Mauro Gianetti (Switzerland) rode away from a 4-man break on the final climb to win today's running of Liege-Bastogne-Liege, the fourth race in this year's World Cup competition.
Gianni Bugno (Italy) outsprinted Michele Bartoli (Italy) for the field sprint. Odds-on favourite Laurent Jalabert (France) finished fourth after making a bid 85 kms from the finish when he broke free on the 7th of 12 climbs, the Sockeu hill. The peloton later brought him back.
Two attacks by Bugno and one by Bartoli during the final climb failed, but when Gianetti pedaled away with less than five kilometers to go, none of the others could respond.
Race Distance: 261.5 kms
1. Mauro Gianetti (Switzerland) Team Polti 06:38:25 2. Gianni Bugno (Italy) MG-Technogym + 15 secs. 3. Michele Bartoli (Italy) Mercantone Uno 4. Laurent Jalabert (France) Once s.t. 5. Francesco Casagrande (Italy) Mercantone Uno 1:24 6. Lance Armstrong (U.S.) Motorola 3:04 7. Claudio Chiappucci (Italy) Carrera 4:45 8. Rolf Sorensen (Denmark) MG-Technogym 9. Heinz Imboden (Switzerland) Refin s.t. 10. Maarten Den Bakker (Netherlands) TVM 10:10 11. Maurizio Fondriest (Italy) Lampre 12. Andrei Tchmile (Moldova) Lotto 13. Johan Museeuw (Belgium) Mapei-GB 14. Alex Zulle (Switzerland) Once 15. Gianluca Bortolami (Italy) GB-Mapei 16. Davide Rebellin (Italy) MG-Technogym 17. Eddy Bouwmans (Netherlands) Novell 18. Marco Pantani (Italy) Carrera 19. Yevgeny Berzin (Russia) Gewiss-Balan all s.t. 20. Dmitry Konyshev (Russia) AKI-Gipiemme 11:201995 World Cup standings (after four races)
1. Museeuw 80 pts. 2. Jalabert 70 3. Tchmile 65 4. Franco Ballerini (Italy, Mapei-GB) 58 5 (tied). Bartoli 57 (tied). Fabio Baldato (Italy, Mapei-GB) 57 7. Gianetti 50 8 (tied). Chiappucci 46 (tied). Fondriest 46 10. Bugno 35 11. Viacheslav Ekimov (Russia) 32 12. Stefano Zanini (Italy) 31