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    BITTER WEATHER CONDITIONS IN THE HIGHEST PART OF THE FRENCH ALPS TODAY (TUESDAY) TOOK THEIR TOLL OF RIDERS IN THE TOUR DE FRANCE CYCLE RACE.

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    HIGHLIGHTS OF DAY'S RACE.




    Initials JDR/V/CT/SGM


    SPORT: CYCLING
    EDITORS: THIS IS FOR USE IN SCHEDULED NEWS PROGRAMMES ONLY.

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    Background: BITTER WEATHER CONDITIONS IN THE HIGHEST PART OF THE FRENCH ALPS TODAY (TUESDAY) TOOK THEIR TOLL OF RIDERS IN THE TOUR DE FRANCE CYCLE RACE. THE WINNER OF TODAY'S STAGE, THE TENTH IN THE TWENTY-TWO MAKING UP THE RACE, IS THE BELGIAN RIDER HERMANN VAN SPRANGEL.

    THIS IS THE 56TH TOUR DE FRANCE, AND THIS YEAR'S TOUR HAS ALREADY GIVEN SIGNS THAT IT WILL LIVE UP TO ITS REPUTATION AS ONE OF THE WORLD'S TOUGHEST CYCLING CONTESTS.

    TODAY'S STAGE WAS FROM CHAMONIX TO BRIANCON AND THE RIDERS BATTLED SNOWSTORMS AND ICY WINDS IN THE FRENCH ALPS.

    AT THE TOP, IN AN EIGHT MAN GROUP WAS HERMANN VAN SPRANGEL, THE BELGIAN CYCLIST. ONCE OVER THE TOP, VAN SPRANGEL SPRINTED AWAY FROM THE OTHERS AND OVER THE NEXT TWENTY-ONE MILES, (34 KMS) BUILT UP A COMMANDING TWO MINUTE LEAD.

    DURING THE DAY, TEN RIDERS DROPPED OUT OF THE RACE FINDING THE WINTRY WEATHER TOO MUCH FOR THEM.

    SECOND IN THE DAY'S STAGE WAS EDDY MERCKX ALSO OF BELGIUM, WHO WAS REMAINS THE OVERALL LEADER, AND THIRD WAS ARTHUR ROGER WAGTMANS OF THE NETHERLANDS.

    TOMORROW'S STAGE IS FROM BRIANCON TO DIGNY. THE TOUR WILL FINISH IN PARIS ON SUNDAY, JULY 20TH.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA43DQ0NQ13V8W1VKOGGB2I1R3F
    Media URN:
    VLVA43DQ0NQ13V8W1VKOGGB2I1R3F
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/07/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:22:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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