Quatre Jours de Dunkerque, Cat 2.1

France, May 5-10, 1998


1997 Results     Past Winners     Riders

May 5     Stage 1 - Dunkerque-Grande Synthe, 180.1 kms.
May 6     Stage 2 - Audruicq-Amiens, 187.1 kms.
May 7     Stage 3 - Haucourt sur Somme-Boulogne sur Mer, 107.6 kms.
May 7     Stage 4 - ITT at Boulogne sur Mer, 24 kms.
May 8     Stage 5 - Gravelines-Loon Plage, 182.3 kms.
May 9     Stage 6 - Cappelle la Grande - Westroute (Belgium), 186 kms.
May 10    Stage 7 - Leffrinckoucke-Dunkerque (3 ascents of the Mont Cassel), 183 kms.

Stage 5, Gravelines - Loon-Plage, 187.3 kms:

  1. Silvio Martinello (Ita) Polti			    4.12.22 
  2. Adriano Baffi (Ita) Ballan
  3. Stuart O'Grady (Aus) GAN 
  4. Jan Svorada (Cze) Mapei-Bricobi
  5. Marco Zanotti (Ita) Vini Caldirola 
  6. Nicola Loda (Ita) Ballan 
  7. StÚphane Barthe (Fra) Casino 
  8. Aart Vierhouten (Ned) Rabobank 
  9. Christophe Capelle (Fra) Cofidis
 10. Franck Morelle (Fra) La Franšaise des Jeux
 11. Magnus Backstedt (Swe) GAN
 12. Arvis Piziks (Lat) Team Home Jack and Jones
 13. Vyacheslav Ekimov (Rus) US Postal
 14. Martin Hvastija (Slo) Cantina Tollo
 15. Johan Capiot (Bel) TVM-Farm Frites				
 16. Cedric Vasseur (Fra) GAN
 17. Frederic Guesdon (Fra) La Francaise des Jeux
 18. Christophe Detilloux (Bel) Lotto-Mobistar
 19. Arturas Kasputis (Lit) Casino
 20. Bruno Thibout (Fra) Cofidis
 21. Evgueni Berzine (Rus) La Francaise des Jeux
 22. Alexei Sivakov (Rus) Big Mat-Auber 93
 23. Tristan Hoffman (Ned) TVM-Farm Frites
 24. Jan Kirsipuu (Est) Casino
 25. Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Casino
 26. Hans De Clercq (Bel) Palmans-Ideal
 27. Charles Guilbert (Fra) Mutuelle de Seine-et-Marne
 28. Massimo Strazzer (Ita) Cantina Tollo
 29. Daniele Nardello (Ita) Mapei
 30. Francis Moreau (Fra) Cofidis
 31. Wim Feys (Bel) Lotto-Mobistar
 32. Serguei Gontchar (Ukr) Cantina Tollo
 33. Angelo Canzonieri (Ita) Ballan
 34. Arnaud Pretot (Fra) GAN
 35. Davide Bramati (Ita) Mapei
 36. Fabrizio Guidi (Ita) Polti
 37. Fabio Sacchi (Ita) Polti					s.t.
 38. Claus Michael M÷ller (Den) TVM-Farm Frites			0.12
 39. Lauri Aus (Est) Casino
 40. Enrico Cassani (Ita) Polti
 41. Rolf Sorensen (Den) Rabobank
 42. Andre Korff (Ger) Festina
 43. Gilles Maignan (Fra) Mutuelle de Seine-et-Marne
 44. Marco Bellini (Ita) Cantina Tollo
 45. Maurizio Fondriest (Ita) Cofidis
 46. Nicolas Jalabert (Fra) Cofidis
 47. Dariusz Baranowski (Pol) US Postal Service
 48. Franck Perque (Fra) La Francaise des Jeux
 49. Laurent Desbiens (Fra) Cofidis				0.46
 50. Mauro Radaelli (Ita) Vini Caldirola			0.58
 51. Frank Hoj (Den) Palmans-Ideal
 52. Cyril Bos (Fra) GAN
 53. Grzegorz Gwiazdowski (Pol) Cofidis				1.06
 54. Mariano Piccoli (Ita) Brescialat-Liquigas			1.58
 55. Jean-Patrick Nazon (Fra) La Francaise des Jeux		2.45
 56. David Lefevre (Fra) Casino
 57. Christophe Mengin (Fra) La Francaise des Jeux
 58. Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) La Francaise des Jeux
 59. Carlos Dacruz (Fra) Big Mat-Auber 93
