In the Giro d’Italia of 1988 the course director Vincenzo Torriani could draw the course freely. In these days it wasn’t uncommon, that the course was designed in the hope to have an Italian cyclist to win the Giro d’Italia. Francesco Moser, third most winning cyclist ever, was an impressive complete rider but not that great of a climber.
With him not at the starting line the course director created an insane course with 15 mountain stages with a total of 30 climbs
The monstrous stage over the Passo Gavia was only 120 kilometers, but this day became legendary as one of the most brilliant and insane mountain stages of the Giro d’Italia.
Before the start Gianni Motta, Andy Hampstein’s trusted person, told Andy Hampstein and all other cyclist, that Andy was going to win the Giro d’Italia and he’s going to do that on the Gavia. He already attacked 14 kilometers below the top, later on he said partly because he would be slightly warmer. He finished second taking the pink jersey, and later on become the overall winner of Corsa Rosa.