• Short Summary

    Poland's Stefan Ciekanski finished overall leader at the end of the fists stages of Britain's premier cycle race--the Milk Race--which finished at the Southern English town of Basingstoke on Monday (27 May 1979).

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    Poland's Stefan Ciekanski finished overall leader at the end of the fists stages of Britain's premier cycle race--the Milk Race--which finished at the Southern English town of Basingstoke on Monday (27 May 1979). He finished 16 seconds ahead of his nearest rival, Urei kashinine of the Soviet Union, with Britain's Gerry Taylor taking third place to provide the main challenge to the dominating Eastern Europeans.

    SYNOPSIS: The first stage started at Brighton on the South Coast. The 66 man field was closely bunched as they left the start with 97.8 miles (128 kilometres) of gruelling cycling in front of them. This year eleven international teams started.

    Soon after the start Yuri Sakharov and Urei kashinine of the Soviet Union took to the front, followed by Vladimir Dolek from Czechoslovakia, and the rest of the pack.

    The Soviet Union--the only team to win three successive team titles in the 21-year history of the Milk Race--are widely tipped to win the team trophy again this year.

    At the finishing line, the young Soviet cyclist Algiridas Motskus took the chequered flag, closely followed by Poland's Stefan Ciekanski.

    But by the time the complicated bonus points system had been worked out, first place at the end of the day went to the pole. Ciekanski was awarded the coveted leader's jersey and hat to wear on the second day's stages, and he aptly celebrated with a pint of milk.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA12ZZUSTFOPMLVYR5RJBF9ET79
    Media URN:
    VLVA12ZZUSTFOPMLVYR5RJBF9ET79
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    29/05/1979
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:31:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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