Le Samyn

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Le Samyn
Race details
DateFebruary/March
RegionHainaut, Belgium
Local name(s)Le Samyn des Pros (men)
Le Samyn des Dames (women)
(in French)
Nickname(s)Le Samyn
DisciplineRoad
CompetitionMen: UCI Europe Tour
Women: Lotto Cycling Cup
TypeSingle-day
Men's history
First edition1968 (1968)
Editions49 (as of 2018)
First winner José Samyn (FRA)
Most wins Johan Capiot (BEL)
(3 wins)
Most recent Florian Sénéchal (FRA)
Women's history
First edition2012 (2012)
Editions7 (as of 2018)
First winner Adrie Visser (NED)
Most wins Chantal Blaak (NED)
(2 wins)
Most recent Jip van den Bos (NED)

Le Samyn is an annual single-day road bicycle race in Belgium, held usually in late February or early March. The event was created in 1968 as Grand Prix de Fayt-le-Franc, named after the former municipality where it started and finished. In 1970 it was renamed Grand Prix José Samyn as a tribute to José Samyn, the race's first winner who died in a race accident in 1969.[1] Johan Capiot holds the record with three wins.

History[edit]

Since 2005, the race is included in the UCI Europe Tour as a 1.1 event. It is the first race of the season in Wallonia, held on the Wednesday after its Flemish counterpart, Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. The race is run entirely in the province of Hainaut, starting in Quaregnon and finishing in Dour. During the course, 16 sectors of cobbled roads are traversed, prompting Belgian media to call it The Little Paris–Roubaix.[2]

The 2005 edition was cancelled because snow had made the roads too dangerous.[3]

Since 2012, a women's edition of the race, named Le Samyn des Dames, is held on the same day as the men's race.[4]

Winners[edit]

Men's race[edit]

Rider Team
1968 France José Samyn (FRA) Pelforth-Sauvage-Lejeune
1969 Belgium Herman Vrijders (BEL) Faema
1970 Belgium Ronny Van de Vijver (BEL) Flandria–Mars
1971 Belgium Julien Van Lint (BEL) Molteni
1972 Belgium Marc Demeyer (BEL) Beaulieu-Flandria
1973 Belgium Louis Verreydt (BEL) Ijsboerke-Bertin
1974 Belgium André Dierickx (BEL) Merlin Plage-Flandria
1975 France Alain Santy (FRA) Gitane-Campagnolo
1976 Belgium Dirk Baert (BEL) Carlos
1977 France Michel Périn (FRA) Gitane-Campagnolo
1978 Belgium Herman Van Springel (BEL) Marc Zeepcentrale-Superia
1979 Netherlands Adri Schipper (NED) Marc Zeepcentrale-Superia
1980 Belgium Gery Verlinden (BEL) Ijsboerke-Warncke Eis
1981 Belgium Pol Verschuere (BEL) Capri Sonne
1982 Belgium Jos Jacobs (BEL) Vermeer Thijs
1983 Netherlands Jacques Van Meer (NED) Fangio-Tönissteiner
1984 Belgium Daniel Rossel (BEL) Tönissteiner-Lotto
1985 Belgium Ronny Van Holen (BEL) Safir-Van de Ven
1986 Belgium Patrick Onnockx (BEL) Lotto–Emerxil–Merckx
1987 Belgium Claude Criquielion (BEL) Hitachi-Marc
1988 No race
1989 Belgium Hendrik Redant (BEL) Lotto
1990 Belgium Hendrik Redant (BEL) Lotto–Superclub
1991 Belgium Johnny Dauwe (BEL) Tulip Computers
1992 Belgium Johan Capiot (BEL) TVM-Sanyo
1993 Belgium Wilfried Nelissen (BEL) Novemail-Histor
1994 Belgium Johan Capiot (BEL) TVM-Bison Kit
1995 Belgium Johan Capiot (BEL) Refin
1996 Belgium Hans De Meester (BEL) Palmans
1997 Belgium Michel Van Haecke (BEL) Ipso-Euroclean
1998 France Ludovic Auger (FRA) BigMat-Auber 93
1999 Belgium Thierry Marichal (BEL) Lotto–Mobistar
2000 Denmark Frank Hoj (DEN) Française des Jeux
2001 Belgium Kris Gerits (BEL) Vlaanderen T-Interim
2002 Sweden Magnus Bäckstedt (SWE) EDS-Fakta
2003 Netherlands Stefan van Dijk (NED) Lotto–Domo
2004 Australia Robbie McEwen (AUS) Lotto–Domo
2005 No race
2006 France Renaud Dion (FRA) AG2R Prévoyance
2007 France Jimmy Casper (FRA) Unibet.com
2008 Belgium Philippe Gilbert (BEL) Française des Jeux
2009 Belgium Wouter Weylandt (BEL) Quick-Step
2010 Belgium Jens Keukeleire (BEL) Cofidis
2011 Germany Dominic Klemme (GER) Leopard Trek
2012 France Arnaud Démare (FRA) FDJ–BigMat
2013 Russia Alexey Tsatevich (RUS) Team Katusha
2014 Belgium Maxime Vantomme (BEL) Roubaix–Lille Métropole
2015 Belgium Kris Boeckmans (BEL) Lotto–Soudal
2016 Netherlands Niki Terpstra (NED) Etixx–Quick-Step
2017 Belgium Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (BEL) Wanty–Groupe Gobert
2018 Netherlands Niki Terpstra (NED) Quick-Step Floors
2019 France Florian Sénéchal (FRA) Deceuninck–Quick-Step

Women's race[edit]

Rider Team
2012 Netherlands Adrie Visser (NED) Skil-Argos
2013 Netherlands Ellen van Dijk (NED) Specialized–lululemon
2014 Sweden Emma Johansson (SWE) Orica-AIS
2015 Netherlands Chantal Blaak (NED) Boels–Dolmans
2016 Netherlands Chantal Blaak (NED) Boels–Dolmans
2017 Spain Sheyla Gutiérrez (ESP) Cylance Pro Cycling
2018 Netherlands Janneke Ensing (NED) Alé–Cipollini
2019 Netherlands Jip van den Bos (NED) Boels–Dolmans

Source[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Le Samyn". lesamyn.be. Retrieved 14 February 2013.
  2. ^ Delvaux, Maarten. "Niki Terpstra wint nu ook "klein broertje van Parijs-Roubaix"". Het Nieuwsblad (in Dutch). Retrieved 2 March 2016.
  3. ^ "Memorial Samyn Fayt-le-Franc cancelled". Cyclingnews. 3 March 2005. Retrieved 28 February 2012.
  4. ^ a b "Le Samyn des Dames". cqranking.com. Retrieved 14 February 2012.

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