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Kirsipuu wins again; Postal crashes again at Four Days of Dunkirk

Estonia's Jaan Kirsipuu of the AG2R team won a sprint finish that saw 12 riders fall to take the fourth of seven stages of the Four Days of Dunkirk cycling race in Saint-Vanant, France on Friday. Sprint specialists Jo Planckaert and Jeroen Blijlevens fell in the mass tumble in which US Postal's Stephen Barthe broke his wrist and Irishman Ciaran Power suffered a concussion. In the first stage of the race, fellow Postal rider Dylan Casey crashed into a TV soundman, and broke his pelvis and collarbone. Casey's agent has said the rider may file suit against the TV station the soundman works

By VeloNews Interactive

Barthe is the second Postal rider to break bones at the Four Days of Dunkirk

Barthe is the second Postal rider to break bones at the Four Days of Dunkirk

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Estonia’s Jaan Kirsipuu of the AG2R team won a sprint finish that saw 12 riders fall to take the fourth of seven stages of the Four Days of Dunkirk cycling race in Saint-Vanant, France on Friday. Sprint specialists Jo Planckaert and Jeroen Blijlevens fell in the mass tumble in which US Postal’s Stephen Barthe broke his wrist and Irishman Ciaran Power suffered a concussion.

In the first stage of the race, fellow Postal rider Dylan Casey crashed into a TV soundman, and broke his pelvis and collarbone. Casey’s agent has said the rider may file suit against the TV station the soundman works for.

Meanwhile, the 31-year-old Kirsipuu, winner of the first two stages, posted a time of 4:55:14 in the 206.4km run between Fontaine-au-Pire and Saint Vanant to come in ahead of Italy’s Daniele Galli of Alexia and third-placed Dutchman Jans Koerts of Mercury-Viatel.

France’s Jacky Durand and Belgium’s Nico Eckout made a break from the peleton after just 7km and were leading by 11:35 after 65km. But the two were caught 10km from the line and a sprint finish was launched from a full 500m.

Saturday’s fifth stage is a 170.5km run from Outreau to Boulogne-sur-Mer. With the mountains at Boulogne, it is the race’s toughest stage, and the one that should reveal the eventual winner.

Copyright AFP 2001

Results

FOUR DAYS OF DUNKIRK, France, May 8-11
Stage 4 — Fontaine-au-Pire to Saint Vanant

1. Jaan Kirsipuu (Est), 206.4km in 4:55:14; 2. Daniele Galli (I); 3. Jans Koerts (Nl); 4. Luciano Pagliarini (Bra); 5. Olivier (F); 6. Endrio Leoni (I); 7. Marco Zanotti (I); 8. Christophe Capelle (F); 9. Eddy Lembo (F); 10. Zoran Klemencic (Slo).

Overall
1. Kirsipuu, 752.40km in 17:38:17; 2. Baden Cooke (Aus), Mercury-Viatel, at :23; 3. Stuart O’Grady (Aus), Credit Agricole, at :24; 4. Christophe Capelle (F) at :25; 5. Laurent Jalabert (F), at :29; 6. Didier Rous (F), at :30; 7. Bert Hiemstra (Nl); 8. Christophe Moreau (F); 9. Nicolas Jalabert (F); 10. David Millar (GB), all same time.