1940 Giro d'Italia
|Dates||17 May - 9 June|
|Distance||3,574 km (2,221 mi)|
|Winning time||107h 31' 10" (33.240 km/h or 20.654 mph)|
|Winner||Fausto Coppi (ITA)||(Legnano)|
|Second||Enrico Mollo (ITA)||(Fréjus)|
|Third||Giordano Cottur (ITA)||(Lygie)|
|Mountains||Gino Bartali (ITA)||(Legnano)|
The 1940 Giro d'Italia was the 28th edition of the Giro d'Italia, a cycling race organized and sponsored by the newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport. The race began on 17 May in Milan with a stage that stretched 180 km (112 mi) to Turin, finishing back in Milan on 9 June after a 180 km (112 mi) stage and total total distance covered of 3,574 km (2,221 mi). The race was won by the Italian rider Fausto Coppi of the Legnano team, with fellow Italians Enrico Mollo and Giordano Cottur coming in second and third respectively.
It was won by Fausto Coppi, at his first participation. Coppi, who was 20-years-old at the time, is still the youngest winner of the Giro.
|Stage||Date||Course||Distance||Type[Notes 1]||Winner||Race Leader|
|1||17 May||Milan to Turin||180 km (112 mi)||Plain stage||Olimpio Bizzi (ITA)||Olimpio Bizzi (ITA)|
|2||18 May||Turin to Genoa||226 km (140 mi)||Plain stage||Pierino Favalli (ITA)||Osvaldo Bailo (ITA)|
|3||19 May||Genoa to Pisa||188 km (117 mi)||Plain stage||Diego Marabelli (ITA)||Osvaldo Bailo (ITA)|
|4||20 May||Pisa to Grosseto||154 km (96 mi)||Plain stage||Adolfo Leoni (ITA)||Pierino Favalli (ITA)|
|5||21 May||Grosseto to Rome||224 km (139 mi)||Plain stage||Adolfo Leoni (ITA)||Pierino Favalli (ITA)|
|22 May||Rest day|
|6||23 May||Rome to Naples||238 km (148 mi)||Plain stage||Glauco Servadei (ITA)||Pierino Favalli (ITA)|
|7||24 May||Naples to Fiuggi||178 km (111 mi)||Plain stage||Walter Generati (ITA)||Pierino Favalli (ITA)|
|8||25 May||Fiuggi to Terni||183 km (114 mi)||Plain stage||Olimpio Bizzi (ITA)||Enrico Mollo (ITA)|
|9||26 May||Terni to Arezzo||183 km (114 mi)||Plain stage||Primo Volpi (ITA)||Enrico Mollo (ITA)|
|10||27 May||Arezzo to Florence||91 km (57 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Olimpio Bizzi (ITA)||Enrico Mollo (ITA)|
|28 May||Rest day|
|11||29 May||Florence to Modena||184 km (114 mi)||Plain stage||Fausto Coppi (ITA)||Fausto Coppi (ITA)|
|12||30 May||Modena to Ferrara||199 km (124 mi)||Plain stage||Adolfo Leoni (ITA)||Fausto Coppi (ITA)|
|13||31 May||Ferrara to Treviso||125 km (78 mi)||Plain stage||Olimpio Bizzi (ITA)||Fausto Coppi (ITA)|
|14||1 June||Treviso to Abbazia (Now Opatija,Croatia)||215 km (134 mi)||Plain stage||Glauco Servadei (ITA)||Fausto Coppi (ITA)|
|15||2 June||Abbazia to Trieste||179 km (111 mi)||Plain stage||Mario Vicini (ITA)||Fausto Coppi (ITA)|
|3 June||Rest day|
|16||4 June||Trieste to Pieve di Cadore||202 km (126 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Mario Vicini (ITA)||Fausto Coppi (ITA)|
|17||5 June||Pieve di Cadore to Ortisei||110 km (68 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Gino Bartali (ITA)||Fausto Coppi (ITA)|
|6 June||Rest day|
|18||7 June||Ortisei to Trento||186 km (116 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Glauco Servadei (ITA)||Fausto Coppi (ITA)|
|19||8 June||Trento to Verona||149 km (93 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Gino Bartali (ITA)||Fausto Coppi (ITA)|
|20||9 June||Verona to Milan||180 km (112 mi)||Plain stage||Adolfo Leoni (ITA)||Fausto Coppi (ITA)|
|Total||3,574 km (2,221 mi)|
There were 47 cyclists who had completed all twenty 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.
