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Four Days of Dunkirk (2.Pro), France

(Quatre Jours De Dunkerque)
Winners, distance, average speed

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The race:

The Four Days of Dunkirk (Quatre Jours de Dunkerque ) bicycle race no longer takes 4 days to complete. In 2009 the race was both 6 stages and 6 days long.

It started out in 1955 as a 4-day race in the the Nord-Pas de Calais region of Northern France but in 1963 the race added a time trial. The organizers chose to retain the orginal name, and so it is today.

Held in early May (where it can conflict with the Giro d'Italia), a look below at the riders who have made the podium of Four days of Dunkirk shows that it is a very prestigious race.

Since 2005 the UCI has ranked it as an "HC" level race and in 2020 it was made a "2.Pro" race.

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Complete podium history of The Four Days of Dunkirk:

Year

1st Place

2nd Place

3rd Place

Distance

Average speed
km/hr

1955 Louis Deprez
13hr 26min 17sec
Roland Callebout
@ 2min 20sec
Roger Callewaert
@ 4min 25sec
532.5
km
39.626
1956 Jean Adriaensens
19hr 6min 18sec
Gilbert Desmet
@ 1min 26sec
Albert Bouvet
@ 2min 4sec
687
km
35.959
1957 Joseph Planckaert
21hr 54min 45sec
Pierre Everaert
@ 2min 1sec
Jean Stablinski
2min 30sec
787
km
35.916
1958 Jacques Anquetil
20hr 52min 38sec
Jean Brankart
@ 1min 15sec
André Darrigade
@ 1min 37sec
779
km
37.313
1959 Jacques Anquetil
18hr 46min 11sec
Joseph Morvan
@ 49sec
Frans Aerenhouts
@ 2min 15sec
701
km
37.347
1960  Joseph Planckaert
20hr 34min 30sec
Jean Stablinski
@ 51sec
Pierre Everaert
@ 1min
813
km
39.513
1961  Albertus "Ab" Geldermans
20hr 34min 15sec
Raymond Poulidor
@ 1min 2sec
Pierre Beuffeuil
@ 2min 10sec
785.7
km
38.195
1962  Joseph Groussard
21hr 17min 38sec
Jean-Baptiste Claes
@ 8sec
Piet Rentmeester
@ 2min 5sec
792
km
37.193
1963  Joseph Planckaert
25hr 50min 48sec
Hans Junkermann
@ 52sec
André Messelis
@ 2min 20sec
963
km
37.258
1964 Gilbert Desmet
23hr 10min 21sec
Yvo Molenaers
@ 10sec
Joseph Huysmans
@ 37sec
902
km
38.925
1965 Gustave Desmet
25hr 47min 8sec
Pierre Everaert
@ 44sec
Arie Den Hartog
@ 1min 3sec
926.4
km
35.927
1966 Théo Mertens
24hr 34min 9sec
Jan Janssen
@ 6sec
Pierre Beuffeuil
@ 53sec
939.9
km
38.255
1967 Lucien Aimar
23hr 53min 3sec
Jean-Baptiste Claes
@ 59sec
Bernard Guyot
@ 1min 30sec
921.1
km
38.565
1968 Jean Jourden
24hr 21min 42sec
Rémi Van Vreckom
@ 1min 6sec
Raymond Poulidor
@ 1min 13sec
943.4
km
38.725
1969  Alain Vasseur
24hr 38min 19sec
Rini Wagtmans
@ 10sec
Willy In't Ven
@ 22sec
955.1
km
38.764
1970 Willy Vanneste
22hr 5min 38sec
Jean-Marie Leblanc
@ 7sec
Henri Heintz
@ 1min 39sec
906.3
km
41.020
1971 Roger De Vlaeminck
22hr 53min 29sec
Willy Van Malderghem
@ 55sec
Jurgen Tschan
@ 59sec
926
km
40.452
1972 Yves Hézard
22hr 22min 1sec
