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Baltic Chain Tour

Baltic Chain Tour
2014 Baltic Chain Tour
Race details
Date August
Region Northern Europe
English name Baltic Chain Tour
Discipline Road
Competition UCI Europe Tour
Type Stage race
First edition 1955 (1955)
Editions 25 (as of 2014)
First winner  Harijs Japiņš (LAT)
Most wins  Ants Väravas (EST)
Most recent  Mathieu van der Poel (NED)
Baltic Chain Tour 2012 – top 3 overall.
Baltic Chain Tour 2012 in Vilnius, Lithuania

Baltic Chain Tour is a 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]

The joint Baltic cycling tour has a long history. The tradition began in the 1950s and was broken in 1991. 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]


  • Origins 1
  • Modern Tour 2011 – present 2
    • Stage Winners by Nationality 2.1
  • Baltic Tour winners 1955–1987 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Although first international cycling race in the Baltic's was held in 1889 from Riga (Latvia) to Tallinn (Estonia),[3] first Baltic Tour was held in 1955. First four years the tour conducted in Latvia and Lithuania. Since 1959 the tour has been held in three Baltic countries. For many, it was a preparation for Peace Tour, which usually was held after Baltic Tour. At the times, the tour took place in May. Modern tour is raced in August to commemorate famous Baltic chain event. Most times winner til today is Estonian, Ants Väravas, who have succeeded three times – 1959, 1962 & 1964.[4]

Modern Tour 2011 – present

Rider Team
2011 Pütsep, ErkiErki Pütsep (EST) Alpha
2012 Bagdonas, GediminasGediminas Bagdonas (LTU) Lithuania national team
2013 Walsleben, PhilippPhilipp Walsleben (GER) BKCP-Powerplus
2014 van der Poel, MathieuMathieu van der Poel (NED) BKCP-Powerplus

Stage Winners by Nationality

# of Victories Country Riders
6  Lithuania Gediminas Bagdonas
Raimundas Rumsas
4  Ukraine Volodymyr Gomenuk
Yuri Metlushenko
Mykhaylo Kononenko
3  Germany Philipp Walsleben
Marcel Meisen
Phil Bauhaus
2  Latvia Indulis Bekmanis
Andris Smirnovs
2  Russia Andrey Sazanov
Ivan Balykin
1  Sweden Alexander Gingsjö
1  Slovakia Patrik Tybor
1  Estonia Mihkel Räim
1  Netherlands Mathieu van der Poel

Baltic Tour winners 1955–1987

Rider Team
1955 Japiņš, HarijsHarijs Japiņš (LAT) Latvia
1956 Paršaitis, KazysKazys Paršaitis (LTU) Cycling Team Dinamo
1957 Krulikauskas, BroniusBronius Krulikauskas (LTU) Lithuania
1958 Krulikauskas, BroniusBronius Krulikauskas (LTU) Lithuania
1959 Väravas, AntsAnts Väravas (EST) Estonia
1960 Leegu, ReinRein Leegu (EST) Estonia
1961 Pavlovs, AleksandrovsAleksandrovs Pavlovs (LAT) ASK Rīga
1962 Väravas, AntsAnts Väravas (EST) Estonia
1963 Grabauskas, JuozasJuozas Grabauskas (LTU) Lithuania
1964 Väravas, AntsAnts Väravas (EST) Estonia
1972 Berankis, VytautasVytautas Berankis (LTU) Lithuania
1973 Paškauskas, VytautasVytautas Paškauskas (LAT) Lithuania
1974 Kalnienieks, RingoldsRingolds Kalnienieks (LAT) Latvia
1975 Jēkabsons, AndrisAndris Jēkabsons (LAT) Latvia
1976 Jēkabsons, AndrisAndris Jēkabsons (LAT) Latvia
1978 Sarkanis, AndrisAndris Sarkanis (LAT) Latvia
1979 Bergs, ArnisArnis Bergs (LAT) Latvia
1980 Mironov, A.A. Mironov (BUL) Bulgaria
1981 Veeranna, JaanJaan Veeranna (EST) Estonia
1986 Feldmanis, ĒriksĒriks Feldmanis (LAT) Latvia
1987 Murd, AivarAivar Murd (EST) Estonia


  1. ^ Baltic Chain Tour homepage
  2. ^ Estonian Public Broadcasting
  3. ^ Estonian Olympic Committee In Estonian
  4. ^ In Estonian

External links

  • Official website
  • Baltic Chain Tour on Facebook
  • Baltic Chain Tour on Twitter
  • Baltic Chain Tour's channel on YouTube
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