This year the Six Day Cycle Race---- the fourteenth--- had two boosts before the starter's flag dropped on April 24th.
This year the Six Day Cycle Race---- the fourteenth--- had two boosts before the starter's flag dropped on April 24th. The most important shot in the arm was the presence of men of world championship status from France, Spain, Italy, West Germany and Uruguay. The other was a surprise appearance at Luna Park Stadium---- biggest indoor cycle arena in Buenos Aires---- of Jose Manuel Fangio, world champion car driver.
Also in the stadium was fangio's old friend, Jose Froilan Gonzales. These two racers chatted with the competitors for some time before the start. But to the Argentinean crowd the most important event, apart from the actual race, was when Fangio met and spoke with Fausto Coppi, the Argentinean cyclist, several times world champion.
The six day race is a gruelling test of a rider's stamina. In teams of two the cyclists eat, sleep and ride in turns, so that one member of each team is always circling the track. Every movement of the competitors is watched by the spectators, whether they are turning over in the beds situated round the circuit, or hurriedly swallowing down some food.
The teams are numbered as follows:-
Team 1: Spain: Gabriel Saura and Alfredo Esmatges;
Team 2: Argentina: Raul Gonzales and Juan Martinez;
Team 3: Italy: Luis Gasola and Ettore Milano;
Team 4: France: Andre Leoine and Henry Andreiux;
Team 5: Argentina: Fausto Coppi and George Batin, champion and vice champion;
Team 6: Argentina: Carlos Vazquez and Antonio Alexadre;
Team 7: Uruguay: Luis Serra and Alberto Velazquez;
Team 8: Argentina: Miguel Sevillano and Alberto Garcia;
Team 9: Germany: Rudy Kornchen and Horst Wildemann;
Team 10: Argentina: Oscar Giache and Elvio Giache.