Longest professional cycling tour in the Baltics is held on four stages this year. Within almost seven hundred kilometres riders will enjoy picturesque scenery in Estonia and Lithuania. Unfortunately there will be no stages in Latvia this year.
The tour that started already 60 years ago starts from Tallinn, Estonia. Ceremonial start will be given in front of Estonian Parliament. Cyclists remember this place from previous years as atmospheric and crowded, where a lot of history has been done. As in previous years cyclists will be sent to their way by Speaker of Estonian Parliament – Mr. Eiki Nestor. Technical start will be given just outside Tallinn in Männiku. Some riders rememeber Männiku as a place where in 2013 Spiderman was met. Stage length is 171km.
Riders have first option to take seconds and points in Rapla where is first intermediate sprint. After 6 kilometres rider will pass Rapla once more and there will be second intermediate sprint. Third one awaits riders in Vändra where two currently most famous Estonian cyclists Rein Taaramäe and Tanel Kangert (both Astana) were born. Finish is in Pärnu in front of shopping mall Kaubamajakas.
Second day starts in front of Kaubamajakas already 10 o’clock in the morning and takes riders through Kilingi-Nõmme, Karksi-Nuia and Tõrva intermediate sprints to border town Valga. Another totally plain stage is longest of the tour – 193,3km.
Third day of the tour is rest day. Cyclists have drive over through Latvia to Panevežys, Lithuania. Approximately 315km will be covered.
Fourth day starts in Panevezys. Just in the city centre. The stage takes riders to Kaunas. Before that will be three intermediate sprints respectively in Krekenava, Kedainiai and in Vilkija. it will be first time that Baltic Chain Tour visits Kaunas.
Last day of the tour will be held in Kaunas. 12 city laps cover a bit more than 144 km. The stage will be very well viewed by spectators and there will also be three intermediate sprints on the finish line after every three laps. Baltic Chain Tour 2015 will be fifth consecutive tour since 2011.
As in previous years the tour will be covered by text and photo. We will also have live video stream from first two stages. You can follow online stream on tour homepage or in Delfi portals in three Baltic countries. Let us hope many fans will gather aside the roads to greet the riders and celebrate Baltic Chain events held 26 years ago.