José Samyn

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José Samyn
Personal information
Full name José Samyn
Born (1946-05-11)May 11, 1946
Quiévrain, Belgium
Died August 28, 1969(1969-08-28) (aged 23)
Zingem, Belgium
Team information
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Major wins
1 stage 1967 Tour de France

José Samyn (11 May 1946 – 28 August 1969) was a French professional road bicycle racer who died during a race in Zingem, Belgium.

Samyn was born in Quiévrain, Belgium to a Belgian mother and French father, he took French nationality in 1964 . As an amateur, he won the 1965 French Military Cycling Championship. In 1967, he won a stage of the Tour de France. The following year, however, a dope test carried out during the Tour proved positive.[1] Samyn was expelled from the race, suspended for one month and fined.

He was the first winner of the GP Fayt-le-Franc, and after his death at Zingem the race was renamed Le Samyn (or Memorial Samyn) in his honor.

Major results[edit]

Grand Prix de Denain
Tour de France:
Winner stage 11
Circuit du Port de Dunkerque
GP Fayt-le-Franc
Tour de Picardie


  1. ^ "Fransman Samyn wegens doping uit de Tour". Leeuwarder Courant (in Dutch). Koninklijke Bibliotheek. 6 July 1968. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 

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