1956 Giro d'Italia

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1956 Giro d'Italia
Race details
Dates 19 May - 10 June
Stages 22, including one split stage
Distance 3,523.45 km (2,189 mi)
Winning time 101h 39' 46" (34.667 km/h or 21.541 mph)
Palmares
Winner  Charly Gaul (LUX) (Faema)
Second  Fiorenzo Magni (ITA) (Nivea-Fuchs)
Third  Agostino Coletto (ITA) (Fréjus)

Mountains Three riders[N 1]
Team Atala
1955
1957

The 1956 Giro d'Italia was the 39th edition of the Giro d'Italia, one of cycling's Grand Tours. The Giro started off in Milan on 19 May with a 210 km (130.5 mi) flat stage and concluded back in Milan with a 113 km (70.2 mi) relatively flat mass-start stage on 10 June. Sixteen teams entered the race, which was won by Luxembourgian Charly Gaul of the Faema team. Second and third respectively were Italian riders Fiorenzo Magni and Agostino Coletto.[2]

Gaul took the lead in the legendary stage up Monte Bondone, where under a snow storm he won with an 8 minute margin over runner up Alessandro Fantini. This edition is unique since there were two Mountains Classification winners. There were two awards for the Dolomites and the Apennine mountains, the winners were Charly Gaul and Federico Bahamontes respectively.[3]

Teams[edit]

Fifteen teams were invited by the race organizers to participate in the 1957 edition of the Giro d'Italia.[4] Each team sent a squad of seven riders, which meant that the race started with a peloton of 105 cyclists.[4] From the riders that began the race, 43 made it to the finish in Milan.[1]

The teams entering the race were:[4][5]

  • Arbos-Bif-Clément
  • Atala-Pirelli
  • Bianchi-Pirelli
  • Carpano-Coppi
  • Eldorado
  • Faema-Guerra
  • Francia
  • Fréjus-Superga
  • Girardengo-ICEP
  • Italcover
  • Ignis
  • Legnano
  • Leo-Chlorodont
  • Nivea-Fuchs
  • Torpado-Pirelli

Route and stages[edit]

Stage characteristics and winners[1]
Stage Date Course Distance Type Winner
1 19 May Milan to Alessandria 210 km (130 mi) Plain stage  Pierino Baffi (ITA)
2a 20 May Alessandria to Genoa 96 km (60 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Alessandro Fantini (ITA)
2b Circuito di Lido d'Albaro 12 km (7 mi) Team time trial Leo-Chlorodont
3 21 May Genoa to Salice Terme 152 km (94 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Alessandro Fantini (ITA)
4 22 May Voghera to Mantua 198 km (123 mi) Plain stage  Miguel Poblet (ESP)
5 23 May Mantua to Rimini 228 km (142 mi) Plain stage  Giuseppe Minardi (ITA)
6 San Marino 13 km (8 mi) Individual time trial  Jan Nolten (NED)
7 24 May Rimini to Pescara 245 km (152 mi) Plain stage  Arrigo Padovan (ITA)
8 25 May Pescara to Campobasso 205 km (127 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Charly Gaul (LUX)
9 26 May Campobasso to Salerno 156 km (97 mi) Plain stage  Miguel Poblet (ESP)
10 27 May Salerno to Frascati [N 2] Plain stage Stage Cancelled
11 28 May Rome to Grosseto 198 km (123 mi) Plain stage  Bruno Tognaccini (ITA)
12 29 May Grosseto to Livorno 230 km (143 mi) Plain stage  Pietro Nascimbene (ITA)
30 May Rest day
13 31 May Livorno to Lucca 54 km (34 mi) Individual time trial  Pasquale Fornara (ITA)
14 1 June Lucca to Bologna 168 km (104 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Michel Stolker (NED)
15 2 June Bologna to Madonna di San Luca 2.45 km (2 mi) Individual time trial  Charly Gaul (LUX)
16 3 June Bologna to Rapallo 271 km (168 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Miguel Poblet (ESP)
17 4 June Rapallo to Lecco 278 km (173 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Giorgio Albani (ITA)
18 5 June Lecco to Sondrio 98 km (61 mi) Plain stage  Miguel Poblet (ESP)
6 June Rest day
19 7 June Sondrio to Merano 163 km (101 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Cleto Maule (ITA)
20 8 June Merano to Monte Bondone 242 km (150 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Charly Gaul (LUX)
21 9 June Trento to San Pellegrino Terme 191 km (119 mi) Plain stage  Giorgio Albani (ITA)
22 10 June San Pellegrino Terme to Milan 113 km (70 mi) Plain stage  Donato Piazza (ITA)
Total 3,523.45 km (2,189 mi)

