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Timeline: 1998

 
   
 
By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian
 
Date Race Winner Distance
March 21, 1998 Milan-San Remo Erik Zabel (Ger) 294 km
April 5, 1998 Tour of Flanders Johan Museeuw (Bel) 277 km
April 12, 1998 Paris-Roubaix Franco Ballerini (Ita) 266 km
April 19, 1998 Liege-Bastogne-Liege Michele Bartoli (Ita) 265 km
May 17-June 7, 1998 Giro d'Italia Marco Pantani (Ita) 22 Stages, 3,811 km
July 11-Aug 2, 1998 Tour de France Marco Pantani (Ita) 21 Stages, 3,728 km
Sept 5-Sept 27, 1998 Vuelta a Espana Abraham Olano (Spa) 22 Stages, 3,774 km
October 11, 1998 World Championships Oscar Camenzind (Sui) Valkenburg, Holland 258 km

October 17, 1998

Giro di Lombardia Oscar Camenzind (Sui) Varese-Bergamo, 250 km

•  Presidential Shame - January 17, 1998 , Paula Jones accused President Bill Clinton of sexual harassment.

January 26, 1998 , President Bill Clinton denied sexual relations with White House intern Monica Lewinsky on National TV.

January 27, 1998 , first lady Hilary Clinton appeared on the Today Show to proclaim that her husband was the victim of a vast right wing conspiracy.

November 1998, independent council Kenneth Starr provided congress with evidence that President Clinton gave false testimony while under oath. The House impeached and in a 'whitewash' of the affair the Senate acquitted President Clinton for his actions.

•  Unabomber - Theodore Kaczynzki avoided the death penalty by pleading guilty in court. He received a life sentence without the possibility of parole.

•  Italy - a pilot of a low flying aircraft on a US Military training exercise cut the cable on a gondola, killing 20 skiers riding the lift.

Notable Deaths -
* Giro d'Italia Champion: Giovanni Valetti (Ita), 1913-1998, two time Giro Champion in 1938 and 1939.

* Vuelta a Espana Champion: Jesus Lorono (Spa), 1926-1998, Vuelta Champion in 1957.

* World Road Race Champion: Rudy Dhaenens (Bel), 1961-1998, World Champion in 1990. He died at the age of 36 in a car accident near Aalst, Belgium.

Sonny Bono, 1935-1998, popular American singer, actor, and politician, hit a tree while skiing and died of the injuries.

 

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