1955 Giro d'Italia

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1955 Giro d'Italia
Race details
Dates 14 May - 5 June
Stages 21
Distance 3,871 km (2,405 mi)
Winning time 108h 56' 12" (35.552 km/h or 22.091 mph)
Palmares
Winner  Fiorenzo Magni (ITA) (Nivea-Fuchs)
Second  Fausto Coppi (ITA) (Bianchi)
Third  Gastone Nencini (ITA) (Leo-Chlorodont)

Mountains  Gastone Nencini (ITA) (Leo-Chlorodont)
Team Atala
1954
1956

The 1955 Giro d'Italia was the 38th edition of the Giro d'Italia, one of cycling's Grand Tours. The Giro started off in Milan on 14 May with a 163 km (101.3 mi) flat stage and concluded back in Milan with a 141 km (87.6 mi) relatively flat mass-start stage on 5 June. Fourteen teams entered the race, which was won by Italian Fiorenzo Magni of the Nivea-Fuchs team. Second and third respectively were Italian riders Fausto Coppi and Gastone Nencini.[1][2]

In the 20th stage, arriving in San Pellegrino Terme, Magni and Coppi attacked Gastone Nencini (who was leading the general classification) taking advantage of a puncture he suffered in an unpaved road section. Coppi won the stage (his last victory in the Giro) and Magni took the maglia rosa.

Teams[edit]

A total of 14 teams were invited to participate in the 1955 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 72 riders made it to the finish in Milan.[3]

The 14 teams that took part in the race were:

  • Arbos
  • Atala
  • Bianchi
  • Chlorodont
  • Doniselli
  • Faema
  • Francia
  • Fréjus
  • Girardengo
  • Ignis
  • Legnano
  • Nivea
  • Torpado
  • Welter

Final standings[edit]

Stage results[edit]

Stage results[3]
Stage Date Course Distance Type Winner Race Leader
1 14 May Milan to Turin 163 km (101 mi) Plain stage  Guido Messina (ITA)  Guido Messina (ITA)
2 15 May Turin to Cannes 243 km (151 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Fiorenzo Magni (ITA)  Fiorenzo Magni (ITA)
3 16 May Cannes to Sanremo 123 km (76 mi) Plain stage  Nino Defilippis (ITA)  Fiorenzo Magni (ITA)
4 17 May Sanremo to Acqui Terme 192 km (119 mi) Plain stage  Alessandro Fantini (ITA)  Fiorenzo Magni (ITA)
5 18 May Acqui Terme to Genoa 170 km (106 mi) Plain stage  Giancarlo Astrua (ITA)  Fiorenzo Magni (ITA)
6 19 May Genoa to Lido d'Albaro 18 km (11 mi) Team time trial Torpado  Fiorenzo Magni (ITA)
7 20 May Genoa to Viareggio 164 km (102 mi) Plain stage  Giovanni Corrieri (ITA)  Fiorenzo Magni (ITA)
21 May Rest day
8 22 May Viareggio to Perugia 260 km (162 mi) Plain stage  Rino Benedetti (ITA)  Fiorenzo Magni (ITA)
9 23 May Perugia to Rome 174 km (108 mi) Plain stage  Gastone Nencini (ITA)  Fiorenzo Magni (ITA)
10 24 May Frascati to Frascati 207 km (129 mi) Plain stage  Bernardo Ruiz (ESP)  Bruno Monti (ITA)
11 25 May Rome to Naples 242 km (150 mi) Plain stage  Vincenzo Zucconelli (ITA)  Bruno Monti (ITA)
12 26 May Naples to Scanno 216 km (134 mi) Plain stage  Gastone Nencini (ITA)  Raphaël Géminiani (FRA)
13 27 May Scanno to Ancona 251 km (156 mi) Plain stage  Giorgio Albani (ITA)  Raphaël Géminiani (FRA)
14 28 May Ancona to Pineta di Cervia 173 km (107 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Giuseppe Minardi (ITA)  Raphaël Géminiani (FRA)
15 29 May Pineta di Cervia to Ravenna 50 km (31 mi) Individual time trial  Pasquale Fornara (ITA)  Gastone Nencini (ITA)
16 30 May Ravenna to Lido di Jesolo 245 km (152 mi) Plain stage  Rino Benedetti (ITA)  Gastone Nencini (ITA)
17 31 May Lido di Jesolo to Trieste 150 km (93 mi) Plain stage  Alessandro Fantini (ITA)  Gastone Nencini (ITA)
1 June Rest day
18 2 June Trieste to Cortina d'Ampezzo 236 km (147 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Angelo Conterno (ITA)  Gastone Nencini (ITA)
19 3 June Cortina d'Ampezzo to Trento 227 km (141 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Jean Dotto (FRA)  Gastone Nencini (ITA)
20 4 June Trento to San Pellegrino Terme 216 km (134 mi) Plain stage  Fausto Coppi (ITA)  Fiorenzo Magni (ITA)
21 5 June San Pellegrino Terme to Milan 141 km (88 mi) Plain stage  Hugo Koblet (SUI)  Fiorenzo Magni (ITA)
Total 3,871 km (2,405 mi)

