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Rous wins overall at Four Days of Dunkirk

Didier Rous (Bonjour) easily held on to win the 47th running of the Four Days of Dunkirk in France on Sunday. Rous assured himself victory by winning back-to-back stages Saturday (stage 5) and Sunday morning (stage 6). Former world No. 1 Laurent Jalabert (CSC-World Online) ended up second overall, 40 seconds behind Rous. Stephane Heulot (BigMat) was third. The win in the final stage, a 103.4km ride from Saint-Pol-sur-Mer to Dunkirk, went to Estonian Jaan Kirsipuu (Ag2r). Kirsipuu, who won four stages and finished sixth overall, outgunned Damien Nazon (Bonjour) and Zoran Klemencic

By VeloNews Interactive

Didier Rous (Bonjour) easily held on to win the 47th running of the Four Days of Dunkirk in France on Sunday.

Rous assured himself victory by winning back-to-back stages Saturday (stage 5) and Sunday morning (stage 6). Former world No. 1 Laurent Jalabert (CSC-World Online) ended up second overall, 40 seconds behind Rous. Stephane Heulot (BigMat) was third.

The win in the final stage, a 103.4km ride from Saint-Pol-sur-Mer to Dunkirk, went to Estonian Jaan Kirsipuu (Ag2r). Kirsipuu, who won four stages and finished sixth overall, outgunned Damien Nazon (Bonjour) and Zoran Klemencic (Tacconi) to win a sprint finish.

Copyright AFP 2001

Results

FOUR DAYS TO DUNKIRK, France, May 8-13
Stage 6
1. Didier Rous (F) Bonjour, 12.9km in 15:07; 2. David Millar (GB), Cofidis, at :09; 3. Christophe Moreau (F), Festina, at :26; 4. Jacky Durand (F), Francaise des Jeux, :28; 5. Mickael Sandstod (Dk), CSC-World Online, same time; 6. Laurent Jalabert (F), CSC-World Online, at :31; 7. Levi Leipheimer (USA), US Postal Service, at :33; 8. Stuart O’Grady (Aus), Credit Agricole, at :37; 9. Raivis Belohvosciks (Lat), Lampre-Daikin, same time; 10. Marcel Duijn (Nl), Rabobank, at :38.

Stage 7
1. Jaan Kirsipuu (Est), Ag2R Prevoyance, 103.4km in 2.17.54; 2. Damien Nazon (F), Bonjour; 3. Zoran Klemencic (Slo), Tacconi Sport-Vini Caldirola; 4. Stuart O’Grady (Aus), Credit Agricole; 5. Wesley Van Speybroeck; 6. Jans Koerts (Nl), Mercury-Viatel; 7. Jo Planckaert (B), Cofidis; 8. Marco Zanotti (I) Liquigas; 9. Lenaic Olivier (F), Jean Delatour; 10 Aart Vierhouten (Nl), Rabobank, all same time.

Final Overall
1. Didier Rous (F), Bonjour, at 24:22:13; 2. Laurent Jalabert (F), CSC-World Online, at :40; 3. Stephane Heulot (F), Bigmat-Auber, at 1:13; 4. Cedric Vasseur (F), U.S. Postal Service, same time; 5. Nicolas Jalabert (F), CSC-World Online, at 1:16; 6. Jaan Kirsipuu (Est), Ag2R Prevoyance, at 1:27; 7. David Millar (GB), Cofidis, at 1:29; 8. Jeroen Blijlevens (Nl), Lotto-Adecco, at 1:42; 9. Jaime Hernandez (Sp), Festina, at 1:43; 10. Christophe Moreau (F), Festina, at 1:45; Others; 11. Baden Cooke (Aus), Mercury-Viatel, at 1:48; 13. Levy Leipheimer (USA), U.S. Postal Service, at 1:52.