Tour of Bulgaria

Tour of Bulgaria
Race details
Date September
Region Bulgaria
English name Tour of Bulgaria
Local name(s) Обиколка на България (Bulgarian)
Discipline Road
Competition UCI Europe Tour 2.2
Type Stage race
First edition 1924 (1924)
Editions 64 (as of 2015)
First winner  Georgi Abadschiev/Kosta Djulgerov (BUL)
Most wins  Ivailo Gabrovski (BUL) (5 wins)
Most recent

 Stefan Hristov (BUL)

Website Tour of Bulgaria
Tour of Bulgaria 2010 Stage 4

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 2012, 62 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.

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]


Rider Team
1924 Bulgaria Abadschiev, GeorgiGeorgi Abadschiev (BUL)
1924 Bulgaria Djulgerov, KostaKosta Djulgerov (BUL)
No race
1935 Bulgaria Nikolov, MarinMarin Nikolov (BUL)
No race
1949 Bulgaria Dimov, MilkoMilko Dimov (BUL)
1950 Bulgaria Dimov, MilkoMilko Dimov (BUL)
No race
1955 Bulgaria Georgiev, StoyanStoyan Georgiev (BUL)
1956 Bulgaria Kolev, DimitarDimitar Kolev (BUL)
1957 Bulgaria Christov, NentchoNentcho Christov (BUL)
1958 Bulgaria Kozev, BojanBojan Kozev (BUL)
1959 Bulgaria Kozev, BojanBojan Kozev (BUL)
1960 Bulgaria Kozev, BojanBojan Kozev (BUL)
1961 Bulgaria Kolev, DimitarDimitar Kolev (BUL)
1962 Bulgaria Bobekov, IvanIvan Bobekov (BUL)
1963 No race
1964 Bulgaria Botschev, BorisBoris Botschev (BUL)
1965 Czechoslovakia Háva, JiříJiří Háva (TCH)
1966 Bulgaria Bobekov, IvanIvan Bobekov (BUL)
1967 Czechoslovakia Wenczel, JanJan Wenczel (TCH)
1968 Bulgaria Kutuev, VeskoVesko Kutuev (BUL)
1969 Italy Poloni, SelvinoSelvino Poloni (ITA)
1970 Netherlands den Hertog, FedorFedor den Hertog (NED)
1971 Poland Szurkowski, RyszardRyszard Szurkowski (POL)
1972 Bulgaria Popov (cyclist), IvanIvan Popov (cyclist) (BUL)
1973 Soviet Union Skosirev, IvanIvan Skosirev (URS)
1974 Soviet Union Charafulin, RinatRinat Charafulin (URS)
1975 Poland Kowalski, JanuszJanusz Kowalski (POL)
1976 Soviet Union Gusiatnikov, AlexandreAlexandre Gusiatnikov (URS)
1977 East Germany Schmeisser, SiegbertSiegbert Schmeisser (DDR)
1978 Bulgaria Staykov, NentchoNentcho Staykov (BUL)
1979 Soviet Union Barinov, YuriYuri Barinov (URS)
1980 Bulgaria Staykov, NentchoNentcho Staykov (BUL)
1981 Soviet Union Issaev, BorisBoris Issaev (URS)
1982 Soviet Union Deschitz, LeonLeon Deschitz (URS)
1983 Bulgaria Chubenov, VenelinVenelin Chubenov (BUL)
1984 Bulgaria Staykov, NentchoNentcho Staykov (BUL)
1985 Bulgaria Petrov, PetarPetar Petrov (BUL)
1986 Bulgaria Angelov, BoykoBoyko Angelov (BUL)
1987 Bulgaria Petrov, PetarPetar Petrov (BUL)
1988 Bulgaria Shivkov, ValentinValentin Shivkov (BUL)
1989 France Pasgrimaud, DidierDidier Pasgrimaud (FRA)
1990 Bulgaria Shumanov, PavelPavel Shumanov (BUL)
1991 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Milenković, AleksandarAleksandar Milenković (YUG)
1992 Bulgaria Shumanov, PavelPavel Shumanov (BUL)
1993 Netherlands Lubbers, ManoMano Lubbers (NED)
1994 Bulgaria Zaikov, HristoHristo Zaikov (BUL)
1995 Bulgaria Zaikov, HristoHristo Zaikov (BUL)
1996 Bulgaria Zaikov, HristoHristo Zaikov (BUL)
1997 Bulgaria Shumanov, PavelPavel Shumanov (BUL)
1998 Bulgaria Vassiliev, KrassimirKrassimir Vassiliev (BUL)
1999 Kazakhstan Gourov, MaximMaxim Gourov (KAZ)
2000 Poland Kohut, SewerynSeweryn Kohut (POL)
2001 Bulgaria Dimitrov Gospodinov, DimitarDimitar Dimitrov Gospodinov (BUL)
2002 Bulgaria Dimitrov Gospodinov, DimitarDimitar Dimitrov Gospodinov (BUL)
2003 Bulgaria Gabrovski, IvailoIvailo Gabrovski (BUL)
2004 Poland Kloczko, TomaszTomasz Kloczko (POL) Dominscout-Sniezka-Lody
2005 Slovakia Prázdnovský, MartinMartin Prázdnovský (SVK) CK ZP Sport A.S. Podbrezova
2006 Bulgaria Gabrovski, IvailoIvailo Gabrovski (BUL) CC Nessebar
2007 Bulgaria Gerganov, EvgeniEvgeni Gerganov (BUL) Cycling Club Bourgas
2008 Bulgaria Gabrovski, IvailoIvailo Gabrovski (BUL) CC Nessebar
2009 Bulgaria Gabrovski, IvailoIvailo Gabrovski (BUL) Heraklion-Nessebar
2010 Bulgaria Vassiliev, KrassimirKrassimir Vassiliev (BUL) SK Dobrich
2011 Bulgaria Gabrovski, IvailoIvailo Gabrovski (BUL) Heraklion-Nessebar
2012 Kazakhstan Ayazbayev, MaxatMaxat Ayazbayev (KAZ) Continental Team Astana
2013 France Di Gregorio, RémyRémy Di Gregorio (FRA) Team Martigues SC-Vivelo
2014 No race
2015 Bulgaria Hristov, StefanStefan Hristov (BUL) Brisaspor


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.
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