1953 Giro d'Italia

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1953 Giro d'Italia
Race details
Dates 12 May - 2 June
Stages 21
Distance 4,035.5 km (2,508 mi)
Winning time 118h 37' 26" (24.019 km/h or 14.925 mph)
Palmares
Winner  Fausto Coppi (ITA) (Bianchi)
Second  Hugo Koblet (SUI) (Cilo)
Third  Pasquale Fornara (ITA) (Cilo)

Mountains  Pasquale Fornara (ITA) (Cilo)
Team Ganna
1952
1954

The 1953 Giro d'Italia was the 36th edition of the Giro d'Italia, one of cycling's Grand Tours. The Giro started off in Milan on 12 May with a 263 km (163.4 mi) flat stage and concluded back in Milan with a 220 km (136.7 mi) relatively flat mass-start stage on 2 June. Sixteen teams entered the race, which was won by Italian Fausto Coppi of the Bianchi team. Second and third respectively were Swiss rider Hugo Koblet and Italian Pasquale Fornara.[1][2][3][4]

Hugo Koblet held the pink jersey up until the penultimate stage, when Coppi attacked and caught him on the climb up the Stelvio Pass, taking the lead and securing the final victory.

Teams[edit]

Sixteen teams were invited by the race organizers to participate in the 1953 edition of the Giro d'Italia.[5] Each team sent a squad of seven riders, which meant that the race started with a peloton of 112 cyclists.[5] From the riders that began the race, 72 made it to the finish in Milan.[6]

The teams entering the race were:[5]

  • Arbos
  • Atala
  • Bartali
  • Bianchi
  • Bottecchia
  • Fiorelli
  • Francia
  • Fréjus
  • Ganna
  • Girardengo
  • Guerra
  • Legnano
  • Levirere
  • Locomotief
  • Torpado
  • Welter

Route and stages[edit]

Stage characteristics and results[6]
Stage Date Course Distance Type Winner
1 12 May Milan to Abano Terme 263 km (163 mi) Plain stage  Wim Van Est (NED)
2 13 May Abano Terme to Rimini 278 km (173 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Pasquale Fornara (ITA)
3 14 May Rimini to San Benedetto del Tronto 182 km (113 mi) Plain stage  Albino Crespi (ITA)
4 15 May San Benedetto del Tronto to Roccaraso 171 km (106 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Fausto Coppi (ITA)
5 16 May Roccaraso to Naples 149 km (93 mi) Plain stage  Ettore Milano (ITA)
6 17 May Naples to Rome 285 km (177 mi) Plain stage  Giuseppe Minardi (ITA)
7 18 May Rome to Grosseto 178 km (111 mi) Plain stage  Giovanni Corrieri (ITA)
8 Grosseto to Follonica 48 km (30 mi) Individual time trial  Hugo Koblet (SUI)
9 19 May Follonica to Pisa 114 km (71 mi) Plain stage  Rik Van Steenbergen (BEL)
20 May Rest day
10 21 May Pisa to Modena 189 km (117 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Fiorenzo Magni (ITA)
11 22 May Modena to Modena 30 km (19 mi) Team time trial Bianchi
12 23 May Modena to Genoa 278 km (173 mi) Plain stage  Giorgio Albani (ITA)
13 24 May Genoa to Bordighera 256 km (159 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Oreste Conte (ITA)
14 25 May Bordighera to Turin 242 km (150 mi) Plain stage  Pietro Giudici (ITA)
15 26 May Turin to San Pellegrino Terme 232 km (144 mi) Plain stage  Nino Assirelli (ITA)
27 May Rest day
16 28 May San Pellegrino Terme to Riva del Garda 279 km (173 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Fiorenzo Magni (ITA)
17 29 May Riva del Garda to Vicenza 166 km (103 mi) Plain stage  Bruno Monti (ITA)
18 30 May Vicenza to Auronzo di Cadore 186 km (116 mi) Plain stage  Bruno Monti (ITA)
19 31 May Auronzo di Cadore to Bolzano 164 km (102 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Fausto Coppi (ITA)
20 1 June Bolzano to Bormio 125 km (78 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Fausto Coppi (ITA)
21 2 June Bormio to Milan 220 km (137 mi) Plain stage  Fiorenzo Magni (ITA)
Total 4,035.5 km (2,508 mi)

Classification leadership[edit]

One jersey was worn during the 1953 Giro d'Italia. 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.[7]

The mountains classification leader. The climbs all awarded three points to the first rider and one point to the second rider to cross the summit. There was one category for mountains which awarded five points down to one point for the first riders to cross the summit.[8] Although no jersey was awarded, there was also one classification for the teams, in which the stage finish times of the best three cyclists per team were added; the leading team was the one with the lowest total time.

