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.[1]

Baltic Chain Tour
Race details
DateAugust
RegionNorthern Europe
English nameBaltic Chain Tour
DisciplineRoad
CompetitionUCI Europe Tour
TypeStage race
Web sitebalticchaintour.com Edit this at Wikidata
History
First edition1955 (1955)
Editions30 (as of 2020)
First winner Harijs Japiņš (LAT)
Most wins Ants Väravas (EST) (3 wins)
Most recent Gert Jõeäär (EST)
Baltic Chain Tour 2012 – top 3 overall.
Baltic Chain Tour 2012 in Vilnius, Lithuania

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.[2]

OriginsEdit

Although the first international cycling race in the Baltics was held in 1889 from Riga (Latvia) to Tallinn (Estonia),[3] 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.[4]

ResultsEdit

Baltic TourEdit

Year Country Rider Team
1955   Latvia Harijs Japiņš Latvia
1956   Lithuania Kazys Paršaitis Cycling Team Dinamo
1957   Lithuania Bronius Krulikauskas Lithuania
1958   Lithuania Bronius Krulikauskas Lithuania
1959   Estonia Ants Väravas Estonia
1960   Estonia Rein Leegu Estonia
1961   Latvia Aleksandrovs Pavlovs ASK Rīga
1962   Estonia Ants Väravas Estonia
1963   Lithuania Juozas Grabauskas Lithuania
1964   Estonia Ants Väravas Estonia
1972   Lithuania Vytautas Berankis Lithuania
1973   Lithuania Vytautas Paškauskas Lithuania
1974   Latvia Ringolds Kalnienieks Latvia
1975   Latvia Andris Jēkabsons Latvia
1976   Latvia Andris Jēkabsons Latvia
1978   Latvia Andris Sarkanis Latvia
1979   Latvia Arnis Bergs Latvia
1980   Bulgaria A. Mironov Bulgaria
1981   Estonia Jaan Veeranna Estonia
1986   Latvia Ēriks Feldmanis Latvia
1987   Estonia Aivar Murd Estonia

Baltic Chain TourEdit

Year Country Rider Team
2011   Estonia Erki Pütsep Alpha Baltic–Unitymarathons.com
2012   Lithuania Gediminas Bagdonas Lithuania national team
2013   Germany Philipp Walsleben BKCP–Powerplus
2014   Netherlands Mathieu van der Poel BKCP–Powerplus
2015   Ukraine Andriy Kulyk Kolss BDC Team
2016   Latvia Māris Bogdanovičs Rietumu–Delfin
2017   Norway Herman Dahl Team Sparebanken Sør
2018   Latvia Emīls Liepiņš ONE Pro Cycling
2020   Estonia Gert Jõeäär Estonia national team

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