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Four Days of Dunkirk- Petito takes it- 05/07/06
Four Days of Dunkirk- Fedrigo takes it- 05/06/06
Four Days of Dunkirk- Steegmans in front- 05/05/06
Four Days of Dunkirk- Petito takes it- 05/04/06
Four Days of Dunkirk- Chicchi wins- 05/03/06

Four Days of Dunkirk- Petito takes it- 05/07/06

The Italian Roberto Petito (Tenax) won the 52nd edition of the Four Days of Dunkirk at the end of the fifth
and final stage on Sunday, raced over 163.7 km between Seclin and Dunkirk.  The Frenchmen Stéphane
Petilleau (Bretagne Jean Floc'h) and Didier Rous (Bouygues Telecom) made up the rest of the podium.  
This final stage was won in a sprint by the Spaniard Isaac Galvez Lopez (Caisses d'Epargne).

Petito, tenth this year in the Tour of Flanders and already a winner of several stages in the Tour de
France and Tour of Italy, became the first Italian to win this event.  He held the pink jersey of leader since
the second stage on Thursday.


Four Days of Dunkirk- Fédrigo takes it- 05/06/06

After having taken his chances on Friday, Pierrick Fedrigo won the 4th stage of the Four Days of Dunkirk
on Saturday by finishing alone after 190 km of racing between Noeux-les-Mines and le Parc d'Olhain.  The
rider from Bouygeus Telecom beat out his teammate Didier Rous and Sébastien Hinault (Crédit Agricole).  
It was the first victory of the season for the champion of France.

In the general classification this queen stage of the event did not cause any changes: the Italian Roberto
Petito (Team Tenax) kept his 4 second lead over the Frenchman Stéphane Pétilleau (Bretagne-Jean
Floc'h).  On Sunday the fifth and last stage will take the riders from Seclin to Dunkerque (169 km).


Four Days of Dunkirk- Steegmans in front- 05/05/06

The Belgian Gert Steegmans (Davitamon) won the third stage of the Four Days of Dunkirk on Friday over
181.1 km between Fontaine-au-Pire and Hénin-Beaumont. The Italian Roberto Petito (Team Tenax) holds
onto the leader’s pink jersey.

Results of 3rd stage :
1 Gert Steegmans (Davitamon-Lotto - BEL) the 181.1 km in 4 h 14:36.
2 Isaac Galvez Lopez (ESP) s.t.
3 Thor Hushovd (NOR) s.t.
4 Jimmy Casper (FRA) s.t.
5 Simone Cadamuro (ITA) s.t.
6 Marcel Sieberg (ALL) s.t.
7 Aart Vierhouten (HOL) s.t.
8 Wouter Weylandt (BEL) s.t.
9 Kirk O'Bee (USA) s.t.
10 Andrus Aug (EST) s.t.

General Classification:
1 Roberto Petito (Tenax-ITA) 13 h 04:49.
2 Stéphane Petilleau (FRA) at 4.
3 Francesco Chicchi (ITA) at 41.
4 Gert Steegmans (BEL) s.t.
5 Thor Hushovd (NOR) at 43.
6 Fred Rodriguez (USA) at 45.
7 Isaac Galvez Lopez (ESP) s.t.
8 Niels Brouzes (FRA) s.t.
9 Simone Cadamuro (ITA) at 47.
10 Geoffroy Lequattre (FRA) s.t.


Four Days of Dunkirk- Petito takes it- 05/04/06

The Italian Roberto Petito (Team Tenax) took the leader’s pink jersey from his compatriot Francesco
Chicchi after winning the second stage on Thursday which took place between Arques (Pas-de-Calais) et
Le-Cateau-Cambrésis.  Several riders crashed in one of the three most important cobblestone sections of
the Paris-Roubaix race at Haveluy at kilometer 132.  This crash included Anthony Geslin, who broke his
left collar bone.

Otherwise, the lead attack group broke away after 50 km of racing, led by Sébastien Joly who was joined
by the Dane Larsen Klostergaard and the Dutchman Piet Rooijakers.  Petito and Stéphane Petilleau and
then the Italian Angelo Furlan and Mickaël Buffaz also caught up with the leaders.  Piet Rooijakers had a
flat tire and fell behind at Haveluy.  Petito and Petilleau broke away from the escape group, which had built
up a lead of 7’30” over the peleton.  In the final the Italian beat out the Frenchman for the win.


Four Days of Dunkirk- Chicchi wins- 05/03/06

The Italian Francesco Chicchi (Quick Step) won the first stage of the Four Days of Dunkirk in a sprint.  The
race took place on Wednesday between Dunkirk and Gravelines.

From the start there were attempts to escape the peleton, but it was at km 60 when four riders were able
to get loose:  the Irishman Nicolas Roche (Cofidis), the Italian Claudio Cucinotta (Tenax-Salmilano),
Mathieu Sprick (Bouygues Telecom) and Niels Brouzes (Auber 93).  Led by the son of Stephen Roche, the
escapees built up a lead of 6 min 40 sec. by km 96, but the work of the sprinters’ teams (CSC, Crédit
Agricole et AG2R) ruined the hopes of the foursome.  Caught with 600 meters to the line, Roche and
Brouzes let Chicchi, the teammate of Tom Boonen, take care of the sprint in front of the American Fred
Rodriguez and the Norwegian Thor Hushovd (Credit Agricole).  Because of sprint bonuses on the course,
Niels Brouzes placed third in the general classification.