1981 Giro d'Italia

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1981 Giro d'Italia
Race details
Dates 13 May - 7 June
Stages 22 + Prologue
Distance 3,895.6 km (2,421 mi)
Winning time 104h 50' 36" (37.150 km/h or 23.084 mph)
Winner  Giovanni Battaglin (ITA) (Inoxpran)
Second  Tommy Prim (SWE) (Bianchi)
Third  Giuseppe Saronni (ITA) (Gis Gelati)

Points  Giuseppe Saronni (ITA) (Gis Gelati)
Mountains  Claudio Bortolotto (ITA) (Santini)
Youth  Giuseppe Faraca (ITA) (Hoonved)
Team Bianchi

The 1981 Giro d'Italia of cycling, the 64th running of the race, was held from 13 May to 7 June 1981, consisting of 22 stages. It was won by Giovanni Battaglin.[1]


A total of 13 teams were invited to participate in the 1981 Giro d'Italia. Each team sent a squad of ten riders, so the Giro began with a peloton of 130 cyclists. Out of the 130 riders that started this edition of the Giro d'Italia, a total of 104 riders made it to the finish in Verona.

The 13 teams that took part in the race were:

  • Hoonved
  • Inoxpran
  • Ovest Kondor
  • Magniflex
  • Safir
  • Sammontana
  • Santini-Selle Italia
  • Selle San Marco-Sider

Route and stages[edit]

The 1981 edition of the Giro d'Italia began with a short 6.6 km (4.1 mi) prologue that navigated around the Italian city of Trieste. There were a total of ten stages that contained categorized mountains. Ten of the stages were primarily flat stages. The official route contained four time trials, three of which were individual and one of which was a team event.

Stage results[2]
Stage Date Course Distance Type Winner
P 13 May Trieste 6.6 km (4 mi) Individual time trial  Knut Knudsen (NOR)
1a 14 May Trieste to Bibione 100 km (62 mi) Plain stage  Guido Bontempi (ITA)
1b Lignano Sabbiadoro to Bibione 15 km (9 mi) Team time trial Hoonved
2 15 May Bibione to Ferrara 211 km (131 mi) Plain stage  Paolo Rosola (ITA)
3 16 May Bologna to Recanati 255 km (158 mi) Plain stage  Giuseppe Saronni (ITA)
17 May Rest day
4 18 May Recanati to Lanciano 214 km (133 mi) Plain stage  Mario Beccia (ITA)
5 19 May Marina di San Vito to Rodi Garganico 180 km (112 mi) Plain stage  Giuseppe Saronni (ITA)
6 20 May Rodi Garganico to Bari 225 km (140 mi) Plain stage  Giuseppe Saronni (ITA)
7 21 May Bari to Potenza 143 km (89 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Palmiro Masciarelli (ITA)
8 22 May Sala Consilina to Cosenza 202 km (126 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Moreno Argentin (ITA)
9 23 May Cosenza to Reggio Calabria 231 km (144 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Serge Parsani (ITA)
24 May Rest day
10 25 May Rome to Cascia 166 km (103 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Gianbattista Baronchelli (ITA)
11 26 May Cascia to Arezzo 199 km (124 mi) Plain stage  Giovanni Renosto (ITA)
12 27 May Arezzo to Livorno Montenero 224 km (139 mi) Plain stage  Moreno Argentin (ITA)
13 28 May Empoli to Montecatini Terme 35 km (22 mi) Individual time trial  Knut Knudsen (NOR)
14 29 May Montecatini Terme to Salsomaggiore Terme 224 km (139 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Francesco Moser (ITA)
15 30 May Salsomaggiore Terme to Pavia 198 km (123 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Daniel Gisiger (SUI)
16 31 May Milan to Mantua 178 km (111 mi) Plain stage  Claudio Torelli (ITA)
17 1 June Mantua to Borno 215 km (134 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Benedetto Patellaro (ITA)
18 2 June Borno to Dimaro 127 km (79 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Miguel María Lasa (ESP)
3 June Rest day
19 4 June Dimaro to San Vigilio di Marebbe 208 km (129 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Giovanni Battaglin (ITA)
20 5 June San Vigilio di Marebbe to Tre Cime di Lavaredo 100 km (62 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Beat Breu (SUI)
21 6 June Auronzo di Cadore to Arzignano 197 km (122 mi) Plain stage  Pierino Gavazzi (ITA)
22 7 June Soave to Verona 42 km (26 mi) Individual time trial  Knut Knudsen (NOR)
Total 3,895.6 km (2,421 mi)

Classification Leadership[edit]

In the 1981 Giro d'Italia, three different jerseys were awarded. For the general classification, calculated by adding each cyclist's finishing times on each stage, and allowing time bonuses for the first three finishers on mass-start stages, the leader received a pink jersey. This classification was considered the most important of the Giro d'Italia, and the winner was considered the winner of the Giro.[3]

Additionally, there was a points classification, which awarded a purple, or cyclamen jersey. In the points classification, cyclists got points for finishing in the top 15 in a stage. In addition, points could be won in intermediate sprints.[3]

There was also a mountains classification, the leadership of which was marked by a green jersey. In the mountains classifications, points were won by reaching the top of a climb before other cyclists. Each climb was categorized as either first, second, or third category, with more points available for the higher-categorized climbs. The Cima Coppi, the race's highest point of elevation, awarded still more points than the other first-category climbs.[3]

There was also the young rider classification, which was decided the same way as the general classification, but only neo-professional cyclists - those in their first three years of professional racing - were eligible.[3]

There was also one classification for the teams. The classification was the Trofeo Fast Team. In this classification, the times of the best three cyclists per team on each stage were added; the leading team was the team with the lowest total time.[3]

The rows in the following table correspond to the jerseys awarded after that stage was run.

