• Short Summary

    ERIK DE VLAEMYNCK OF BELGIUM WAS THE SURPRISE WINNER OF THE WORLD CYCLOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIPS WHICH WERE HELD IN BEASAIN, SPAIN YESTERDAY (SUNDAY).

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    ERIK DE VLAEMYNCK OF BELGIUM WAS THE SURPRISE WINNER OF THE WORLD CYCLOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIPS WHICH WERE HELD IN BEASAIN, SPAIN YESTERDAY (SUNDAY). ITALY'S DEFENDING CHAMPION - THE MAN EVERYONE THOUGHT WOULD WIN AGAIN - RENATO LONGO, RETIRED AT THE END OF THE THIRD LAP.

    TWENTY THOUSAND SPECTATORS SAW AN EXCITING RACE IN PLEASANT WEATHER WITH A TEMPERATURE OF 15 DEGREES CENTIGRADE. THE FIELD OF 34 SET OFF ON THE EIGHTS LAPS OF THE CIRCUIT TOTALLING 14.25 MILES (23.008 KMS).

    AS THEY MADE THE FIRST STEP ASCENT THE TWO FAVOURITES, LONGO OF ITALY AND WOLFSHOHL OF WEST GERMANY, BOTH EX-CHAMPIONS, LED THE FIELD WITH THE SPANIARDS BARRUTA. CLOSE BEHIND THEM WAS HERMANN GRETENER OF SWITZERLAND.

    AS THE LEADERS CLIMBED THE FIRST HILL ON LAP THREE GRETENER, FOLLOWED BY DE VLAEMINCK, BEGAN TO CLOSE THE GAP. IT WAS ON THE DESCENT OF THIS HILL THAT LONGO'S WHEEL GOT CAUGHT IN A RUT, AND HE HAD TO WAIT FOR A REPLACEMENT.

    AT THE HALF-WAY MARK DE VLAEMINCK PASSED GRETENER AND JOINED WOLFSHOHL AT THE FRONT, THE REST WERE WELL STRUNG OUT NOW.

    WITH TWO LAPS TO GO THE BELGIAN ATTACKED ON THE FIRST HILL AND BROKE AWAY FROM WOLFSHOHL. GRETENER THEN MOVED INTO SECOND PLACE ABOUT 20 SECONDS BEHIND THE LEADER.

    GRETENER MADE A TREMENDOUS EFFORT TO GET ON TERMS WITH DE VLAEMINCK, PULLING BACK EIGHT SECONDS IN THE LAST MILE, BUT IT WASN'T GOOD ENOUGH. ERICK DE VLAEMINCK CAME FIRST WITH A TIME OF ONE HOUR TWO MINUTES 57 SECONDS; HERMANN GRETENER WAS SECOND WITH A TIME OF ONE HOUR THREE MINUTES 57 SECONDS; AND ROLF WOLFSHOHL WAS THIRD IN ONE HOUR AND THREE MINUTES 41 SECONDS. ARING OF HOLLAND WAS FOURTH AND LUCIANI OF ITALY, FIFTH.

    BELGIUM WON THE TEAM CLASSIFICATION, FOLLOWED BY ITALY AND WEST GERMANY.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2KTYGN6I58R3F1G3747KTSB9R
    Media URN:
    VLVA2KTYGN6I58R3F1G3747KTSB9R
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/02/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:36:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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