1983 Giro d'Italia

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1983 Giro d'Italia
Race details
Dates 12 May - 5 June
Stages 22 + Prologue
Distance 3,922 km (2,437 mi)
Winning time 100h 45' 30" (38.911 km/h or 24.178 mph)
Winner  Giuseppe Saronni (ITA) (Del Tongo-Colnago)
Second  Roberto Visentini (ITA) (Inoxpran)
Third  Alberto Fernández (ESP) (Zor)

Points  Giuseppe Saronni (ITA) (Del Tongo-Colnago)
Mountains  Lucien Van Impe (BEL) (Metauro Mobili-Pinarello)
Youth  Franco Chioccioli (ITA) (Vivi-Benotto)
Team Gemeaz Cusin

The 1983 Giro d'Italia was held from 12 May to 5 June 1983. It was won by the Giuseppe Saronni.[1][2][3]

This 66th edition covered 3,916 km, for a total of 22 stages, completed at an average speed of 38.9 km/h.


A total of 18 teams were invited to participate in the 1983 Giro d'Italia. Each team sent a squad of nine riders, so the Giro began with a peloton of 162 cyclists. Out of the 162 riders that started this edition of the Giro d'Italia, a total of 140 riders made it to the finish in Udine.[1]

The 18 teams that took part in the race were:

  • Mareno-Wilier Triestina
  • Metauro Mobili
  • Sammontana-Campagnolo
  • Termolan-Galli
  • Vivi-Benotto
  • Wolber-Spidel

Route and stages[edit]

The 1983 edition of the Giro d'Italia was scheduled began with a short 8 km (5.0 mi) prologue that navigated around the Italian city of Brescia but it was cancelled. There were a total of fifteen stages that contained categorized mountains. Five 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[4]
Stage Date Course Distance Type Winner
P 12 May Brescia 8 km (5 mi) Individual time trial Stage Cancelled
1 13 May Brescia to Mantua 70 km (43 mi) Team time trial Bianchi-Piaggio
2 14 May Mantua to Comacchio 192 km (119 mi) Plain stage  Guido Bontempi (ITA)
3 15 May Comacchio to Fano 148 km (92 mi) Plain stage  Paolo Rosola (ITA)
4 16 May Pesaro to Todi 187 km (116 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Giuseppe Saronni (ITA)
5 17 May Terni to Vasto 269 km (167 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Eduardo Chozas (ESP)
6 18 May Vasto to Campitello Matese 145 km (90 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Alberto Fernández (ESP)
7 19 May Campitello Matese to Salerno 216 km (134 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Moreno Argentin (ITA)
8 20 May Salerno to Terracina 212 km (132 mi) Plain stage  Guido Bontempi (ITA)
9 21 May Terracina to Montefiascone 225 km (140 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Riccardo Magrini (ITA)
10 22 May Montefiascone to Bibbiena 232 km (144 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Palmiro Masciarelli (ITA)
11 23 May Bibbiena to Pietrasanta 202 km (126 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Lucien Van Impe (BEL)
24 May Rest day
12 25 May Pietrasanta to Reggio Emilia 180 km (112 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Alf Segersäll (SWE)
13 26 May Reggio Emilia to Parma 38 km (24 mi) Individual time trial  Giuseppe Saronni (ITA)
14 27 May Parma to Savona 243 km (151 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Gregor Braun (FRG)
15 28 May Savona to Orta San Giulio 219 km (136 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Paolo Rosola (ITA)
16a 29 May Orta San Giulio to Milan 110 km (68 mi) Plain stage  Frank Hoste (BEL)
16b Milan to Bergamo 100 km (62 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Giuseppe Saronni (ITA)
17 30 May Bergamo to Colli di San Fermo 91 km (57 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Alberto Fernández (ESP)
18 31 May Sarnico to Vicenza 178 km (111 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Paolo Rosola (ITA)
1 June Rest day
19 2 June Vicenza to Selva di Val Gardena 224 km (139 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Mario Beccia (ITA)
20 3 June Selva di Val Gardena to Arabba 169 km (105 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Alessandro Paganessi (ITA)
21 4 June Arabba to Gorizia 232 km (144 mi) Plain stage  Moreno Argentin (ITA)
22 5 June Gorizia to Udine 40 km (25 mi) Individual time trial  Roberto Visentini (ITA)
Total 3,922 km (2,437 mi)

Classification Leadership[edit]

In the 1983 Giro d'Italia, four 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.[5]

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.[5]

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.[5]

The fourth jersey represented the young rider classification, marked by a white jersey. This 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.[5]

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.[5]