 60. Mikael Holst Kyneb (Den) Team Home-Jack and Jones
 61. Giacomo Battistel (Ita) Cantina Tollo
 62. Roberto Sgambelluri (Ita) Brescialat-Liquigas
 63. Giancarlo Raimondi (Ita) Brescialat-Liquigas
 64. Marco Serpellini (Ita) Brescialat-Liquigas
 65. Nico Mattan (Bel) Mapei
 66. Bart Leysen (Bel) Mapei
 67. Frankie Andreu (USA) US Postal Service
 68. Marco Villa (Ita) Cantina Tollo
 69. Ludovic Auger (Fra) Big Mat-Auber 93
 70. Thierry Laurent (Fra) Festina
 71. Ludwig Willems (Bel) Lotto-Mobistar
 72. Massimo Apollonio (Ita) Vini Caldirola
 73. Giorgio Furlan (Ita) Vini Caldirola
 74. Serguei Outschakov (Ukr) TVM-Farm Frites
 75. Nicolay Bo Larsen (Den) TVM-Farm Frites
 76. Laurent Genty (Fra) Big Mat-Auber 93
 77. Marcel Wust (Ger) Festina
 78. Pascal Chanteur (Fra) Casino
 79. Eros Poli (Ita) GAN
 80. Jean-Cyril Robin (Fra) US Postal Service
 81. Claude Lamour (Fra) Mutuelle de Seine-et-Marne
 82. Rossano Brasi (Ita) Polti
 83. Jacky Durand (Fra) Casino
 84. Giuliano Figueras (Ita) Mapei
 85. Anthony Rokia (Fra) Polti
 86. Marco Milesi (Ita) Brescialat-Liquigas
 87. Erik Dekker (Ned) Rabobank
 88. Jans Koerts (Ned) Rabobank
 89. Jay Sweet (Aus) Big Mat-Auber 93
 90. Maximilian Sciandri (GB) La Francaise des Jeux
 91. Daniele Contrini (Ita) Brescialat-Liquigas			4.43
 92. Adrie Van Der Poel (Ned) Rabobank				9.13
 93. Gert Vanderaerden (Bel) Palmans-Ideal
 94. Karl Pauwels (Bel) Palmans-Ideal
 95. Christian Andersen (Den) Team Home Jack and Jones
 96. Denis Zanette (Ita) Vini Caldirola
 97. Jean-Philippe Dojwa (Fra) Mutuelle de Seine-et-Marne
 98. Pascal Derame (Fra) US Postal Service
 99. Sebastien Demarbaix (Bel) Home Market-Charleroi
100. Johan De Geyter (Bel) Palmans-Ideal
101. Viatcheslav Djavanian (Rus) Big Mat-Auber 93
102. Gabriele Colombo (Ita) Ballan
103. Guillaume Auger (Fra) Big Mat-Auber 93
104. Alexandre Gontchenkov (Rus) Ballan
105. Laurent Brochard (Fra) Festin
106. Sven Teutenberg (Ger) US Postal
107. Richard Groenendaal (Ned) Rabobank
108. Philippe Gaumont (Fra) Cofidis
109. Max Van Heeswijk (Ned) Rabobank
110. Roger Hammond (GB) Palmans-Ideal
111. Stephane Berges (Fra) Big Mat-Auber 93
112. Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Ballan
113. Geert Van Bondt (Bel) TVM-Farm Frites
114. Jean-Pierre Heynderickx (Bel) Home Market-Charleroi
115. David Delrieu (Fra) Mutuelle de Seine-et-Marne
116. Michael Rosborg (Den) Team Home-Jack and Jones
117. Marco Antonio Di Renzo (Ita) Cantina Tollo
118. Massimo Giunti (Ita) Cantina Tollo
119. Ludovic Capelle (Bel) Home Market-Charleroi
120. Mirko Rossato (Ita) Scrigno-Gaerne
121. Laurent Pillon (Fra) Mutuelle de Seine-et-Marne	    16.13
122. Jorg Jaksche (Ger) Polti
123. Jerome Laveur-Pedoux (Fra) Home Market-Charleroi
124. Laurent Lefevre (Fra) Festina
125. Gilles Talmant (Fra) Mutuelle de Seine-et-Marne
126. Jean-Denis Vandenbroucke (Bel) Lotto-Mobistar
127. Johan Bruinsma (Ned) Rabobank
128. Jorgen Vermeersch (Bel) Palmans-Ideal
129. Jo Planckaert (Bel) Lotto-Mobistar		   	    16.13

