Le Samyn

Le Samyn
Race details
Date February/March
Region Hainaut, Belgium
Local name(s) Le Samyn des Pros (men)
Le Samyn des Dames (women)
Nickname(s) Le Samyn
Discipline Road
Competition Men: UCI Europe Tour
Women: Lotto Cycling Cup
Type Single-day
Men's history
First edition 1968 (1968)
Editions 47 (as of 2016)
First winner  José Samyn (FRA)
Most wins  Johan Capiot (BEL)
(3 wins)
Most recent  Niki Terpstra (NED)
Women's history
First edition 2012 (2012)
Editions 5 (as of 2016)
First winner  Adrie Visser (NED)
Most wins  Chantal Blaak (NED)
(2 wins)
Most recent  Chantal Blaak (NED)

Le Samyn is an annual single-day road bicycle race in Belgium, held in 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.

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 is held, named Le Samyn des Dames, on the same day as the men's race.[4]


Men's race

Le Samyn 2015 : Gianni Meersman (2), Kris Boeckmans (1) & Christophe Laporte (3).
Rider Team
1968 France Samyn, JoseJosé Samyn (FRA) Pelforth-Sauvage-Lejeune
1969 Belgium Vrijders, HermanHerman Vrijders (BEL) Faema
1970 Belgium Vijver, Ronny Van deRonny Van de Vijver (BEL) Flandria–Mars
1971 Belgium Lint, Julien VanJulien Van Lint (BEL) Molteni
1972 Belgium Demeyer, MarcMarc Demeyer (BEL) Beaulieu-Flandria
1973 Belgium Verreydt, LouisLouis Verreydt (BEL) Ijsboerke-Bertin
1974 Belgium Dierickx, ANdreAndré Dierickx (BEL) Merlin Plage-Flandria
1975 France Santy, AlainAlain Santy (FRA) Gitane-Campagnolo
1976 Belgium Baert, DirkDirk Baert (BEL) Carlos
1977 France Périn, MichelMichel Périn (FRA) Gitane-Campagnolo
1978 Belgium Vanspringel, HermanHerman Vanspringel (BEL) Marc Zeepcentrale-Superia
1979 Netherlands Schipper, AdriAdri Schipper (NED) Marc Zeepcentrale-Superia
1980 Belgium Verlinden, GeryGery Verlinden (BEL) Ijsboerke-Warncke Eis
1981 Belgium Verschuere, PolPol Verschuere (BEL) Capri Sonne
1982 Belgium Jacobs, JosJos Jacobs (BEL) Vermeer Thijs
1983 Netherlands Meer, Jacques VanJacques Van Meer (NED) Fangio-Tönissteiner
1984 Belgium Rossel, DanielDaniel Rossel (BEL) Tönissteiner-Lotto
1985 Belgium Holen, Ronny VanRonny Van Holen (BEL) Safir-Van de Ven
1986 Belgium Onnockx, PatrickPatrick Onnockx (BEL) Lotto–Emerxil–Merckx
1987 Belgium Criquielion, ClaudeClaude Criquielion (BEL) Hitachi-Marc
1988 No race
1989 Belgium Redant, HendrikHendrik Redant (BEL) Lotto
1990 Belgium Redant, HendrikHendrik Redant (BEL) Lotto–Superclub
1991 Belgium Dauwe, JohnnyJohnny Dauwe (BEL) Tulip Computers
1992 Belgium Capiot, JohanJohan Capiot (BEL) TVM-Sanyo
1993 Belgium Nelissen, WilfriedWilfried Nelissen (BEL) Novemail-Histor
1994 Belgium Capiot, JohanJohan Capiot (BEL) TVM-Bison Kit
1995 Belgium Capiot, JohanJohan Capiot (BEL) Refin
1996 Belgium Meester, Hans DeHans De Meester (BEL) Palmans
1997 Belgium Haecke, Michel VanMichel Van Haecke (BEL) Ipso-Euroclean
1998 France Auger, LudovicLudovic Auger (FRA) BigMat-Auber 93
1999 Belgium Marichal, ThierryThierry Marichal (BEL) Lotto–Mobistar
2000 Denmark Hoj, FrankFrank Hoj (DEN) Française des Jeux
2001 Belgium Gerits, KrisKris Gerits (BEL) Vlaanderen T-Interim
2002 Sweden Bäckstedt, MagnusMagnus Bäckstedt (SWE) EDS-Fakta
2003 Netherlands Dijk, Stefan vanStefan van Dijk (NED) Lotto–Domo
2004 Australia Macewen, RobbieRobbie McEwen (AUS) Lotto–Domo
2005 No race
2006 France Dion, RenaudRenaud Dion (FRA) AG2R Prévoyance
2007 France Casper, JimmyJimmy Casper (FRA) Unibet.com
2008 Belgium Gilbert, PhilippePhilippe Gilbert (BEL) Française des Jeux
2009 Belgium Weylandt, WouterWouter Weylandt (BEL) Quick-Step
2010 Belgium Keukeleire, JensJens Keukeleire (BEL) Cofidis
2011 Germany Klemme, DominicDominic Klemme (GER) Leopard Trek
2012 France Démare, ArnaudArnaud Démare (FRA) FDJ–BigMat
2013 Russia Tsatevich, AlexeyAlexey Tsatevich (RUS) Team Katusha
2014 Belgium Vantomme, MaximeMaxime Vantomme (BEL) Roubaix–Lille Métropole
2015 Belgium Boeckmans, KrisKris Boeckmans (BEL) Lotto–Soudal
2016 Netherlands Terpstra, NikiNiki Terpstra (NED) Etixx–Quick-Step

Women's race

Rider Team
2012 Netherlands Visser, AdrieAdrie Visser (NED) Skil-Argos
2013 Netherlands van Dijk, EllenEllen van Dijk (NED) Specialized–lululemon
2014 Sweden Johansson, EmmaEmma Johansson (SWE) Orica-AIS
2015 Netherlands Blaak, ChantalChantal Blaak (NED) Boels–Dolmans
2016 Netherlands Blaak, ChantalChantal Blaak (NED) Boels–Dolmans



  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. 1 2 "Le Samyn des Dames". cqranking.com. Retrieved 14 February 2012.

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