• Short Summary

    CZECHOSLOVAKIAN CYCLIST ZDENEK KRAMOLIS WAS KILLED IN A ROAD ACCIDENT DURING THE TOUR OF BRITAIN WHICH BEGAN TODAY (SATURDAY).

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    CZECHOSLOVAKIAN CYCLIST ZDENEK KRAMOLIS WAS KILLED IN A ROAD ACCIDENT DURING THE TOUR OF BRITAIN WHICH BEGAN TODAY (SATURDAY). THE ACCIDENT HAPPENED NEAR THE HALF-WAY MARK ON THE FIRST STAGE OF THE RACE WHICH BEGAN AT WORTHING IN SUSSEX THIS MORNING.

    THE TOUR OF BRITAIN HAS BECOME ONE OF THE CLASSIC RACES OF WORLD CYCLING. A MEASURE OF ITS STATURE IS THE NUMBER OF NATIONAL TEAMS WHICH TAKE PART. THIS YEAR THERE ARE EIGHT EUROPEAN TEAMS COMPETING, AND IN A COMPOSITE INTERNATIONAL GROUP, TWO NEW ZEALANDERS AND THREE AUSTRALIANS. THERE ARE THREE TEAMS FROM THE BRITISH ISLES. THE RACE IS DIVIDED INTO FIFTEEN STAGES AND THE CYCLISTS WILL HAVE RIDDEN MORE THAN FIFTEEN HUNDRED MILES BY THE TIME THE FINISH LINE IS CROSSED.

    THE OPENING STAGE FROM WORTHING TO SWINDON, A DISTANCE OF 102 MILES (164 KMS) WAS WON BY THE POLISH RIDER KAZIMIERZ JASINSKI. IN SECOND PLACE WAS HARRY HANNUS OF FINLAND. THIRD WAS NIKOLAI GONUROV OF THE SOVIET UNION.

    THE FATAL ACCIDENT OCCURRED NEAR THE TOWN OF LISS IN HAMPSHIRE WHEN THE CZECH RIDER WAS TRAILING THE FIELD. KRAMOLIS WAS IN COLLISION WITH A LARGE TRUCK. NO ONE ELSE WAS INJURED IN THE ACCIDENT.

    AT THE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT, THE YOUNG CZECH WAS RIDING HARD TO CATCH THE MAIN BODY OF RIDERS. HE HAD FALLEN BEHIND WITH GEAR TROUBLE. THE TOUR OF BRITAIN WAS PROBABLY THE FIRST RACE HE'D RIDDEN IN, IN WHICH NORMAL TRAFFIC IS NOT EXCLUDED FROM THE ROADS DURING THE RACE. IT WAS ALSO THE FIRST TIME HE HAD HAD TO RIDE ON THE LEFT HAND SIDE OF THE ROAD.

    KRAMOLIS, 21-YEARS-OLD, WAS REGARDED AS ONE OF HIS COUNTRY'S MOST PROMISING RIDERS. HE FINISHED SECOND IN THE GRUELLING KING OF THE MOUNTAINS RACE IN CZECHOSLOVAKIA LAST YEAR. HE WAS UNMARRIED.

    THE RACE WILL CONTINUE TOMORROW WHEN THE SECOND STAGE, FROM SWINDON TO NORTHAMPTON, A DISTANCE OF 90 MILES (145 KMS) WILL BE RIDDEN.

    THE TOUR OF BRITAIN WILL END AT BLACKPOOL ON JUNE 7TH.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5LYN26HGQVOPWMFX08LFXVOX0
    Media URN:
    VLVA5LYN26HGQVOPWMFX08LFXVOX0
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/05/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:30:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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