1949 Giro d'Italia

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1949 Giro d'Italia
Race details
Dates 21 May - 12 June
Stages 19
Distance 4,088 km (2,540 mi)
Winning time 125h 25' 50" (32.556 km/h or 20.229 mph)
Winner  Fausto Coppi (ITA) (Bianchi)
Second  Gino Bartali (ITA) (Bartali)
Third  Giordano Cottur (ITA) (Wilier Triestina)

Mountains  Fausto Coppi (ITA) (Bianchi)
Team Wilier Triestina

The 1949 Giro d'Italia was the 32nd edition of the Giro d'Italia, a cycling race organized and sponsored by the newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport. The race began on 21 May in Palermo with a stage that stretched 261 km (162 mi) to Catania, finishing in Monza on 12 June after a 267 km (166 mi) stage and a total distance covered of 4,088 km (2,540 mi). The race was won by the Italian rider Fausto Coppi of the Bianchi team, with fellow Italians Gino Bartali and Giordano Cottur coming in second and third respectively.[1]

Coppi won the overall by way of the memorable 17th stage (from Cuneo to Pinerolo),[2] during which he escaped from the group and climbed alone the Maddalena Pass, the Col de Vars, the Col d'Izoard, the Col de Montgenèvre and the Sestriere Pass, arriving in Pinerolo 11'52" ahead of Bartali, his tenacious antagonist during those years.


A total of 15 teams were invited to participate in the 1949 Giro d'Italia. Each team sent a squad of seven riders, so the Giro began with a peloton of 105 cyclists. Out of the 105 riders that started this edition of the Giro d'Italia, a total of 65 riders made it to the finish in Monza.

The 15 teams that took part in the race were:

  • Bianchi
  • Fréjus
  • Cimatti
  • Viscontea
  • Arbos
  • Edelweiss
  • Stucchi
  • Benotto
  • Fiorelli
  • Bottecchia

Final standings[edit]

Stage results[edit]

Stage results[3]
Stage Date Course Distance Type Winner
1 21 May Palermo to Catania 261 km (162 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Mario Fazio (ITA)
2 22 May Catania to Messina 163 km (101 mi) Plain stage  Sergio Maggini (ITA)
3 23 May Villa San Giovanni to Cosenza 214 km (133 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Guido De Santi (ITA)
4 24 May Cosenza to Salerno 292 km (181 mi) Plain stage  Fausto Coppi (ITA)
5 26 May Salerno to Naples 161 km (100 mi) Plain stage  Serafino Biagioni (ITA)
6 27 May Naples to Rome 233 km (145 mi) Plain stage  Mario Ricci (ITA)
7 28 May Rome to Pesaro 298 km (185 mi) Plain stage  Adolfo Leoni (ITA)
8 29 May Pesaro to Venezia 273 km (170 mi) Plain stage  Luigi Casola (ITA)
9 31 May Venezia to Udine 249 km (155 mi) Plain stage  Adolfo Leoni (ITA)
10 1 June Udine to Bassano del Grappa 154 km (96 mi) Plain stage  Giovanni Corrieri (ITA)
11 2 June Bassano del Grappa to Bolzano 237 km (147 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Fausto Coppi (ITA)
12 4 June Bolzano to Modena 253 km (157 mi) Plain stage  Oreste Conte (ITA)
13 5 June Modena to Montecatini Terme 160 km (99 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Adolfo Leoni (ITA)
14 6 June Montecatini Terme to Genoa 228 km (142 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Vincenzo Rossello (ITA)
15 7 June Genoa to Sanremo 136 km (85 mi) Plain stage  Luciano Maggini (ITA)
16 9 June Sanremo to Cuneo 190 km (118 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Oreste Conte (ITA)
17 10 June Cuneo to Pinerolo 254 km (158 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Fausto Coppi (ITA)
18 11 June Pinerolo to Turin 65 km (40 mi) History.gif Individual time trial  Antonio Bevilacqua (ITA)
19 12 June Turin to Monza 267 km (166 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Giovanni Corrieri (ITA)
Total 4,088 km (2,540 mi)

