Lance Armstrong becomes first American to win Classica San Sebastian
In 1994, he again won the Thrift Drug Classic and came second in the Tour Du Pont in the United States.
His successes in Europe were second placings in the Clásica San Sebastián and Liège-Bastogne-Liège.
He won the Clásica San Sebastián in 1995, and this time won the Tour Du Pont and took a handful of stage victories in Europe including the stage to Limoges in the Tour De France. He dedicated the win to teammate Fabio Casartelli who had who died in a crash on the descent of the Col de Portet d'Aspet on the 15th stage.
Despite a disheartening and humbling last place finish in his first professional race-the 1992 Classico San Sebastian-Armstrong remained on the racing circuit. In 1993 he won ten titles including the World Champion, U.S. Pro Champion, and a stage victory in the prestigious Tour de France. He also won the $1 million Thrift Drug Triple Crown. In 1995 Lance secured his place in racing history by winning the Tour Du Pont, by being named the 1995 Velo News American Male Cyclist of the Year, and by scoring a dramatic and heartfelt stage 18 win at the Tour de France in honor of his fallen teammate Fabio Casartelli. In an equally dramatic victory, Lance also became the first American to win the Classico San Sebastian.
The Donostia-Donostia Klasikoa - Clásica San Sebastián-San Sebastián (San Sebastián Classic) is a cycle race that has been held every summer since 1981 in Spain. It is traditionally a climbers' race, with several famous Grand Tour stars claiming the race over its 25 year history.
Clásica de San Sebastián is famous for its spectacular views of the coastline and its winding, undulating terrain which strongly favours aggressive riding. The current race route is approximately 227 kilometres in length and includes the tough Alto de Jaizkibel climb at around the 200 kilometre mark. This is usually the decisive point of the race. Until 2004, it was the seventh round of the UCI Road World Cup, but it now forms part of the UCI ProTour and the UCI World Ranking.