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 Stage Cancelled not awarded not awarded not awarded not awarded not awarded
1 Bianchi-Piaggio Tommy Prim  ?  ? Bianchi-Piaggio
2 Guido Bontempi Urs Freuler Guido Bontempi
3 Paolo Rosola Paolo Rosola Paolo Rosola
4 Giuseppe Saronni
5 Eduardo Chozas Silvano Contini Giuseppe Saronni
6 Alberto Fernández Metauro Mobili-Pinarello
7 Moreno Argentin Giuseppe Saronni
8 Guido Bontempi
9 Riccardo Magrini
10 Palmiro Masciarelli
11 Lucien Van Impe
12 Alf Segersäll
13 Giuseppe Saronni
14 Gregor Braun
15 Paolo Rosola
16a Frank Hoste
16b Giuseppe Saronni
17 Alberto Fernández Zor-Gemeaz Cusin
18 Paolo Rosola
19 Mario Beccia
20 Alessandro Paganessi
21 Moreno Argentin
22 Roberto Visentini
Final Giuseppe Saronni Giuseppe Saronni Lucien Van Impe Franco Chioccioli Zor-Gemeaz Cusin

Final standings[edit]

  Pink jersey   Denotes the winner of the General classification[4]   Green jersey   Denotes the winner of the Mountains classification[4]
  Purple jersey   Denotes the winner of the Points classification[4]   White jersey   Denotes the winner of the Young rider classification[4]

General classification[edit]

Final general classification (1–10)[4]
Rank Name Team Time
1  Giuseppe Saronni (ITA) Pink jersey Purple jersey Del Tongo-Colnago 100h 45' 30"
2  Roberto Visentini (ITA) Inoxpran-Lumenflon + 1' 07"
3  Alberto Fernández (ESP) Zor-Gemeaz Cusin + 3' 40"
4  Mario Beccia (ITA) Malvor-Bottecchia + 5' 55"
5  Dietrich Thurau (FRG) Del Tongo-Colnago + 7' 44"
6  Marino Lejarreta (ESP) Alfa Lum-Olmo + 7' 47"
7  Faustino Rupérez Rincón (ESP) Zor-Gemeaz Cusin + 8' 24"
8  Eduardo Chozas Olmo (ESP) Zor-Gemeaz Cusin + 9' 41"
9  Lucien Van Impe (BEL) Green jersey Metauro Mobili + 10' 54"
10  Wladimiro Panizza (ITA) Atala-Campagnolo + 12' 00"

Points classification[edit]

Final points classification (1-5)[4]
Rider Team Points
1  Giuseppe Saronni (ITA) Purple jersey Pink jersey Del Tongo-Colnago 223
2  Moreno Argentin (ITA) Sammontana 149
3  Frank Hoste (BEL) Europ Decor-Dries 139
4  Pierino Gavazzi (ITA) Atala-Campagnolo 120
5  Stefan Mutter (SUI) Eorotex-Magniflex 111

Mountains classification[edit]

Final mountains classification (1-5)[4]
Rider Team Points
1  Lucien Van Impe (BEL) Green jersey Metauro Mobili 70
2  Alberto Fernández (ESP) Zor-Gemeaz Cusin 43
3  Marino Lejarreta (ESP) Alfa Lum-Olmo 27
 Faustino Rupérez (ESP) Zor-Gemeaz Cusin
5  Alessandro Paganessi (ITA) Bianchi-Piaggio 23

Young rider classification[edit]

Final young rider classification (1-5)[4]
Rider Team Time
1  Franco Chioccioli (ITA) A white jersey Vivi-Benotto 101h 00" 52"
2  Fabrizio Verza (ITA) Gis Gelati-Campagnolo + 12' 16"
3  Harald Maier (AUT) Eorotex-Magniflex + 20' 32"
4  Davide Cassani (ITA) Termolan-Galli + 30' 27"
5  Czesław Lang (POL) Gis Gelati-Campagnolo + 35' 13"

Team classification[edit]

Final team classification (1-3)[4]
Team Time
1 Zor-Gemeaz Cusin 300h 05' 39"
2 Inoxpran-Lumenflon + 10' 45"
3 Del Tongo-Colnago + 17' 30"


  1. ^ a b "Saronni, La Vida En Rosa" [Saronni, the Life in Rose] (PDF) (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 6 June 1983. p. 32. Archived from the original on 2013-07-02. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "Visentini no pogué impedir el triomf final de Saronni" [Visentini could not prevent the final triumph Saronno] (PDF). El Punt (in Catalan) (Hermes Comunicacions S.A.). 7 June 1983. p. 30. Archived from the original on 10 July 2014. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  3. ^ Jean Montois (7 June 1983). "Les bonificacions van fer guanyador Saronni" [Bonuses were winning Saronni]. Avui (in Catalan) (Hermes Comunicacions S.A.). Archived from the original on 17 June 2014. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Bill and Carol McGann. "1983 Giro d'Italia". Bike Race Info. Dog Ear Publishing. Archived from the original on 10 July 2014. Retrieved 2012-08-06. 
  5. ^ a b c d e Laura Weislo (2008-05-13). "Giro d'Italia classifications demystified". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. Retrieved 2009-08-27.