Sport: Spills

"Football is nothing to bike racing for hurts. No, not this hockey, either. . . . From bikes I have dislocated shoulder many times. Broken ribs plenty. Cuts all over. Once a spoke go right through this arm—yes, the last race in the Garden."

These remarks by Belgian Gerard Debaets explained why 100,000 customers trudged into Manhattan's Madison Square Garden last week to witness the 59th International Six-Day Bicycle Race. Not to be mesmerized by the whirring tires, not to cheer for representatives of their own race did goggle-eyed addicts stare hour after hour,...

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