• Short Summary

    TOMMY SIMPSON OF BRITAIN TURNED IN A STAR PERFORMANCE TODAY (WEDNESDAY) TO WIN THE MANX PROFESSIONAL 80 MILE (130 KILOMETRE) CYCLE ROAD RACE ON THE ISLE OF MAN.

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    RACE PREPARATIONS; SIMPSON; AIMAR; START OF RACE; RACE IN PROGRESS; SIMPSON WINNING; SPECTATORS.




    Initials GEM/VS/MR/EEH


    SPORT: CYCLING

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: TOMMY SIMPSON OF BRITAIN TURNED IN A STAR PERFORMANCE TODAY (WEDNESDAY) TO WIN THE MANX PROFESSIONAL 80 MILE (130 KILOMETRE) CYCLE ROAD RACE ON THE ISLE OF MAN.

    WHEN THE FIELD STARTED OFF ON THE 20 LAPS OF THE TOUGH FOUR MILE (6.5 KILOMETRES) WILLASTON CIRCUIT A COLD, BLUSTERY RAIN WAS POURING DOWN. SIMPSON MADE A FAST GETAWAY, PULLING AHEAD OF THE FIELD IN THE FIRST LAP. BUT HE FELL BACK WITH THE BUNCH AFTER SEVEN MILES.

    THERE WERE A NUMBER OF PUNCTURES, WITH SIMPSON ONE OF THE VICTIMS. HIS BACK TYRE WENT IN THE SEVENTH LAP, AND THE CHANGE TOOK NEARLY A MINUTE. BUT HE RECOVERED FAST TO REJOIN THE FIELD ON THE BIG CLIMB TWO LAPS LATER.

    IT WAS JUST AFTER THE HALF-WAY MARK THAT SIMPSON LEPT FORWARD TO OVERTAKE THE LEADERS. FIVE RIDERS JOINED HIM IN THE LEAD, AMONG THEM LUCIEN AIMAR OF FRANCE, WHO WAS TO FINISH IN SECOND PLACE.

    IT WAS A FULL 28 MILES (55 KILOMETRES) FROM THE FINISH WHEN SIMPSON PUT ON THE SPRINT THAT PUT HIM RIGHT OUT IN FRONT. THE OPPOSITION NEVER SAW HIM AFTER THAT, AND HE CROSSED THE FINISHING LINE MORE THAN TWO MINUTES AHEAD OF AIMAR. THIRD WAS MICHAEL WRIGHT.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4MGPWBMWPEQT53EF8PPMRKL8K
    Media URN:
    VLVA4MGPWBMWPEQT53EF8PPMRKL8K
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/06/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:08:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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