De Las Cuevas wins Clasica San Sebastian

De Las Cuevas wins Clasica San Sebastian

Post by Roger Thom » Mon, 08 Aug 1994 05:09:58


238-km Clasica San Sebastian World Cup race, 6 August 1994:

  1. Armand de las Cuevas (France) 5 hours 24 minutes 44 seconds
  2. Lance Armstrong (U.S.)       1 minute 56 seconds behind
  3. Stefano Della Santa (Italy)         1:57
  4. Vladimir Poulnikov (Russia)         2:03
  5. Andrei Tchmile (Moldova)            2:09
  6. Gianluca Bortolami (Italy)
  7. Pello Ruiz Cabestany (Spain)
  8. Jose Ramon Uriarte (Spain)
  9. Angel Edo (Spain)
  10. Gianni Bugno (Italy)               all same time

     Leading World Cup standings after this race:

  1. Andrei Tchmile (Moldova)              115 points
  2. Johan Museeuw (Netherlands)            90
  3. Giorgio Furlan (Italy)                 75
  4. Lance Armstrong (U.S.)                 70
  5. Fabio Baldato (Italy)                  67
  6. Gianni Bugno (Italy)                   60
  7. Armand de las Cuevas (France)          50
  8. Evgeni Berzin (Russia)                 50
  9. Franco Ballerini (Italy)               50
  10. Bruno Cenghialta (Italy)              45

 De las Cuevas made his escape on the steepest hill of the
circuit, the Alto de Jaizkibel 32 kms from the finish, traditionally a
decisive point in the race.
     Lance Armstrong and Italy's Stefano della Santa, who finished second and
third respectively, were unable to close the gap on De las Cuevas over
the final stretch.
     The Frenchman, winner of last week's Tour of Burgos, now has
seven victories this season.
     A group of 14 riders, including current World Cup leader
Andrei Tchmile of Moldova, broke away early in the race and
stayed ahead for nearly 100 km, extending their lead to 4.5
minutes at one point.
     But the Banesto team, led by Tour de France champion Miguel
Indurain of Spain, managed to catch the group and bring them
back into the pack. Indurain finished in 41st place while last
year's San Sebastian winner Claudio Chiappucci of Italy was
22nd, both two minutes nine seconds behind De las Cuevas.
     "When I attacked at Jaizkibel I went all out, but I didn't
know how it would end. I just knew that if I had a minute's lead
by the top I wouldn't have any problems on the way down," De
las Cuevas said afterwards.
     Tchmile said he had simply been unable to keep up with De
las Cuevas.
     "I had no choice but to say goodbye to him. I couldn't
follow," he said.
--        Roger Thomas

 
 
 

De Las Cuevas wins Clasica San Sebastian

Post by Marc San Souc » Wed, 10 Aug 1994 15:50:30

Quote:

>      Leading World Cup standings after this race:
>   1. Andrei Tchmile (Moldova)              115 points
>   2. Johan Museeuw (Netherlands)            90
>   3. Giorgio Furlan (Italy)                 75
>   4. Lance Armstrong (U.S.)                 70
>   5. Fabio Baldato (Italy)                  67
>   6. Gianni Bugno (Italy)                   60
>   7. Armand de las Cuevas (France)          50
>   8. Evgeni Berzin (Russia)                 50
>   9. Franco Ballerini (Italy)               50
>   10. Bruno Cenghialta (Italy)              45

Woof. Strong men all. In spite of Tchmil's lead, the race is open to
anyone still. Lance could even win it with a couple more 2nd-place
finishes, at which he seems to be specializing.

Tchmil seems fit, but not a lumpy course rider.
Museeuw is a good tip for the win.
Lance is probably going to end in 3rd spot.
Not enough sprinting to come for Baldato. Maybe Paris-Tours.
Bugno could win Leeds or Zurich, and is a good pick for Lombardia.
De las Cuevas might be on form to finish second. Maybe too far back, though.
Berzin's the other good pick for Lombardia.

Fondriest should win one of the remaining classics.

How about:

        Museeuw takes Leeds. Lance is 2nd.
        Fondriest wins Zurich, with Lance 2nd.
        Museeuw is best placed at Paris-Tours.
        Bugno at Lombardia over Berzin.

This should put Museeuw first (barely) over Tchmil, then Lance, Bugno,
and the rest.

Then again, Eros Poli could sweep the lot and retire to the cafe tables
to slurp spaghetti, kiss the babes, and watch next year's Tour roll by.

    Marc San Soucie
    Portland, Oregon