General classification[edit]

Final general classification (1–10)[3][4][5]
Rank Name Team Time
1  Fiorenzo Magni (ITA) Pink jersey Nivea 108h 56' 12"
2  Fausto Coppi (ITA) Bianchi + 13"
3  Gastone Nencini (ITA) Chlorodont + 4' 08"
4  Raphaël Géminiani (FRA) France + 4' 51"
5  Agostino Coletto (ITA) Fréjus + 7' 19"
6  Aldo Moser (ITA) Torpado + 8' 01"
7  Pasquale Fornara (ITA) Chlorodont + 9' 16"
8  Salvador Botella (ESP) Ignis + 14' 10"
9  Wout Wagtmans (NED) Doniselli + 16' 03"
10  Hugo Koblet (SUI) Faema + 20' 16"

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 (1–7)[3][4]
Rank Name Team Points
1  Gastone Nencini (ITA) Chlorodont 7
2  José Serra (ESP) Ignis 6
3  Bruno Monti (ITA) Atala 4
4  Antonio Gelabert (ESP) Ignis
5  Giuseppe Minardi (ITA) Legnano 3
 Jean Dotto (FRA)  ?
7  Wout Wagtmans (NED) Doniselli 1
 Raphaël Géminiani (FRA) France
 Pierino Baffi (ITA) Nivea-Fuchs
 Giancarlo Astrua (ITA) Atala
 Salvador Botella (ESP) Ignis

Traguardi volanti classification[edit]

Final Traguardi volanti classification (1–9)[4]
Rank Name Team Points
1  Nino Defilippis (ITA) Torpado 42
2  Giorgio Albani (ITA) Legnano 39
3  Rino Benedetti (ITA) Leo-Chlorodont 38
4  Fiorenzo Magni (ITA) Pink jersey Nivea 16
5  Fausto Coppi (ITA) Bianchi 13
6  Giuseppe Favero (ITA) Bianchi 13
7  Louis Caput (FRA)  ? 12
8  Donato Piazza (ITA) Nivea-Fuchs 11
9  Gastone Nencini (ITA) Chlorodont 10
 Giovanni Corrieri (ITA) Arbos
 Angelo Conterno (ITA) Torpado

Italian team classification[edit]

Final Italian team classification (1–9)[4]
Rank Team Points
1 Atala 840
2 Chlorodont 918
3 Nivea 1117
4 Bianchi 1203
5 Torpado 1222
6 Legnano 1237
7 Fréjus 1437
8 Arbos 1461
9 Welter 1667

Foreign team classification[edit]

Final foreign team classification (1–5)[3][5]
Rank Team Points
1 Francia 1050
2 Faema 1190
3 Doniselli 1334
4 Ignis 1347
5 Girardengo 2086

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Termino La Vuelta A Italia Con La Vicotria De Magni" [Final The Tour of Italy with the Victory by Magni] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 6 June 1955. p. 1. Archived from the original on 2013-06-30. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  2. ^ http://www.archiviolastampa.it/component/option,com_lastampa/task,search/mod,libera/action,viewer/Itemid,3/page,4/articleid,0054_01_1954_0310_0004_14456396/
  3. ^ a b c d e Bill and Carol McGann. "1955 Giro d'Italia". Bike Race Info. Dog Ear Publishing. Archived from the original on 14 July 2013. Retrieved 2012-07-10. 
  4. ^ a b c d "La morale del 38 Giro d'Italia e che i piu forti sono ancora i "vecchi"" [38 The moral of the 38 Tour of Italy and that the strongest are still the "old"] (PDF). l'Unità (in Italian) (PCI). 6 June 1955. p. 4. Archived from the original on 17 June 2014. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Terminó la Vuelta a Italia" [Final the Tour of Italy] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 6 June 1955. p. 6. Archived from the original on 14 July 2013. Retrieved 27 May 2012.