Europes top road cyclists - 154 supremely fit athletes - poured out of Grant today in glorious weather for the season's first major international race.
G.V. The City of Ghant where race commences.
S.V. Start of race contestants past camera.
L.S. Crowds at side of road watching riders.
G.V. Riders towards and past camera.
L.S. Riders through lanes of onlookers.
S.V. Small group of riders who have broken away, these include No. 15. Nascimbene of Italy.
L.S. Rear view remainder of riders.
C.U. Riders-one of whom is No. 6. Ketalear of Belgium.
L.S.Pan Riders towards camera and round corner.
S.V. Riders start the climb of the hill of Crammont.
L.S. Hill climb riders towards camera.
S.C.B. No. 4. Germain-Derycke of Belgium.
S.V. The sprint which is at the finish of race showing No. 4. Germain-Derycke of Belgium winning followed by 2nd Willy-Trye, Belgium. 3rd Sonterno-Italy.
Top Shot Germain-Derycke of Belgium surrounded by spectators.
C.U. Derycke is presented with bouquet.
Initials DGI W.S./P.B.
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Background: Europes top road cyclists - 154 supremely fit athletes - poured out of Grant today in glorious weather for the season's first major international race. Up hill and down dale, the tough 230 km course quickly sorts out the best riders. Today, seven of the contestants made a private competition of the race. After about 45 km the 'super seven' gradually began to draw away from the rest of the riders. Dutchman Wagtoans, Italian Mascimbane (No 15), Belgian Keteleer (no 6) and Frenchman Fore???tier (No 58) seemed to be having the best of the battle until the cortuous hill of Renaix. At this major obstacle two Belgians Germain Derycke and Janssens forged to the front and left the rest behind in the famons 'wall of Grammont'. For several kilometres these two fought neck and neck, but it was Derycke (No 4) who finally won the day with a terrific finishing sprint.