Classification leadership[edit]

One jersey was worn during the 1956 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.[6]

There were three mountains classifications in the 1956 Giro d'Italia, one for the Dolomites, Apennines, and one for the highest mountain in the race, the Passo dello Stelvio.[1] The rider that was the first over the Stelvio was Ignis' Aurelio Del Rio.[1][7] Although no jersey was awarded, there was also one classification for the teams, in which the teams were awarded points for their rider's performance during the stages.

Classification leadership by stage
Stage Winner General classification
A pink jersey
Trofeo Dolomiti Trofeo Appennini Team classification
1 Pierino Baffi Pierino Baffi not awarded not awarded  ?
2a Alessandro Fantini Giuseppe Fallarini Legnano
2b Leo-Chlorodont Vincenzo Zucconelli
3 Alessandro Fantini Alessandro Fantini Federico Bahamontes Atala
4 Miguel Poblet
5 Giuseppe Minardi  ?
6 Jan Nolten Atala & Legnano
7 Arrigo Padovan Atala
8 Charly Gaul ?
9 Miguel Poblet Legnano
10 Stage Cancelled
11 Bruno Tognaccini
12 Pietro Nascimbene
13 Pasquale Fornara Pasquale Fornara
14 Michel Stolker
15 Charly Gaul
16 Miguel Poblet
17 Giorgio Albani
18 Miguel Poblet
19 Cleto Maule
20 Charly Gaul Charly Gaul Charly Gaul Atala
21 Giorgio Albani
22 Donato Piazza
Final Charly Gaul Charly Gaul Federico Bahamontes Atala

Final standings[edit]

Legend
  Pink jersey   Denotes the winner of the General classification

General classification[edit]

Final general classification (1–10)[1][8][9]
Rank Name Team Time
1  Charly Gaul (LUX) Pink jersey Faema-Guerra 101h 39' 49"
2  Fiorenzo Magni (ITA) Nivea-Fuchs + 3' 27"
3  Agostino Coletto (ITA) Fréjus + 6' 53"
4  Cleto Maule (ITA) Torpado + 7' 25"
5  Aldo Moser (ITA) Torpado + 7' 30"
6  Alessandro Fantini (ITA) Atala-Pirelli + 8' 46"
7  Jean Brankart (BEL) Eldroado + 9' 21"
8  Bruno Monti (ITA) Atala-Pirelli + 10' 54"
9  Waldemaro Bartolozzi (ITA) Legnano + 18' 14"
10  Hilaire Couvreur (BEL) Eldorado + 18' 41"

Trofeo Dolomiti[edit]

Final mountains classification (1-7)[1][10]
Name Team Points
1  Charly Gaul (LUX) Pink jersey Faema-Guerra 20
2  Bruno Monti (ITA) Atala-Pirelli 5
3  Arrigo Padovan (ITA) Atala-Pirelli 4
 Alessandro Fantini (ITA) Atala-Pirelli
 Agostino Coletto (ITA) Fréjus
6  Fiorenzo Magni (ITA) Nivea-Fuchs 8
7  Pierino Baffi (ITA) Nivea-Fuchs 8

Trofeo Appennini[edit]

Final mountains classification (1–5)[1][7][11]
Name Team Points
1  Federico Bahamontes (ESP) Girardengo 30
2  Bruno Monti (ITA) Atala-Pirelli 13
3  Giuseppe Buratti (ITA) Bianchi 11
4  Pasquale Fornara (ITA) Arbos 10
5  Aldo Moser (ITA) Torpado 8

Gran premio traguardi volanti[edit]

