Tour of Romania

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Tour of Romania
Romanian Cyclist Race-Group-of-Cyclists.jpg
Race details
DateStart June
RegionRomania
English nameTour of Romania
Local name(s)Turul României, Mica Buclă
DisciplineRoad
CompetitionUCI Europe Tour
TypeStage race
Web sitewww.tcr.frciclism.ro
History
First edition1934 (1934)
Editions50 (as of 2013)
First winner Marin Nikolov (BUL)
Most wins Constantin Dumitrescu (ROM)
 Mircea Romaşcanu (ROM)
(3 wins)
Most recent Vitaliy Buts (UKR)

The Tour of Romania (or “Little Loop”) is a cycling competition held in Romania. It is organised as 2.2 race on the UCI Europe Tour.

History[edit]

Inspired by Tour de France, the monthly publication "Car Magazine" held in August 1910 the first edition of "Circuit Wallachia". The competition took 12 riders at the start on the route BucharestSinaiaTargovisteButimanuBucharest (approximately 300 km or 190 mi). The race lasted for three editions. Since 1934 the newspaper "Daily Sport", in collaboration with Romanian Cycling Federation has organized the Tour of Romania. Romania became the sixth country in the world to organize a National Amateur Cycling Tour, after Belgium (1906), Netherlands (1909), Bulgaria (1924), Hungary (1925) and Poland (1928).

The route first edition was 1,026 km (638 mi) long and included six stages.

Statistics[edit]

  • The longest route was the 3rd edition in 1936 at 2,242 km (1,393 mi).
  • The shortest route was 430 km (270 mi), in the 29th edition of 1991.
  • At the 19th edition of 1973, Cluj, a stage was held nocturnal on the 27.3 km (17.0 mi) distance.
  • Rider Traian Chicomban of Brasov participated in the January edition (1934) until the 9th edition (1954), as the Tour's longest-running participation of Romania.
  • 45th edition (2008) was the first edition which was featured in the calendar Union Cycliste Internationale.

Winners[edit]

Rider Team
1934 Bulgaria Marin Nikolov (BUL)
1935 Poland Daniel Zigmund (POL)
1936 France Pierre Gallien (FRA)
1937
1945
No race
1946 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia August Prosenik (YUG)
1947
1949
No race
1950 Romania Constantin Sandu (ROM)
1951 Romania Marin Niculescu (ROM)
1952 No race
1953 Romania Nicolae Vasilescu (ROM)
1954 Romania Constantin Dumitrescu (ROM)
1955 Romania Constantin Dumitrescu (ROM)
1956 Romania Constantin Dumitrescu (ROM)
1957 No race
1958 Romania Gabriel Moiceanu (ROM)
1959 Romania Ion Cosma (ROM)
1960 Romania Walter Ziegler (ROM)
1961 Romania Ion Cosma (ROM)
1962
1965
No race
1966 Romania Georghe Suciu (ROM)
1967 Romania Emil Rusu (ROM)
1968 Romania Walter Ziegler (ROM)
1969 Germany Jurgen Wanzlik (GER)
1970
1972
No race
1973 Romania Vasile Teodor (ROM)
1974 Romania Mircea Romascanu (ROM)
1975
1982
No race
1983 Romania Mircea Romascanu (ROM)
1984 Romania Constantin Carutasu (ROM)
1985 Romania Mircea Romascanu (ROM)
1986 Germany Frank Schonherr (GER)
1987 Romania Valentin Constantinescu (ROM)
1988 Romania Vasile Mitrache (ROM)
1989 Romania Danut Catana (ROM)
1990 Romania Vasie Apostol (ROM)
1991 Romania Svetoslav Riabuchenko (ROM)
1992 Romania Vladimir Perelalsny (ROM)
1993 Germany Jurgen Koberschinski (GER)
1994 Romania Anton Stelian (ROM)
1995 Ukraine Igor Mitianin (UKR)
1996 No race
1997 Romania Florin Privache (ROM)
1998 Moldova Igor Bonciucov (MDA)
1999 Kazakhstan Sergey Tretyakov (KAZ)
2000 Kazakhstan Vadim Kravchenko (KAZ)
2001 Ukraine Leonid Timchenko (UKR)
2002 Russia Alexandre Sabalin (RUS)
2003 Netherlands Jelle van Groezen (NED)
2004 Bulgaria Vladimir Koev (BUL)
2005 Bulgaria Ivaïlo Gabrovski (BUL) Hemus 1896-Aurora 2000 Berchi
2006 Bulgaria Pavel Shumanov (BUL) Cycling Club Burgas
2007 Romania Daniel Anghelache (ROM) Dinamo București
2008 Hungary Rida Cador (HUN) P-Nívó-Betonexpressz 2000-Corratec
2009 Russia Alexey Shchebelin (RUS) SP Tableware-Gatsoulis Bikes
2010 Bulgaria Vladimir Koev (BUL) Hemus 1896-Vivelo
2011 Romania Andrei Nechita (ROM) Romania (national team)
2012 Croatia Matija Kvasina (CRO) Ukraine (national team)
2013 Ukraine Vitaliy Buts (UKR) Kolss Cycling Team