Thursday, April 26, 2012

Eric Breukink - Incognito Mosquito of the 88' Giro

When someone mentions the 88' Giro d'italia Andy Hampsten and the Gavia Pass naturally come to mind. I don't want to take anything away from his historic win that year, but Andy was chasing Eric Breukink (Dutch Diesel) that epic day on the Gavia and never did catch him in that snow storm. We have to give credit where credit is due, so congratulations Eric - only 24 years late!

 Headwind translates to Mountain Pass in Dutch

Steel WÜl Trivia

What cartoon character met Andy at the airport on his return trip to Colorado?

Pink Panther


  1. Andy Hampsten did not spend the whole day chasing Erik Breukink. Andy attacked on the Gavia and dropped all of his rivals including Erik. In an attempt to put his rain jacket on while still riding Andy slowed and Erik made up most of the 1 minute he had lost on the climb. Breukink was behind on the descent and passed Andy with 10 km (6 miles) to go. Andy finished 7 seconds back. Erik did a great ride! Everyone on that day did an amazing ride!! Richard C.