Epic days: the Passo di Gavia, Giro d'Italia 1988

We remember the Gavia stage of the 1988 Giro, when rain turned to snow and even the big men suffered like never before...

The day after Andy Hampsten took the maglia rosa over the Passo di Gavia in the 1988 Giro, La Gazzetta dello Sport dubbed the stage ‘The Day the Big Men Cried’. Such dramatic headlines are perhaps to be expected in the Italian press, but in fairness it barely does justice to the extremities the riders faced as they raced from Chiesa to Bormio.

As the GC contenders neared the climb of the Gavia, the rain, which had been persistent and heavy since the start of the stage, turned to snow, which in turn quickly became a blizzard.

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