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60th World Championship Road Race 1993

 
   
 

By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brash American Rides Away to the Victory

The 1993 edition of the UCI World Road Race Championship was held in Oslo, Norway.  The race course started and finished outside City Hall and consisted of 14 laps of 18.4 km with two climbs, the 4 km Ryenberg and the 2 km Ekeberg. 

Cold temperatures and drizzling rain greeted the riders at the start.  The miserable weather conditions only got worse. 

The wet roads were very slippery, the wet lines painted on the road created a skating rink effect.  Numerous riders crashed as the rain got heavier. Lance Armstrong crashed twice in the horrible conditions. Caution among the riders in the peloton was very evident.

Denmark’s Bjarne Riis spent most of the day in a long breakaway.  He was caught and passed on the last lap.  Over the final climb American Lance Armstrong escaped the lead group.  At the bottom of the descent Armstrong had a gap and eleven riders chased at 20 second with 4.4 km to go.  Mayhem in the chase group as riders started attacking each other solo instead of chasing Armstrong. 

An inspired American steadily pushed his pace and rode into the finishing area alone.  Always a showman the brash young American rode down the finishing straight blowing kisses to the crowd. 

Lance Armstrong became only the second American to win the World Road Race Championships.

WCRR August 29, 1993
257.6 Km [ Oslo, Norway ]

1. Lance ARMSTONG (USA) 6h17’10”

2. Miguel Indurain (Spa) 19”

3. Olaf Ludwig (Ger)

Starters: 171
Finishers: 66
Average Speed: 40.979 km/h

 

 

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