Cyclists mark 100 years since Sarajevo assassination sparked WWI
Published on Jun 22, 2014 11:04 PM
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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