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71st Giro d'Italia 1988 (Italy)

 
   
 
By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian
 

Hampsten Survives the Storm

The 1988 Giro d'Italia was the 71st edition and would be known as one of the more memorable Grand Tours in history.  The contenders for the General Classification were American Andrew Hampsten, Spaniard Pedro Delgado, and Dutchman Erik Breukink.  

After extreme snow storm at the finish line forced the cancellation of stage 11.  Andy Hamspten began to take control of race on stage 12 with minor time gains.  It would the memorable stage 14 three days later that confirmed Hampsten’s control of the race.

An overnight snow storm dropped a foot of snow on the Gavia Pass and in an effort to avoid a second stage cancellation; the organizers scrambled to plow the snow on the climb and managed to clear the road.  The winter type weather remained miserable as the stage set off from Chiesa Val Malenco on JUNE 5!!! 

Dutchman Johan Van Der Velde attacked early on during the climb of the Gavia Pass.  Andy Hampsten quickly answered the attack followed by Franco Chioccioli and Erik Breukink.  Van Der Velde was the first to peak the Gavia, but slowed and stopped because of the cold.  Hampsten crossed 30” behind Van Der Velde and received a key musette bag with skiing items to help on the decent.  Erik Breukink trailed by 45” but passed Hampsten, who had stopped to put on the warmer clothing.  With the snow still falling Hampsten caught Breukink on the long decent of the Gavia.  Erik Breukink won the stage 7” ahead of Hampsten but the breakaway finished 5 minutes ahead of the next contender and 7 minutes ahead of Pedro Delgado.  The Maglia Rosa belonged to Andy Hampsten. 

After the brutal exploits of stage 14 the snow continued to fall over 6,000 ft. for stage 15.  The organizers were forced to move the stage's departure from Bormio to Spondigna. The stage was also shortened to 83 km with the huge Passo dello Stelvio taken out of the stage.  

The final climb of stage 15 was to the Merano 2000 ski station.  Jean-François Bernard, Urs Zimmerman, and Franco Chioccioli attacked early on the climb and rode steadily away from Hampsten and Breukink.  Bernard easily won the stage with Hampsten and Breukink a minute behind.

An inspired Andy Hampsten survived several close calls and rode into the finish in Veneto to claim a memorable Giro d’Italia victory.

SPECIAL NOTE: Andy Hampsten became the first American and the first non-European to win the Giro d'Italia.

Stage and Distance

Stage Winner

Race Leader

Stage 1 Urbino, 9 km ITT

Jean-Francois Bernard (Fra)

Jean-Francois Bernard (Fra)

Stage 2 Urbino-Ascoli Piceno, 230 km

Guido Bontempi (Ita)

Jean-Francois Bernard (Fra)

Stage 3 Ascoli Piceno-Vasto, 184 km

Stephan Joho (Sui)

Jean-Francois Bernard (Fra)

Stage 4a Vasto-Rodi Garganica, 123 km

Massimo Podenzana (Ita)

Massimo Podenzana (Ita)

Stage 4b Rodi Garganica-Vieste, 40 km TTT

DEL TONGO-COLNAGO

Massimo Podenzana (Ita)

Stage 5 Vieste-Santa Maria Capua Vetere, 260 km

Guido Bontempi (Ita)

Massimo Podenzana (Ita)

Stage 6 S.M.Capua Vet.-Campitello Matese, 137 km

Franco Chioccioli (Ita)

Massimo Podenzana (Ita)

Stage 7 Campitello Matese-Avezzano, 178 km

Andreas Kappes (Ned)

Massimo Podenzana (Ita)

Stage 8 Avezzano-Chianciano, 251 km

Jean-Francois Bernard (Fra)

Massimo Podenzana (Ita)

Stage 9 Pienza-Marina di Massa, 239 km

Alessio Di Basco (Ita)

Massimo Podenzana (Ita)

Stage 10 Carrara-Salsomaggiore, 190 km

Paolo Rosola (Ita)

Massimo Podenzana (Ita)

Stage 11 Parma-Coll con Bosco, Canceled

Stage canceled

Massimo Podenzana (Ita)

Stage 12 Novara-Selvino, 205 km

Andrew Hampsten (USA)

Franco Chioccioli (Ita)

Stage 13 Bergamo-Chiesa Van Malenco, 129 km

Tony Rominger (Sui)

Franco Chioccioli (Ita)

Stage 14 Chiesa Val Malenco-Bormio, 120 km

Erik Breukink (Ned)

Andy Hampsten (USA)

Stage 15 Bormio-Merano 2000, 83 km

Jean-Francois Bernard (Fra)

Andy Hampsten (USA)

Stage 16 Merano-Innsbruck (Aut), 176 km

Franco Vona (Ita)

Andy Hampsten (USA)

Stage 17 Innsbruck-Borgo Valsugana, 221 km

Patrizio Gambirasio (Ita)

Andy Hampsten (USA)

Stage 18 Levico Terme-Col de Vetriolo, 18 km ITT

Andrew Hampsten (USA)

Andy Hampsten (USA)

Stage 19 Borgo Valsugana-Arta Terme, 233 km

Stefano Giuliani (Ita)

Andy Hampsten (USA)

Stage 20 Arta Terme-Lido del Jesolo, 212 km

Paolo Rosola (Ita)

Andy Hampsten (USA)

Stage 21a Jesolo-Vittorio Veneto, 73 km

Urs Freuler (Sui)

Andy Hampsten (USA)

Stage 21b Vittorio Veneto, 43 km ITT

Lech Piasecki (Pol)

Andy Hampsten (USA)

Mountain Jersey

* Andy Hampsten (USA)

Point's Jersey

Johan Van Der Velde (Ned)



GdI May 23 to June 12, 1988

3,579 Km

1. Andrew HAMPSTEN (USA) 97h18'56"

2. Erik Breukink (Ned) +1'43"
3. Urs Zimmermann (Sui) +2'45"
Starters: 180

Finishers: 125

Average Speed: 36.788 km/h

 

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