The forgotten story of Andy Hampsten's 1988 Giro d'Italia win
The full story of the 1988 Giro d'Italia is about so much more than the freezing climb of the Passo di Gavia. Over three weeks, Andy Hampsten withstood repeated attacks by a Eurocentric peloton. And a late-race, unorthodox tactical decision nearly cost him the victory.
This is the complete story, one best told by the men who were there.
The 3,300 feet up Italy's Passo Duran is harder than Andy Hampsten thought it would be, and that is the first mistake. Perhaps he should have known; perhaps it is the construction and bad pavement that tips the balance in his rivals' favor.