Defending champion Jorgen Hansen of Denmark confirmed his superiority over an international field when he won a 104 mile (167 km) English cycling classic today (Sunday).
Defending champion Jorgen Hansen of Denmark confirmed his superiority over an international field when he won a 104 mile (167 km) English cycling classic today (Sunday). For the second year running Hansen rode to victory in the Grand Prix period international.
The only man to challenge Hansen in a field of 70 riders was fellow Dane Joern Lund. In fact, Lund held the lead on the final approach, but eased up to let his teammate triumph -- a tribute to Hansen's pacemaking role earlier in the race.
British Olympic rider Phil Griffiths was third.
SYNOPSIS: Belgium riders Freddy Libouton and Andre Coppers were among an international field preparing for an English cycling classic on Saturday. The occasion -- the hundred and bur mile Grand Prix Period International.
Strengthening the continental challenge were two Danish stars -- Joern Lund, preparing here.....
....and Jorgen Hanson, the defending champion.
A field of seventy riders from all over Europe got away for the start. Ahead of them lay tough circuit over sharp gradients and narrow lanes in the Chiltern Hills, just to the north-west of London. Conditions were made tougher by a freezing wind, snowshowers and British Sunday drivers -- unaccustomed to road racing. Although British riders led in the early stages, the principal continental challengers formed the bulk of the first breakaway pack.
After the break, the two Danes Hansen and Lund forged to the front and stayed there -- with Hansen making most of the pace. Other foreign riders challenging included Libouton and Coppers of Belgium, Harry Buerskens of Holland and Australian Clyde Sefton -- who came second in the Olympic road race.
At the finish, the two Danish riders were out on their own at the head of the field. Lund eased up to let Jorgen Hansen come through to win the race for the second year running.
For the winner--a memorial shield and a fifty pounds sterling first prize. British Olympic rider Phil Griffiths was third.