Étoile de Bessèges

Étoile de Bessèges
Race details
Date Early February
Region Gard department,
English name Star of Bessèges
Local name(s) Étoile de Bessèges (French)
Discipline Road
Competition UCI Europe Tour
Type Stage race
First edition 1971 (1971)
Editions 46 (as of 2016)
First winner  Jean-Luc Molineris (FRA)
Most wins  Jean-Luc Molineris (FRA)
 Jo Planckaert (BEL)
 Jérôme Coppel (FRA)(2 wins)
Most recent  Jérôme Coppel (FRA)

The Étoile de Bessèges (English: Star of Bessèges) is an early-season five-day road bicycle racing stage race held annually around Bessèges, in the Gard department of the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France. First organized in 1971 as a one-day race, it became a stage race run over five days in 1974. Since 2005, it is on the calendar of the UCI Europe Tour as a 2.1 event and features as the earliest stage races of the European season.[1]

The Étoile de Bessèges is the first of several stage races held in the hilly South of France in February, preceding La Méditerranéenne, the Tour du Haut Var and the Tour La Provence.[2] These early-season races are competed mainly by French teams and are considered preparations for Paris–Nice, the first European World Tour event in March.[2]


Rider Team
1971 France Molineris, Jean LucJean-Luc Molineris (FRA) Sonolor-Lejeune
1972 France Molineris, Jean LucJean-Luc Molineris (FRA) Sonolor
1973 France Mintkiewicz, RobertRobert Mintkiewicz (FRA) Sonolor
1974 France Esclassan, JacquesJacques Esclassan (FRA) Peugeot-BP-Michelin
1975 France Beon, PatrickPatrick Beon (FRA) Peugeot-BP-Michelin
1976 France Guilloux, Maurice LeMaurice Le Guilloux (FRA) Gan-Mercier
1977 Belgium Planckaert, WillyWilly Planckaert (BEL) Maes-Mini Flat
1978 Germany Thurau, DietrichDietrich Thurau (GER) IJsboerke-Gios
1979 France Michaud, JacquesJacques Michaud (FRA) Flandria–Ca–Va Seul–Sunair
1980 Belgium Gendt, Franky DeFranky De Gendt (BEL) TI-Raleigh
1981 Netherlands Raas, JanJan Raas (NED) TI-Raleigh
1982 Netherlands Priem, CeesCees Priem (NED) TI-Raleigh
1983 Netherlands Oosterbosch, BertBert Oosterbosch (NED) TI-Raleigh
1984 Belgium Planckaert, EddyEddy Planckaert (BEL) Panasonic
1985 Belgium Nulens, GuyGuy Nulens (BEL) Panasonic
1986 Switzerland Ruttimann, NikiNiki Rüttimann (SUI) La Vie Claire
1987 France Pensec, RonanRonan Pensec (FRA) Z-Peugeot
1988 Netherlands Poel, Adrie Van DerAdrie Van Der Poel (NED) PDM-Concorde
1989 Belgium Wilde, Etienne DeEtienne De Wilde (BEL) Histor-Sigma
1990 Netherlands Maassen, FransFrans Maassen (NED) Buckler
1991 Netherlands Wijnands, AdAd Wijnands (NED) Team Telekom
1992 Switzerland Zberg, BeatBeat Zberg (SUI) Helvetia
1993 France Las Cuevas, Armand DeArmand De Las Cuevas (FRA) Banesto
1994 Netherlands Poppel, Jean-Paul vanJean-Paul van Poppel (NED) Festina–Lotus
1995 Ukraine Oetsjakov, SergeiSergei Oetsjakov (UKR) Polti–Granarolo–Santini
1996 Czech Republic Svorada, JánJán Svorada (CZE) Panaria-Vinavil
1997 France Halgand, PatricePatrice Halgand (FRA) Festina–Lotus
1998 Belgium Planckaert, JoJo Planckaert (BEL) Lotto–Mobistar
1999 France Lefèvre, DavidDavid Lefèvre (FRA) Casino–Ag2r Prévoyance
2000 Belgium Planckaert, JoJo Planckaert (BEL) Cofidis
2001 Belgium Eeckhout, NicoNico Eeckhout (BEL) Lotto–Adecco
2002 Australia Macewen, RobbieRobbie McEwen (AUS) Lotto–Adecco
2003 Italy Baldato, FabioFabio Baldato (ITA) Alessio
2004 France Brochard, LaurentLaurent Brochard (FRA) AG2R Prévoyance
2005 France Bichot, FreddyFreddy Bichot (FRA) Française des Jeux
2006 Belgium Willems, FrederikFrederik Willems (BEL) Chocolade Jacques
2007 Belgium Nuyens, NickNick Nuyens (BEL) Cofidis
2008 Russia Trofimov, IouriIouri Trofimov (RUS) Bouygues Télécom
2009 France Voeckler, ThomasThomas Voeckler (FRA) Bbox Bouygues Telecom
2010 France Dumoulin, SamuelSamuel Dumoulin (FRA) Cofidis
2011 France Ravard, AnthonyAnthony Ravard (FRA) Ag2r–La Mondiale
2012 France Coppel, JérômeJérôme Coppel (FRA) Saur–Sojasun
2013 France Hivert, JonathanJonathan Hivert (FRA) Sojasun
2014 Sweden Ludvigsson, TobiasTobias Ludvigsson (SWE) Giant–Shimano
2015 Luxembourg Jungels, BobBob Jungels (LUX) Trek Factory Racing
2016 France Coppel, JérômeJérôme Coppel (FRA) IAM Cycling


  1. "Etoile de Bessèges - Et. 5 : Les réactions". directvelo.com (in French). Retrieved 22 February 2016.
  2. 1 2 "News shorts: New French stage race planned for February". Cycling News. Retrieved 22 February 2016.
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