1974 Giro d'Italia
|Dates||16 May - 9 June|
|Stages||22, including one split stage|
|Distance||4,001 km (2,486 mi)|
|Winning time||113h 09 '13" (35.080 km/h or 21.798 mph)|
|Winner||Eddy Merckx (BEL)||(Molteni)|
|Second||Gianbattista Baronchelli (ITA)||(Scic)|
|Third||Felice Gimondi (ITA)||(Bianchi)|
|Points||Roger De Vlaeminck (BEL)||(Brooklyn)|
|Mountains||José Manuel Fuente (ESP)||(Kas)|
The 1974 Giro d'Italia was the 58th running of the Giro d'Italia, one of cycling's Grand Tours races. The Giro started in Vatican City, on 16 May, with a 164 km (102 mi) stage and concluded in Milan, on 8 June, with 257 km (160 mi) leg. A total of 140 riders from fourteen teams entered the 22-stage race, that was won by Belgian Eddy Merckx of the Molteni team. The second and third places were taken by Italians Gianbattista Baronchelli and Felice Gimondi, respectively.
Amongst the other classifications that the race awarded, Brooklyn's Roger De Vlaeminck won the points classification and José Manuel Fuente of KAS won the mountains classification. KAS finished as the winners of the team points classification.
A total of fourteen teams were invited to participate in the 1974 Giro d'Italia. Each team sent a squad of ten riders, which meant that the race started with a peloton of 140 cyclists. From the riders that began this edition, 96 made it to the finish Milan.
The teams entering the race were:
Route and stages
|1||16 May||Vatican City (Vatican City) to Formia||164 km (102 mi)||Plain stage||Wilfried Reybrouck (BEL)|
|2||17 May||Formia to Pompei||121 km (75 mi)||Plain stage||Patrick Sercu (BEL)|
|3||18 May||Pompei to Sorrento||137 km (85 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||José Manuel Fuente (ESP)|
|19 May||Rest day|
|4||20 May||Sorrento to Sapri||208 km (129 mi)||Plain stage||Roger De Vlaeminck (BEL)|
|5||21 May||Sapri to Taranto||215 km (134 mi)||Plain stage||Piermattia Gavazzi (ITA)|
|6||22 May||Taranto to Foggia||206 km (128 mi)||Plain stage||Franco Bitossi (ITA)|
|7||23 May||Foggia to Chieti||257 km (160 mi)||Plain stage||Ugo Colombo (ITA)|
|8||24 May||Chieti to Macerata||150 km (93 mi)||Plain stage||Franco Bitossi (ITA)|
|9||25 May||Macerata to Carpegna||191 km (119 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||José Manuel Fuente (ESP)|
|10||26 May||Carpegna to Modena||205 km (127 mi)||Plain stage||Patrick Sercu (BEL)|
|11a||27 May||Modena to Il Ciocco||153 km (95 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||José Manuel Fuente (ESP)|
|11b||Il Ciocco to Forte dei Marmi||62 km (39 mi)||Plain stage||Patrick Sercu (BEL)|
|12||28 May||Forte dei Marmi to Forte dei Marmi||40 km (25 mi)||Individual time trial||Eddy Merckx (BEL)|
|13||29 May||Forte dei Marmi to Pietra Ligure||231 km (144 mi)||Plain stage||Enrico Paolini (ITA)|
|14||30 May||Pietra Ligure to Sanremo||189 km (117 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Giuseppe Perletto (ITA)|
|15||31 May||Sanremo to Valenza||206 km (128 mi)||Plain stage||Ercole Gualazzini (ITA)|
|1 June||Rest day|
|16||2 June||Valenza to Monte Generoso||158 km (98 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||José Manuel Fuente (ESP)|
|17||3 June||Como to Iseo||158 km (98 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Santiago Lazcano (ESP)|
|18||4 June||Iseo to Sella Valsugana||190 km (118 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Franco Bitossi (ITA)|
|19||5 June||Borgo Valsugana to Pordenone||146 km (91 mi)||Plain stage||Enrico Paolini (ITA)|
|20||6 June||Pordenone to Tre Cime di Lavaredo||163 km (101 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||José Manuel Fuente (ESP)|
|21||7 June||Misurina to Bassano del Grappa||194 km (121 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Eddy Merckx (BEL)|
|22||8 June||Bassano del Grappa to Milan||257 km (160 mi)||Plain stage||Marino Basso (ITA)|
|Total||4,001 km (2,486 mi)|
Three different jerseys were worn during the 1974 Giro d'Italia. The leader of the general classification – calculated by adding the stage finish times of each rider, and allowing time bonuses for the first three finishers on mass-start stages – wore a pink jersey. This classification is the most important of the race, and its winner is considered as the winner of the Giro.
