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

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)
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

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]

Career achievements

Major results


2nd Overall Coors Classic
1st Stage 20 Giro d'Italia
1st Overall Tour de Suisse
1st Prologue
4th Overall Tour de France
1st Young rider classification
1st Overall Tour de Suisse
1st Overall Giro d'Italia
1st Mountains classification
1st Stages 12 & 18
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 Mountains classification
5th Overall Paris–Nice
8th Overall Tour de France
1st 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 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

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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