After three hours of hard riding, the Grand Prix "Fraternite-Matin" was won by Yerbanga Sambo in a cycle race on Sunday (11 June).
GV Start area
SV PAN..Cyclists start
SV People on roadside
GV Cyclists on route (4 shots)
CU Sign "Grand Bassam"
SV PAN.. crowd on roadside
SV & GV Cyclists pass (3 shots)
SV Commemoration stone for General de Gaulle
GV PAN..cyclists past
SV Sign "Bingerville"
GV People on roadside
SV Leading cyclists past camera
SV Cheering crowds PAN to leader, Sambo crossing line
SV Other cyclists crossing line
SV Sambo being congratulated, crowd applauding (3 shots)
SV Sambo receiving trophy
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SPORT - CYCLING
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Background: After three hours of hard riding, the Grand Prix "Fraternite-Matin" was won by Yerbanga Sambo in a cycle race on Sunday (11 June). The prize is named after the Abidjan newspaper which sponsored the race.
The 26 riders who started the race were from three groups -- the Abidjan-Niger Sporting Association, the Sporting Association of the Ivory Coast Electricity Authority and Mobylette Sport. They had about 88 miles of riding ahead of them, from the start in Abidjan in front of the "Fraternite-Matin" Building, then to Bassam, then Bingerville and the n back to the Ivorian capital for the finish.
The race was part of the Ivory 'Cost's preparation for the African Games in Lagos and the finals in Accra in September. It was organised by the Ivorian Cycling Federation.
All along the route, crowds gathered to cheer and encourage the straining competitors.
But only 12 cyclists were to finish. Sambo, from the Abidjan-Niger Sporting Association came first, to be followed by Frederic Klotz, from the electricity authority's association.
After the race, Sambo was given a prize for his success. A number of different prizes went to other cyclists for their efforts.
SYNOPSIS: Riders and officials were ready in Abidjan for the start of the Grand Prix "Fraternite-Matin" cycling race on Sunday. Twenty-six riders from three groups were taking part in the race, which was sponsored by an Abidjan newspaper. They had over three hours and 88 miles of hard going ahead of them. The riders represented the Abidjan-Niger Sporting Association, the Sporting Association of the Ivory Coast Electricity Authority and Mobylette Sport. The event was part of the Ivory Coast's preparations for the African Games in Lagos and the finals in Accra, in September. And it was organised by the Ivorian Cycling Federation.
Once out of Abidjan, the first goal was Bassam.
Crowds lined the roadside to cheer the riders and offer encouragement. Already, the cyclists were showing signs of strain. But they still had a long way to go before they could relax after the finis back in Abidjan.
They passed a commemoration stone for General de Gaulle.
There were a number of prizes at stake, but they each wanted to win the Grand Prix "Fraternite-Main".
Then it was on to Bingerville.
The crowds were out there, too.
The remaining riders pedalled back to Abidjan, but only 12 cyclists made it to the end.
And cheering crowds watched as Yerbanga Sambo crossed the finish line to win the first prize.
Next over was Frederic Klotz.
Sambo got the grand Prix "Fraternite-Matin" and also brought some glory to his group - the Abidjan-Niger Sporting Association.