Road Warriors – Aw Yeah, Andy Hampsten


Dude. How cool is this? So ready to zing. Andy Hampsten. Is. The. Shit. Here he is in 1988 dressed for dinner in the Maglia Rosa of the Giro d’Italia – the pink leader’s jersey from the Tour of Italy – ready to rock the time trial.

Hampsten won the race in legendary fashion, launching an attack over the Gavia Pass and solo’ing to take the overall lead through a blizzard. He was the first non-euro to ever win it, is the only American to do so, and was also the first Yankee to win a Grand Tour, any Grand Tour. He would go on to win the Tour of Switzerland twice and then would help one young Greg LeMond to win Le Tour de France, a race where Hampsten would further cement his place in the Peloton of the Cosmos by adding to his palmares with a win up the legendary Alp d’Heuz. I’ve got goosebumps.

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