1972 Giro d'Italia

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1972 Giro d'Italia
Race details
Dates 21 May - 11 June
Stages 20, including three split stages
Distance 3,725 km (2,315 mi)
Winning time 103h 04' 04" (36.120 km/h or 22.444 mph)
Palmares
Winner  Eddy Merckx (BEL) (Molteni)
Second  José Manuel Fuente (ESP) (KAS)
Third  Francisco Galdós (ESP) (KAS)

Points  Roger De Vlaeminck (BEL) (Dreher)
Mountains  José Manuel Fuente (ESP) (KAS)
Team Molteni
1971
1973

The 1972 Giro d'Italia was the 56th running of the Giro d'Italia, one of cycling's Grand Tours races. The Giro started in Verviers, Belgium, on 21 May, with a 5.2 km (3.2 mi) prologue and concluded with a 197 km (122 mi) mass-start stage, on 11 June. A total of 100 riders from ten teams entered the 20-stage race, that was won by Belgian Eddy Merckx of the Molteni team. The second and third places were taken by Spaniards José Manuel Fuente and Francisco Galdós, respectively.[1]

Teams[edit]

A total of ten teams were invited to participate in the 1972 Giro d'Italia.[2] Each team sent a squad of ten riders, which meant that the race started with a peloton of 100 cyclists.[2] From the riders that began this edition, 113 made it to the finish on the Milan.[3]

The teams entering the race were:[2]

  • Dreher
  • Ferretti
  • Filotex
  • G.B.C.-Sony
  • Salvarani
  • Scic
  • Zonca

Route and stages[edit]

Stage results[3]
Stage Date Course Distance Type Winner
1 21 May Venezia to Ravenna 196 km (122 mi) Plain stage  Marino Basso (ITA)
2 22 May Ravenna to Fermo 212 km (132 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Gianni Motta (ITA)
3 23 May Porto San Giorgio to Francavilla al Mare 205 km (127 mi) Plain stage  Ugo Colombo (ITA)
4a 24 May Francavilla al Mare to Blockhaus 48 km (30 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  José Manuel Fuente (ESP)
4b Blockhaus to Foggia 210 km (130 mi) Plain stage  Wilmo Francioni (ITA)
5 25 May Foggia to Montesano sulla Marcellana 238 km (148 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Fabrizio Fabbri (ITA)
6 26 May Montesano sulla Marcellana to Cosenza 190 km (118 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Roger De Vlaeminck (BEL)
7 27 May Cosenza to Catanzaro 151 km (94 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Gösta Pettersson (SWE)
8 28 May Catanzaro to Reggio Calabria 160 km (99 mi) Plain stage  Attilio Benfatto (ITA)
9 29 May Messina to Messina 110 km (68 mi) Plain stage  Albert Van Vlierberghe (BEL)
30 May Rest day
10 31 May Rome to Monte Argentario 166 km (103 mi) Plain stage  Italo Zilioli (ITA)
11 1 June Monte Argentario to Forte dei Marmi 242 km (150 mi) Plain stage  Miguel María Lasa (ESP)
12a 2 June Forte dei Marmi 20 km (12 mi) Individual time trial  Eddy Merckx (BEL)
12b Forte dei Marmi 20 km (12 mi) Individual time trial  Roger Swerts (BEL)
13 3 June Forte dei Marmi to Savona 200 km (124 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Wilmo Francioni (ITA)
14 4 June Savona to Monte Jafferau 256 km (159 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Eddy Merckx (BEL)
5 June Rest day
15 6 June Parabiago to Parabiago 168 km (104 mi) Plain stage  Roger De Vlaeminck (BEL)
16 7 June Parabiago to Livigno 256 km (159 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Eddy Merckx (BEL)
17 8 June Livigno to Passo dello Stelvio 88 km (55 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  José Manuel Fuente (ESP)
18 9 June Sulden to Asiago 223 km (139 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Roger De Vlaeminck (BEL)
19a 10 June Asiago to Arco 163 km (101 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Roger De Vlaeminck (BEL)
19b Arco to Arco 18 km (11 mi) Individual time trial  Eddy Merckx (BEL)
20 11 June Arco to Milan 185 km (115 mi) Plain stage  Enrico Paolini (ITA)
Total 3,725 km (2,315 mi)

Classification leadership[edit]

Two different jerseys were worn during the 1972 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.[4]

For the points classification, which awarded a cyclamen jersey to its leader,[5] cyclists were given points for finishing a stage in the top 15.[6] The mountains classification leader. The climbs were ranked in first and second categories, the former awarded 50, 30, and 20 points while the latter awarded 30, 20, and 10 points. In this ranking, points were won by reaching the summit of a climb ahead of other cyclists.[5] In addition there was the Cima Coppi, the Passo dello Stelvio, which was the highest mountain crossed in this edition of the race, which gave 200, 100, 80, 70, and 50 points to the first five riders summit the climb. The first rider over the Stelvio was José Manuel Fuente. 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.[4]

Classification leadership by stage
Stage Winner General classification
A pink jersey
Points classification
A purple jersey
Mountains classification Team classification
1 Marino Basso Marino Basso Marino Basso not awarded  ?
2 Gianni Motta Gianni Motta
3 Ugo Colombo Ugo Colombo Franco Bitossi
4a José Manuel Fuente José Manuel Fuente Gianni Motta
4b Wilmo Francioni
5 Fabrizio Fabbri Franco Bitossi & Gianni Motta
6 Roger De Vlaeminck Gianni Motta
7 Gösta Pettersson Eddy Merckx Franco Bitossi Eddy Merckx & José Manuel Fuente
8 Attilio Benfatto
9 Albert Van Vlierberghe
10 Italo Zilioli
11 Miguel María Lasa Ferretti
12a Eddy Merckx  ?
12b Roger Swerts Eddy Merckx
13 Wilmo Francioni Roger De Vlaeminck
14 Eddy Merckx Eddy Merckx Eddy Merckx Molteni
15 Roger De Vlaeminck Roger De Vlaeminck
16 Eddy Merckx Eddy Merckx José Manuel Fuente  ?
17 José Manuel Fuente
18 Roger De Vlaeminck Roger De Vlaeminck
19a Roger De Vlaeminck Molteni
19b Eddy Merckx
20 Enrico Paolini
Final Eddy Merckx Roger De Vlaeminck José Manuel Fuente Molteni

