• Short Summary

    ANTONIO MASPES OF ITALY IS THE WORLD PROFESSIONAL SPRINT CYCLING CHAMPION TONIGHT (SUNDAY) FOR THE SEVENTH TIME, AFTER A CONTROVERSIAL FINISH TO THE RACE AT THE WORLD CYCLING CHAMPIONSHIPS IN PARIS.

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    ANTONIO MASPES OF ITALY IS THE WORLD PROFESSIONAL SPRINT CYCLING CHAMPION TONIGHT (SUNDAY) FOR THE SEVENTH TIME, AFTER A CONTROVERSIAL FINISH TO THE RACE AT THE WORLD CYCLING CHAMPIONSHIPS IN PARIS.

    THE DISPUTE BROKE OUT WHEN AN OBJECTION BY THE HIGHLY-RATED AUSTRALIAN RIDER, RON BAENSCH AGAINST MASPES WAS OVERRULED BY THE JUDGES. MASPES WON THE FIRST RACE BY THE NARROW MARGIN OF ABOUT HALF A WHEEL AND IN THE SECOND RACE HE SPRINTED ACROSS THE LINE FIVE TO SIX LENGTHS AHEAD OF THE AUSTRALIAN. IN THIS RACE HOWEVER HE WAS GREETED BY JEERING FROM THE CROWD AS BAENSCH RAISED HIS ARM INDICATING HE THOUGHT THE ITALIAN HAD OBSTRUCTED HIM. AS AUSTRALIAN TEAM OFFICIAL SAID "MASPES CUT IN TOO QUICKLY AND OBSTRUCTED BAENSCH".

    THERE WAS LOUD, PROLONGED JEERING FROM THE CROWD WHEN IT WAS ANNOUNCED SOON AFTER THE RACE THAT THE OBJECTION HAD BEEN OVER-RULED. WHEN MASPES STOOD ON THE ROSTRUM LATER WEARING THE VICTOR'S JERSEY ANOTHER WAVE OF WHISTLING AND JEERING BROKE OUT.

    BAENSCH SAID AFTERWARDS: "I ACCEPT THE OFFICIALS DECISION. I THOUGHT MASPES DID CUT IN TO SHARPLY WHEN I WAS ON THE INSIDE ABOUT ONE HUNDRED METRES FROM THE FINISH, BUT WE WERE BOTH IN THERE TO WIN AND ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN."
    BAENSCH WAS THE FIRST RIDER FROM OUTSIDE THE CONTINENT OF EUROPE TO REACH THE PROFESSIONAL SPRINT FINAL SINCE REG HARRIS OF BRITAIN IN 1956.

    ANOTHER EXCITING EVENT TODAY WAS THE 4,000 METRES AMATEUR TEAM PURSUIT TITLE WON BY WEST GERMANY. IN A CONTEST WITH ITALY THEY CLOCKED 4 MINUTES 39.46 SECONDS AGAINST THEIR OPPONENTS 4 MINUTES 42.20 SECONDS. WEST GERMANY WON THIS TITLE LAST IN 1962. THE DEFENDING CHAMPIONS, RUSSIA, WERE THIRD AND FRANCE, FOURTH.

    THE WEST GERMAN TEAM WERE LOTHAR CLAESGES, KARL - HEINZ HENRICHS, KARL LINK AND ERNST STRENG.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA2BKGMDLUWSIGEC8P09T91OVRW
    Media URN:
    VLVA2BKGMDLUWSIGEC8P09T91OVRW
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/09/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:55:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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