Luis Ocaña
@ 20sec
Ferdi Bracke
@ 30sec
941.7
km
42.071
1973 Freddy Maertens
22hr 54min 51sec
Frans Verbeeck
@ 3sec
Joop Zoetemelk
@ 13sec
975.4
km
42.568
1974 Walter Goodefroot
23hr 59min 16sec
Michael Wright
@ 3min 17sec
Freddy Maertens
@ 4min 10sec
953.7
km
39.758
1975  Freddy Maertens
24hr 19min 28sec
Jean-Pierre Danguillaume
@ 14sec
Bernard Thévénet
@ 25sec
976.7
km
40.153
1976 Freddy Maertens
23hr 24min 11sec
Jean-Pierre Danguillaume
@ 12sec
Roger Legeay
@ 1min 6sec
945.5
km
40.401
1977 Gerrie Knetemann
22hr 22min 54sec
Joseph Jacobs
@ 8sec
Jean-Luc Vandenbroucke
@ 33sec
881.3
km
39.376
1978 Freddy Maertens
24hr 23min 44sec
Jean-Pierre Danguillaume
@ 49sec
Gerrie Knetemann
@ 4min 56sec
995.6
km
40.811
1979  Daniel Willems
22hr 46min 6sec
Bert Oosterbosch
@ 49sec
Jean-Luc Vandenbroucke
@ 51sec
926.2
km
40.679
1980  Jean-Luc Vandenbroucke
23hr 16min 56sec
Hubert Linard
@ 41sec
Joaquim Agostinho
@ 56sec
926.8
km
39.807
1981  Bert Oosterbosch
22hr 53min 43sec
Sean Kelly
@ 24sec
Jacques Bossis
@ s.t.
901.3
km
39.366
1982 Frank Hoste
25hr 37min 46sec
Ferdi Van Den Haute
@ 4sec
Stephen Roche
@ s.t.
985.5
km
38.452
1983 Léo Van Vliet
24hr 12min 33sec
Paul Sherwen
@ 2min 17sec
William Tackaert
@ 3min 2sec
941.4
km
38.886
1984 Bernard Hinault
25hr 44min 20sec
Jean-Luc Vandenbroucke
@ 13sec
Bruno Cornillet
@ 23sec
978.7
km
38.024
1985 Jean-Luc Vandenbroucke
24hr 47min 4sec
Bruno Wojtinek
@ 13sec
Rudy Matthijs
@ s.t.
984
km
39.702
1986  Dirk De Wolf
24hr 23min 43sec
Régis Simon
@ 1min 40sec
Gilbert Duclos-Lassalle
@ 3min 49sec
894.9
km
36.683
1987 Herman Frison
23hr 12min 37sec
Patrice Esnault
@ 3sec
Charly Mottet
@ 5min 14sec
902.9
km
38.901
1988 Pascal Poisson
24hr 24min 24sec
Charly Mottet
@ 1min 15sec
Erik Vanderaerden
@ 1min 28sec
954.6
km
39.112
1989  Charly Mottet
26hr 5min 11sec
Thierry Marie
@ 10sec
Stephen Roche
@ 24sec
1007.9
km
38.641
1990 Stephen Roche
23hr 51min 49sec
François Lemarchand
@ 19sec
Thierry Marie
@ 1min 43sec
855.5
km
35.850
1991 Charly Mottet
24hr 18min 54sec
Laurent Jalabert
@ 14sec
Johan Museeuw
@ 16sec
973.5
km
40.037
1992 Olaf Ludwig
26hr 48min 30sec
Frans Maasen
@ 22sec
Viatscheslav Ekimov
@ 25sec
1014.5
km
37.861
1993 Laurent Desbiens
25hr 39min 35sec
Viatcheslav Ekimov
@ 48sec
Eddy Seigneur
@ 1min
1022
km
39.829
1994 Eddy Seigneur
27hr 3min 38sec
Olaf Ludwig
@ 28sec
Andre Tchmil
@ 44sec
1034.9
km
38.243
1995 Johan Museeuw
23hr 25min 5sec
François Simon
@ 5sec
Erik Zabel
@ 38sec
972
km
41.506
1996 Philippe Gaumont
24hr 14min 7sec
Thierry Laurent
@ 2sec
Olaf Ludwig
@ 18sec
988.4
km
40.783
1997 Johan Museeuw
23hr 24min 25sec
Frank Vandenbroucke
@ 11sec
Daniele Contini
@ 21sec
977.8
km
41.734
1998 Alexandre Vinokourov
24hr 52min 29sec
Arturas Kasputis
@ 34sec
Evgeni Berzin
@ 1min
1050.2
km
42.212
1999 Michael Sandstod
22hr 36min 13sec
Enrico Cassani
@ 9sec
Christian Vande Velde
@ 16sec
990.5
km
43.820

