1973 Giro d'Italia
|Dates||18 May - 9 June|
|Stages||20 + Prologue|
|Distance||3,801 km (2,362 mi)|
|Winning time||106h 54' 41" (35.506 km/h or 22.062 mph)|
|Winner||Eddy Merckx (BEL)||(Molteni)|
|Second||Felice Gimondi (ITA)||(Bianchi)|
|Third||Giovanni Battaglin (ITA)||(Jollj Ceramica)|
|Points||Eddy Merckx (BEL)||(Molteni)|
|Mountains||José Manuel Fuente (ESP)||(KAS)|
This 56th edition covered 3,801 kilometers over a total of 20 stages, and is notable for having commenced in Belgium, perhaps as a tribute to defending champion and Belgian Merckx, and the expanding diversity of nationalities represented, to include riders from Denmark, West Germany, France and Spain, in addition to the field dominated by Italians.
The race is documented in Jørgen Leth's 1973 film Stars and Watercarriers (Stjernerne og Vandbærerne).
A total of 14 teams were invited to participate in the 1973 Giro d'Italia. Each team sent a squad of ten riders, so the Giro began with a peloton of 140 cyclists. Out of the 140 riders that started this edition of the Giro d'Italia, a total of 113 riders made it to the finish in Trieste.
The 14 teams that took part in the race were:
The first Colombian, Martín Rodríguez, races the Giro for Felice Gimondi's team. He won the 15th stage to Forte dei Marmi.
|1||Eddy Merckx||Belgium||113h 08' 13"|
|2||Felice Gimondi||Italy||+ 7' 42"|
|3||Giovanni Battaglin||Italy||+ 10' 20"|
|4||José Pesarrodona||Spain||+ 15' 51"|
|5||Santiago Lazcano||Spain||+ 19' 11"|
|6||Wladimiro Panizza||Italy||+ 19' 45"|
|7||Ole Ritter||Denmark||+ 24' 24"|
|8||José Manuel Fuente||Spain||+ 26' 06"|
|9||Francisco Galdós||Spain||+ 26' 35"|
|10||Gianni Motta||Italy||+ 26' 49"|
- "Merckx, <<Maglia Rosa>> De Principio A Fin" [Merckx, <<Pink Jersey>> From Beginning to End] (in Spanish). Trieste, Italy: El Mundo Deportivo. 10 June 1973. p. 19. Archived from the original on 2013-06-30. Retrieved 27 May 2012.