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47th Four Days of Dunkirk - 2.1
France, May 8-13, 2001
The 47th edition of the Four Days of Dunkirk, a six day stage race in the northern part of France and Belgium, commences with a 165 kilometre road stage from Dunkirk to Steenvoorde (Bel). It carries a 2.1 UCI ranking, one level below the Tour de Romandie (2.HC) which is being held concurrently from May 8-13.
The race is perfect for sprinter/time trialists, and the defending champion is CSC-World Online's Martin Rittsel. Can the Danes make it three in a row? Michael Sanstød also won the 1999 edition, riding for Home-Jack & Jones. It is possible, and the team will include the returning to form Laurent Jalabert, who is looking to find some form in time for Le Tour.
21 teams are enrolled to start, including 9 French, 5 Italian, 2 Belgian, 2 American, 1 Dutch and 1 Danish squad. The riders will be able to race over some of the 2001 Tour de France parcours, which starts in Dunkirk on July 7.
The second stage from Roost Warendin to Haisnes-les-la-Bassée (192 km) will feature three sections of pavé, while the hilliest stage is the 5th, from Outreau to Boulogne-sur-Mer (170.5 km) that travels over the Bergs of West Flanders.
2000 Martin Rittsel (Swe) Memorycard-Jack&Jones 1999 Michaël Sandstod (Den) Team Home-Jack & Jones 1998 Alexander Vinokourov (Kaz) Casino 1997 Johan Museeuw (Bel) 1996 Philippe Gaumont (Fra) 1995 Johan Musseuw (Bel) 1994 Eddy Seigneur (Fra) 1993 Laurent Desbiens (Fra) 1992 Olaf Ludwig (Ger) 1991 Charly Mottet (Fra) 1990 Stephen Roche (Irl) 1989 Charly Mottet (Fra) 1988 Pascal Poison (Fra) 1987 Herman Frison (Bel) 1986 Dirk De Wolf (Bel) 1985 Jean-Luc Vandenbroucke (Bel) 1984 Bernard Hinault (Fra) 1983 Leo Van Vliet (Ned) 1982 Frank Hoste (Bel) 1981 Bert Oosterbosch (Hol) 1980 Jean-Luc Vandenbroucke (Bel) 1979 Daniel Willems (Bel) 1978 Freddy Maertens (Bel) 1977 Gerrie Knetemann (Ned) 1976 Freddy Maertens (Bel) 1975 Freddy Maertens (Bel) 1974 Walter Godefroot (Bel) 1973 Freddy Maertens (Bel) 1972 Yves Hezard (Fra) 1971 Roger De Vlaeminck (Bel) 1970 Willy Van Neste (Bel) 1969 Alain Vasseur (Fra) 1968 Jean Jourdan (Fra) 1967 Lucien Aimar (Fra) 1966 Theo Martens (Bel) 1965 Gustave Desmet (Bel) 1964 Gustave Desmet (Bel) 1963 Joseph Planckaert (Bel) 1962 Joseph Groussard (Bel) 1961 Albertus Geldermans (Bel) 1960 Joseph Planckaert (Bel) 1959 Jacques Anquetil (Fra) 1958 Jacques Anquetil (Fra) 1957 Joseph Planckaert (Bel) 1956 Jean Adriansens (Bel) 1955 Louis Deprez (Fra) Past winners courtesy of Mario Stiehl, Berlin