Classification leadership by stage
Stage Winner General classification
Points classification
Mountains classification
Young rider classification Trofeo Fast Team
P Knut Knudsen Knut Knudsen Knut Knudsen not awarded  ? not awarded
1a Guido Bontempi Guido Bontempi Giovanni Mantovani  ?
1b Hoonved Francesco Moser Hoonved
2 Paolo Rosola Gregor Braun Famcucine
3 Giuseppe Saronni Francesco Moser
4 Mario Beccia Hoonved
5 Giuseppe Saronni Giuseppe Saronni Famcucine
6 Giuseppe Saronni Giuseppe Saronni
7 Palmiro Masciarelli
8 Moreno Argentin
9 Serge Parsani
10 Gianbattista Baronchelli Bianchi
11 Giovanni Renosto
12 Moreno Argentin
13 Knut Knudsen Roberto Visentini
14 Francesco Moser Silvano Contini
15 Daniel Gisiger
16 Claudio Torelli
17 Benedetto Patellaro
18 Miguel María Lasa
19 Giovanni Battaglin
20 Beat Breu Giovanni Battaglin
21 Pierino Gavazzi
22 Knut Knudsen
Final Giovanni Battaglin Giuseppe Saronni Claudio Bortolotto Giuseppe Faraca Bianchi

Final standings[edit]

  Pink jersey   Denotes the winner of the General classification[2][4]   Green jersey   Denotes the winner of the Mountains classification[2][4]
  Purple jersey   Denotes the winner of the Points classification[2][4]

General classification[edit]

Final general classification (1–10)[2][4]
Rank Name Team Time
1  Giovanni Battaglin (ITA) Pink jersey Inoxpran 104h 50' 36"
2  Tommy Prim (SWE) Bianchi + 38"
3  Giuseppe Saronni (ITA) Purple jersey Gis Gelati + 50"
4  Silvano Contini (ITA) Bianchi + 1' 59"
5  Josef Fuchs (SUI) Cilo + 2' 19"
6  Roberto Visentini (ITA) Sammontana + 5' 37"
7  Alfio Vandi (ITA) Selle San Marco-Sider + 9' 32"
8  Beat Breu (SUI) Cilo + 10' 02"
9  Claudio Bortolotto (ITA) Green jersey Santini-Selle Italia + 10' 12"
10  Giambattista Baronchelli (ITA) Bianchi + 12' 01"

Points classification[edit]

Final points classification (1-5)[2][4]
Rider Team Points
1  Giuseppe Saronni (ITA) Purple jersey Gis Gelati 215
2  Tommy Prim (SWE) Bianchi 133
3  Giovanni Mantovani (ITA) Hoonved 127
4  Francesco Moser (ITA) Famcucine 117
5  Silvano Contini (ITA) Bianchi 112

Mountains classification[edit]

Final mountains classification (1-10)[2][4]
Rider Team Points
1  Claudio Bortolotto (ITA) Green jersey Santini-Selle Italia 510
2  Beat Breu (SUI) Cilo 500
3  Benedetto Patellaro (ITA) Hoonved 290
4  Giovanni Battaglin (ITA) Pink jersey Inoxpran 265
5  Leonardo Natale (ITA) Magniflex 180
6  Josef Fuchs (SUI) Cilo 150
7  Mario Noris (ITA) Magniflex 125
8  Guillermo De La Pena (ESP) Zor 120
 Francesco Moser (ITA) Famcucine
10  Alfio Vandi (ITA) Selle San Marco-Sider 115

Young rider classification[edit]

Final young rider classification (1-5)[2][4]
Rider Team Time
1  Giuseppe Faraca (ITA) Hoonved 105h 05' 30"
2  Alberto Minetti (ITA) Famcucine + 23' 51"
3  George Mount (USA) Sammontana + 25' 46"
4  Moreno Argentin (ITA) Sammontana + 46' 12"
5  Giuseppe Saronni (ITA) Purple jersey Gis Gelati + 46' 40"

Traguardi Fiat classification[edit]

Final traguardi fiat classification (1-5)[4]
Rider Team Points
1  Paolo Rosola (ITA) Magniflex 128
2  Dante Morandi (ITA) Famcucine 70
3  Giovanni Renosto (ITA) Magniflex 48
4  Benny Schepmans (BEL) Safir 33
5  Alessio Antonini (ITA) Santini-Selle Italia 32

Team classification[edit]

Final team classification (1-3)[2][4]
Team Time
1 Bianchi 313h 55' 08"
2 Cilo + 25' 01"
3 Inoxpran + 44' 32"

Team points classification[edit]

Final team points classification (1-3)[4]
Team Points
1 Bianchi 189
2 Famcucine 137
3 Hoonved 129


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