Sixty crack cyclists - from Belgium, Britain, France, West and East Germany, Holland, Italy, Luxembourg, Spain and Switzerland - met at Hanover, West Germany, Feb 19, for the 12th world cross-country cycling championships.
GV Crowd in stadium.
SV Section of crowd, and flags.
GTV Riders round stadium at start.
SV Riders through obstacle gate.
SV Rider uphill, carrying cycle, and down.
SV PAN..Kumps (Belgium) and Talamillo (Spain) carry cycles downhill.
MV Wolfshohl (West Germany) negotiates turn on rough ground.
SV PAN..three riders over rough ground - Dufraisse (France) carries cycle.
SV Riders run with cycles on shoulders over sand.
REAR V..Dufraisse, Talamillo, and Declercq (Belgium) follow von Kerrebroeck (Belgium).
SV PAN..Dufraisse downhill.
SV PAN..Kumps along rough ground.
SV Riders mount and continue after hill climb.
SV PAN..British riders along.
SV PAN..rider leaps two barrier fences, with cycle on shoulder.
MV Rider under barrier.
MV PAN..riders over barrier - mount and ride on.
LV PAN..riders from tunnel into stadium.
CU Exhausted Rolf Wolfshohl helped along.
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Background: Sixty crack cyclists - from Belgium, Britain, France, West and East Germany, Holland, Italy, Luxembourg, Spain and Switzerland - met at Hanover, West Germany, Feb 19, for the 12th world cross-country cycling championships.
Covering a total of 15 miles in eight laps over a rough course bristling with obstacles, the riders battled for over an hour for the world title defended by Rolf Wolfshohl (No 7) of Cologne.
Wolfshohl retained his title in the brilliant time of 1 hour 4 min 26 secs; with Renato Longo (No 39) of Milan - world champion in 1959 - taking second place in 1 hour 4 min 40 secs. Third was France's Andre Dufraisse (No 21) - celebrated world champion for five successive years, 1954-58 - in 1 hour 5 min 54 secs. Places 4 to 7 were shared by Belgium and Spain.
In the team placings, Belgium was first, France second, Italy third, and West German fourth.