Andrew Hampsten

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Andrew Hampsten
Andy HAMPSTEN (cropped).jpg
Hampsten at the 1993 Tour de France
Personal information
Full nameShirus Andrew Hampsten
Born (1962-04-07) April 7, 1962 (age 59)
Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Team information
Current teamRetired
Rider typeAll-rounder
Amateur team
-Yellow Jersey
Professional teams
1985SRC Levi's
1986La Vie Claire
1987–19907 Eleven
1996US Postal
Major wins
Grand Tours
Tour de France
Young rider classification (1986)
1 individual stage (1992)
Giro d'Italia
General classification (1988)
Mountain classification (1988)
3 individual stages (1985, 1988)

Stage races

Tour de Suisse (1986, 1987)
Tour de Romandie (1992)

Andrew Hampsten (born April 7, 1962) 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] Between 1986–1994 he finished in the Top 10 of eight Grand Tours.

Racing career[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 severe snowstorm to take the Maglia Rosa - although he finished second on the stage to Dutchman Erik Breukink. The conditions during this stage were among the worst in cycling history. During and following this stage numerous cyclists abandoned and several had to be loaded into ambulances and taken to the hospital due to hypothermia like symptoms. Hampsten's teammate Bob Roll finished the stage, but his condition following the stage shows among the harshest looks at what the elements can do to a rider who pushes himself to the absolute limit. After surviving this Gavia Pass stage he was able to successfully defend the Leader's jersey through the rest of the race and as a result he became just the 2nd American to win a cycling Grand Tour and the 1st American to win the Giro d'Italia.

Then again during the 1989 Giro d'Italia Hampsten performed at an elite level among the General Classification riders finishing on the podium in 3rd place overall. He also was among the elite riders for the majority of the 1990 Tour de France.

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 (64 km) 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]

Career achievements[edit]

Major results[edit]


2nd Overall Coors Classic
1st Stage 20 Giro d'Italia
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour de Suisse
1st Prologue
4th Overall Tour de France
1st Jersey white.svg Young rider classification
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour de Suisse
1st Jersey pink.svg Overall Giro d'Italia
1st Jersey green.svg Mountains classification
1st Jersey blue.svg Combination classification
1st Stages 12 & 18 (ITT)
1st Stage 3 Paris–Nice
1st Stage 2 Tour of the Basque Country
1st Subida a Urkiola
3rd Overall Giro d'Italia
1st Subida a Urkiola
3rd Overall Tour de Suisse
1st Stage 7
3rd Overall Tour de Suisse
1st Jersey polkadot.svg Mountains classification
5th Overall Paris–Nice
8th Overall Tour de France
1st Jersey green.svg Overall Tour de Romandie
1st Stage 3
4th Overall Tour de France
1st Stage 14 (Alpe d'Huez)
5th Overall Giro d'Italia
5th Coppa Agostoni
10th Coppa Bernocchi
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour of Galicia
1st Stage 2
3rd Overall Tour de Romandie
8th Overall Tour de France
3rd Overall Tour de Romandie
3rd Overall Setmana Catalana de Ciclisme
10th Overall Giro d'Italia

Grand Tour general classification results timeline[edit]

Grand Tour 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995
A gold jersey Vuelta a España
A pink jersey Giro d'Italia 20 1 3 5 14 10 58
A yellow jersey Tour de France 4 16 15 22 11 8 4 8
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish


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  2. ^ Dedication of Andy Hampsten Bikeway System[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ a b Black, Forbes. "The Brothers Hampsten". Retrieved 15 May 2011.
  4. ^ Andrew Hampsten at Cycling Archives

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