West German Dietrich Thurau, beat world champion cyclist Eddy Merckx of Colgium into third place in the Glenryck Cup event in London on Saturday (11 June).
West German Dietrich Thurau, beat world champion cyclist Eddy Merckx of Colgium into third place in the Glenryck Cup event in London on Saturday (11 June). Syd Barrass of the United Kingdom took second place and he and Merckx finished about 20 yards (metres) behind Thurau.
SYNOPSIS: A large crowd turned out at the Eastway circuit in east London and many of them were only there to watch Merckx. He's hailed as one of the greatest cyclists of all time and later this month he'll be attempting to win the Tour de France race for the sixth time.
There were about 60 cyclists in the main race and it was the biggest professional track event ever staged in Britain. The course covered sixty miles (80 kilometres) over a one-mile (1.6 km) track of hills and bends.
The track was probably not quite rugged enough for Merckx, seen here loading the field. He's a superb mountain climber and could do little to stop Thurau from taking the lead over after about an hour and a half of the two-hour race.
By the last lap, Merckx had fallen back to fourth position and Thurau had a comfortable lead.
Syd Barrass, wearing the number 18 jersey, moved up to second place near the end of the race.
The crowd was surprised to see Thurau win so easily, but none of the riders had any answers when he suddenly snatched a 16-second lead with six laps to go. Barrass, the British professional champion finished second and Merckx third.
Thurau, at 22, is one of the up-and-coming cyclists. He's also his team's main hope for this year's Tour de France.