For the points classification, which awarded a purple (or cyclamen) jersey to its leader, cyclists were given points for finishing a stage in the top 15; additional points could also be won in intermediate sprints. The green jersey was awarded to the mountains classification leader. In this ranking, points were won by reaching the summit of a climb ahead of other cyclists. Each climb was ranked as either first, second or third category, with more points available for higher category climbs. The Cima Coppi, the race's highest point of elevation, awarded more points than the other first category climbs. The Cima Coppi for this Giro was the Tre Cime di Lavaredo. The first rider to cross the Tre Cime di Lavaredo was Spanish rider José Manuel Fuente.
Although no jersey was awarded, there was also one classification for the teams, in which the awarded points to each team based off their riding's finishing position in every stage; the leading team was the one with the most points.
The rows in the following table correspond to the jerseys awarded after that stage was run.
|1||Wilfried Reybrouck||Wilfried Reybrouck||?||not awarded||not awarded|
|3||José Manuel Fuente||José Manuel Fuente||José Manuel Fuente|
|4||Roger De Vlaeminck|
|9||José Manuel Fuente|
|11a||José Manuel Fuente|
|14||Giuseppe Perletto||Eddy Merckx|
|16||José Manuel Fuente|
|20||José Manuel Fuente|
|Final||Eddy Merckx||Roger De Vlaeminck||José Manuel Fuente||Kas|
|Denotes the winner of the General classification||Denotes the winner of the Mountains classification|
|Denotes the winner of the Points classification|
|1||Eddy Merckx (BEL)||Molteni||113h 08' 13"|
|2||Gianbattista Baronchelli (ITA)||Scic||+ 12"|
|3||Felice Gimondi (ITA)||Bianchi||+ 33"|
|4||Tino Conti (ITA)||Zonca||+ 2' 14"|
|5||José Manuel Fuente (ESP)||KAS||+ 3' 22"|
|6||Giovanni Battaglin (ITA)||Jolly Ceramica||+ 4' 22"|
|7||Francesco Moser (ITA)||Filcas||+ 6' 17"|
|8||Vicente López Carril (ESP)||KAS||+ 10' 28"|
|9||Franco Bitossi (ITA)||Scic||+ 16' 5"|
|10||Gösta Pettersson (SWE)||Magniflex||+ 17' 08"|
|1||Roger De Vlaeminck (BEL)||Brooklyn||295|
|2||Franco Bitossi (ITA)||Scic||209|
|3||José Manuel Fuente (ESP)||KAS||171|
|4||Eddy Merckx (BEL)||Molteni||161|
|5||Francesco Moser (ITA)||Filcas||152|
|1||José Manuel Fuente (ESP)||KAS||510|
|2||Eddy Merckx (BEL)||Molteni||330|
|3||Santiago Lazcano (ESP)||KAS||230|
|4||Giuseppe Perletto (ITA)||Sammontana||160|
|5||Gianbattista Baronchelli (ITA)||Scic||120|
|6||Tino Conti (ITA)||Zonca||100|
|7||José-Luis Uribezubia (ESP)||KAS||80|
|Franco Bitossi (ITA)||Scic|
|Vicente López Carril (ESP)||KAS|
|10||Gonzalo Aja (ESP)||KAS||70|
|1||Gianbattista Baronchelli (ITA)||Scic||113h 08' 25"|
|2||Claudio Bortolotto (ITA)||Filcas||+ 1h 19' 22"|
|3||Johann Ruch (GER)||Rokado||+ 1h 26' 24"|
|4||Raphael Nino (ITA)||Jolly Ceramica||+ 1h 28' 46"|
|5||Simone Fraccaro (ITA)||Filcas||+ 1h 52' 48"|
Traguardi tricolori classification
|1||Marcello Osler (ITA)||Sammontana||210|
|2||Wilmo Francioni (ITA)||Sammontana||100|
|3||Ercole Gualazzini (ITA)||Brooklyn||80|
|4||Pietro Campagnari (ITA)||Dreherforte||70|
|Giuseppe Perletto (ITA)||Sammontana|
|Roger De Vlaeminck (BEL)||Brooklyn|
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