1986 Giro d'Italia
|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)|
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.
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. From the riders that began this edition, 143 made it to the finish in Merano.
The teams entering the race were:
The starting peloton did not include the 1985 winner, Bernard Hinault. An El Mundo Deportivo writer believed LeMond, Moser, and Saronni to be the favorites to win the overall crown. 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.
Route and stages
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. It contained four time trials, three of which were individual and one of which was a team event. 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. Torriani did not want to interfere with the World Cup being held in Mexico. 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. In addition, this race contained the same amount of stages, but one less set of half stages.
l'Unita writer Gino Sala believed the route to be more challenging than the routes within the past few years. He criticized the route for the stage three team time trial for going over dangerous roads. 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. Five-time champion Eddy Merckx believed the route to be "decapitated."
|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)|
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.
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. 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). 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.
The rows in the following table correspond to the jerseys awarded after that stage was run.
|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||Roberto Visentini (ITA)||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)||Gis Gelati-Oece||+ 8' 03"|
|9||Niki Rüttimann (SUI)||La Vie Claire||+ 9' 15"|
|10||Pedro Muñoz (ESP)||Fagor||+ 11' 52"|
|1||Guido Bontempi (ITA)||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|
|1||Pedro Muñoz (ESP)||Fagor||54|
|2||Gianni Bugno (ITA)||Atala-Ofmega||35|
|3||Stefano Giuliani (ITA)||Supermercati Brianzoli-Essebi||32|
|4||Roberto Visentini (ITA)||Carrera-Inoxpran||26|
|5||Renato Piccolo (ITA)||Malvor-Bottecchia-Vaporella||16|
|Martin Earley (IRL)||Fagor|
Young rider classification
|1||Marco Giovannetti (ITA)||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"|
- Gino Sala (11 May 1986). "Giovani leoni all'assalto di un Giro senza mattatore" [Young lions assault of a showman without Giro] (PDF). l'Unità (in Italian) (PCI). p. 22. Archived from the original on 17 June 2014. Retrieved 27 May 2012.
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