1951 Giro d'Italia

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1951 Giro d'Italia
Race details
Dates 19 May - 10 June
Stages 20
Distance 4,153 km (2,581 mi)
Winning time 121h 11' 37" (34.217 km/h or 21.261 mph)
Palmares
Winner  Fiorenzo Magni (ITA) (Ganna)
Second  Rik Van Steenbergen (BEL) (Girardengo)
Third  Ferdinand Kübler (SUI) (Fréjus)

Mountains  Louison Bobet (FRA) (Bottecchia)
Team Taurea
1950
1952

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.[1][2]

Teams[edit]

A total of 14 teams were invited to participate in the 1951 Giro d'Italia.[3] Each team sent a squad of seven riders, so the Giro began with a peloton of 98 cyclists.[3] 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.[4]

The teams entering the race were:[3][5]

  • Ganna
  • Benotto
  • Bianchi
  • Fréjus
  • Arbos
  • Stucchi
  • Guerra
  • Wilier
  • Girardengo

Route and stages[edit]

Stage characteristics and results[4]
Stage Date Course Distance Type Winner
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)

Classification leadership[edit]

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.[6]

In the mountains classification, the race organizers selected different mountains that the route crossed and awarded points to the riders who crossed them first.[6] 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.[4][7] If a team had fewer than three riders finish, they were not eligible for the classification.[4][7]

The rows in the following table correspond to the jerseys awarded after that stage was run.

Stage Winner General classification
Mountains classification Team classification
1 Rik Van Steenbergen Rik Van Steenbergen not awarded  ?
2 Antonio Bevilacqua Fiorenzo Magni  ?
3 Rodolfo Falzoni
4 Guido De Santi
5 Pietro Giudici Fritz Schär
6 Fausto Coppi
7 Angelo Menon Rik Van Steenbergen
8 Luigi Casola Fiorenzo Magni
9 Giovanni Corrieri
10 Giuseppe Minardi
11 Serafino Biagioni
12 Giancarlo Astrua Giancarlo Astrua
13 Luciano Maggini Rik Van Steenbergen
14 Adolfo Leoni
15 Rik Van Steenbergen
16 Luciano Frosini
17 Louison Bobet
18 Fausto Coppi Fiorenzo Magni
19 Hugo Koblet
20 Antonio Bevilacqua
Final Fiorenzo Magni Louison Bobet Taurus

Final standings[edit]

Legend
  A pink jersey   Denotes the winner of the General classification

General classification[edit]

Final general classification (1–10)[4][8]
Rank Name Team Time
1  Fiorenzo Magni (ITA) Pink jersey 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"

Mountains classification[edit]

Final mountains classification (1–5)[9]
Rank Name Team Points
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

Team classification[edit]

Final team classification (1)[4]
Team Time
1 Taurea ?

References[edit]

Citations
  1. ^ "Magni gana la Vuelta a Italia" [Magni wins the Tour of Italy] (in Spanish). Milan, Italy: El Mundo Deportivo. 11 June 1951. p. 2. Archived from the original on 2013-06-30. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "Fiorenzo Magni ha vinto il Giro" [Fiorenzo Magni has won the Tour] (PDF). La Stampa (in Italian) (Editrice La Stampa). 11 June 1951. p. 4. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c "Il formidabile schieramento in campo" [The formidable array field]. Corriere dello Sport (in Italian). 18 May 1951. p. 1. Archived from the original on 22 December 2014. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f Bill and Carol McGann. "1951 Giro d'Italia". Bike Race Info. Dog Ear Publishing. Archived from the original on 14 July 2013. Retrieved 2012-07-10. 
  5. ^ http://archiviostorico.unita.it/cgi-bin/highlightPdf.cgi?t=ebook&file=/archivio/uni_1951_05/19510519_0004.pdf
  6. ^ a b Laura Weislo (13 May 2008). "Giro d'Italia classifications demystified". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. Archived from the original on 17 June 2014. Retrieved 13 July 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "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. 
  8. ^ "Classifica generale" [General Classification]. Corriere dello Sport (in Italian). 11 June 1951. p. 1. Archived from the original on 22 December 2014. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  9. ^ http://archiviostorico.unita.it/cgi-bin/highlightPdf.cgi?t=ebook&file=/archivio/uni_1951_06/19510610_0004.pdf