1986 Giro d'Italia

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1986 Giro d'Italia
Race details
Dates 12 May - 2 June
Stages 22 + Prologue
Distance 3,858.6 km (2,398 mi)
Winning time 102h 33' 55" (37.615 km/h or 23.373 mph)
Winner  Roberto Visentini (ITA) (Carrera-Inoxpran)
Second  Giuseppe Saronni (ITA) (Del Tongo)
Third  Francesco Moser (ITA) (Supermerc - Brianzoli)

Points  Guido Bontempi (ITA) (Carrera Jeans)
Mountains  Pedro Muñoz (ESP) (Fagor)
Youth  Marco Giovannetti (ITA) (Gis Gelati)
Team Supermercati Brianzoli

The 1986 Giro d'Italia was the 69th running of the Giro d'Italia, one of cycling's Grand Tours races. The Giro started in Palermo, on 12 May, with a 1 km (0.6 mi) prologue and concluded in Merano, on 2 June, with a 108.6 km (67.5 mi) mass-start stage. A total of 171 riders from nineteen teams entered the 22-stage race, that was won by Italian Roberto Visentini of the Carrera-Inoxpran team. The second and third places were taken by Italian riders Giuseppe Saronni and Francesco Moser, respectively.

Amongst the other classifications that the race awarded, Guido Bontempi of Carrera-Inoxpran won the points classification, Pedro Muñoz of Fagor,and Gis Gelati's won the mountains classification, and Marco Giovannetti completed the Giro as the best neo-professional in the general classification, finishing eighth overall. Supermercati Brianzoli finishing as the winners of the team classification, ranking each of the twenty teams contesting the race by lowest cumulative time.


The outside of a stone building.
The team presentation ceremony took place on 11 May at the Palazzo dei Normanni in Palermo.

A total of nineteen teams were invited to participate in the 1986 Giro d'Italia. Each team sent a squad of nine riders, which meant that the race started with a peloton of 171 cyclists. The presentation of the teams – where each team's roster and manager are introduced in front the media and local dignitaries – took place at the Palazzo dei Normanni on 11 May.[1] From the riders that began this edition, 143 made it to the finish in Merano.

The teams entering the race were:

Pre-race favorites[edit]

The starting peloton did not include the 1985 winner, Bernard Hinault.[2] An El Mundo Deportivo writer believed LeMond, Moser, and Saronni to be the favorites to win the overall crown.[2] In addition, the writer felt that Pedro Muñoz had the best chances to win the race, out of all the Spanish riders entering the event.[2]

Route and stages[edit]

A mountain in the distance.
Foppolo hosted the end of the 143 km (89 mi) sixteenth stage and the start of the 186 km (116 mi) seventeenth stage.

The route for the 1986 edition of the Giro d'Italia was revealed to the public on television by head organizer Vincenzo Torriani on 8 February 1986.[3][4][5] It contained four time trials, three of which were individual and one of which was a team event.[5] There were twelve stages containing categorized climbs, of which three had summit finishes: stage 14, to Sauze d'Oulx; stage 16, to Foppolo; and stage 19, to Peio. The organizers chose to include no rest days.[1] Torriani did not want to interfere with the World Cup being held in Mexico.[1][2] When compared to the previous year's race, the race was 140 km (87 mi) shorter, contained two less rest days, and the same amount of time trials.[6] In addition, this race contained the same amount of stages, but one less set of half stages.[6]

l'Unita writer Gino Sala believed the route to be more challenging than the routes within the past few years.[1] He criticized the route for the stage three team time trial for going over dangerous roads.[1] Author Bill McGann believed Torriani designed the route to be relatively flat in order to increase the likelihood of Italian riders Giuseppe Saronni and Francesco Moser winning the race.[7] Five-time champion Eddy Merckx believed the route to be "decapitated."[7]

