1951 Giro d'Italia
|Dates||19 May - 10 June|
|Distance||4,153 km (2,581 mi)|
|Winning time||121h 11' 37" (34.217 km/h or 21.261 mph)|
|Winner||Fiorenzo Magni (ITA)||(Ganna)|
|Second||Rik Van Steenbergen (BEL)||(Girardengo)|
|Third||Ferdinand Kübler (SUI)||(Fréjus)|
|Mountains||Louison Bobet (FRA)||(Bottecchia)|
The 1951 Giro d'Italia was the 34th edition of the Giro d'Italia, one of cycling's Grand Tours. The Giro started off in Milan on 19 May with a 202 km (125.5 mi) flat stage and concluded back in Milan with a 172 km (106.9 mi) relatively flat mass-start stage on 10 June. Fourteen teams entered the race, which was won by Italian Fiorenzo Magni of the Ganna team. Second and third respectively were Belgian Rik Van Steenbergen and Swiss rider Ferdinand Kübler.
A total of 14 teams were invited to participate in the 1951 Giro d'Italia. Each team sent a squad of seven riders, so the Giro began with a peloton of 98 cyclists. Out of the 98 riders that started this edition of the Giro d'Italia, a total of 75 riders made it to the finish in Milan.
Route and stages
|1||19 May||Milan to Turin||202 km (126 mi)||Plain stage||Rik Van Steenbergen (BEL)|
|2||20 May||Turin to Alassio||202 km (126 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Antonio Bevilacqua (ITA)|
|3||21 May||Alassio to Genoa||252 km (157 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Rodolfo Falzoni (ITA)|
|4||22 May||Genoa to Florence||265 km (165 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Guido De Santi (ITA)|
|5||23 May||Florence to Perugia||192 km (119 mi)||Plain stage||Pietro Giudici (ITA)|
|24 May||Rest day|
|6||25 May||Perugia to Terni||81 km (50 mi)||Individual time trial||Fausto Coppi (ITA)|
|7||26 May||Terni to Rome||290 km (180 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Angelo Menon (ITA)|
|8||27 May||Rome to Naples||234 km (145 mi)||Plain stage||Luigi Casola (ITA)|
|9||28 May||Naples to Foggia||181 km (112 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Giovanni Corrieri (ITA)|
|10||29 May||Foggia to Pescara||311 km (193 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Giuseppe Minardi (ITA)|
|30 May||Rest day|
|11||31 May||Pescara to Rimini||246 km (153 mi)||Plain stage||Serafino Biagioni (ITA)|
|12||1 June||Rimini to San Marino||24 km (15 mi)||Individual time trial||Giancarlo Astrua (ITA)|
|13||2 June||Rimini to Bologna||249 km (155 mi)||Plain stage||Luciano Maggini (ITA)|
|14||3 June||Bologna to Brescia||220 km (137 mi)||Plain stage||Adolfo Leoni (ITA)|
|15||4 June||Brescia to Venice||188 km (117 mi)||Plain stage||Rik Van Steenbergen (BEL)|
|16||5 June||Venice to Trieste||182 km (113 mi)||Plain stage||Luciano Frosini (ITA)|
|6 June||Rest day|
|17||7 June||Trieste to Cortina d'Ampezzo||255 km (158 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Louison Bobet (FRA)|
|18||8 June||Cortina d'Ampezzo to Bolzano||242 km (150 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Fausto Coppi (ITA)|
|19||9 June||Bolzano to Sankt Moritz (Switzerland)||166 km (103 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Hugo Koblet (SUI)|
|20||10 June||Sankt Moritz (Switzerland) to Milan||172 km (107 mi)||Plain stage||Antonio Bevilacqua (ITA)|
|Total||4,153 km (2,581 mi)|
The leader of the general classification – calculated by adding the stage finish times of each rider – wore a pink jersey. This classification is the most important of the race, and its winner is considered as the winner of the Giro.
In the mountains classification, the race organizers selected different mountains that the route crossed and awarded points to the riders who crossed them first. 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.
The rows in the following table correspond to the jerseys awarded after that stage was run.
||Mountains classification||Team classification|
|1||Rik Van Steenbergen||Rik Van Steenbergen||not awarded||?|
|2||Antonio Bevilacqua||Fiorenzo Magni||?|
|4||Guido De Santi|
|5||Pietro Giudici||Fritz Schär|
|7||Angelo Menon||Rik Van Steenbergen|
|8||Luigi Casola||Fiorenzo Magni|
|12||Giancarlo Astrua||Giancarlo Astrua|
|13||Luciano Maggini||Rik Van Steenbergen|
|15||Rik Van Steenbergen|
|18||Fausto Coppi||Fiorenzo Magni|
|Final||Fiorenzo Magni||Louison Bobet||Taurus|
|Denotes the winner of the General classification|
|1||Fiorenzo Magni (ITA)||Ganna||121h 11' 37"|
|2||Rik Van Steenbergen (BEL)||Girardengo||+ 1' 46"|
|3||Ferdi Kübler (SUI)||Fréjus||+ 2' 36"|
|4||Fausto Coppi (ITA)||Bianchi||+ 4' 04"|
|5||Giancarlo Astrua (ITA)||Taurea||+ 4' 07"|
|6||Hugo Koblet (SUI)||Guerra||+ 6' 05"|
|7||Louison Bobet (FRA)||Bottecchia||+ 13' 07"|
|8||Arrigo Padovan (ITA)||Atala||+ 14' 41"|
|9||Vincenzo Rossello (ITA)||Taurea||+ 14' 49"|
|10||Gino Bartali (ITA)||Bartali||+ 21' 12"|
|1||Louis Bobet (FRA)||Bottecchia||29|
|2||Fausto Coppi (ITA)||Bianchi||27|
|3||Alfredo Pasotti (ITA)||Wilier||19|
|4||Gino Bartali (ITA)||Bartali||17|
|5||Giovanni Roma (ITA)||Bottecchia||12|
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