The 15-day cycling marathon round the Ivory Coast, currently taking place, is proving to be a very tough contest for the 60 riders from eight countries.
SV Flags of competing countries
MV Start banner across road
GV Vehicles prepared for departure (2 shots)
MV Start of race led by Algerians, PAN to BV riders out of stadium.
MV People at roadside
MV PAN TO BV riders along road
GV Travel shot people by roadside & sign 'Anyama' (2 shots)
MV Travel shot Kono pass through Anyama
LV Vehicles follow riders (2 shots)
BV & SV Ombazi leads (3 shots)
LV Riders on way to Agboville
MV Villagers PAN TO riders nearing Agboville
MV Travel shot people line route at Agboville & sign 'Agboville' (2 shots)
GV Crowds at finish & banner over road
GV PAN TO BV Daouda over line 1st, followed by 2nd & 3rd,
MV PAN 4th over line
SV ZOOM into CU Daouda receives cater-pillar trophy & kiss from Miss Jeanine Dibue
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Background: The 15-day cycling marathon round the Ivory Coast, currently taking place, is proving to be a very tough contest for the 60 riders from eight countries. Visnews cameraman Bill Woodman was there on Sunday (February 14) to film the first stage of the event.
SYNOPSIS: The 15-day cycling marathon round the Ivory Coast, currently taking place, is proving to be a very tough ride for the 60 competitors from eight countries. Sunday's (February 14) first stage in the event, which ends on February 28, was won by Niger's Harouna Daouda he covered the 75-mile (120-kilometre) course from Abidjan to agboville in three hours, 38 minutes 45 seconds. Second was Maurice Nakoulima of Upper Volta, only three seconds behind, who was a mere wheel ahead of Cameroun. Fourth place was taken by Algeria's M'hamed Yeddou, followed 35 seconds later by his team mate Arezki Chibanr. Their effort ensured team prize of the day for Algeria.
The gruelling first day, in temperatures of 90 degrees Fahrenheit, over hilly country and some unpaved roads, was started at the Parc du Sport in Abidjan by the president of the Ivorian Cycling Federation, Mr Julien Koffi. He dropped the flag to send the 10 teams away after they had been greeted by the country's Minister of Sport, Mr Atonia Ahin.
The really rough stretch came on the dusty road from Age to the finish at Agboville, where a crowd of several thousand waited at the finish line. Several riders were victims of the rough surface and fell out injured after falling of their machines. Only 45 of the 60 riders finished within the qualifying time.
It was a hard victory for Niger's Daouda, but he stayed the course to win the trophy -- and a kiss.