Classification leadership[edit]

In the 1949 Giro d'Italia there were two major classifications. For the general classification, calculated by adding each cyclist's finishing times on each stage, and allowing time bonuses for the first three finishers on mass-start stages, the leader received a pink jersey. This classification was considered the most important of the Giro d'Italia, and the winner was considered the winner of the Giro.[4]

In the mountains classifications, points were won by reaching the top of a climb before other cyclists. This classification did not award a jersey to the leader.[4]

Classification leadership by stage
Stage Winner General classification
Mountains classification
1 Mario Fazio Mario Fazio Mario Fazio
2 Sergio Maggini Giordano Cottur
3 Guido De Santi Leon Jomaux
4 Fausto Coppi
5 Serafino Biagioni
6 Mario Ricci
7 Adolfo Leoni Mario Fazio
8 Luigi Casola
9 Adolfo Leoni Adolfo Leoni
10 Giovanni Corrieri
11 Fausto Coppi Fausto Coppi
12 Oreste Conte
13 Adolfo Leoni
14 Vincenzo Rossello
15 Luciano Maggini
16 Oreste Conte
17 Fausto Coppi Fausto Coppi
18 Antonio Bevilacqua
19 Giovanni Corrieri
Final Fausto Coppi Fausto Coppi

General classification[edit]

Final general classification (1–10)[3][5]
Rank Name Team Time
1  Fausto Coppi (ITA) Pink jersey Bianchi 125h 25' 50"
2  Gino Bartali (ITA) Bartali + 23' 47"
3  Giordano Cottur (ITA) Wilier-Triestina + 38' 27"
4  Adolfo Leoni (ITA) Legnano + 39' 01"
5  Giancarlo Astrua (ITA) Benotto + 39' 50"
6  Alfredo Martini (ITA) Wilier-Triestina + 48' 48"
7  Giulio Bresci (ITA) Centro Sportivo Italiano + 49' 14"
8  Serafino Biagioni (ITA) Viscontea + 53' 14"
9  Nedo Logli (ITA) Arbos + 56' 59"
10  Silvio Pedroni (ITA) Fréjus + 1h 02' 10"

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 (1–5)[5]
Rank Name Team Points
1  Fausto Coppi (ITA) Pink jersey Bianchi 46
2  Gino Bartali (ITA) Bartali 41
3  Alfredo Pasotti (ITA) Benotto 23
4  Giancarlo Astrua (ITA) Benotto 14
5  Léon Jomaux (FRA) Bartali 12

Team classification[edit]

Final team classification (1)[3]
Rank Team Time
1 Wilier-Triestina ?

G. P. Tappa Volanti[edit]

Final Gran Premio Tappa Volanti classification (1–3)[5]
Rank Name Team Points
1  Oreste Conte (ITA) Bianchi 21
2  Antonio Bevilacqua (ITA) Atala 19
3  Adolfo Leoni (ITA) Legnano 13


  1. ^ "Coppi gana la Vuelta a Italia" [Coppi Wins the Tour of Italy] (in Spanish). Milan, Italy: El Mundo Deportivo. 15 June 1949. p. 2. Archived from the original on 2013-06-30. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "Giro Replay: The Cima Coppi". pezcyclingnews.com. Retrieved 18 September 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c Bill and Carol McGann. "1949 Giro d'Italia". Bike Race Info. Dog Ear Publishing. Retrieved 2012-07-10. 
  4. ^ a b Laura Weislo (2008-05-13). "Giro d'Italia classifications demystified". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. Retrieved 2009-08-27. 
  5. ^ a b c "A Corrieri, in volata l'ultimo traguardo" [A Couriers, in the final sprint finish] (PDF). Stampa Sera (in Italian) (Editrice La Stampa). 13 June 1949. p. 4. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 

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