As the peloton is about to start the 2020 Giro d'Italia, we talk to Andy Hampsten, the only rider from the US to win the Italian Grand Tour. Hampsten was the hero of the 1988 Giro as he battled through a Gavia snow storm to eventually take final overall victory. Ed Hood gets the full story.
In part one of our interview with former Irish Champion, Alan McCormack we covered his junior days, his seasons as a pro in the UK with Carlton-Weinmann and in Belgium with Old Lords-Splendor, and now in part two his introduction to the 80’s US scene.
Tour Rider Interview: Jeff Pierce is one of only two US riders to have won the final stage of the Tour de France on the Champs-Élysées in Paris. The other is Greg LeMond who won in 1989, Pierce took his victory two years previously, just ahead of Canada's Steve Bauer. Ed Hood has his story.
American pro cycling in the 1980s is synonymous with Greg LeMond and Andy Hampsten. Both were supremely talented riders. The Outer Line recently caught up with Hampsten in Boulder, and had a chance to hear some of his reminiscences as well as his thoughts about the current state of pro cycling, and the future of the sport.
Andy Hampsten rode into cycling legend almost 26 years ago, when a blizzard engulfed the Passo Gavia, and the Giro directors refused to cancel the stage. It was epic stuff for fans, but a living hell for the riders. PEZ-fan Richard Clayton re-created the play-by-play with the help of Davis Phinney & Ron Keifel.
It's been 25 years since Andy Hampsten launched a daring attack in horrid conditions on the Passo Gavia and define one of modern cycling's most epic rides (and thanks to PEZ-Fan Charlie Mack for the reminder). This was the day Andy won the hearts of the Italian tifosi, and the maglia rosa at the 1988 Giro - battling through a snow blizzard and more... Here's how Andy told me the story.
We’ve just reviewed the new Team 7-Eleven book on PEZ, but wanted to know more about the story behind the story, as it were. I caught up with author Geoff Drake from his California home and found him fresh from promoting the book, including an appearance at the opening party at this year’s Interbike in Las Vegas.
North American pro cyclists have to build mental fitness quickly when they make the leap to living, training, and racing in Europe. Pez talks candidly about mental skills with Andy Hampsten, Meredith Miller, and Amber Rais, who share wisdom that we mere mortals can use on and off the bike.