Twenty-five riders started out on Sunday (June 21) in the "Grand Prix de l'I.M.S." (Institut?
SV Start of race
GV & SV Travel shots of cyclists (4 shots)
CU Sign "Anyama"
SV Quarter way point
SCU Travel shots cyclists
SV Spectators watch cyclists pass
CU Children clapping
CU Sign "Bingerville"
LV Cyclists coming uphill (2 shots)
SV Man PAN to cyclists
SV Travel shot cyclists (2 shots)
CU Placard on building
LV Cyclists into finish
SV Winner being presented with cup
Initials LN/TD/BB LN/TD/PC
SPORT: CYCLE RACE
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Background: Twenty-five riders started out on Sunday (June 21) in the "Grand Prix de l'I.M.S." (Institut Moderne de Secretariat) cycle race, considered to be the most valuable test of riders before the "Tour de la Cote d'Ivoire."
The course runs from the capital Abidjan to Anyama and back and then in the opposite direction to Bingerville and back, an overall distance of 90 kilometres (61 1/4 miles).
Most of the ten riders who dropped out of Sunday's event did so on the Abidjan-Bingerville-Abidjan part, which is very hilly.
Mama Ouedraogo (No. 21), the favourite, won the race. He was riding with the ASRAN (Association Sportive de la Ragie Abidjan-Niger) team and completed the course in 2 hours 34 minutes and 28 seconds. Grange Paul (No. 38), a Frenchman, of Mobysport, came in second. He completed the course in the same time but Ouedraogo won the sprint. No. 3 Kaunda Bakary, Ouedraogo's team-mate, came in third.
One rider, No. 4, Kafanda Lambert, crashed at Bingerville, the only pile-up in the race. He was riding with the ASSEECI team (Association Sportive d'Energie Electrique de Cote d'Ivoire).
Throughout the race, the leading group or "peloton" stayed together with no attempt by anyone to make a breakaway, and the casualties came off the back.
Miss Claudine Koffi, director of the Institut Moderne de Secretariat, raised the flag to start the race, and it was she who presented the winner's cup to Mama Ouedraogo.