1983 Giro d'Italia
|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)|
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.
The 18 teams that took part in the race were:
Route and stages
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.
|P||12 May||Brescia||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)|
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.
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.
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.
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||Stage Cancelled||not awarded||not awarded||not awarded||not awarded||not awarded|
|2||Guido Bontempi||Urs Freuler||Guido Bontempi|
|3||Paolo Rosola||Paolo Rosola||Paolo Rosola|
|5||Eduardo Chozas||Silvano Contini||Giuseppe Saronni|
|6||Alberto Fernández||Metauro Mobili-Pinarello|
|7||Moreno Argentin||Giuseppe Saronni|
|11||Lucien Van Impe|
|17||Alberto Fernández||Zor-Gemeaz Cusin|
|Final||Giuseppe Saronni||Giuseppe Saronni||Lucien Van Impe||Franco Chioccioli||Zor-Gemeaz Cusin|
|Denotes the winner of the General classification||Denotes the winner of the Mountains classification|
|Denotes the winner of the Points classification||Denotes the winner of the Young rider classification|
|1||Giuseppe Saronni (ITA)||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)||Metauro Mobili||+ 10' 54"|
|10||Wladimiro Panizza (ITA)||Atala-Campagnolo||+ 12' 00"|
|1||Giuseppe Saronni (ITA)||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|
|1||Lucien Van Impe (BEL)||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
|1||Franco Chioccioli (ITA)||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"|
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