Stage characteristics and winners[5][7]
Stage Date Course Distance Type Winner
P 12 May Palermo 1 km (1 mi) Individual time trial  Urs Freuler (SUI)
1 Palermo to Sciacca 140 km (87 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Sergio Santimaria (ITA)
2 13 May Sciacca to Catania 259 km (161 mi) Plain stage  Jean-Paul van Poppel (NED)
3 14 May Catania to Taormina 50 km (31 mi) Team time trial Del Tongo-Colnago
4 15 May Villa San Giovanni to Nicotera 115 km (71 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Gianbattista Baronchelli (ITA)
5 16 May Nicotera to Cosenza 194 km (121 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Greg LeMond (USA)
6 17 May Cosenza to Potenza 251 km (156 mi) Plain stage  Roberto Visentini (ITA)
7 18 May Potenza to Baia Domizia 257 km (160 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Guido Bontempi (ITA)
8 19 May Cellole to Avezzano 160 km (99 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Franco Chioccioli (ITA)
9 20 May Avezzano to Rieti 172 km (107 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Acácio da Silva (POR)
10 21 May Rieti to Pesaro 238 km (148 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Guido Bontempi (ITA)
11 22 May Pesaro to Castiglione del Lago 207 km (129 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Guido Bontempi (ITA)
12 23 May Sinalunga to Siena 46 km (29 mi) Individual time trial  Lech Piasecki (POL)
13 24 May Siena to Sarzana 175 km (109 mi) Plain stage  Jean-Paul van Poppel (NED)
14 25 May Savona to Sauze d'Oulx 236 km (147 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Martin Earley (IRL)
15 26 May Sauze d'Oulx to Erba 260 km (162 mi) Plain stage  Dag Erik Pedersen (NOR)
16 27 May Erba to Foppolo 143 km (89 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Pedro Muñoz (ESP)
17 28 May Foppolo to Piacenza 186 km (116 mi) Plain stage  Guido Bontempi (ITA)
18 29 May Piacenza to Cremona 36 km (22 mi) Individual time trial  Francesco Moser (ITA)
19 30 May Cremona to Peio 211 km (131 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Johan van der Velde (NED)
20 31 May Peio to Bassano del Grappa 179 km (111 mi) Plain stage  Guido Bontempi (ITA)
21 1 June Bassano del Grappa to Bolzano 234 km (145 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Acácio da Silva (POR)
22 2 June Merano to Merano 108.6 km (67 mi) Plain stage  Eric Van Lancker (BEL)
Total 3,858.6 km (2,398 mi)

Classification leadership[edit]

A picture of a mountain.
The Pordoi Pass was the Cima Coppi for the 1986 running of the Giro d'Italia.

Four different jerseys were worn during the 1986 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.[8]

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.[8] The Cima Coppi for this Giro was the Passo Pordoi. The first rider to cross the Pordoi Pass was Spanish rider Pedro Muñoz. The white jersey was worn by the leader of young rider classification, a ranking decided the same way as the general classification, but considering only neo-professional cyclists (in their first three years of professional racing).[8] Although no jersey was awarded, there was also one classification for the teams, in which the stage finish times of the best three cyclists per team were added; the leading team was the one with the lowest total time.[8]

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

Classification leadership by stage
Stage Winner General classification
Pink Jersey
Points classification
Purple Jersey
Mountains classification
Green Jersey
Young rider classification
White Jersey
Trofeo Fast Team
P Urs Freuler Urs Freuler not awarded not awarded not awarded not awarded
1 Sergio Santimaria Sergio Santimaria Urs Freuler Jesper Worre Stefano Allocchio Ariostea
2 Jean-Paul van Poppel Jean-Paul van Poppel Jean-Paul van Poppel Jean-Paul van Poppel
3 Del Tongo-Colnago Giuseppe Saronni Flavio Giupponi Supermercati Brianzoli-Essebi
4 Gianbattista Baronchelli Gianbattista Baronchelli Johan van der Velde Renato Piccolo
5 Greg LeMond Roberto Visentini
6 Roberto Visentini Giuseppe Saronni Jean-Paul van Poppel Del Tongo-Colnago
7 Guido Bontempi
8 Franco Chioccioli Stefano Colagè Gianni Bugno
9 Acácio da Silva
10 Guido Bontempi
11 Guido Bontempi Guido Bontempi
12 Lech Piasecki
13 Jean-Paul van Poppel
14 Martin Earley Supermercati Brianzoli-Essebi
15 Dag Erik Pedersen
16 Pedro Muñoz Roberto Visentini Marco Giovannetti
17 Guido Bontempi
18 Francesco Moser
19 Johan van der Velde
20 Guido Bontempi
21 Acácio da Silva Pedro Muñoz
22 Eric Van Lancker
Final Roberto Visentini Guido Bontempi Pedro Muñoz Marco Giovannetti Supermercati Brianzoli-Essebi