Abandons:

Henk Vogels (Aus) GAN
Thierry Marichal (Bel) Lotto-Mobistar
Axel Merckx (Bel) Polti
Stephane Cueff (Fra) Mutuelle de Seine-et-Marne
Endrio Leoni (Ita) Ballan
Davide Casarotto (Ita) Scrigno-Gaerne
Biagio Conte (Ita) Scrigno-Gaerne
Gabriele Balducci (Ita) Scrigno-Gaerne
Dario Pieri (Ita) Scrigno-Gaerne
Michael Steen Nielsen (Den) Team Home Jack and Jones 
Ronny Assez (Bel) Home Market-Charleroi 

GC after Stage 5

  1. Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Casino                      16.07.36 
  2. Arturas Kasputis (Lit) Casino 				0.34 
  3. Evgueni Berzin (Rus)  La Franšaise des Jeux		0.52 
  4. Aart Vierhouten (Ned) Rabobank 				1.42 
  5. Viatcheslav Ekimov (Rus) US Postal 			1.53 
  6. Magnus Backstedt (Swe) GAN 				2.11 
  7. Bruno Thibout (Fra) Cofidis 				2.23 
  8. Arvis Piziks (Let) Team Home Jack and Jones 		2.47 
  9. Alexel Sivakov (Rus) Big Ma-Auber 93			3.13 
 10. Stuart O'Grady (Aus) GAN 					3.21
 11. Nicola Loda (Ita) Ballan 					3.35
 12. Jan Kirsipuu (Est) Casino  				4.14
 13. Lauri Aus (Est) Casino  					4.56
 14. Jan Svorada (Cze) Mapei-Bricobi  				5.57
 15. Stephane Barthe (Fra) Casino 				6.26
 16. Serguei Gontchar (Ukr) Cantina Tollo  			6.46
 17. Arnaud Pretot (Fra) GAN  					9.03
 18. Daniele Nardello (Ita) Mapei  				9.08
 19. Enrico Cassani (Ita) Polti  				9.32
 20. Tristan Hoffman (Ned) TVM-Farm Frites 			9.40
 21. Cedric Vasseur (Fra) GAN  					9.42
 22. Francis Moreau (Fra) Cofidis  				9.50
 23. Martin Hvastija (Slo) Cantina Tollo  			9.51
 24. Fabio Sacchi (Ita) Polti 				       10.20
 25. Charles Guilbert (Fra) Mutuelle de Seine-et-Marne         10.32
 26. Massimo Strazzer (Ita) Cantina-Tollo 		       10.36
 27. Adriano Baffi (Ita) Ballan 			       10.41
 28. Frederic Guesdon (Fra) La Francaise des Jeux	       10.53
 29. Hans De Clercq (Bel) Palmans-Ideal			       11.53
 30. Cyril Bos (Fra) GAN				       11.57
Brief

Mario Aerts (Lotto) has a broken hip after falling. He has had an operation in hospital. The Lotto-team had been plagued by injury this season. Jo Planckaert has had knee problems, Ludo Dierckxsens sustained a broken wrist during the classics, and Fabien de Waele had a knee operation last week.

