1946 Giro d'Italia

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1946 Giro d'Italia
Race details
Dates 15 June - 7 July
Stages 16, including three split stages
Distance 3,039.5 km (1,889 mi)
Winning time 96h 32' 20" (33.948 km/h or 21.094 mph)
Winner  Gino Bartali (ITA) (Legnano)
Second  Fausto Coppi (ITA) (Bianchi)
Third  Vito Ortelli (ITA) (Benotto)

Mountains  Gino Bartali (ITA) (Legnano)
Team Legnano

The 1946 Giro d'Italia was the 29th edition of the Giro d'Italia, a cycling race organized and sponsored by the newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport. The race began on 15 June in Milan with a stage that stretched 185 km (115 mi) to Turin, finishing back in Milan on 7 July after a 176 km (109 mi) stage and a total distance covered of 3,039.5 km (1,889 mi). The race was won by the Italian rider Gino Bartali of the Legnano team, with fellow Italians Fausto Coppi and Vito Ortelli coming in second and third respectively.


The 1946 Giro d'Italia was contested by seven teams and six groups.[1] The seven teams that entered the race were: Legnano, Bianchi, Viscontea, Benotto, Olmo, Welter, and Wilier-Triestina.[1] The six groups that started the race were: Milan-Gazzetta, V. C. Bustese, Fronte Della Gioventu'-Duluz, Azzini-Freni Universal, and Centro Sportivo Italiano.[1] Each team consisted of seven riders, while each group was made up of four cyclists.[1] This made the starting peloton total 79 riders.[1] Of the riders that began the race, only 40 were able to complete the race.[2]

Final standings[edit]

Stage results[edit]

Stage results[2]
Stage Date Course Distance Type Winner Race Leader
1 15 June Milan to Turin 185 km (115 mi) Plain stage  Giordano Cottur (ITA)  Giordano Cottur (ITA)
2 16 June Turin to Genoa 190 km (118 mi) Plain stage  Antonio Bevilacqua (ITA)  Antonio Bevilacqua (ITA)
3 17 June Genoa to Montecatini Terme 222 km (138 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Adolfo Leoni (ITA)  Antonio Bevilacqua (ITA)
4a 18 June Montecatini Terme to Prato 30 km (19 mi) History.gif Individual time trial  Antonio Bevilacqua (ITA)  Antonio Bevilacqua (ITA)
4b Prato to Bologna 112 km (70 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Fausto Coppi (ITA)  Fermo Camellini (ITA)
5a 19 June Bologna to Cesena 80 km (50 mi) Plain stage  Olimpio Bizzi (ITA)  Fermo Camellini (ITA)
5b Cesena to Ancona 128 km (80 mi) Plain stage  Aldo Bini (ITA)  Fermo Camellini (ITA)
20 June Rest day
6 21 June Ancona to Chieti 170 km (106 mi) Plain stage  Vito Ortelli (ITA)  Fermo Camellini (ITA)
22 June Rest day
7 23 June Chieti to Naples 244 km (152 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Mario Ricci (ITA)  Vito Ortelli (ITA)
24 June Rest day
8 25 June Naples to Rome 226 km (140 mi) Plain stage  Elio Bertocchi (ITA)  Vito Ortelli (ITA)
9 26 June Rome to Perugia 191 km (119 mi) Plain stage  Aldo Baito (ITA)  Vito Ortelli (ITA)
10 27 June Perugia to Florence 165 km (103 mi) Plain stage  Renzo Zanazzi (ITA)  Vito Ortelli (ITA)
28 June Rest day
11 29 June Florence to Rovigo 245 km (152 mi) Plain stage  Oreste Conte (ITA)  Vito Ortelli (ITA)
12 30 June Rovigo to Trieste 132 km (82 mi) Plain stage Stage Neutralized  Vito Ortelli (ITA)
31 June Rest day
1 July
13 2 July Udine to Auronzo di Cadore 124.5 km (77 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Fausto Coppi (ITA)  Gino Bartali (ITA)
14 3 July Auronzo di Cadore to Bassano del Grappa 203 km (126 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Fausto Coppi (ITA)  Gino Bartali (ITA)
4 July Rest day
15 5 July Bassano del Grappa to Trento 186 km (116 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Aldo Ronconi (ITA)  Gino Bartali (ITA)
16a 6 July Trento to Verona 90 km (56 mi) Plain stage  Oreste Conte (ITA)  Gino Bartali (ITA)
16b Verona to Mantua 72 km (45 mi) Plain stage  Elio Bertocchi (ITA)  Gino Bartali (ITA)
17 7 July Mantua to Milan 176 km (109 mi) Plain stage  Oreste Conte (ITA)  Gino Bartali (ITA)
Total 3,039.5 km (1,889 mi)

General classification[edit]

There were 40 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)[2]
Rank Name Team Time
1  Gino Bartali (ITA) Pink jersey Legnano 65h 32' 20"
2  Fausto Coppi (ITA) Bianchi + 47"
3  Vito Ortelli (ITA) Benotto + 15' 28"
4  Salvatore Crippa (ITA) ENAL-Campari + 15' 31"
5  Aldo Ronconi (ITA) Benotto + 24' 31"
6  Giulio Bresci (ITA) Welter + 27' 35"
7  Ezio Cecchi (ITA) Centro Sportivo Italiano + 37' 58"
8  Giordano Cottur (ITA) Wilier Triestina + 38' 28"
9  Alfredo Martini (ITA) Welter + 39' 54"
10  Primo Volpi (ITA) Velo Club Bustese + 43' 12"

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 (1–6)[2][3]
Rank Name Team Points
1  Gino Bartali (ITA) Legnano 27
2  Fausto Coppi (ITA) Bianchi 20
3  Vito Ortelli (ITA) Benotto 17
4  Aldo Ronconi (ITA) Benotto 8
5  Serse Coppi (ITA) Bianchi 5
 Ezio Cecchi (ITA) Centro Sportivo Italiano
6  Giordano Cottur (ITA) Wilier Triestina 4

Team classification[edit]

Final team classification (1)[2]
Rank Team Time
1 Benotto ?


  1. ^ a b c d e "Le squadre partecipanti" [The participating teams]. Corriere dello Sport (in Italian). 15 June 1946. p. 2. Archived from the original on 23 December 2014. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Bill and Carol McGann. "1946 Giro d'Italia". Bike Race Info. Dog Ear Publishing. Archived from the original on 2013-07-11. Retrieved 2012-07-10. 
  3. ^ "Aspra lotta sui monti e appassionante finale di gara" [Bitter struggle over the mountains and exciting final race]. La Stampa (in Italian) (Editrice La Stampa). 6 July 1946. p. 1. Retrieved 22 June 2012.