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    Thirty-nine cyclists took part in the Grand Prix Abinader 84-kilometre (approx. 50 miles) race in Abidjan on Sunday (Feb. 27), competing for the most valuable prizes of the season before the major international events are hold.

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    Thirty-nine cyclists took part in the Grand Prix Abinader 84-kilometre (approx. 50 miles) race in Abidjan on Sunday (Feb. 27), competing for the most valuable prizes of the season before the major international events are hold. Three clubs were represented, ASRAN, the Abidjan-Niger Railway Sports Association, ASEECI, the Ivory Coast Electricity Board Sports Association, and Moby Sport. The winner was Jacques Natama of ASEECI.

    Prizes were awarded to the first 15 finishers.

    The event was sponsored by M. Antoine Abinader, honourary president of the Cycling Federation. Each lap was about four miles (6 kms.)
    SYNOPSIS: The start of the Grand Prix Abinader in Abidjan on Sunday.

    It's the biggest event in the season to date and the last before the international competitions.

    Sending the competitors on their way was the sponsor of the race, Mr. Antoine Abinader, honourary president of the Ivory Coast's Cycling Federation.

    Thirty-nine riders were in at the start, though they didn't all make it to the finishing line about 50 miles later.

    The fourteen laps of nearly four miles each are regarded by the cyclists and their fans as an important gauge of their chances in the international races to come. There are also handsome prizes for all the first 15 finishers.

    With one lap to go excitement among the spectators mounts to fever pitch as the riders still in with a chance force themselves to a final effort. Apart from their own ambition they are fighting for the prestige of the national clubs they represent: the Abidjan-Niger Railway Sports Association, the Ivory Coast Electricity Board Sports Association, and Moby Sport.

    At the finish it's Jacnues Natama first for the Electricity Board club, Christian Monty second for the Abidjan-Niger Railway club, and Boniface Kafando, a club-mata of the winner, third. It's a popular result, particularly with the youngsters.

    With his time of two hours five minutes and 54 seconds against stiff opposition, the winner could feel well satisfied with his performance.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8Y7NE204MMUHD2MO3YWEDVMWK
    Media URN:
    VLVA8Y7NE204MMUHD2MO3YWEDVMWK
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/03/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:12:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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