Stage 6, Cappelle la Grande - Westroute (Belgium), 186 kms:

  1. Gabriele Colombo (Ita) Ballan 			     4.32.46
  2. Roberto Sgambelluri (Ita) Brescialat       		0.01
  3. Laurent Desbiens (Fra) Cofidis            			0.10
  4. Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) La Francaise des Jeux     		0.16
  5. Dariusz Baranowski (Poland) US Postal                	0.28
  6. Giorgio Furlan (Ita) Vini Caldirola               		0.28
  7. Fabrizio Guidi (Ita) Polti                         	0.32
  8. Aart Vierhouten (Ned) Rabobank				0.32
  9. Arvis Piziks (Lat) Team Home Jack and Jones 		0.32
 10. Nico Mattan (Bel) Mapei					0.32

GC after Stage 6

  1. Alexander Vinokurov (Kaz) Casino   20.39.05
  2. Arturas Kasputis (Lit) Casino             			0.34
  3. Evgeny Berzin (Rus) Francaise des Jeux      		0.52
  4. Aart Vierhouten (Ned) Rabobank				1.42
  5. Vyacheslav Yekimov (Rus) US Postal         		1.53
  6. Magnus Backstedt (Swed) GAN                 		2.11
  7. Bruno Thibout (Fra) Cofidis               		 	2.23
  8. Arvis Piziks (Lat) Team Home Jack and Jones 		2.47
  9. Alexei Sivakov (Rus) Big Mat-Auber 93                	3.13
 10. Stuart O'Grady (Aus) GAN                			3.21
Brief

Kazak roder Alexandre Vinokourov (Casino) retained the "maillot rose" - the leader's jersey in the Four Days of Dunkirk after the 6th stage, which was reputed to be the most difficult between Cappelle-la-Grande and Mont-Rouge (186 km). Under the sun, and with a number of difficult climbs in front of the riders, the Italian Gabriele Colombo (Ballan) made the stage his own by finishing clearly in front of his compatriot Roberto Sgambelluri (Brescialat) and the French rider Laurent Desbiens (Cofidis).

In the first kms, Mariano Piccoli and Daniele Contrini, both from the Brescialat team, attacked from the peloton and built up a lead of 3.30. But their "beautiful adventure" ended at the 110 km mark. With 50 kms to go before the end, 11 riders including the local riders from the Nord region where the stage was being raced, Laurent Desbiens and CÚdric Vasseur (Gan), looked to have made the winning move. As they approached the last km, Gabriele Colombo, Roberto Sgambelluri, Laurent Desbiens, Nicolay Larsen (TVM), Nicolas Vogondy (FDJ) left the group and finished in that order at the end.

Alexandre Vinokourov is now certain, barring any incidents in the last stage, to take the GC. The last stage on Sunday is the 183.8 kms journey between Leffrincoucke and Dunkerque.

Stage 7, Leffrinckoucke-Dunkerque, 183 kms:

  1. Fabrizio Guidi (Ita) Polti 			    4.13.24 
  2. Stuart O.Grady (Aus) GAN
  3. Adriano Baffi (Ita) Ballan 
  4. Mariano Piccoli (Ita) Brescialat-Liquigas
  5. Martin Hvastija (Slo) Cantina-Tollo 
  6. Aart Vierhouten (Ned) Rabobank
  7. Arvis Piziks (Let) Team Home Jack and Jones 
  8. Geert Van Bondt (Bel) TVM-Farm Frites
  9. Marco Zanotti (Ita) Vini Caldirola
 10. Giancarlo Raimondi (Ita) Brescialat-Liquigas
 11. Jan Kirsipuu (Est) Casino
 12. Andre Korff (Ger) Festina
 13. Christophe Capelle (Fra) Cofidis
 14. Christophe Detilloux (Bel) Lotto-Mobistar
 15. Philippe Gaumont (Fra) Cofidis
 16. Alexei Sivakov (Rus) Big Mat-Auber 93
 17. Claude Lamour (Fra) Mutuelle de Seine-et-Marne
 18. Nicolay Bo Larsen (Den) TVM-Farm Frites
 19. Frederic Guesdon (Fra) La Francaise des Jeux
 20. Mikael Holst Kyneb (Den) Team Home-Jack and Jones
 21. Marco Milesi (Ita) Brescialat-Liquigas
 22. Magnus Backstedt (Swe) GAN
 23. Maximilian Sciandri (GB) La Francaise des Jeux
 24. Nicola Loda (Ita) Ballan
 25. Jay Sweet (Aus) Big Mat-Auber 93
 26. Arturas Kasputis (Lit) Casino
 27. Cedric Vasseur (Fra) GAN
 28. Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Casino
 29. Fabio Sacchi (Ita) Polti     			       all s.t
 30. Carlos Dacruz (Fra) Big Mat-Auber 93 			0.08

