Stage 4

Cristian – Curtea de Argeș, Royal Court, 209 km

Saturday, 10.09.2022

Stage description

The queen stage thanks to the famous Transfăgărășan climb but also to its length: over 200 km. The start will be from the city of Cristian, where the only Romanian stage winner from 2021, Emil Dima, is from. On this route you can give the decisive blow to the peloton only if you are also a very good downhiller. Amazing race with a finish in a historic city, the former capital of Wallachia. As a bonus, the foreign athletes can learn about the legend of Master Manole…

Stage route

Cristian – Vulcan – Zărnești – Poiana Mărului – Șinca Nouă – Șercăița – Sebeș (Jud. Brașov) – Recea – Drăguș – Victoria – Arpașu de Sus – Cârțișoara – Transfăgărășan – Bâlea Lake – Albeștii de Argeș – Valea Uleiului – Curtea de Argeș, Royal Court.

Time schedule

Discover the complete schedule of the stage and the route followed by the riders in the Tour of Romania 2022 Guide.

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Stage profile

Neutral start

Transfăgărășan was built between 1970 and 1974, at the initiative of Nicolae Ceaușescu. Although at that time Romania already had several passes of the Southern Carpathians, the invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968 by Soviet troops determined the emergency initiation of the “Transfăgărășan” project – a strategic road connecting the garrisons of Pitești and Sibiu.
The Transfăgărașan was also listed as the most beautiful road in the world by the British show Top Gear. It is a spectacular road, with a unique image, it is 151 km long and crosses the Făgăraș mountains, the highest mountain range in Romania.

Lake Bâlea – a glacial lake located at an altitude of 2034 m, in the Făgăraș Mountains, Sibiu County. In 1932, Bâlea lake and an area of ​​about 180 ha around the lake were declared a nature reserve.
The oldest attestation of an ascent in this massif was recorded by doctor G. Lindner around 1700, in the Bâlea-Valea Doamnei region. The Carpathian Society of Transylvania (SKV) – Siebenbürgischer Karpatenverein – founded in Sibiu in 1880, played an important role in promoting tourism in this area. In 1975, to facilitate access to the cabin and the ridge trails, the cable car line was set up.

Curtea de Argeș – was the first capital of Wallachia and preserves the most important Byzantine edifices in Romania, among which is the Royal Church, a 14th century monument on the UNESCO list. Curtea de Argeș declined after the relocation of the seat of Wallachia to Târgoviște, but regained its prestige in the interwar period, with the designation of the Curtea de Argeș Monastery cathedral as a royal necropolis. Some of the most important rulers in the medieval history of Wallachia were born at Curtea de Argeș (Neagoe Basarab, Vlaicu Vodă, Mircea cel Bătrân).

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