 


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2000 Martin Rittsel
22hr 52min 7sec
Arturas Kasputis
@ 24sec
Robert Hunter
@ 1min 6sec
966.3
km
42.254
2001 Didier Rous
24hr 22min 13sec
Laurent Jalabert
@ 40sec
Stéphen Heulot
@ 1min 13sec
1039.2
km
42.642
2002  Sylvain Chavanel
19hr 41min 47sec
Didier Rous
@ 25sec
Laurent Brochard
@ 1min 26sec
886
km
44.983
2003 Christophe Moreau
20hr 26min 5sec
Didier Rous
@ 29sec
Laurent Brochard
@ 1min 19sec
876.4
km
42.888
2004 Sylvain Chavanel
21hr 23min 43sec
Laurent Brochard
@ 31sec
Didier Rous
@ 37sec
861.5
km
40.266
2005 Pierrick Fedrigo
21hr 14min 55sec
Vladimir Efimkin
@ 12sec
Christophe Moreau
@ 19sec
891.3
km
41.946
2006 Roberto Petito
21hr 33min 24sec
Stéphane Petilileau
@ 4sec
Didier Rous
@ 16sec
899.7
km
41.736
2007 Mathieu Ladagnous
22hr 13min 25sec
Laurent Lefevre
@ 13sec
Dominique Cornu
@ 14sec
932.4
km
41.955
2008 Stéphane Augé
25hr 45min 48sec
Clément Lhôtellerie
@ 1min 36sec
Pierrick Fedrigo
@ 1min 54sec
1065.4
km
41.353
2009 Rui Alberto Faria
23hr 36min 57sec
David Lelay
@ 9sec
Cyril Lemoine
@ 18sec
980.3
km
41.51
2010 Martin Elmiger
21hr 36min 3sec
Rui Alberto Faria
@ 4sec
José Joaquin Rojas
@ 17sec
888.0
km
41.104
2011 Thomas Voeckler
20hr 36min 1sec
Laurent Pichon
@ 1min 50sec
Zdenek Stybar
@ 1min 52sec
882.40
km
42.827
2012 Jimmy Engoulvent
21hr 4min 0sec
Zdenek Stybar
@ 42sec
John Degenkolb
@ 45sec
887.5
km
42.128
2013 Arnaud Demare
20hr 37min 21sec
Florian Vachon
@ 16sec
Ramon Sinkeldam
@ 26sec
857.8
km
41.579
2014 Arnaud Demare
22hr 14min 25sec
Sylvain Chavanel
@ 6sec
Michael Valgren
Andersen @ s.t.
893.2
km
40.161
2015 Ignatas Konovalovas
21hr 25min 3sec
Bryan Coquard
@ 14sec
Alo Jakin
@ 31sec
883.2
km
41.237
2016 Bryan Coquard
21hr 24min 3sec
Marco Frapporti
@ 30sec
Xandro Meurisse
@ 31sec
892.6
km
41.686
km/hr
2017 Clement Venturini
24hr 57min 13sec
Sander Armee
@ 2sec
Oliver Naesen
@ 7sec
1,030.8 km 41.305 km/hr
2018 Dimitri Claeys
24hr 52min 54sec
André Greipel
@ 1sec
Oscar Riesebeek
@ 2sec
1,037.1 km 41.678 km/hr
2019 Mike Teunissen
25hr 37min 41sec
Amund Jansen
@ 24sec
Jens Keukeleire
@ 32sec
1,055.7 km 41.181 km/hr
2020 Race cancelled because of coronavirus pandemic
2021 Race cancelled because of coronavirus pandemic
2022 Philippe Gilbert
25hr 0min 26sec
Oliver Naesen
@ 4sec
Jake Stewart
@ 5sec
1,054.1
km
42.152 km/hr
2023 Romain Grégoire
21hr 14min 8sec
Kasper Asgreen
@ 13sec
Cees Bol
@ 15sec
926.5
km
43.630
km/hr

 


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