• Short Summary

    BELGIAN PROFESSIONAL ERIC DE VLAEMINCK, HOLDER OF THE WORLD CYCLE-CROSS CHAMPIONSHIP, YESTERDAY (SUNDAY), RETAINED HIS TITLE FOR THE THIRD CONSECUTIVE YEAR IN THE RACE HELD AT ZOLDER, BELGIUM.

  • Description

    BELGIAN PROFESSIONAL ERIC DE VLAEMINCK, HOLDER OF THE WORLD CYCLE-CROSS CHAMPIONSHIP, YESTERDAY (SUNDAY), RETAINED HIS TITLE FOR THE THIRD CONSECUTIVE YEAR IN THE RACE HELD AT ZOLDER, BELGIUM. HE DEFEATED BELGIAN CHAMPION ALBERT VAN DAMME, GERMAN CHAMPION ROLF WOFSHOHL AND HIS YOUNGER BROTHER ROGER DE VLAEMINCK, IN A CLOSE RACE WHICH WAS DOMINATED THROUGHOUT BY THE SAME FOUR CYCLISTS.

    THE FOUR LEADERS FOUGHT THE FIRST POSITIONS THROUGHOUT THE 25.745-KILOMETRE (16-MILE) RACE - INTERCHANGING CONSTANTLY ON THE TOUGH UP-AND-DOWN COURSE.

    WOLFSHOHL HAS WON THE WORLD TITLE THREE TIMES - IN 1960-61-63. VAN DAMME - ALTHOUGH BELGIAN NATIONAL CHAMPION - HAS NEVER BEEN ABLE TO GAIN THE WORLD TITLE SINCE HE FIRST ENTERED IN 1961. THE YOUNGER DE VLAEMINCK - COMPETING SINCE 1967 - WON THE AMATEUR SECTION OF THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP IN 1968 AND CAME SECOND LAST YEAR; THIS IS HIS FIRST YEAR AS A PROFESSIONAL.

    THE CHAMPIONSHIP WAS CREATED IN 1950 - AND ERIC DE VLAEMINCK FIRST ENTERED IN 1964, COMING IN 18TH. BUT THE FOLLOWING YEAR HE WON THE TITLE, LOST IT AGAIN IN 1965, AND REGAINED IT IN 1966 - RETAINING IT EVER SINCE. THIS YEAR, ALTHOUGH HE WAS THE FAVOURITE, THERE WAS SOME DOUBT THAT HE MIGHT NOT BE ABLE TO STAY THE COURSE AFTER HAVING SUFFERED TWO RELATIVELY SERIOUS ACCIDENTS DURING THE LAST TWELVE MONTHS. STILL, NO DISABILITY WAS EVER IN EVIDENCE THROUGHOUT THE GRUELLING RACE - AND HE ONCE AGAIN DONNED THE "RAINBOW JERSEY", OFFICIAL SYMBOL OF THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA1GCZJZBBAYJ8MRFEET3WLZCQH
    Media URN:
    VLVA1GCZJZBBAYJ8MRFEET3WLZCQH
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/02/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:20:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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