1988 Tour de France

The 75th Tour de France was held to 24 July 1988 of July 3. It led into 22 stages over 3286 km, and was thus one of the shortest sweeps. The victory of Spaniard Pedro Delgado was overshadowed by a doping scandal. Delgado had tested positive during the Tour on the fogging agent probenecid positive, but was not punished because the substance at the time of control while on the doping list of the IOC, but not on the UCI Cycling World Association stood. Another driver, the Dutchman Gert -Jan Theunisse was also tested positive and demoted in the standings. At this discharge took part 198 racers, of which 151 were classified.

Race course

The race itself gains Delgado clear before the Dutchman Steven Rooks after the winners of previous years could not attend: Stephen Roche had to cancel because of an injury, Greg LeMond was not yet fully recovered after his hunting accident.

The prologue won Guido Bontempi. The race was blocked on the first stage by striking shipyard workers for about a quarter of an hour and was then restarted. After the time trial after Wasquehal the Colombian climbing specialist Louis Herrera had lost little time and at that time had good chances to win. The 8th stage was won by German Rolf Golz, reaching his second stage victory after 1987. According to this stage of the Canadian Steve Bauer took over the yellow jersey and kept it four days. On the stage to L' Alpe d' Huez he musse it but leave to Pedro Delgado, who no longer gave it to Paris. The stage itself won Steven Rooks, who escaped the field along with Delgado after a weakness of Herrera. On the 14th stage of Frenchman Philippe Bouvatier gave away a victory by mistake on the press parking drove Robert Millar drove after him. The last laugh was finally Italian Massimo Ghirotto, who won the stage.

The stages