Roger Riviere of the French national team wins June 30 the sixth of the 22 legs of the world's longest toughest cycle race, the tour de France.
LV Blain, Start of sixth leg
TGV Rider prepares to leave
REAR V Rider away
REAR V En route
GV Chateau outside Nantes
SV Riders enter stadium at Nantes
SV Finishing line...
Rear V Riviere leads into straight
SV Riviere passes winning line
LV Sign...Riviere's time
SV Riviere congratulated
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Background: Roger Riviere of the French national team wins June 30 the sixth of the 22 legs of the world's longest toughest cycle race, the tour de France.
The leg - through the chateau country between Blain and Nantes - is a short one - only 45 kilometres - and is the first of three raced against the clock in the 4,311 kilometre (2,679 mile)) Tour.
Europe's top cycling starts are competing for the 2M franc prizemoney and other cash awards made by commercial firms boosting sales on the route.
This year the Tour is a battle between the French national team, the Italians led by Ercole Baldini, world champion, and the Dutch-Luxembourg team of Charly Gaul, last year's winner.
It began from Mulhouse June 25, ends in Paris July 18.