Étoile de Bessèges

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Étoile de Bessèges
Race details
Date Early February
Region Gard department,
English name Star of Bessèges
Local name(s) Étoile de Bessèges (in French)
Discipline Road
Competition UCI Europe Tour
Type Stage race
First edition 1971 (1971)
Editions 48 (as of 2018)
First winner  Jean-Luc Molineris (FRA)
Most wins  Jean-Luc Molineris (FRA)
 Jo Planckaert (BEL)
 Jérôme Coppel (FRA)(2 wins)
Most recent  Tony Gallopin (FRA)

The Étoile de Bessèges (English: Star of Bessèges) is an early-season five-day road bicycle racing stage race held annually around Bessèges, in the Gard department of the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France. First organized in 1971 as a one-day race, it became a stage race run over five days in 1974. Since 2005, it is on the calendar of the UCI Europe Tour as a 2.1 event and features as the earliest stage races of the European season.[1]

The Étoile de Bessèges is the first of several stage races held in the hilly South of France in February, preceding La Méditerranéenne, the Tour du Haut Var and the Tour La Provence.[2] These early-season races are competed mainly by French teams and are considered preparations for Paris–Nice, the first European World Tour event in March.[2]


Rider Team
1971 France Jean-Luc Molineris (FRA) Sonolor-Lejeune
1972 France Jean-Luc Molineris (FRA) Sonolor
1973 France Robert Mintkiewicz (FRA) Sonolor
1974 France Jacques Esclassan (FRA) Peugeot-BP-Michelin
1975 France Patrick Beon (FRA) Peugeot-BP-Michelin
1976 France Maurice Le Guilloux (FRA) Gan-Mercier
1977 Belgium Willy Planckaert (BEL) Maes-Mini Flat
1978 Germany Dietrich Thurau (GER) IJsboerke-Gios
1979 France Jacques Michaud (FRA) Flandria–Ça va seul
1980 Belgium Franky De Gendt (BEL) TI–Raleigh
1981 Netherlands Jan Raas (NED) TI–Raleigh
1982 Netherlands Cees Priem (NED) TI–Raleigh
1983 Netherlands Bert Oosterbosch (NED) TI–Raleigh
1984 Belgium Eddy Planckaert (BEL) Panasonic
1985 Belgium Guy Nulens (BEL) Panasonic
1986 Switzerland Niki Rüttimann (SUI) La Vie Claire
1987 France Ronan Pensec (FRA) Z-Peugeot
1988 Netherlands Adrie Van Der Poel (NED) PDM-Concorde
1989 Belgium Etienne De Wilde (BEL) Histor-Sigma
1990 Netherlands Frans Maassen (NED) Buckler
1991 Netherlands Ad Wijnands (NED) Team Telekom
1992 Switzerland Beat Zberg (SUI) Helvetia
1993 France Armand De Las Cuevas (FRA) Banesto
1994 Netherlands Jean-Paul van Poppel (NED) Festina–Lotus
1995 Ukraine Sergei Oetsjakov (UKR) Polti–Granarolo–Santini
1996 Czech Republic Ján Svorada (CZE) Panaria-Vinavil
1997 France Patrice Halgand (FRA) Festina–Lotus
1998 Belgium Jo Planckaert (BEL) Lotto–Mobistar
1999 France David Lefèvre (FRA) Casino–Ag2r Prévoyance
2000 Belgium Jo Planckaert (BEL) Cofidis
2001 Belgium Nico Eeckhout (BEL) Lotto–Adecco
2002 Australia Robbie McEwen (AUS) Lotto–Adecco
2003 Italy Fabio Baldato (ITA) Alessio
2004 France Laurent Brochard (FRA) AG2R Prévoyance
2005 France Freddy Bichot (FRA) Française des Jeux
2006 Belgium Frederik Willems (BEL) Chocolade Jacques
2007 Belgium Nick Nuyens (BEL) Cofidis
2008 Russia Iouri Trofimov (RUS) Bouygues Télécom
2009 France Thomas Voeckler (FRA) Bbox Bouygues Telecom
2010 France Samuel Dumoulin (FRA) Cofidis
2011 France Anthony Ravard (FRA) Ag2r–La Mondiale
2012 France Jérôme Coppel (FRA) Saur–Sojasun
2013 France Jonathan Hivert (FRA) Sojasun
2014 Sweden Tobias Ludvigsson (SWE) Giant–Shimano
2015 Luxembourg Bob Jungels (LUX) Trek Factory Racing
2016 France Jérôme Coppel (FRA) IAM Cycling
2017 France Lilian Calmejane (FRA) Direct Énergie
2018 France Tony Gallopin (FRA) AG2R La Mondiale


  1. ^ "Etoile de Bessèges - Et. 5 : Les réactions". directvelo.com (in French). Retrieved 22 February 2016.
  2. ^ a b "News shorts: New French stage race planned for February". Cycling News. Retrieved 22 February 2016.

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