Belgian cyclist Eddy Merckx won the Tour of Lombardy cycle race in Italy on Saturday (7 October).
GV Start of race
CU & SV Cyclists on way
GV PAN Mass of cyclists past camera
GV Lake Como and mountains; ZOOM INTO cyclists entering town
GV Cyclists past camera
SV Sign "Arrive"
SV PAN Eddy Merckx over finish
SV Crowd; PAN TO second and third place-getters
GV, SV & CU Merckx waving to crowd from winners rostrum
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Background: Belgian cyclist Eddy Merckx won the Tour of Lombardy cycle race in Italy on Saturday (7 October).
One-hundred-and-eighty contestants raced from the Piazzo Castello in Milan for 267 kilometres through the mountainous terrain around Lake Como to Como itself.
Second was Cyrille Guimard of France with Felice Gimondi of Italy third.
SYNOPSIS: The start of the Tour of Lombardy...one of the most important cycling races in Italy.
The race took place on Saturday. One-hundred-and-80 cyclists raced...starting from the Piazza Castello in Milan and heading for Como, two-hundred-and-sixty-seven kilometres away. The leaders set a cracking pace.
The race took them through mountainous terrain and around the picturesque foreshores of Lake Como.
By the time the leaders arrived in Como, in mid-afternoon, the field was well strung out. There was a big crowd on hand to welcome them.
One of the pre-race favourites was Eddy Merckx of Belgium...the eventual winner.
Second was Cyrille Guimard of France with Felice Gimodi of Italy third.
It was the latest in a string of triumphs for Merckx, who won the event in nineteen-seventy-one and who, only last Wednesday, won the Tour of Reggio Emilia.