Roger de Vlaeminck of Belgium led all the way to win his first World Professional Cyclocross Championship on Sunday (26 January) at Melchnau in Switzerland.
GV Start of race
GV Cyclists along road and up embankment
GV Cyclists downhill and around bend
GV & CU Cyclists uphill and changing bikes (4 shots)
GV Cyclists ground course (3 shots)
GV No. 2 (winner) R. Vlaeminck downhill
SV No. 34 (second) Zweifel around bend
GV No. 2 crossing finish line
Initials BB/2225 PS/AH/BB/2255
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Background: Roger de Vlaeminck of Belgium led all the way to win his first World Professional Cyclocross Championship on Sunday (26 January) at Melchnau in Switzerland.
The 27-year-old road racer clocked one hour, nine minutes and 53 seconds over the muddy 23.94-kilometre (14.87-mile) course to finish 31 seconds ahead of Switzerland's Albert Zweifel. Another Swiss rider, Peter Frischknecht, was placed a distant third.
The sentimental favourite of the 20,000 spectators was the winner's 29-year-old brother, Eric de Vlaeminck -- seven times world champion and making a comeback after a nervous breakdown and a year's layoff. But although the elder de Vlaeminck was in the thick of the running for much of the race, he finished fourth, and threw his mud-clogged bicycle into the air in disgust.