1939 Giro d'Italia

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1939 Giro d'Italia
Race details
Dates 28 April - 18 May
Stages 17, including two split stages
Distance 3,011.4 km (1,871 mi)
Winning time 88h 02' 00" (34.150 km/h or 21.220 mph)
Palmares
Winner  Giovanni Valetti (ITA) (Fréjus)
Second  Gino Bartali (ITA) (Legnano)
Third  Mario Vicini (ITA) (Lygie)

Mountains  Gino Bartali (ITA) (Legnano)
Team Fréjus
1938
1940

The 1939 Giro d'Italia was the 27th edition of the Giro d'Italia, a cycling race organized and sponsored by the newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport. The race began on 28 April in Milan with a stage that stretched 182 km (113 mi) to Turin, finishing back in Milan on 18 May after a split stage and a total distance covered of 3,011.4 km (1,871 mi). The race was won by the Italian rider Giovanni Valetti of the Fréjus team, with fellow Italians Gino Bartali and Mario Vicini coming in second and third respectively.

Valetti had the lead halfway the race. Bartali then took over the lead in the mountains, but Valetti took it back in the penultimate stage. Bartali attacked on the last stage, but Valetti stayed in his wake and managed to win the race.

Final standings[edit]

Stage results[edit]

Stage results[1]
Stage Date Course Distance Type[Notes 1] Winner Race Leader
1 28 April Milan to Turin 180 km (112 mi) Plain stage  Vasco Bergamaschi (ITA)  Vasco Bergamaschi (ITA)
2 29 April Turin to Genoa 226.7 km (141 mi) Plain stage  Gino Bartali (ITA)  Gino Bartali (ITA)
3 30 April Genoa to Pisa 187 km (116 mi) Plain stage  Cino Cinelli (ITA)  Cino Cinelli (ITA)
4 1 May Pisa to Grosseto 154 km (96 mi) Plain stage  Carmine Saponetti (ITA)  Cino Cinelli (ITA)
5 2 May Grosseto to Rome 222 km (138 mi) Plain stage  Olimpio Bizzi (ITA)  Cino Cinelli (ITA)
3 May Rest day
6a 4 May Rome to Rieti 85.7 km (53 mi) Plain stage  Carmine Saponetti (ITA)  Cino Cinelli (ITA)
6b Rieti to Monte Terminillo 14 km (9 mi) History.gif Individual time trial  Giovanni Valetti (ITA)  Cino Cinelli (ITA)
7 5 May Rieti to Pescara 191.3 km (119 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Adolfo Leoni (ITA)  Cino Cinelli (ITA)
8 6 May Pescara to Senigallia 177 km (110 mi) Plain stage  Diego Marabelli (ITA)  Cino Cinelli (ITA)
9a 7 May Senigallia to Forlì 116.5 km (72 mi) Plain stage  Glauco Servadei (ITA)  Secondo Magni (ITA)
9b Forlì to Florence 106.6 km (66 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Gino Bartali (ITA)  Giovanni Valetti (ITA)
8 May Rest day
10 9 May Florence to Bologna 120 km (75 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Olimpio Bizzi (ITA)  Giovanni Valetti (ITA)
11 10 May Bologna to Venezia 231.8 km (144 mi) Plain stage  Pietro Chiappini (ITA)  Giovanni Valetti (ITA)
12 11 May Venezia to Trieste 173.8 km (108 mi) Plain stage  Giordano Cottur (ITA)  Giovanni Valetti (ITA)
12 May Rest day
13 13 May Trieste to Gorizia 39.8 km (25 mi) History.gif Individual time trial  Giovanni Valetti (ITA)  Giovanni Valetti (ITA)
14 14 May Gorizia to Cortina d'Ampezzo 195 km (121 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Secondo Magni (ITA)  Giovanni Valetti (ITA)
15 15 May Cortina d'Ampezzo to Trento 256.2 km (159 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Gino Bartali (ITA)  Gino Bartali (ITA)
16 May Rest day
16 17 May Trento to Sondrio 166 km (103 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Giovanni Valetti (ITA)  Giovanni Valetti (ITA)
17 18 May Sondrio to Milan 168 km (104 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Gino Bartali (ITA)  Giovanni Valetti (ITA)
Total 3,011.4 km (1,871 mi)

General classification[edit]

There were 54 cyclists who had completed all seventeen stages. For these cyclists, the times they had needed in each stage was added up for the general classification. The cyclist with the least accumulated time was the winner.

Final general classification (1–10)[1][2]
Rank Name Team Time
1  Giovanni Valetti (ITA) Pink jersey Fréjus 88h 02' 00"
2  Gino Bartali (ITA) Legnano + 2' 59"
3  Mario Vicini (ITA) Lygie + 5' 07"
4  Severino Canavesi (ITA) Gloria + 7' 55"
5  Settimo Simonini (ITA) Il Littoriale + 16' 40"
6  Salvatore Crippa (ITA) Ganna + 17' 52"
7  Giordano Cottur (ITA) Lygie + 18' 40"
8  Cesare Del Gancia (ITA) Ganna + 24' 34"
9  Cino Cinelli (ITA) Fréjus + 26' 10"
10  Bernardo Rogora (ITA) Gloria + 27' 40"

Mountains classification[edit]

In the mountains classification, the Giro organizers selected different mountains that the route crossed and awarded points to the riders who crossed them first.

Final mountains classification (1–9)[1][2]
Rank Name Team Points
1  Gino Bartali (ITA) Legnano 22
2  Giovanni Valetti (ITA) Pink jersey Fréjus 19
3  Michele Benente (ITA) Olympia 14
4  Enrico Mollo (ITA) Olympia 10
 Settimo Simonini (ITA) Il Littoriale
6  Olimpio Bizzi (ITA) Fréjus 6
 Giordano Cottur (ITA) Lygie
 Secondo Magni (ITA) Fréjus
9  Adolfo Leoni (ITA) Bianchi 5
 Aladino Mealli (ITA) S.C Vigor

Team classification[edit]

The winner of the team classification was determined by adding the finish times of the best three cyclists per team together and the team with the lowest total time was the winner.[2] If a team had fewer than three riders finish, they were not eligible for the classification.[2]

Final team classification (1–8)[1][2]
Rank Team Time
1 Fréjus 265h 00' 13"
2 Ganna + 27' 53"
3 Gloria + 29' 52"
4 Lygie + 57' 35"
5 Legnano + 1h 03' 55"
6 Bianchi + 3h 03' 19"
7 Olympia + 5h 55' 57"
8 Belgio + 9h 11' 50"

Groups classification[edit]

Final team classification (1–3)[2]
Rank Team Time
1 S.C. Vigor 269h 46' 52"
2 La Voce di Mantova + 1h 23' 36"
3 Il Littoriale + 4h 20' 42"

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ In 1939, there was no distinction in the rules between plain stages and mountain stages; the icons shown here indicate that the stages 7, 9b, 10, 14, 15, 16, and 17 included major mountains. The stage 6b individual time trial also contained a summit finish to Monte Terminillo.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Bill and Carol McGann. "1939 Giro d'Italia". Bike Race Info. Dog Ear Publishing. Archived from the original on 2013-07-05. Retrieved 2012-07-10. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Tutto finito: Valetti l'ha spuntata su Bartali" [All finished: Valetti won the day on Bartali]. Il Littoriale (in Italian). Milan, Italy. 19 May 1939. p. 4. Archived from the original on 14 July 2013. Retrieved 7 July 2013.