1981 Giro d'Italia
|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)|
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:
Route and stages
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.
|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)|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The rows in the following table correspond to the jerseys awarded after that stage was run.
||Young rider classification
||Trofeo Fast Team|
|P||Knut Knudsen||Knut Knudsen||Knut Knudsen||not awarded||?||not awarded|
|1a||Guido Bontempi||Guido Bontempi||Giovanni Mantovani||?|
|2||Paolo Rosola||Gregor Braun||Famcucine|
|3||Giuseppe Saronni||Francesco Moser|
|5||Giuseppe Saronni||Giuseppe Saronni||Famcucine|
|6||Giuseppe Saronni||Giuseppe Saronni|
|13||Knut Knudsen||Roberto Visentini|
|14||Francesco Moser||Silvano Contini|
|18||Miguel María Lasa|
|20||Beat Breu||Giovanni Battaglin|
|Final||Giovanni Battaglin||Giuseppe Saronni||Claudio Bortolotto||Giuseppe Faraca||Bianchi|
|1||Giovanni Battaglin||Italy||104 h 50' 36s|
|2||Tommy Prim||Sweden||+ 38s|
|3||Giuseppe Saronni||Italy||+ 50s|
|4||Silvano Contini||Italy||+ 1' 59s|
|5||Josef Fuchs||Switzerland||+ 2' 19s|
|6||Roberto Visentini||Italy||+ 5' 37s|
|7||Alfio Vandi||Italy||+ 9' 32s|
|8||Beat Breu||Switzerland||+ 10' 02s|
|9||Claudio Bortolotto||Italy||+ 10' 12s|
|10||Gianbattista Baronchelli||Italy||+ 12' 01s|
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