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    Dutch cyclists dominated the first two days of the International Six Day-Cycle Race at Rotterdam in Holland.

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    Dutch cyclists dominated the first two days of the International Six Day-Cycle Race at Rotterdam in Holland.

    The race, six days of gruelling sprint and relay contests which attracted world class riders including Belgium champion Eddy Merckx, started on Thursday.

    The basis of a Six-Day event is the chase, in which two two-man cycle teams take on their rivals in relay style in a bid to gain a lap's lead and points for winning sprints over set distances.

    SYNOPSIS: Belgian cycling champion Eddy Merckx led a world class field at the start of the Rotterdam International Six-Day Cycling Race on Thursday. Being held at Rotterdam's Ahoy Hall, the six day event involves a gruelling sprint and relay contest. Two-man cycle teams vie with rivals to gain a lap's lead and points for winning sprints over set distances.

    While the race continues, team mechanics maintain the cycles used throughout the tough contest.

    Eddy Merckx and fellow Belgian Patrick Sercu were pre-race favourites with Australian Graeme Gilmore and Holland's Jenssen regarded as their strongest challengers. However after the first two days of the race it was the Dutch team of Pijnen and Duyndam who were leading the way. The Dutchmen were one lap ahead of Gilmore and Jenssen, though behind on sprint points.

    For their effort in leading the field after the first two days the Dutchmen were presented with flowers and a kiss from an admiring fan.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8XXV3G687O0126OFPJ6WYAM8G
    Media URN:
    VLVA8XXV3G687O0126OFPJ6WYAM8G
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/01/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:17:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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