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Andrew Hampsten

Andrew Hampsten
Hampsten at the 1993 Tour de France
Personal information
Full name Shirus Andrew Hampsten
Nickname Ernie
Born (1962-04-07) April 7, 1962
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 Mengoni
1985 SRC Levi's
1986 La Vie Claire
1987–1990 7 Eleven
1991–1994 Motorola
1995 Banesto
1996 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 1
  • Life After Racing 2
    • Victories and major results 2.1
    • Grand Tours overall classification results timeline 2.2
  • Notes 3
  • External links 4

Career highlights

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

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


1st Gran Premio Yardley Gold de Montaña
1st Stage 20 win Giro d'Italia
1st Overall Tour de Suisse
1st Prologue
4th overall Tour de France
1st Best Young Rider Maillot blanc
1st Overall Tour de Suisse
1st Overall Giro d'Italia 1st overall
1st King of the Mountains
2 stage wins
1st Subida a Urkiola
3rd Overall Giro d'Italia
Stage win Tour of the Basque Country
1st Subida a Urkiola
3rd Overall Tour de Suisse
1st Stage 7
3rd Overall Tour de Suisse
1st King of the Mountains
8th Overall Tour de France
5th Overall Paris–Nice
4th Overall Tour de France
1st Stage 14 Alpe d'Huez
1st Overall Tour de Romandie
1st Stage 3
5th Overall Giro d'Italia
1st overall Tour of Galicia
1st Stage 2
3rd overall Tour de Romandie
8th Overall Tour de France
Stage win Setmana Catalana de Ciclisme
3rd overall Tour de Romandie
3rd overall Setmana Catalana de Ciclisme

Grand Tours overall classification results timeline

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

WD = Withdrew


  1. ^
  2. ^ Dedication of Andy Hampsten Bikeway System
  3. ^ a b Black, Forbes. "The Brothers Hampsten". Retrieved 15 May 2011. 
  4. ^ Andrew Hampsten profile at Cycling Archives

External links

  • Hampsten Cycles
  • Bike touring company Hampsten runs
  • Story and interview with Hampsten about his 1988 Giro win.
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