Concept

Maxime Chevalier, Gaëtan Lemoine

Wanty-Groupe Gobert

Alfdan De Decker, Pierre Goebeert

WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect

Kenny Molly, Lionel Taminiaux, Tom Wirtgen

Willier Triestina

Moreno Marchetti, Maxence Moncassin, Nicholas Rinaldi

2018/2019 Transfer Rumours

Androni Giocattoli

Leonardo Fedrigo

Aqua Blue Sport

Richie Porte


Enrico Battaglin, Jonathan Caicedo, Giulio Ciccone, Jonas Gregaard, Mikel Landa, Matteo Malucelli, Alesandro Osorio


Richie Porte


Aimé De Gendt, Laurens De Vreese, Rafal Majka, Jakub Mareczko, Jasper Philipsen, Pawel Poljanski, Filippo Pozzato, Michal Schlegel, Gijs Van Hoecke, Lukasz Wisniowski


Jean-Pierre Drucker, Oscar Gatto, Bauke Mollema, Maximilian Schachmann, Johannes Schinnagel


Alexis Gougeard, Eliot Lietaer, Jonas Rickaert

Dimension Data

Alessandro De Marchi, Enrico Gasparotto, Oscar Gatto, Tony Martin, Michael Schär

Direct Energie

Pim Ligthart

EF Education First

Alessandro De Marchi


Oscar Gatto, Matteo Malucelli

Israel Cycling Academy

Matthias Brändle


Enrico Battaglin, Anatoliy Budyak, Ruben Guerreiro, Daniel Navarro, Dmitry Strakhov


Laurens De Plus, Tony Martin, Jasper Philipsen, Mike Teunissen


Stan Dewulf, Roger Kluge, Luka Mezgec, Gerben Thijssen, Brian Van Goethem


Edoardo Affini, Patrick Bevin, Imanol Erviti

Quick-Step Floors

Joao Almeida, Edvald Boasson Hagen, Alessandro De Marchi, Filippo Ganna, Tony Martin, Jasper Philipsen


Lars Boom


Filippo Ganna, Marc Soler


Piet Allegaert, Giulio Ciccone, Alex Kirsch, Richie Porte, Ivan Sosa

UAE Team Emirates

Carlos Betancur, Giulio Ciccone, Gorka Izagirre, Ion Izagirre, Richie Porte, Nicolas Tivani

Vital Concept

Nacer Bouhanni

Wanty-Groupe Gobert

Aimé De Gendt, Dries De Bondt

Wilier Triestina

Giovanni Visconti

2019 World Tour Calendar

15.01-20.01 – Tour Down Under

27.01 – Cadel Evans Road Race

25.02-02.03 – UAE Tour

02.03 – Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

09.03 – Strade Bianche

10.03-17.03 – Paris-Nice

13.03-19.03 – Tirreno-Adriatico

23.03 – Milano-Sanremo

25.03-31.03 – Volta a Catalunya

29.03 – E3 Harelbeke

31.03 – Gent-Wevelgem

03.04 – Dwars door Vlaanderen

07.04 – Ronde van Vlaanderen

08.04-13.04 – Vuelta al Pais Vasco

14.04 – Paris-Roubaix

21.04 – Amstel Gold Race

24.04 – Flèche Wallonne

28.04 – Liège-Bastogne-Liège

30.04-05.05 – Tour de Romandie

01.05 – Eschborn-Frankfurt

11.05-02.06 – Giro d’Italia

12.05-18.05 – Tour of California

09.06-16.06 – Critérium du Dauphiné

15.06-23.06 – Tour de Suisse

06.07-28.07 – Tour de France

03.08 – Clasica San Sebastian

03.08-09.08 – Tour de Pologne

04.08 – RideLondon Classic

12.08-18.08 – BinckBank Tour

24.08-15.09 – Vuelta a España

25.08 – Cyclassics Hamburg

01.09 – Bretagne Classic – Ouest-France

13.09 – Grand Prix de Québec

15.09 – Grand Prix de Montréal

12.10 – Il Lombardia

15.10-20.10 – Tour of Guangxi

22.10-27.10 – Tour of Turkey

A short history of the Tour de France pavé stages (past 38 years)

