Riders in the Tour of Austria cycle race started from Spittal, Carinthia, June 28, on the fourth leg over 95 miles across the Hobe Tauern mountain range to Saalfelden near Salzburg.
SV PAN..Massed start of race
TRAVEL SHOT..Fast riders to the leaders
TV Riders still closely grouped, followed by convoy of cars
CU Signboard "Grossglockner", Pan over to riders
TGV The mountain road
STV The two leaders at the foot of the mountain road
SCU Damn (Austria) on the mountain road
CU Crowd urge riders on
SV Rider receives encouragement from his trainer
SV PAN..From trainers car PAN to Damn struggling very hard to reach summit
SV PAN..across mist shrouded pass signboard, to clouds
SCU Nuns wave to rider
SV PAN..Damn leads Kunde on the descent
TRAVEL SHOT..Kunde leads Damn in race to finish
SV Kunde wins from Damn
CU Small boys at finish line
CU Kunde receives bouquets and congratulations
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Background: Riders in the Tour of Austria cycle race started from Spittal, Carinthia, June 28, on the fourth leg over 95 miles across the Hobe Tauern mountain range to Saalfelden near Salzburg.
For the first 55 miles, from Spittal to Heiligenblut at the foot of Grossglockner (12,457 ft.) the race was uneventful. Then came the most difficult stretch of this mountain stage of the Tour - the thirteen miles up to the Fuschertoerl, the Grossglockner Pass at altitude 7,950 ft.
Several riders broke away from the field and formed a vanguard, from which Austrian Felix Damn and Germany's Karlheinz Kunde eventually emerged as the two leaders. Approaching the top, Kunde was some 50 yards back but continued to make headway and get within 20 yards of Damn as the Austrian reached the highest spot. Damn made the climb in the new record time of 1 hour 10 min 30 secs - average speed 11.125 mph - to gain the title of "Grossglockner King".
Then there was a general mad scramble down the mountain road to Saalfelden. Over the last few miles, Damn and Kunde were still in the lead. Kunde showed more stamina in the final spurt crossed the finishing line before Damn to win the fourth stage of the Tour in 4 hours 40 min 52 secs. The yellow jersey is still being worn by Innthaler of Austria, current overall leader of the Tour.