Twenty-eight cyclists took part in the Grand Prix Monoprix 43-mile (72-kilometre) race in Abidjan last Sunday (March 26).
Twenty-eight cyclists took part in the Grand Prix Monoprix 43-mile (72-kilometre) race in Abidjan last Sunday (March 26). The race was held in preparation for this year's Olympic Games in Munich.
The event was run on a closed-circuit course which included some very steep inclines. Only ten cyclists were on hand for the finish.
The three clubs taking part in the competition were: Moby Sport, the Ivory Coast Electricity Board Sports Association(ASEECI), and the Abidjan-Niger Railway Sports Association(ASRAN). ASRAN's Michel Oscar won the race with an average course speed of 20 miles per hour(32.9 kilometres per hour) The grand prize consisted of a cup and a small cash award.
SYNOPSIS: The start of the Grand Prix Monoprix in Abidjan last Sunday.
The race was sponsored by the Monoprix super-market chain, and consisted of 30 laps around closed circuit course involving some sharp elevations.
In all, twenty-eight riders representing three national clubs were fighting for the Grand Prix cup and a small cash award. The race gave Ivory Coast cyclist a chance to prepare for the big test at this year's Olympic Games in Munich, West Germany.
Cyclist Michel Oscar, seen here going into the last lap, was one of the race's main attractions. Many thought the contest would be a fight between Oscar and Christian Monti, seen here passing on the outside.
As the judges stood by with the cup award, Michel Oscar was first across the finish line with an average course speed of 20 miles per hour. Only ten cyclists finished the race. Monti came in second.
Flowers and a kiss for the winner. And then the presentation of the Grand Prix cup to Michel Oscar as delighted cycling fans applaud.