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Cycling: Miguel, You're Swell

Outside magazine, October 1994

Cycling: Miguel, You're Swell
By Todd Balf (with Greg Child and Dan Dickison)

Miguel Indurain isn't a big talker, but he had to be beaming in the aftermath of his record-tying fourth consecutive Tour de France victory last July. In a year in which many thought Indurain to be vulnerable and on a course seemingly designed to beat him, the 30-year-old Spaniard punched out Tony Rominger, Gianni Bugno, and Claudio Chiappucci before the peloton even got to the most torturous of stages in the Alps in the last week of the race. In fact, Indurain's margin of victory over Latvian runner-up Pyotr Ugrumov--five minutes, 39 seconds--was the largest winning spread in any of his Tour victories. "I have nothing to say to those who announced my decline," said Indurain. "I answered them during the race."

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