Final Gran premio traguardi volanti classification (1–6)[8][9][12]
Name Team Points
1  Giorgio Albani (ITA) Legnano 22
2  Giuseppe Favero (ITA) Bianchi 11
3  Mies Stolker (NED) Italcover 10
4  Guido De Santi (ITA) Ignis 8
 Mario Baroni (ITA) Nivea-Fuchs
6  Gino Guerrini (ITA) Carpano-Coppi 7
 Alessandro Fantini (ITA) Atala-Pirelli

Trofeo della plata[edit]

Final Trofeo della plata classification (1–4)[8][9][13]
Name Team Points
1  Giorgio Albani (ITA) Legnano 8
2  Bruno Monti (ITA) Atala-Pirelli 6
 Guido De Santi (ITA) Ignis
4  Arrigo Padovan (ITA) Atala-Pirelli 5
 Bruno Tognaccini (ITA) Leo-Chlorodont
 Pietro Nascimbene (ITA) Carpano-Coppi
 Mies Stolker (NED) Italcover
 Cleto Maule (ITA) Torpado
 Donato Piazza (ITA) Nivea-Fuchs

Team classification[edit]

Final team classification (1–6)[1][8][14]
Team Points
1 Atala-Pirelli 1014
2 Torpado 1054
3 Nivea-Fuchs 1200
4 Carpano-Coppi 1545
5 Leo-Chlorodont 1619
6 Ignis 1637

References[edit]

Footnotes
  1. ^ There were three mountains classifications in the 1956 Giro d'Italia, one for the Dolomites, Apennines, and one for the highest mountain in the race, the Passo dello Stelvio.[1] The rider that was the first over the Stelvio was Aurelio Del Rio. Federico Bahamontes won the Trofeo Appennini, while Charly Gaul won the Trofeo Dolomiti.
  2. ^ This stage was removed and the day was used to transfer the riders to Rome.
Citations
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  3. ^ John Wilcockson (23 May 2006). "50 years later: Remembering Charly Gaul’s great ride". VeloNews (Competitor Group, Inc). Archived from the original on 17 June 2014. Retrieved 14 August 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c "I Partenti" [Participants]. Corriere dello Sport (in Italian). 19 May 1956. p. 5. Archived from the original on 22 December 2014. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "Gli Avvenimenti Sportivi" [The Sporting Events] (PDF). l'Unità (in Italian) (PCI). 19 May 1956. p. 6. Archived from the original on 17 June 2014. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  6. ^ 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 "Del Rio primo sul valico dello Stelvio e Maule vincitore in volata a Merano" [Del Rio on the first pass of the Stelvio and Maule winner in the sprint in Merano] (PDF). La Stampa (in Italian) (Editrice La Stampa). 8 June 1956. p. 4. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  8. ^ a b c d "Gaul ha vinto il Giro d'Italia" [Gaul has won the Tour of Italy] (PDF). Stampa Sera (in Italian) (Editrice La Stampa). 11 June 1956. p. 5. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  9. ^ a b c "Gaul, Vencedor Del "Giro"" [Gaul, the Winner of the "Tour"] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 14 June 1956. p. 5. Archived from the original on 14 July 2013. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  10. ^ "Trofeo delle Dolomiti" [Trophy of the Dolomites]. Corriere dello Sport (in Italian). 9 June 1956. p. 6. Archived from the original on 22 December 2014. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  11. ^ "Magni sara in gara nella "grande boucle"?" [Magni will be competing in the "grand boucle"?] (PDF). La Stampa (in Italian) (Editrice La Stampa). 5 June 1956. p. 5. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  12. ^ "Trofeo Traguardi Volanti" [Flying Trophy Successes]. Corriere dello Sport (in Italian). 11 June 1956. p. 12. Archived from the original on 22 December 2014. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  13. ^ "Trofeo della Pista" [Trophy Track]. Corriere dello Sport (in Italian). 11 June 1956. p. 12. Archived from the original on 22 December 2014. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  14. ^ "G. P. Dell'Industria". Corriere dello Sport (in Italian). 11 June 1956. p. 12. Archived from the original on 22 December 2014. Retrieved 7 July 2013.