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In a solo breakaway, Lance Armstrong won the1993 World Professional Road Race Cham-pionshipin Oslo, Norway. With the retirementof Greg LeMond the following year, a new erahad begun. Arrogant, combative, often cold and surly –yetcapable of considerable charisma when to hisadvantage –Armstrong represented an unwel-come change from the first generation of American professionals.Initially, he seemed more suited to one-day races (his win at the 1996 FlècheWallonnemade him the first American to win a classic)and short stage races. Despite stage wins in1993 and 1995, his Tour record was thoroughly undistinguished: in four starts from 1993-96,he finished only once, placing 36th in 1995.