In the sixth stage of the Tour of Britain cycling race, June 11, a 25-year-old Swedish clerk, Owe Adamson, (No 16) managed to win in a close finish, narrowing the gap between himself and race leader Bill Bradley of England.
CU Programme "Tour of Britain Cycle Race"
TV PAN.. Race in progress
LV TOWARDS.. DITTO
STV Competitors on the way
SCU D. Tarr (RAF), No 49, changes wheel
SCU Competitor toward camera
SV Leading riders slowing down
STV PAN.. Level-crossing gate, PAN to competitors
SCU PAN.. Competitors receive food while held up at level crossing
STV Competitors start again
LV Competitors climb gradient
SV Finish sign
LV PAN.. Leading competitors finish at Wembley
SV Checkered flag and spectators applauding
SV More competitors finish
CU Spectators applaud
SV Winner of stage 6, Owe Adamson, is congratulated
SV Spectators applaud
SV Owe Adamson
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Background: In the sixth stage of the Tour of Britain cycling race, June 11, a 25-year-old Swedish clerk, Owe Adamson, (No 16) managed to win in a close finish, narrowing the gap between himself and race leader Bill Bradley of England. Adamson covered the 138 miles from Great Yarmouth to Wembley, London, in 6 hrs. 25 mins 16 secs. Second was England's Douglas Collins (No 28), followed by another Swede, Sume Hansson.
Although this was the flattest stretch the riders have been over so far, a strong head-wind forced them to slow down and they fell behind the expected time of arrival. Only 58 out of the original 85 cyclists who started the tour from Blackpool left from Great Yarmouth. England's Hinds (No 29) was the first man to break away from the pack, gaining a two minutes' lead at the half way stage before being caught by a group of four. Hinds, by this time worn out from his effort, could only watch them sweep past, seven miles from the finish.
With just under half of the Tour distance covered, England still lead in the team event, but this latest win has given the Swedish riders fresh hope of being able to overtake the English team before the end of the race in Blackpool, June 18.