The 35th Brussels 6-day cycling race began at the city's palais des Sports, November 6.?
The 35th Brussels 6-day cycling race began at the city's palais des Sports, November 6. After some preliminary racing and presentation to the applauding crowds of the competing teams, the race was started by Belgium's cycling champion, Rik van Steenbergen, six times winner of the 6-day event.
Among famous teams lining up for the start were van Steenbergen and Severijns (Belgium); Schulte and Post (Holland); Bucher and von Buren (Switzerland), and a newly-formed French-Belgian team, Rik van Looy and Andre Darrigade. Australia's Arnold teamed with Belgium's de Bruyne.
Soon after the start the Dutch team went to the front, but by the end of the first day, team no. 8, Vannitsen and Brankart (Belgium), were leading.