1956 Giro d'Italia

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1956 Giro d'Italia
Race details
Dates 19 May - 10 June
Stages 22
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  Federico Bahamontes (ESP) (Girardengo-ICEP)
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.[1]

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.[2]

Teams[edit]

A total of 15 teams were invited to participate in the 1956 Giro d'Italia. Each team sent a squad of seven riders, so the Giro began with a peloton of 105 cyclists. Out of the 105 riders that started this edition of the Giro d'Italia, a total of 43 riders made it to the finish in Milan.[3]

The 14 teams that took part in the race were:[4]

  • 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

Final standings[edit]

Stage results[edit]

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

General classification[edit]

Final general classification (1–10)[3][5][6]
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"

Mountains classification[edit]

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.[3] The rider that was the first over the Stelvio was Ignis' Aurelio Del Rio.[3][7]

Trofeo Dolomiti[edit]

Final mountains classification (1)[3]
Rank Name Team Points
 Charly Gaul (LUX) Pink jersey Faema-Guerra 20

Trofeo Appennini[edit]

Final mountains classification (1–5)[3][7][8]
Rank 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)[5][6]
Rank 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)[5][6]
Rank 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)[3][5]
Rank Team Points
1 Atala-Pirelli 1014
2 Torpado 1054
3 Nivea-Fuchs 1200
4 Carpano-Coppi 1545
5 Leo-Chlorodont 161?
6 Ignis 1637

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gaul Vencedor Del "Giro"" [Gaul the Winner of the "Tour"] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 14 June 1956. p. 1. Archived from the original on 2013-06-30. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Bill and Carol McGann. "1956 Giro d'Italia". Bike Race Info. Dog Ear Publishing. Retrieved 2012-07-10. 
  4. ^ "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. 
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ 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. 
  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. ^ "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.