Final standings[edit]

Legend
  A pink jersey   Denotes the winner of the General classification   A purple jersey   Denotes the winner of the Points classification

General classification[edit]

Final general classification (1–10)[3][5][7][8]
Rank Name Team Time
1  Eddy Merckx (BEL) Pink jersey Molteni 103h 4' 04"
2  José Manuel Fuente (ESP) KAS + 5' 30"
3  Francisco Galdós (ESP) KAS + 10' 39"
4  Vicente López Carril (ESP) KAS + 11' 17"
5  Wladimiro Panizza (ITA) Zonca + 13' 00"
6  Gösta Pettersson (SWE) Ferretti + 13' 09"
7  Roger De Vlaeminck (BEL) A purple jersey Dreher + 13' 52"
8  Felice Gimondi (ITA) Salvarani + 14' 05"
9  Miguel María Lasa (ESP) KAS + 14' 19"
10  Santiago Lazcano (ESP) KAS + 17' 42"

Mountains classification[edit]

Final mountains classification (1–7)[3][7][9]
Name Team Points
1  José Manuel Fuente (ESP) KAS 490
2  Pierfranco Vianelli (ITA) Dreher 350
3  Primo Mori (ITA) Salvarani 260
4  Lino Farisato (ITA) Ferretti 150
5  Vicente López-Carril (ESP) KAS 100
6  Lino Farisato (ITA) Ferretti 60
7  Fabrizio Fabbri (ITA) KAS 50
 Santiago Lazcano (ESP) KAS
 Silvano Schiavon (ITA) G.B.C.-Sony

Points classification[edit]

Final points classification (1–10)[3][5]
Name Team Points
1  Roger De Vlaeminck (BEL) A purple jersey Dreher 264
2  Eddy Merckx (BEL) Pink jersey Molteni 244
3  Miguel María Lasa (ESP) KAS 182
4  Felice Gimondi (ITA) Salvarani 167
5  Ole Ritter (DEN) Dreher 130
6  Roger Swerts (BEL) Molteni 121
7  Michele Dancelli (ITA) Ferretti 116
8  José Manuel Fuente (ESP) KAS 95
9  Albert van Vlierberghe (BEL) Ferretti 82
10  Gösta Pettersson (SWE) Ferretti 78

Traguardi tricolori classification[edit]

Final traguardi tricolori classification (1–10)[5]
Name Team Points
1  Giancarlo Polidori (ITA) Scic 220
2  Eddy Merckx (BEL) Pink jersey Molteni 90
3  Guerrino Tosello (ITA) Salvarani 40
 Giacinto Santambrogio (ITA) Salvarani
5  Marcello Bergamo (ITA) Filotex 60
6  Michele Dancelli (ITA) Scic 50
7  Albert van Vlierberghe (BEL) Ferretti 40
 Wladimiro Panizza (ITA) Zonca
9  Roger Swerts (BEL) Molteni 30
 Emilio Casalini (ITA) Salvarani
 Mario Anni (ITA) Ferretti
 Wilmo Francioni (ITA) Ferretti
 Joseph Bruyere (BEL) Molteni
 Ugo Colombo (ITA) Filotex
 Fabrizio Fabbri (ITA) Magniflex

Teams classification[edit]

Final team classification (1–10)[7][8]
Team Points
1 Molteni 6120
2 KAS 4721
3 Ferretti 3851
4 Dreher 3202
5 Filotex 3120
6 Salvarani 2956
7 Scic 2464
8 G.B.C.-Sony 1379
9 Magniflex 1347
10 Zonca 1139

References[edit]

Citations
  1. ^ "Detras de Merckx... ¡Solo Los Españoles!" [Behind Merckx... Only the Spanish!] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 12 June 1972. p. 25. Archived from the original on 2013-06-30. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c "La Carica Dei Cento" [The Charge of a Hundred]. Corriere dello Sport (in Italian). 20 May 1972. p. 8. Archived from the original on 1 January 2015. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Bill and Carol McGann. "1972 Giro d'Italia". Bike Race Info. Dog Ear Publishing. Archived from the original on 27 February 2014. Retrieved 2012-07-10. 
  4. ^ a b 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. 
  5. ^ a b c d e "Il Giro In Cifre" [The Tour In Figures]. Corriere dello Sport (in Italian). 12 June 1972. p. 13. Archived from the original on 23 December 2014. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  6. ^ "Regolamento" [Regulation]. Corriere dello Sport (in Italian). 19 May 1966. p. 9. Archived from the original on 23 December 2014. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  7. ^ a b c "Classificaciones Oficiales" [Official Classifications] (PDF) (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 12 June 1972. p. 26. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2013-06-30. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  8. ^ a b "Paolini primattore nella gremita Piazza del Duomo" [Paolini leading man in the crowded Piazza del Duomo] (PDF). l'Unità (in Italian) (PCI). 12 June 1972. p. 7. Archived (PDF) from the original on 28 December 2014. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  9. ^ "Giro, Merckx verso il trionfo" [Tour, Merckx to triumph] (PDF). La Stampa (in Italian) (Editrice La Stampa). 11 June 1972. p. 19. Retrieved 27 May 2012.