Andrew ' Andy ' Hampsten ( born April 7, 1962 in Columbus, Ohio ) is an American former professional cyclist ( 1985-1996 ). As the son of two English professors at the University of Grand Forks, North Dakota, he came in 1985 to professional cycling.
In just his second professional year Andy Hampsten turned out to be a good stage racer. The first of the two double victory by Bernard Hinault and Greg LeMond, he completed the team performance of La Vie Claire by his fourth place overall. In the one-day races, however, he did not notice particularly, in contrast to many other good riders round he could win any of the five " monuments of cycling ." He was a good climber and is among the 18 winners of the prestigious stage up to l' Alpe d' Huez.
His greatest achievement is certainly winning the Giro d' Italia in 1988. He secured on the heaviest leg up on the Gavia Pass in a snowstorm and sub-zero temperatures the overall lead and was not up until the finish in Milan. In addition, he twice managed the overall victory in the Tour de Suisse (1986 and 1987) and the Tour de Romandie (1992). Also in 1992 he was able to repeat his fourth overall in the Tour de France. Two 8 spaces complete his good performance at the biggest tour in the world. Also in the Giro, he scored in 1989 as a third party another podium.
After his entry into the pro - shop at Levi's Hampsten rode for the French team La Vie Claire of the supermarket chain owner Bernard Tapie, for 7-eleven, Motorola, Banesto and U.S. Postal.
Work and private life
Andy Hampsten is married and has one daughter. He now lives in Tuscany, where he directs the cinghiale Cycling Tours. Together with his brother Steve, he runs a bicycle company in Seattle. The classic road model from Hampsten named " Alpe d' Huez ".