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]

A total of 16 teams were invited to participate in the 1953 Giro d'Italia.[5] Each team sent a squad of seven riders, so the Giro began with a peloton of 112 cyclists.[5] Out of the 112 riders that started this edition of the Giro d'Italia, a total of 72 riders made it to the finish in Milan.[6]

The 16 teams that took part in the race were:[5]

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

Final standings[edit]

Stage results[edit]

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

General classification[edit]

Final general classification (1–10)[6][7]
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]

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 (1–9)[6][7][8]
Rank 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)[9]
Rank 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. ^ a b "Coppi en la penúltima" [Coppi in the penultimate] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 3 June 1953. p. 3. Archived from the original on 14 July 2013. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  8. ^ "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. 
  9. ^ "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.