Final GC

  1. Alexander Vinokourov (Kaz) Casino                       24.52.29
  2. Arturas Kasputis (Lit) Casino				 0.34
  3. Evgueny Berzin (Rus) La Franšaise des Jeux 		 1.00
  4. Aart Vierhouten (Ned) Rabobank				 1.42
  5. Vyacheslav Ekimov (Rus) US Postal 				 2.01
  6. Magnus Backstedt (Swe) GAN 				 2.11
  7. Bruno Thibout (Fra) Cofidis 				 2.31
  8. Arvis Piziks (Let) Team Home Jack and Jones 		 2.47
  9. Alexei Sivakov (Rus) Big Mat-Auber 93 			 3.13
 10. Stuart O'Grady (Aus) GAN					 3.15
 11. Nicola Loda (Ita) Ballan					 3.35
 12. Lauri Aus (Est) Casino					 5.03
 13. Stephane Barthe (Fra) Casino				 6.34
 14. Serguei Gontchar (Ukr) Cantina Tollo			 6.54
 15. Daniele Nardello (Ita) Mapei				 9.31
 16. Enrico Cassani (Ita) Polti					 9.40
 17. Cedric Vasseur (Fra) GAN					 9.42
 18. Tristan Hoffman (Ned) TVM-Farm Frites			 9.48
 19. Martin Hvastija (Slo) Cantina Tollo			 9.51
 20. Francis Moreau (Fra) Cofidis 				 9.53
 21. Fabio Sacchi (Ita) Polti 					10.20
 22. Arnaud Pretot (Fra) GAN					10.30
 23. Adriano Baffi (Ita) Ballan					10.37
 24. Frederic Guesdon (Fra) La Francaise des Jeux		10.53
 25. Charles Guilbert (Fra) Mutuelle de Seine-et-Marne		11.58
 26. Hans De Clercq (Bel) Palmans-Ideal				12.01
 27. Christophe Detilloux (Bel) Lotto-Mobista			12.54
 28. Rolf S÷rensen (Den) Rabobank				12.56
 29. Christophe Mengin (Fra) La Francaise des Jeux		13.00
 30. Thierry Laurent (Fra) Festin				13.29
 31. Marco Serpellini (Ita) Brescialat-Liquigas			13.50
 32. Mariano Piccoli (Ita) Brescialat-Liquigas			13.53
 33. Davide Bramati (Ita) Mapei					13.56
 34. Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) Casino					14.07
 35. Mikael Holst Kyneb (Den) Team Home-Jack and Jones		14.16
 36. Cyril Bos (Fra) GAN					15.50
 37. Rossano Brasi (Ita) Polti					16.48
 38. Franck Perque (Fra) La Francaise des Jeux			17.09
 39. Ludovic Auger (Fra) Big Mat-Auber 93			18.09
 40. Marco Zanotti (Ita) Vini Caldirola				18.46
 41. Nicolas Jalabert (Fra) Cofidis				19.46
 42. Alexandre Gontchenkov (Rus) Ballan				20.29
 43. Christophe Capelle (Fra) Cofidis 				20.31
 44. Andre Korff (Ger) Festina					23.17
 45. Angelo Canzonieri (Ita) Ballan 				23.18
 46. Roberto Sgambelluri (Ita) Brescialat-Liquigas		23.34
 47. Fabrizio Guidi (Ita) Polti					25.43
 48. Claude Lamour (Fra) Mutuelle de Seine-et-Marne		26.26
 49. Laurent Desbiens (Fra) Cofidis				27.35
 50. Maximilian Sciandri (GB) La Francaise des Jeux		27.47
 51. Eros Poli (Ita) GAN					28.37
 52. Marco Milesi (Ita) Brescialat-Liquigas			29.03
 53. Wim Feys (Bel) Lotto-Mobistar				30.28
 54. Jean-Cyril Robin (Fra) US Postal Service			30.43
 55. Denis Zanette (Ita) Vini Caldirola				34.33
 56. Claus Michael M÷ller (Den) TVM-Farm Frites			34.40
 57. Jacky Durand (Fra) Casino					34.56
 58. David Delrieu (Fra) Mutuelle de Seine-et-Marne		35.19
 59. Carlos Dacruz (Fra) Big Mat-Auber 93			35.28
 60. Jay Sweet (Aus) Big Mat-Auber 93				36.11
 61. Nico Mattan (Bel) Mapei					37.12
 62. Gabriele Colombo (Ita) Ballan				37.26
 63. Mauro Radaelli (Ita) Vini Caldirola			39.10
 64 Dariusz Baranowski (Pol) US Postal Service			39.17
 65. Max Van Heeswijk (Ned) Rabobank				39.40
 66. Maurizio Fondriest (Ita) Cofidis				41.16
 67. Laurent Lefevre (Fra) Festina				41.17
 68. Erik Dekker (Ned) Rabobank					41.44
 69. Massimo Giunti (Ita) Cantina Toll				41.51
 70. Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) La Francaise des Jeux		43.02
 71. Nicolay Bo Larsen (Den) TVM-Farm Frites			43.47
 72. Geert Van Bondt (Bel) TVM-Farm Frites			45.44
 73. Giorgio Furlan (Ita) Vini Caldirola			45.50
 74. Giancarlo Raimondi (Ita) Brescialat-Liquigas		46.32
 75. Sebastien Demarbaix (Bel) Home Market-Charleroi		47.53
 76. Philippe Gaumont (Fra) Cofidis				49.00
 77. Anthony Rokia (Fra) Polti					49.54
 78. Serguei Outschakov (Ukr) TVM-Farm Frites			50.42
 79. Viatcheslav Djavanian (Rus) Big Mat-Auber 93		50.58
 80. Michael Rosborg (Den) Team Home-Jack and Jones	      1.04.14
 81. Marco Antonio Di Renzo (Ita) Cantina Tollo               1.05.13
 82. Christian Andersen (Den) Team Home-Jack and Jones	      1.14.26
 83. Grzegorz Gwiazdowski (Pol) Cofidis			      1.17.15
 84. Stephane Berges (Fra) Big Mat-Auber 93		      1.17.28

