Le Samyn

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.

Le Samyn
Race details
DateFebruary/March
RegionHainaut, Belgium
Local name(s)Le Samyn des Hommes (men)
Le Samyn des Dames (women)
(in French)
Nickname(s)Le Samyn
DisciplineRoad
CompetitionMen: UCI Europe Tour
Women: Lotto Cycling Cup
TypeSingle-day
Web sitewww.lesamyn.be Edit this at Wikidata
Men's history
First edition1968 (1968)
Editions52 (as of 2021)
First winner José Samyn (FRA)
Most wins Johan Capiot (BEL)
(3 wins)
Most recent Tim Merlier (BEL)
Women's history
First edition2012 (2012)
Editions10 (as of 2021)
First winner Adrie Visser (NED)
Most wins Chantal Blaak (NED)
(3 wins)
Most recent Lotte Kopecky (BEL)

HistoryEdit

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]

WinnersEdit

Men's raceEdit

Year Country Rider Team
1968   France José Samyn Pelforth-Sauvage-Lejeune
1969   Belgium Herman Vrijders Faema
1970   Belgium Ronny Van de Vijver Flandria–Mars
1971   Belgium Julien Van Lint Molteni
1972   Belgium Marc Demeyer Beaulieu-Flandria
1973   Belgium Louis Verreydt Ijsboerke-Bertin
1974   Belgium André Dierickx Merlin Plage-Flandria
1975   France Alain Santy Gitane-Campagnolo
1976   Belgium Dirk Baert Carlos
1977   France Michel Périn Gitane-Campagnolo
1978   Belgium Herman Van Springel Marc Zeepcentrale-Superia
1979   Netherlands Adri Schipper Marc Zeepcentrale-Superia
1980   Belgium Gery Verlinden Ijsboerke-Warncke Eis
1981   Belgium Pol Verschuere Capri Sonne
1982   Belgium Jos Jacobs Vermeer Thijs
1983   Netherlands Jacques Van Meer Fangio-Tönissteiner
1984   Belgium Daniel Rossel Tönissteiner-Lotto
1985   Belgium Ronny Van Holen Safir-Van de Ven
1986   Belgium Patrick Onnockx Lotto–Emerxil–Merckx
1987   Belgium Claude Criquielion Hitachi-Marc
1988 No race
1989   Belgium Hendrik Redant Lotto
1990   Belgium Hendrik Redant Lotto–Superclub
1991   Belgium Johnny Dauwe Tulip Computers
1992   Belgium Johan Capiot TVM-Sanyo
1993   Belgium Wilfried Nelissen Novemail-Histor
1994   Belgium Johan Capiot TVM-Bison Kit
1995   Belgium Johan Capiot Refin
1996   Belgium Hans De Meester Palmans
1997   Belgium Michel Van Haecke Ipso-Euroclean
1998   France Ludovic Auger BigMat-Auber 93
1999   Belgium Thierry Marichal Lotto–Mobistar
2000   Denmark Frank Hoj Française des Jeux
2001   Belgium Kris Gerits Vlaanderen T-Interim
2002   Sweden Magnus Bäckstedt EDS-Fakta
2003   Netherlands Stefan van Dijk Lotto–Domo
2004   Australia Robbie McEwen Lotto–Domo
2005 No race
2006   France Renaud Dion AG2R Prévoyance
2007   France Jimmy Casper Unibet.com
2008   Belgium Philippe Gilbert Française des Jeux
2009   Belgium Wouter Weylandt Quick-Step
2010   Belgium Jens Keukeleire Cofidis
2011   Germany Dominic Klemme Leopard Trek
2012   France Arnaud Démare FDJ–BigMat
2013   Russia Alexey Tsatevich Team Katusha
2014   Belgium Maxime Vantomme Roubaix–Lille Métropole
2015   Belgium Kris Boeckmans Lotto–Soudal
2016   Netherlands Niki Terpstra Etixx–Quick-Step
2017   Belgium Guillaume Van Keirsbulck Wanty–Groupe Gobert
2018   Netherlands Niki Terpstra Quick-Step Floors
2019   France Florian Sénéchal Deceuninck–Quick-Step
2020   France Hugo Hofstetter Israel Start-Up Nation
2021   Belgium Tim Merlier Alpecin–Fenix

Women's raceEdit

Year Country Rider Team
2012   Netherlands Adrie Visser Skil-Argos
2013   Netherlands Ellen van Dijk Specialized–lululemon
2014   Sweden Emma Johansson Orica-AIS
2015   Netherlands Chantal Blaak Boels–Dolmans
2016   Netherlands Chantal Blaak Boels–Dolmans
2017   Spain Sheyla Gutiérrez Cylance Pro Cycling
2018   Netherlands Janneke Ensing Alé–Cipollini
2019   Netherlands Jip van den Bos Boels–Dolmans
2020   Netherlands Chantal Blaak Boels–Dolmans
2021   Belgium Lotte Kopecky Liv Racing

Source[4]

ReferencesEdit

  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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