|Ryder Hesjedal during the 2012 Giro d'Italia- Photo via Castelli|
In a few short days, The Giro d’Italia will commence for the 100th time.
This months Dave Campbell's Trivia Column celebrates the historic accomplishments
Of North American Riders in the Race for the Maglia Rosa (Pink Jersey)
Q1. Canadian Ryder Hesjedal re-wrote the history books with his historic Giro d’Italia victory last year. Prior to the Garmin-Sharp rider’s triumph, what was the highest ever finish for a Canadian in Italy’s grand tour?
Q2. The only American to win the Giro was Andrew Hampsten (7-Eleven/Hoonved) in 1988. Much has been written, including pieces by Bob Roll and Bicyclinghub.com’s own Doug Duguay, about his exploits on the Gavia. Despite putting over 5 minutes into all the main contenders except Erik Breukink (Panasonic), he did not win the stage, losing by 7 seconds to Breukink. Did Hampsten win any stages enroute to this historic achievement?
Q3. Other than Andy’s Pink jersey, have any other Giro leaders' jerseys been won by American riders?