84 classified

Mountains Classification:

  1. Roberto Sgambelluri (Ita) Brescialat-Liquigas		12 pts
  2. Marco Serpellini (Ita) Brescialat-Liquigas	 		 9 pts
  3. Cedric Vasseur (Fra) GAN		 		 	 7 pts
  4. Mariano Piccoli (Ita) Brescialat-Liquigas		 	 7 pts
  5. Bruno Thibout (Fra) Cofidis		 		 5 pts
Teams Classification:

  1. Casino		                                     74.40.25
  2. GAN							11.37
  3. Cofidis							12.32
  4. Cantina Tollo						18.18
  5. La Francaise des Jeux					18.26

Brief

The Kazak rider Alexandre Vinokourov confirmed the domination of the Casino team to win the 44th edition of the 4 Days of Dunkirk (which actually went over 5 days, never mind the detail). The 7th stage, between Leffrincoucke (Nord) and Dunkerque, over 183.8 Km, was won in a mass sprint by the Italian Fabrizio Guidi (Polti), but nothing significant changed as a result.

With the premature withdrawal from the race by young Belgian Franck Vandenbroucke and Frenchman FrÚdÚric Moncassin, and the incapacity of the Russian Evgueni Berzin to match the control imposed by the Casino riders, the race did not live up to its promises. In addition, a number of Italian riders quit the race on Sundary to take a flight (for the Giro) and then the World Champion Laurent Brochard abandoned because he had to attend the marriage of his brother.

Alexandre Vinokourov made his debut during the 1997 Tour of Malaysia and then was given his first professional contract after the Tour de France. He is considered a good sprinter and a good climber.

Complete Results from my friend Stephane David, Paris