The annual battle of tactics and tear-away cycling produced a new world professional champion at Liege on Sunday.
first series between ??? PESENTI and French Rousseau PESENTI wins
Match final between Holland professional VAN VLIET and DERKJEN
DERKJEN wins championship final between PESENTI and Rousseau (amateur/no professional) Rousseau (french/wins champion)
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Background: The annual battle of tactics and tear-away cycling produced a new world professional champion at Liege on Sunday. Former champions Reg Harris of Britain and Arie Van Vliet of Holland fell by the wayside as Van Vliet's compatriot Jan Derksen outrode all challengers.
Michael Rousseau of France, however, retained the amateur title by defeating his closest rival, Italian Guglielmo Pesenti, 2 - 1, in their best-of-three series.
Harris, the 37-year-old Manchester rider, who had won the championship four times previously was eliminated from the professional event in the quarter finals, losing 2-1 to Roger Gaignard (France). The British rider confessed that his tactics had been at fault in this, his last, championship appearance.
Lloyd Binch, Britain's only representative in the amateur event was beaten by Pesenti in their second round tie.
Sequences show Pesenti winning the first heat from Rousseau, the frenchman. Rousseau came back to win the second heat. The final between Van Vliet and Derksen and the Dutchamn receiving the bouquets. Final sequences show the victorious Rousseau.