Posted by Editor on 06/4/98
First Union Wilmington Classic, USA
1. Tayeb Braikia (Den) Acceptcard) 3:46:42
2. Jan Svorada (Cze) Mapei
3. George Hincapie (USA) US Postal
4. Mark McCormack (USA) Saturn
5. Tomas Konecny (Cze) ZVVZ
13. Michael Barry (Can) all s.t.
First Union Invitational, USA (courtesy USA Cycling)
Veteran professional Frankie Andreu jumped from a group of three riders with 2km to go to win the 91-mile First Union Invitational road race Tuesday.
Andreu (U.S. Postal Service), 31, made the decisive move in the last lap, getting the edge on breakaway teammate Lance Armstrong and Polish rider Cezary Zemana (Mroz).
"It was great to win here. ItÃ¢â‚¬Å¡s important to get U.S.Postal to the line. but itÃ¢â‚¬Å¡s my first race back in the U.S. and IÃ¢â‚¬Å¡m just very glad to win it," Andreu said.
Andreu, of Dearborn, Mich., made his key move earlier in the race about 63 miles into the 13-lap event, breaking from a group of six riders who were off the front but being caught by a chase group of 10 riders.
"I was just trying to keep Norm Alvis from Saturn and the others from coming up. I really wasnÃ¢â‚¬Å¡t trying to go off. It was on the back part on a climb. I looked back and me and Cezary were off and then I saw Lance bridging up," Andreu said.
The group of three then built a steady lead of up one minute and four seconds on the chasing field that was quickly breaking into smaller groups.
A field of 143 riders started the Invitational, with 43 finishers. The race, the first event in the First Union Cycling series, had a total purse of $15,500, with $2,500 going to first place.
Armstrong, 26, of Austin, Texas, said he was glad to see Andreu win.
"Frankie is like the Bart Simpson of pro cycling," Armstrong said. "A strong engine, but you donÃ¢â‚¬Å¡t see him win very much. It was gratifying for me."
Lancaster, Pennsylvania - 147.5 km
1. Frankie Andreu (USA) US Postal Service 3:23:17
2. Lance Armstrong (USA) US Postal Service at 0:07
3. Cezary Zamana (Pol) Mroz 0:12
4. Salvatore Commesso (Ita) Saeco 1:13
5. George Hincapie (USA) US Postal Service
6. Morten Sonne (Den) Acceptcard both s.t.
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