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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.

•  February 6 - Washington National Airport was renamed Ronald Reagan National Airport.

•  May 14 - The last episode of the popular TV show Seinfeld aired on NBC, commercials were sold for $2M for a 30 second ad.

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.

Ray Nitschke, 1936-1998, Hall of Fame NFL football player, died of a heart attack at the age of 61.

Frank Sinatra, 1915-1998, American singer and actor, died at the age of 82.



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