Year Stage First Second Third Yellow jersey before the stage Yellow jersey after the stage
1980 Liège – Lille Bernard Hinault Hennie Kuiper Ludo Delcroix Rudy Pevenage Rudy Pevenage
1980 Lille – Compiègne Jean-Louis Gauthier Gery Verlinden Bernard Bourreau Rudy Pevenage Rudy Pevenage
1983 Valenciennes – Roubaix Rudy Matthijs Kim Andersen Pascal Poisson Jean-Louis Gauthier Kim Andersen
1985 Neufchâtel-en-Bray – Roubaix Henri Manders Sean Kelly Phil Anderson Kim Andersen Kim Andersen
2004 Waterloo – Wasquehal Jean-Patrick Nazon Erik Zabel Robbie McEwen Thor Hushovd Robbie McEwen
2010 Wanze – Arenberg-Porte du Hainaut Thor Hushovd Geraint Thomas Cadel Evans Sylvain Chavanel Fabian Cancellara
2014 Ypres – Arenberg Porte du Hainaut Lars Boom Jakob Fuglsang Vincenzo Nibali Vincenzo Nibali Vincenzo Nibali
2015 Seraing – Cambrai Tony Martin John Degenkolb Peter Sagan Chris Froome Tony Martin
2018 Arras – Roubaix John Degenkolb Greg Van Avermaet Yves Lampaert Greg Van Avermaet Greg Van Avermaet


2018 Tour de France Roadbook

2018 Tour de France Roadbook

2018 Tour de France

Stage 1 – Noirmoutier-en-l’Île – Fontenay-le-Comte – 201km (July 7)

TdF 2018 Stage 1

Stage 2 – Mouilleron-Saint-Germain – La Roche-sur-Yon – 182.5 km (July 8)

TdF 2018 Stage 2

Stage 3 – Cholet – Cholet – 35.5 km  (July 9)

TdF 2018 Stage 3

Stage 4 – La Baule – Sarzeau – 195 km  (July 10)

TdF 2018 Stage 4

Stage 5 – Lorient – Quimper– 204.5 km (July 11)

TdF 2018 Stage 5

Stage 6 – Brest – Mûr de Bretagne – 181km  (July 12)

TdF 2018 Stage 6

Stage 7 – Fougères – Chartres – 231 km (July 13)

TdF 2018 Stage 7

Stage 8 – Dreux – Amiens – 181 km (July 14)

TdF 2018 Stage 8

Stage 9 – Arras – Roubaix – 156.5 km (July 15)

TdF 2018 Stage 9

Stage 10 – Annecy – Le Grand-Bornand – 158.5 km (July 17)

TdF 2018 Stage 10

Stage 11 – Albertville – La Rosière – 108.5km (July 18)

TdF 2018 Stage 11

Stage 12 – Bourg-Saint-Maurice – Alpe d’Huez – 175.5km (July 19)

TdF 2018 Stage 12

Stage 13 – Bourg d’Oisans – Valence – 169.5 km (July 20)

TdF 2018 Stage 13

Stage 14 – Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux – Mende – 188km  (July 21)

TdF 2018 Stage 14

Stage 15 – Millau – Carcassonne – 181.5 km (July 22)

TdF 2018 Stage 15

Stage 16 – Carcassonne – Bagnères-de-Luchon – 218 km (July 24)

TdF 2018 Stage 16

Stage 17 – Bagnères-de-Luchon – Saint-Lary-Soulan – 65 km (July 25)

TdF 2018 Stage 17

Stage 18 – Trie-sur-Baïse – Pau – 171 km (July 26)

TdF 2018 Stage 18

Stage 19 – Lourdes – Laruns – 200.5 km (July 27)

TdF 2018 Stage 19

Stage 20 – Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle – Espelette – 31 km (July 28)

TdF 2018 Stage 20

Stage 21 – Houilles – Paris Champs-Élysées – 116 km  (July 29)

TdF 2018 Stage 21

2018 Giro d’Italia Roadbook

2018 Giro d’Italia Roadbook

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