Andrew Hampsten

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Andrew Hampsten
Andy HAMPSTEN (cropped).jpg
Hampsten at the 1993 Tour de France
Personal information
Full name Shirus Andrew Hampsten
Nickname Ernie
Born (1962-04-07) April 7, 1962 (age 52)
Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Team information
Current team Retired
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type All-rounder
Amateur team(s)
Yellow Jersey
Professional team(s)
1985
1985
1986
1987–1990
1991–1994
1995
1996
Mengoni
SRC Levi's
La Vie Claire
7 Eleven
Motorola
Banesto
US Postal
Major wins

Grand Tours

Giro d'Italia
General Classification (1988)
Mountain Classification (1988)
3 stages (1985, 1988)
Tour de France
Young rider classification (1986)
1 stage (1992)

Stage races

Tour de Suisse (1986, 1987)
Tour de Romandie (1992)
Infobox last updated on
July 28, 2008

Andrew Hampsten (born April 7, 1962 in Columbus, Ohio) is an American former professional road bicycle racer who won the 1988 Giro d'Italia and the Alpe d'Huez stage of the 1992 Tour de France.[1]

Career highlights[edit]

Andy Hampsten caught the public eye in 1985, when he won stage 20 of the Giro d'Italia. The following year, he was signed by Bernard Hinault's La Vie Claire team. In his first full season as a pro, 1986, he won the Tour de Suisse and helped his compatriot and team leader Greg LeMond to victory in the Tour de France. He also finished the Tour de France fourth overall and claimed the white jersey of best young rider.

In 1987, Hampsten repeated his victory in the Tour de Suisse, this time for the 7-Eleven Cycling Team. His greatest moment came in the 1988 Giro d'Italia, on a short stage over the Gavia Pass. Attacking on the climb, Hampsten overcame a blizzard to take the leader's jersey - although he finished second on the stage to Dutchman Erik Breukink.

Hampsten's final highlight came in the 1992 Tour de France when he dropped his breakaway companions to win the stage to Alpe d'Huez. He again finished the race fourth, having lost his third place to Gianni Bugno in the final time trial.

Life After Racing[edit]

Hampsten used to live in Grand Forks, North Dakota and the 40-mile bikeway system there has been dedicated as the "Andy Hampsten Bikeway System."[2] Hampsten now lives in Tuscany and Boulder, Colorado. In 1999, Andy Hampsten and his brother Steve started a bicycle company in Seattle Washington called Hampsten Cycles.[3] Andy Hampsten also operates a bicycle touring company in Italy called Cinghiale Cycling Tours.[3]

Victories and major results[edit]

Source:[4]

1985
1st Gran Premio Yardley Gold de Montaña
1st Stage 20 win Giro d'Italia
1986
1st Overall Tour de Suisse
1st Prologue
4th overall Tour de France
1st Jersey white.svg Best Young Rider Maillot blanc
1987
1st Overall Tour de Suisse
1988
1st Overall Giro d'Italia Jersey pink.svg1st overall
1st King of the Mountains Jersey green.svg
2 stage wins
1989
1st Subida a Urkiola
3rd Overall Giro d'Italia
Stage win Tour of the Basque Country
1990
1st Subida a Urkiola
3rd Overall Tour de Suisse
1st Stage 7
1991
3rd Overall Tour de Suisse
1st King of the Mountains
8th Overall Tour de France
5th Overall Paris–Nice
1992
4th Overall Tour de France
1st Stage 14 Alpe d'Huez
1st Overall Tour de Romandie
1st Stage 3
5th Overall Giro d'Italia
1993
1st overall Tour of Galicia
1st Stage 2
3rd overall Tour de Romandie
8th Overall Tour de France
Stage win Setmana Catalana de Ciclisme
1994
3rd overall Tour de Romandie
3rd overall Setmana Catalana de Ciclisme

Grand Tours overall classification results timeline[edit]

Grand Tour 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995
gold jersey Vuelta - - - - - - - - - - -
Pink jersey Giro 20 - - 1 3 - - 5 14 10 58
Yellow jersey Tour - 4 16 15 22 11 8 4 8 - -

WD = Withdrew

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