Tour of Bulgaria

The Tour of Bulgaria is an annual international professional bicycle race held in Bulgaria that was first staged on 21 August 1924.[1] It is part of UCI Europe Tour and is category 2.2. The race covers about 1,500 kilometres and lasts two weeks. As of 2017, 66 editions were held. The longest length of the race was in 1949 – 1905 km. The course changes every year, but the race has always started in Sofia.

Tour of Bulgaria
Race details
DateSeptember
RegionBulgaria
English nameTour of Bulgaria
Local name(s)Обиколка на България (in Bulgarian)
DisciplineRoad
CompetitionUCI Europe Tour 2.2
TypeStage race
Web sitewww.tourofbulgaria.com Edit this at Wikidata
History
First edition1924 (1924)
Editions67 (as of 2020)
First winner Georgi Abadschiev (BUL)
 Kosta Djulgerov (BUL)
Most wins Ivailo Gabrovski (BUL) (5 wins)
Most recent Patryk Stosz (POL)
Tour of Bulgaria 2010 Stage 4

In the race, cyclists from more than 40 countries have been competing. During the Cold War, the Tour of Bulgaria was one of the most prestigious cycling races in Europe, drawing skilled cyclists from the countries that traditionally produce strong racers, such as Italy, France and Netherlands. Although after the changes in 1989 the race lost some of its prestige for the cyclists in the peloton, nowadays it becomes more and more attractive for them. For example, in 2010 Francisco Mancebo who finished second in the 2004 Vuelta a España and fourth in the 2005 Tour de France, competed in it but only succeeded to finish third after the Bulgarian Krasimir Vasilev and Ricardo Mestre.[2]

In 2017, the race was split into two three-day races based on geographical location.

WinnersEdit

Tour of BulgariaEdit

Year Country Rider Team
1924   Bulgaria Georgi Abadschiev
1924   Bulgaria Kosta Djulgerov
1925
1934
No race
1935   Bulgaria Marin Nikolov
1936
1948
No race
1949   Bulgaria Milko Dimov
1950   Bulgaria Milko Dimov
1951
1954
No race
1955   Bulgaria Stoyan Georgiev
1956   Bulgaria Dimitar Kolev
1957   Bulgaria Nentcho Christov
1958   Bulgaria Bojan Kozev
1959   Bulgaria Bojan Kozev
1960   Bulgaria Bojan Kozev
1961   Bulgaria Dimitar Kolev
1962   Bulgaria Ivan Bobekov
1963 No race
1964   Bulgaria Boris Botschev
1965   Czechoslovakia Jiří Háva
1966   Bulgaria Ivan Bobekov
1967   Czechoslovakia Jan Wenczel
1968   Bulgaria Vesko Kutuev
1969   Italy Selvino Poloni
1970   Netherlands Fedor den Hertog
1971   Poland Ryszard Szurkowski
1972   Bulgaria Ivan Popov (cyclist)
1973   Soviet Union Ivan Skosirev
1974   Soviet Union Rinat Charafulin
1975   Poland Janusz Kowalski
1976   Soviet Union Alexandre Gusiatnikov
1977   East Germany Siegbert Schmeisser
1978   Bulgaria Nentcho Staykov
1979   Soviet Union Yuri Barinov
1980   Bulgaria Nentcho Staykov
1981   Soviet Union Boris Issaev
1982   Soviet Union Leon Deschitz
1983   Bulgaria Venelin Chubenov
1984   Bulgaria Nentcho Staykov
1985   Bulgaria Petar Petrov
1986   Bulgaria Boyko Angelov
1987   Bulgaria Petar Petrov
1988   Bulgaria Valentin Shivkov
1989   France Didier Pasgrimaud
1990   Bulgaria Pavel Shumanov
1991   Yugoslavia Aleksandar Milenković
1992   Bulgaria Pavel Shumanov
1993   Netherlands Mano Lubbers
1994   Bulgaria Hristo Zaikov
1995   Bulgaria Hristo Zaikov
1996   Bulgaria Hristo Zaikov
1997   Bulgaria Pavel Shumanov
1998   Bulgaria Krassimir Vassiliev
1999   Kazakhstan Maxim Gourov
2000   Poland Seweryn Kohut
2001   Bulgaria Dimitar Dimitrov Gospodinov
2002   Bulgaria Dimitar Dimitrov Gospodinov
2003   Bulgaria Ivailo Gabrovski
2004   Poland Tomasz Kloczko Dominscout-Sniezka-Lody
2005   Slovakia Martin Prázdnovský CK ZP Sport A.S. Podbrezova
2006   Bulgaria Ivailo Gabrovski CC Nessebar
2007   Bulgaria Evgeni Gerganov Cycling Club Bourgas
2008   Bulgaria Ivailo Gabrovski CC Nessebar
2009   Bulgaria Ivailo Gabrovski Heraklion-Nessebar
2010   Bulgaria Krassimir Vassiliev SK Dobrich
2011   Bulgaria Ivailo Gabrovski Heraklion-Nessebar
2012   Kazakhstan Maxat Ayazbayev Continental Team Astana
2013   France Rémy Di Gregorio Team Martigues SC-Vivelo
2014 No race
2015   Bulgaria Stefan Hristov Brisaspor
2016   Italy Marco Tecchio Unieuro–Wilier
2017
North
  Ukraine Sergiy Lagkuti Kolss Cycling Team
2017
South
  Ukraine Vitaliy Buts Kolss Cycling Team
2018
2019
No race
2020   Poland Patryk Stosz Voster ATS Team

ReferencesEdit

Diary of Union of Bulgarian cycling, 2007

  1. ^ "Tour of Bulgaria". Cycling Archives. Retrieved 11 May 2015.
  2. ^ "Stevis tops Bartko for final stage". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. 20 September 2010. Retrieved 1 May 2012.

External linksEdit