Our Giro riposo: Team Hamburger

May 25, 03:30 PM
Andy Hampsten is the only American to win the Giro d'Italia but in the first of two episodes with him we look at the 1985 race when he switched mid-season from a small domestic team in the US to the 7-Eleven squad that had been invited to ride the race.

Two days from the end, Hampsten won a stage at Gran Paradiso – a short, explosive road race – which earned him a contract for 1986 with the La Vie Claire team of Bernard Hinault and Greg LeMond.

Continuing the American theme, we also hear from Robin Morton, who was the first woman to work as a team manager and follow the Giro in a team car, when the Linea-Gianni Motta team rode the race in 1984. The predominantly American squad had the 1966 Giro winner Motta as their lead sports director. Morton talks to Orla Chennaoui about her experiences working at the Giro.

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If you want to see Hampsten's attack, as mentioned by Richard in this episode, the original RAI footage is on YouTube.

The episode of The Cycling Podcast Féminin featuring Orla's interview with Robin Morton is here.

The website Bikeraceinfo.com by Bill and Carol McGann has a host of great stories about the grand tours taken from their books, which are also available digitally and in print.

Our interview with Andy Hampsten continues as we look at the 1988 Giro d'Italia, which he won, and focus on the stage that went over the Gavia in the snow. Epic is an over-used word in professional cycling but it certainly applies to that day.
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While we've been doing Our Giro, Mitch Docker and his old Orica-GreenEdge teammates have been remembering Their Giro when they won the opening team time trial of the 2014 race in Belfast.

Our first film, And So We Rode… is available for Friends of the Podcast to watch now. This is the story of Larry Warbasse and Conor Dunne packing their bags and going on a bikepacking trip in the French and Italian Alps after their pro team Aqua Blue Sport folded mid-season. It costs £15 to sign up as a Friend of the Podcast and you will be able to watch the film as well as listen to all our special episodes. thecyclingpodcast.com/join

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If you have a smart turbo trainer, you can ride Our Giro on the RGT digital platform. Each stage is around 30 kilometres long and will be online for three days. Go to RGTcycling.com/our-giro for details of how to download the app and sign up. Thanks to RGT and Veloviewer.com for helping us create Our Giro.

Our friends at Dvinecellars.com have put together a ‘Selezione Our Giro’ case of 12 wines from around Italy. There’s also a ‘Baby Giro’ case of six bottles. Use the code ‘Our Giro’ when ordering. Cases can be delivered in the UK, excluding the Highlands and Northern Ireland, and a donation from each case will be made to the Scuola Ciclismo in Cene.