Classification leadership by stage
Stage Winner General classification
A pink jersey
Mountains classification Team classification
1 Wim Van Est Fausto Coppi not awarded Locomotief
2 Pasquale Fornara Guido De Santi Pasquale Fornara Levriere
3 Albino Crespi
4 Fausto Coppi Pasquale Fornara Bianchi & Francia
5 Ettore Milano
6 Giuseppe Minardi Guido De Santi
7 Giovanni Corrieri Giovanni Corrieri
8 Hugo Koblet Hugo Koblet Bartali
9 Rik Van Steenbergen
10 Fiorenzo Magni Bianchi
11 Bianchi Bartali
12 Giorgio Albani
13 Oreste Conte
14 Pietro Giudici
15 Nino Assirelli Bottecchia
16 Fiorenzo Magni Ganna
17 Bruno Monti
18 Bruno Monti
19 Fausto Coppi
20 Fausto Coppi Fausto Coppi
21 Fiorenzo Magni
Final Fausto Coppi Pasquale Fornara Ganna

Final standings[edit]

Legend
  Pink jersey   Denotes the winner of the General classification

General classification[edit]

Final general classification (1–10)[6][9]
Rank Name Team Time
1  Fausto Coppi (ITA) Pink jersey Bianchi 118h 37' 26"
2  Hugo Koblet (SUI) Guerra + 1' 26"
3  Pasquale Fornara (ITA) Bottecchia + 6' 55"
4  Gino Bartali (ITA) Bartali + 14' 08"
5  Angelo Conterno (ITA) Fréjus + 20' 51"
6  Stan Ockers (BEL) Girardengo + 24' 14"
7  Giovanni Roma (ITA) Bottecchia + 24' 35"
8  Guido De Santi (ITA) Benotto + 25' 06"
9  Fiorenzo Magni (ITA) Ganna + 25' 39"
10  Vincenzo Rossello (ITA) Ganna + 26' 21"

Mountains classification[edit]

Final mountains classification (1–9)[6][9][10]
Name Team Points
1  Pasquale Fornara (ITA) Bottecchia 33
2  Fausto Coppi (ITA) Pink jersey Bianchi 20
3  Gino Bartali (ITA) Bartali 16
4  Hugo Koblet (SUI) Guerra 15
5  Primo Volpi (ITA) Arbos 10
6  Andrea Carrea (ITA) Bianchi 8
7  Stan Ockers (BEL) Girardengo 5
8  Danilo Barozzi (ITA) Atala 4
9  Nino Defilippis (ITA) Legnano 3
 Giovanni Roma (ITA) Bottecchia

Team classification[edit]

Final team classification (1-10)[11]
Team Time
1 Ganna 357h 13' 20"
2 Bottecchia + 7' 21"
3 Bianchi + 10' 51"
4 Legnano + 37' 59"
5 Bartali + 39' 00"
6 Fréjus + 49' 47"
7 Svizzera-Guerra + 1h 01' 12"
8 Levrieri + 1h 05' 23"
9 Arbos + 1h 11' 58"
10 Atala + 1h 33' 11"

References[edit]

Citations
  1. ^ "Coppi, en la penúltima etapa se impuso, y ha ganado de nuevo la Vuelta Ciclista a Italia :: Koblet, segundo" [Coppi, Won the Penultimate Stage, and Won the Tour of Italy Again :: Koblet, Second] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 3 June 1953. p. 1. Archived from the original on 2013-06-30. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "Coppi ha vinto il Giro d'Italia e Magni l'ultima volata a Milano" [Coppi won the Tour of Italy and Magni the last sprint in Milan] (PDF). La Stampa (in Italian) (Editrice La Stampa). 3 June 1953. p. 4. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "Primi interrogativi per il Tour" [A Tour of mountains and countryside] (PDF). La Stampa (in Italian) (Editrice La Stampa). 3 June 1953. p. 5. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "Al Vigorelli apoteosi di Fausto Coppi superbo vincitore del "Giro d'Italia"" [At Vigorelli apotheosis of Fausto Coppi proud winner of the "Tour of Italy"] (PDF). l'Unità (in Italian) (PCI). 3 June 1953. p. 5. Archived from the original on 17 June 2014. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c "16 squadre 112 atleti" [16 teams 112 athletes]. Corriere dello Sport (in Italian). 12 May 1953. p. 1. Archived from the original on 22 December 2014. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c d Bill and Carol McGann. "1953 Giro d'Italia". Bike Race Info. Dog Ear Publishing. Retrieved 2012-07-10. 
  7. ^ 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. 
  8. ^ "Classifica del G. P. della Montagna dopo il traguardo di San Marino" [Ranking of Mountain GP after the finish of San Marino]. Corriere dello Sport (in Italian). 14 May 1953. p. 6. Archived from the original on 4 April 2015. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  9. ^ a b "Coppi en la penúltima" [Coppi in the penultimate] (PDF) (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 3 June 1953. p. 3. Archived from the original on 14 July 2013. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  10. ^ "Fausto Coppi stacca tutti sullo Stelvio è primo a Bormio e conquista la maglia rosa" [Fausto Coppi all off on the Stelvio in Bormio is first and won the pink jersey] (PDF). La Stampa (in Italian) (Editrice La Stampa). 2 June 1953. p. 4. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  11. ^ "Classifica per squadre" [Standings for Teams]. Corriere dello Sport (in Italian). 3 June 1953. p. 7. Archived from the original on 22 December 2014. Retrieved 7 July 2013.