4 Jours de Dunkerque: Milan Fretin wins stage 1

4 Jours de Dunkerque: Milan Fretin wins stage 1
4 Jours de Dunkerque: Milan Fretin wins stage 1 (Image credit: Getty Images)

Milan Fretin (Cofidis) swept past Paul Hennequin (Nice Métropole Côte d’Azur) in the final 25 metres and won the opening stage of 4 Jours de Dunkerque. Sam Bennett (Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale) settled for third place in the bunch sprint in the seaside town of Le Touquet.

Hennequin accelerated from the strung-out peloton with one kilometre to go and looked to have a winning move through the sweeping left-hand corner and 400 metres to the finish. But on the long, flat drag to the line, the 23-year-old Cofidis rider burst from the bunch and blew past Hennequin for his first victory of the year.

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Jackie Tyson
North American Production editor

Jackie has been involved in professional sports for more than 30 years in news reporting, sports marketing and public relations. She founded Peloton Sports in 1998, a sports marketing and public relations agency, which managed projects for Tour de Georgia, Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah and USA Cycling. She also founded Bike Alpharetta Inc, a Georgia non-profit to promote safe cycling. She is proud to have worked in professional baseball for six years - from selling advertising to pulling the tarp for several minor league teams. She has climbed l'Alpe d'Huez three times (not fast). Her favorite road and gravel rides are around horse farms in north Georgia (USA) and around lavender fields in Provence (France), and some mtb rides in Park City, Utah (USA).

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