Glory day for 7-11 and
I've started to read Team 7-Eleven by Geoff Drake from our friends at Velopress. And, I can't help but smile to read the exploits of Team 7-Eleven.
In 1985, the American 7-11 team was invited to their first Grand Tour, the Giro d'Italia. This was their biggest race (so far) and the young Americans had their game face on. Andy Hampsten, who was riding for Levis-Raleigh at the time, was offered a 30 day contract to ride the Giro. He gladly accepted.
I looked through my archives and dug up two unique images from that 1985 Giro d'Italia. Both images are from one of my favorite books titled, "Tour 85".
The top image shows an excited, perhaps in shock, Ron Kiefel celebrating his historical win in Perugia. He became the first American to ever win a stage in a Grand Tour. A few days later, to show that Kiefel's win was no fluke, Andy Hampsten attacked in the closing miles of the mountainous stage 20 to score a brilliant victory.
Hampsten climbs to win his first Giro stage.