Four Days of Dunkirk having problems finding host cities

2007 winner Mathieu Ladagnous

2007 winner Mathieu Ladagnous (Image credit: AFP)

The organizers of the Four Days of Dunkirk (4 Jours de Dunkerque) in northern France are racing to find cities willing to hold the finish and starts of stages for the race in 2008. The race, which is scheduled to be held May 6 - 11, is still looking for a finish for the third stage, which starts in Cateau, and a start for the fourth stage, which ends in Calais.

The race's 53rd edition was won by Mathieu Ladagnous (Française des Jeux), and T-Mobile sprinter Mark Cavendish took two stages in the 2.HC ranked event.

"Time is running out on us," race secretary Bruno Vandaele told Belga. "However we continue to hope that we will still reach a solution. We still have two weeks." He added that if they are unable to find cities willing to host the event on those two occasions, the race may well have to be cancelled.

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