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Retro Gallery: 25 years since the 1988 Giro d’Italia

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Andy Hampsten savours victory in the 1988 Giro d'Italia

Andy Hampsten savours victory in the 1988 Giro d'Italia
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A relaxed Andy Hampsten at the team presentation in Urbino

A relaxed Andy Hampsten at the team presentation in Urbino
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Massimo Podenzana in his striking Atala kit

Massimo Podenzana in his striking Atala kit
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The view from a team car as riders fight the snow and ice

The view from a team car as riders fight the snow and ice
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Jean-François Bernard climbs the Gavia

Jean-François Bernard climbs the Gavia
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Johan Van der Sar is helped after the finish in Bormio

Johan Van der Sar is helped after the finish in Bormio
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Orlando Maini in pain after surviving over the Gavia in the snow

Orlando Maini in pain after surviving over the Gavia in the snow
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Andy Hampsten in pink at the end of stage 19

Andy Hampsten in pink at the end of stage 19
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Marc Madiot was French national champion in 1988

Marc Madiot was French national champion in 1988
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Mad Tuscan sprinter Alessio Di Basco

Mad Tuscan sprinter Alessio Di Basco
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Johan Van der Velde on the podium

Johan Van der Velde on the podium
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A young Tony Rominger

A young Tony Rominger
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Giuseppe Saronni (Del Tongo)

Giuseppe Saronni (Del Tongo)
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Johan Van der Velde

Johan Van der Velde
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Rolf Sorensen prepares for the final time trial

Rolf Sorensen prepares for the final time trial
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Roberto Visentini (Carrera Jeans)

Roberto Visentini (Carrera Jeans)
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Andy Hampsten is hailed as the winner of the 1988 Giro d'Italia

Andy Hampsten is hailed as the winner of the 1988 Giro d'Italia
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Urs Zimmerman finished third overall in 1988

Urs Zimmerman finished third overall in 1988
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Italian sprinter Paolo Rosola won stage 10

Italian sprinter Paolo Rosola won stage 10
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Podenzana in pink

Podenzana in pink
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Podenzana and Hampsten on the podium after the American wins stage 12 to Selvino

Podenzana and Hampsten on the podium after the American wins stage 12 to Selvino
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Franco Chioccioli fights to keep his pink jersey in the snow of the Passo Gavia

Franco Chioccioli fights to keep his pink jersey in the snow of the Passo Gavia
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The riders and the crowd in the snow on the Gavia

The riders and the crowd in the snow on the Gavia
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Urs Freuler on the Gavia

Urs Freuler on the Gavia
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Andy Hampsten climbs the Gavia in the snow

Andy Hampsten climbs the Gavia in the snow
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Andy Hampsten ready for the final time trial stage

Andy Hampsten ready for the final time trial stage
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Greg LeMond and Gianni Bugno

Greg LeMond and Gianni Bugno
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Erik Breukink finishes a stage

Erik Breukink finishes a stage
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Erik Breukink (Panasonic)

Erik Breukink (Panasonic)
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Poland's Lech Piasecki won the final time trial

Poland's Lech Piasecki won the final time trial
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A young looking Raul Alcala

A young looking Raul Alcala
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Jean0François Bernard in pink

Jean0François Bernard in pink
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Riders await the start of a stage

Riders await the start of a stage
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Stefano Allocchio: he now works for race organiser RCS Sport

Stefano Allocchio: he now works for race organiser RCS Sport
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Massimo Podenzana wins in Rodi Garganico

Massimo Podenzana wins in Rodi Garganico
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It is 25 years since the 1988 edition of the Giro d'Italia, widely considered one of the most dramatic and iconic editions of the race thanks to the stage over the Passo Gavia and victory by Andy Hampsten - the first and only American rider to win the Giro d'Italia.

This year's race returns to the Gavia on stage 19 – a short but intense day in the saddle that also includes the Passo dello Stelvio and the climb up to the finish at Val Martello, all in just 139km of racing.

Hampsten won the 1988 Giro d'Italia ahead of Erik Breukink and Urs Zimmerman. Hampsten took the maglia rosa from Italy's Franco Chioccioli, after he struggled in the cold of the Gavia and lost any chance of success.

Other pink jersey wearers in 1988 included prologue winner Jean-François Bernard, while Johan van der Velde won the points jersey.

This gallery of images includes shots of Italian sprinters Paolo Rosola and Alessio Di Basco, Tony Rominger, Greg LeMond and Gianni Bugno, Raul Alcala and Urs Freuler.