Baltic Chain Tour
Baltic Chain Tour is a stage race for professional road bicycle racers organized as a part of the UCI Continental Circuits. Baltic Chain Tour was established to commemorate Baltic Way. Tour is conducted mainly in the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, however in 2013 it started in Lahti, Finland. Baltic Chain Tour is a UCI category 2.2 cycling tour.
|English name||Baltic Chain Tour|
|Competition||UCI Europe Tour|
|Editions||30 (as of 2020)|
|First winner||Harijs Japiņš (LAT)|
|Most wins||Ants Väravas (EST) (3 wins)|
|Most recent||Gert Jõeäär (EST)|
The joint Baltic cycling tour has a long history. The tradition began in the 1950s and was broken in 1987. On November 4, 2010 in Riga, the presidents of three national cycling unions signed a cooperation agreement to restore the tradition of the Baltic cycling tour.
Although the first international cycling race in the Baltics was held in 1889 from Riga (Latvia) to Tallinn (Estonia), the first Baltic Tour was held in 1955. For its first four years the tour was held in Latvia and Lithuania. Since 1959 the tour has been held in three Baltic countries. For many, it was a preparation for the Peace Race, which usually was held after Baltic Tour. At the time, the tour took place in May. The modern tour is raced in August to commemorate the anniversary of the famous Baltic Way event in 1989. The current record holder for most wins is the Estonian Ants Väravas, who won the race three times – in 1959, 1962 and 1964.
|1956||Lithuania||Kazys Paršaitis||Cycling Team Dinamo|
|1961||Latvia||Aleksandrovs Pavlovs||ASK Rīga|
Baltic Chain TourEdit
|2011||Estonia||Erki Pütsep||Alpha Baltic–Unitymarathons.com|
|2012||Lithuania||Gediminas Bagdonas||Lithuania national team|
|2014||Netherlands||Mathieu van der Poel||BKCP–Powerplus|
|2015||Ukraine||Andriy Kulyk||Kolss BDC Team|
|2017||Norway||Herman Dahl||Team Sparebanken Sør|
|2018||Latvia||Emīls Liepiņš||ONE Pro Cycling|
|2020||Estonia||Gert Jõeäär||Estonia national team|