Final standings[edit]

  Pink jersey   Denotes the winner of the General classification[7][9]   Green jersey   Denotes the winner of the Mountains classification[7]
  Purple jersey   Denotes the winner of the Points classification[7]   White jersey   Denotes the winner of the Young rider classification[7]

General classification[edit]

Final general classification (1–10)[7]
Rank Name Team Time
1  Roberto Visentini (ITA) Pink jersey Carrera-Inoxpran 102h 33' 55"
2  Giuseppe Saronni (ITA) Del Tongo-Colnago + 1' 02"
3  Francesco Moser (ITA) Supermercati Brianzoli-Essebi + 2' 14"
4  Greg LeMond (USA) La Vie Claire + 2' 26"
5  Claudio Corti (ITA) Supermercati Brianzoli-Essebi + 4' 49"
6  Franco Chioccioli (ITA) Ecoflam-Jollyscarpe-BFB Bruc. + 6' 58"
7  Acácio da Silva (POR) Malvor-Bottecchia-Vaporella + 7' 12"
8  Marco Giovannetti (ITA) A white jersey Gis Gelati-Oece + 8' 03"
9  Niki Rüttimann (SUI) La Vie Claire + 9' 15"
10  Pedro Muñoz (ESP) Green jersey Fagor + 11' 52"

Points classification[edit]

Final points classification (1–5)[7]
Rider Team Points
1  Guido Bontempi (ITA) A purple jersey Carrera-Inoxpran 167
2  Johan van der Velde (NED) Panasonic-Merckx-Agu 148
3  Paolo Rosola (ITA) Sammontana-Bianchi 115
4  Stefano Allocchio (ITA) Malvor-Bottecchia-Vaporella 112
5  Stefano Colagè (ITA) Dromedario-Laminox-Fibok 110

Mountains classification[edit]

Final mountains classification (1–5)[7]
Rider Team Points
1  Pedro Muñoz (ESP) Green jersey Fagor 54
2  Gianni Bugno (ITA) Atala-Ofmega 35
3  Stefano Giuliani (ITA) Supermercati Brianzoli-Essebi 32
4  Roberto Visentini (ITA) Pink jersey Carrera-Inoxpran 26
5  Renato Piccolo (ITA) Malvor-Bottecchia-Vaporella 16
 Martin Earley (IRL) Fagor

Young rider classification[edit]

Final young riders classification (1–5)[7]
Rider Team Time
1  Marco Giovannetti (ITA) A white jersey Gis Gelati-Oece 102h 41' 58"
2  Stefano Colagè (ITA) Dromedario-Laminox-Fibok + 7' 58"
3  Primož Čerin (YUG) Malvor-Bottecchia-Vaporella + 18' 31"
4  Bruno Bulić (YUG) Magniflex-Centroscarpa + 35' 32"
5  Maurizio Conti (ITA) Santini-Cierre + 55' 16"

Team classification[edit]

Final team classification (1–3)[7]
Team Time
1 Supermercati Brianzoli-Essebi 305h 33' 43"
2 Carrera-Inoxpran + 22' 47"
3 La Vie Claire + 24' 06"


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