The 1988 Giro dItalia began on 23 May, and stage 11 occurred on 2 June. The 1988 edition began with a short 9 km individual time trial around the city of Urbino. The following two days of racing were normal mass-start stages, before the day of racing consisted of two half-stages, the first a normal stage and the latter a 40 km team time trial. The rest of the half of the race – remaining within Italy for the duration – consisted of stages with or without categorized climbs. As a result, Bernard was the rider to win multiple stages in the opening half of the race. Bernard lost the race leaders maglia rosa after stage 4a to Massimo Podenzana, pondenzana held the lead all the way to the end of the eleventh stage. 23 May 1988 — Urbino,9 km The first stage of the 1988 edition of the event was a 9 km individual time trial navigated the streets of Urbino. An El Mundo Deportivo writer stated that the course was fast, the first 2.2 km were the fastest section of the course because the route was downhill. After the course passed the station in Urbino, the course began to increase slightly in elevation until the finish. The writer also noted two bends, one at Via della Stazione and the other at Ciale Comandino, which he classified as dangerous, the first rider was scheduled to start at 13,30 local time. Greg LeMond suffered from a dropped chain halfway through the course, tony Rominger, Erik Breukink, and Erich Maechler chose to use rear lenticular wheels instead of a traditional wheel with spokes. Rominger came in second overall with a time of 1310, Breukink came in fourth at 1315, after the stage, Rominger told reporters that his time slower than it could have been due to a fall that occurred due to his front wheel being too inflated. Pedro Delgado, who rode a bike, finished in twentieth position. Bernard traversed the course with the fastest time of 1307 at a pace of 41.168 km/h, with the time bonuses added to the top three finishers times, Bernards lead was increased to eight seconds over Rominger. The intermediate sprint for the stage was located 19 km into the stage in Fossombrona, the first categorized climb was set to be crossed after 178 km had been covered, and the second after 204 km. With the last climb coming over twenty kilometers before the finish of the stage, the stage was set to begin at 10,30 local time. All 180 riders started the stage of the race in Urbino. The peloton remained intact through the intermediate sprint, alessio Di Basco won the sprint and was followed by Domenico Cavallo and Paul Popp in second and third, respectively
Image: Greg Le Mond 1989 Tour de Trump
Image: Jean Francois Bernard Stage 11 Giro
Overview of the stages; red lines represent distances covered in the individual stages, while green dotted lines are the distances covered in transfers between the stages.