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Cyclists mark 100 years since Sarajevo assassination sparked WWI

Published on Jun 22, 2014 11:04 PM
 
Thousands of cyclists swarmed through Sarajevo on June 22, 2014, in a "Race for Peace" to mark 100 years since Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand's assassination here sparked World War I. -- PHOTO: AFP 

SARAJEVO (AFP) - Thousands of cyclists swarmed through Sarajevo on Sunday in a "Race for Peace" to mark 100 years since Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand's assassination here sparked World War I.

The throng including 140 professional racers rode from predominantly Bosnian-Serb eastern Sarajevo to the centre of the city, which has been administered separately by Muslim-Croats since the end of Bosnia's devastating 1992-95 war.

It was the ceremonial opening leg of the Sarajevo Grand Prix, sponsored by the Tour de France, aiming to promote peace in a city that has so often been the centre of conflict.

"This is a step toward bringing people throughout Bosnia together and this is what we, cyclists, have already been doing for some time here," Bosnian Serb cyclist Zeljko Vukic told AFP.

 
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