Souvenir Marcel Gilles Successor of the GALA Tour de France / Mémorial Marcel Gilles
JULY 1996: Bjarne Riis, former rider of the ACC Contern, wins the Tour de France, the biggest cycling race in the world. To celebrate this victory and to honour Bjarne, we decided to organize in collaboration with the municipality of Steinsel a criterium with him and his Telekom team as main attractions. In September 1996, Bjarne won this race in the pouring rain, just a few meters away from his home. After that and for nearly 20 years, the ACC Contern organized every year a criterium with some of the heros of the Tour de France as main contenders. After the instigator of this GALA Tour de France deceased in 2014, the race was called Memorial, than Souvenir Marcel Gilles. Since 2016 and for financial reasons, the Souvenir Marcel Gilles doesn't contain any invitational criterium for pro riders any more, but the event in honour of our former president still persits with races for most of the other categories.
Do not hesitate to have a look at our past winners list to find some details about each edition.
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