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
"I had no choice but to say goodbye to him. I couldn't
follow," he said.
-- Roger Thomas