• Short Summary

    ALTHOUGH THE FRENCH RIDER A. DARRIGADE WAS FIRST OVER THE FINISHING LINE IN VERSAILLES, IT?

  • Description

    ALTHOUGH THE FRENCH RIDER A. DARRIGADE WAS FIRST OVER THE FINISHING LINE IN VERSAILLES, IT WAS JACQUES ANQUETIL, FRANCE'S TOP FAVOURITE, WHO WON THE YELLOW JERSEY AT THE END OF THE FIRST LEG OF THE TOUR DE FRANCE CYCLING MARATHON JUNE 25.

    ANQUETIL WAS ONE OF 15 RIDERS WHO BROKE AWAY FROM THE OTHER 117 COMPETITORS AFTER 47 KILOMETRES IN THE FIRST HALF-LAP BETWEEN ROUEN AND VERSAILLES. THE 15 ARRIVED IN VERSAILLES FOUR MINUTES AHEAD OF THE MAIN PACK. ANQUETIL PRODUCED A SENSATION DURING THE AFTERNOON INDIVIDUAL TIME TRIAL ON A ROAD CIRCUIT AROUND VERSAILLES. HE COVERED THE 25.5 KILOMETRES IN 39 MINUTES 43 SECONDS, THE ONLY RIDER TO DO SO UNDER 40 MINUTES.

    132 TOP ROAD-RACING CYCLISTS FROM 9 EUROPEAN COUNTRIES ARE COMPETING IN THIS YEAR'S TOUR DE FRANCE. FROM VERSAILLES IT WILL ROLL THROUGH SOUTHERN BELGIUM, TURN SOUTH TO CLIMB SOME ALPS, DROP THROUGH A POOR AND RUGGED REGION OF ITALY, SPRINT WEST ALONG THE RIVIERA, CLIMB INTO THE PYRENEES, PEDAL NORTH THROUGH THE RIPENING VINEYARDS OF BORDEAUX, PAST ELEGANT AND ANCIENT CHATEAUX ALONG THE LOIRE RIVER AND THEN, FINALLY, AFTER 22 DAYS AND 4,394 KILOMETRES (ABOUT 2,750 MILES) - RIDDEN IN 21 STAGES - WHAT IS LEFT OF IT WILL STRUGGLE WEARILY INTO PARIS.

    THE PRIZE: ABOUT GBP5,000 FOR THE WINNER, AND GBP45,000 SHARED AMONG WINNERS OF VARIOUS COMPETITIONS ENROUTE. IT IS TRADITIONAL FOR THE OUTRIGHT WINNER TO SCATTER ALL HIS SHARE AMONG HIS TEAM-MATES, THE MEN WHO HELPED HIM WIN. THE ACTUAL PRIZE MEANS VERY LITTLE TO HIM, FOR HE IS ASSURED OF AN INCOME FOR LIFE FROM ADVERTISING, AND TREMENDOUS PUBLICITY AND CELEBRITY TREATMENT THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY, WHICH GOES "CRAZY" DURING THE TOUR - FRANCE'S GREATEST SPORTING EVENT.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA97MMDOA5LGAJ21JEUWJ95ECBW
    Media URN:
    VLVA97MMDOA5LGAJ21JEUWJ95ECBW
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/06/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:36:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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