|1||Fausto Coppi (ITA)||Legnano||107h 31' 10"|
|2||Enrico Mollo (ITA)||Olympia||+ 2' 40"|
|3||Giordano Cottur (ITA)||Lygie||+ 11' 45"|
|4||Mario Vicini (ITA)||Bianchi||+ 16' 27"|
|5||Severino Canavesi (ITA)||Gloria||+ 16' 50"|
|6||Ezio Cecchi (ITA)||Gloria||+ 22' 30"|
|7||Walter Generati (ITA)||Gloria||+ 25' 03"|
|8||Giovanni De Stefanis (ITA)||Dop. Azzini Bamberg||+ 27' 50"|
|9||Gino Bartali (ITA)||Legnano||+ 46' 09"|
|10||Settimio Simonini (ITA)||U.S. Azzini-Universal||+ 48' 37"|
In the mountains classification, the Giro organizers selected different mountains that the route crossed and awarded points to the riders who crossed them first.
|1||Gino Bartali (ITA)||Legnano||25|
|2||Fausto Coppi (ITA)||Legnano||21|
|3||Enrico Mollo (ITA)||Olympia||13|
|4||Ezio Cecchi (ITA)||Gloria||13|
|5||Mario Vicini (ITA)||Bianchi||12|
|6||Giordano Cottur (ITA)||Lygie||7|
|Primo Volpi (ITA)||U.S. Azzini-Universal|
|8||Giovanni De Stefanis (ITA)||Dop. Azzini Bamberg||5|
|9||Diego Marabelli (ITA)||GS Battisti-Aquilano||2|
|Walter Diggelmann (ITA)||Olympia|
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. If a team had fewer than three riders finish, they were not eligible for the classification.
|1||Gloria||306h 14' 23"|
|2||Legnano||+ 1h 51' 40"|
|3||Bianchi||+ 3h 30' 57"|
|4||Gerbi||+ 3h 32' 44"|
|5||Olympia||+ 3h 33' 18"|
|6||Lygie||+ 5h 03' 30"|
|1||U.S. Azzini-Universal||327h 34' 59"|
|2||Cicli Viscontea[Notes 2]||+ 16' 41"|
|3||Dopolavoro Az. Vismara||+ 33' 41"|
|4||G.S. Battisti-Aquilano||+ 1h 15' 37"|
- In 1940, there was no distinction in the rules between plain stages and mountain stages; the icons shown here indicate that the tenth, sixteenth, seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth stages included major mountains.
- Cicli Viscontea was also known as Comando Generale M.V.S.N. or M.V.S.N.-Viscontea.
- Bill and Carol McGann. "1940 Giro d'Italia". Bike Race Info. Dog Ear Publishing. Archived from the original on 2013-07-11. Retrieved 2012-07-10.
- "Con la vittoria d'un nuovo "asso,,: Fausto Coppi e con l'irresistibile volata di Adolfo Leoni il 28 Giro d'Italia ha avuto epilogo all'Arena" [With the victory of a new "ace,: Fausto Coppi and the irresistible sprinter Adolfo Leoni on the 28th Tour of Italy had epilogue Arena]. Il Littoriale (in Italian). Milan, Italy. 10 June 1940. p. 1. Archived from the original on 14 July 2013. Retrieved 7 July 2013.
- "Gino Bartali vince il Gran Pr. della Montagna "Martini e Rossi"" [Gino Bartali won the Mountains Classification "Martini and Rossi"]. Il Littoriale (in Italian). Milan, Italy. 10 June 1940. p. 2. Archived from the original on 14 July 2013. Retrieved 7 July 2013.
- "L'ultima tappa in una immensa cornice di folla e la vittoria di Leoni" [The final step in a huge frame of the crowd and the victory of Leoni]. Il Littoriale (in Italian). Milan, Italy. 10 June 1940. p. 2. Archived from the original on 14 July 2013. Retrieved 7 July 2013.