Romanian Tour gathers cyclists from eight countries

Bucharest –The 47th edition of the Romanian Cycling Tour is scheduled to kick off on June 5-12, organizers informed yesterday. The 90 cyclists that signed up will cycle 1,200 kilometers in 7 stages for prizes of EUR 25,000 plus other bonuses offered by local authorities. Guy Poupet, general manager BRD-Societe Generale (the Tour’s official sponsor for the 13th consecutive time), and Ion Badea, president of the Romanian Cycling and Triathlon Federation (FRCT), have signed the RON 165,000 check representing the partnership between the two bodies. The total sum spent for organizing the event tops RON 700,000, Agerpres informs.

The launching was also attended by Doina Melinte, president of the National Authority for Sport and Youth, George Benea, general manager Romanian National Lottery SA, Gavrila Vasilescu, FRCT’s Honorary President, and Vasile Selejan, secretary general of FRCT. The latter praised the local authorities’ efforts to organize the Tour. According to Selejan the participation of the Suceava County Council stands out, the Council announcing its intention to organize the Bukovina Tour on August 15, a cycling competition that will also have a stage in Ukraine.

Fifteen teams have signed up for the Romanian Tour: Greece, Bulgaria, Germany, Ukraine, Italy, Turkey, Israel and Romania.

The Tusnad Cycling Team Miercurea Ciuc will be the first European level Romanian team to take part in the Tour this year. The International Cycling Union has nominated Ireland’s Paul Watson as the Tour’s international commissioner. The Tour will have the following route: Deva – Alba Iulia – Targu Mures – Vatra Dornei – Suceava – Botosani – Piatra Neamt – Buzau – Slobozia – Constanta.

The competition will put up for grabs five different jerseys, each securing a prize from one of the sponsors: the yellow jersey – BRD (for the leader of the individual standings); the red jersey – Niro (for the leader of the sprinters); the green jersey – Romanian Lottery (for uphill leader); the white jersey – TNT (for leader of the point standings); the blue jersey – DHS (for the best ranking Romanian cyclist).

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