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Timeline: 1988

 
   
 
By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian
 
Date Race Winner Distance
March 19, 1988 Milan-San Remo Laurent Fignon (Fra) 294 km
April 3, 1988 Tour of Flanders Eddy Planckaert (Bel) 264 km
April 10, 1988 Paris-Roubaix Dirk Demol (Bel) 266 km
April 17, 1988 Liege-Bastogne-Liege Adri Van der Poel (Hol) 260 km
April 25-May 15, 1988 Vuelta a Espana Sean Kelly (Ire) 21 Stages, 3,425 km
May 23-June 12, 1988 Giro d'Italia Andy Hampsten (USA) 21 Stages, 3,579 km
July 4-July 24, 1988 Tour de France Pedro Delgado (Spa) 22 Stages, 3,282 km
August 28, 1988 World Championships Maurizio Fondriest (Ita) Ronse, Belgium 274 km

October 15, 1988

Giro di Lombardia Charly Mottet (Fra) Como-Milan, 260 km

•  Sex Scandal… again! - Televangelist Jimmy Swaggart tearfully confessed to a sinful affair with a prostitute. He stepped down from his TV ministry.

•  Lockerbie Disaster - an Arab terrorists bomb onboard Pan Am flight 103 exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland. All passengers and crew were killed along with 11 people on the ground.

•  CBS - sports analyst Jimmy “the Greek” was quickly fired for racist statements about African-American athletes.

Notable Deaths -
Rene Vietto, 1914-1988, a grand French champion, who never had a TdF victory. Vietto gained great huge popularity after personal sacrifice “for the good of the team” during the 1934 Tour de France. [See “Rio” Rene's Regal Sacrifice ]

Pete Maravich, 1947-1988, American basketball player who led the NCAA in scoring as a college player and led the NBA in scoring in 1977.

Roy Orbison, 1936-1988, influential singer-song writer died of a heart attack at his mother's home in Nashville, Tennessee.

 

 

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