1989 Giro d'Italia

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1989 Giro d'Italia
Race details
Dates May 21 — June 11
Stages 22, including one split stage
Distance 3,418 km (2,124 mi)
Winning time 93h 30' 16" (36.512 km/h or 22.688 mph)
Winner  Laurent Fignon (FRA) (Système U)
Second  Flavio Giupponi (ITA) (Malvor-Sidi)
Third  Andrew Hampsten (USA) (7-Eleven)

Points  Giovanni Fidanza (ITA) (Chateau d'Ax-Salotti)
Mountains  Luis Herrera (COL) (Café de Colombia-Mavic)
Youth  Vladimir Poulnikov (URS) (Alfa Lum-STM)
Intergiro  Jure Pavlič (YUG) (Carrera Jeans-Vagabond)
Team Fagor - MBK

The 1989 Giro d'Italia was the 72nd edition of the Giro d'Italia, one of cycling's Grand Tours. The Giro started off in Taormina on 21 May with a 123 km (76.4 mi) flat stage that ended in Catania. The race concluded in Florence with a 53 km (32.9 mi) individual time trial on 11 June. Twenty-two teams entered the race, which was won by the Frenchman Laurent Fignon of the Super U team. Second and third respectively were the Italian Flavio Giupponi and the American rider, Andrew Hampsten.

In the race's other classifications, Vladimir Poulnikov of the Alfa Lum-STM finished the Giro as the best neo-professional in the general classification, finishing in eleventh place overall; Café de Colombia rider Luis Herrera won the mountains classification, Giovanni Fidanza of the Chateau d'Ax-Salotti team won the points classification, and Carrera Jeans-Vagabond rider Jure Pavlič won the inaugural intergiro classification. Fagor - MBK finished as the winners of the Trofeo Fast Team classification, ranking each of the twenty-two teams contesting the race by lowest cumulative time.


There were 22 teams that were invited to compete in the 1989 Giro d'Italia. Each team consisted of nine riders, so the Giro started with 198 riders. Of the 198 riders that started the race, 141 of them reached the finish line in Florence

The 22 teams that competed in the race were:[1]

Route and Stages[edit]

This edition of the Giro contained four time trial events, three of which were individual and one a team event. There were a total of eleven stages that contained categorized climbs; six of which contained climbs of higher categories, while the other five stages held only categorized climbs of lesser degree. The remaining seven stages were primarily flat stages.

The race's sixteenth stage was supposed to go through both the Gavia and the Tonale, but due to poor weather on the day the stage was cancelled.

Of the seven higher mountain stages, four ended with summit finishes: stage 2 to Mount Etna, stage 8 to Gubbio, and stage 13 to Auronzo di Cadore. One other stage had a summit arrival, the demanding stage 18 climbing time trial to Monte Generoso.

Stage results
Stage Date Course Distance Type Winner
1 21 May Taormina to Catania 123 km (76 mi) Plain stage  Jean-Paul van Poppel (NED)
2 22 May Catania to Mount Etna 132 km (82 mi) Hilly stage  Acácio da Silva (POR)
3 23 May Villafranca Tirrena to Messina 32.5 km (20 mi) Team time trial Ariostea
4 24 May Scilla to Cosenza 204 km (127 mi) Hilly stage  Rolf Järmann (SUI)
5 25 May Cosenza to Potenza 275 km (171 mi) Hilly stage  Stefano Giuliani (ITA)
6 26 May Potenza to Campobasso 223 km (139 mi) Hilly stage  Stefan Joho (SUI)
7 27 May Isernia to Rome 208 km (129 mi) Plain stage  Urs Freuler (SUI)
8 28 May Rome to Gran Sasso d'Italia 179 km (111 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  John Carlsen (DEN)
9 29 May L'Aquila to Gubbio 221 km (137 mi) Hilly stage  Bjarne Riis (DEN)
10 30 May Pesaro to Riccione 36.8 km (23 mi) Individual time trial  Lech Piasecki (POL)
11 31 May Riccione to Mantua 244 km (152 mi) Plain stage  Urs Freuler (SUI)
12 1 June Mantua to Mira 148 km (92 mi) Plain stage  Mario Cipollini (ITA)
13 2 June Padua to Auronzo di Cadore 207 km (129 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Luis Herrera (COL)
14 3 June Auronzo di Cadore to Corvara 131 km (81 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Flavio Giupponi (ITA)
15a 4 June Corvara to Trento 131 km (81 mi) Plain stage  Jean-Paul van Poppel (NED)
15b Trento to Trento 83.2 km (52 mi) Plain stage  Lech Piasecki (POL)
16 5 June Trento to Santa Caterina di Valfurva 208 km (129 mi) Stage with mountain(s) Stage Cancelled
17 6 June Sondrio to Meda 137 km (85 mi) Plain stage  Phil Anderson (AUS)
18 7 June Mendrisio (Switzerland) to Monte Generoso (Switzerland) 10.7 km (7 mi) Individual time trial  Luis Herrera (COL)
19 8 June Meda to Tortona 198 km (123 mi) Plain stage  Jesper Skibby (DEN)
20 9 June Voghera to La Spezia 220 km (137 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Laurent Fignon (FRA)
21 10 June La Spezia to Prato 216 km (134 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Gianni Bugno (ITA)
22 11 June Prato to Florence 53 km (33 mi) Individual time trial  Lech Piasecki (POL)
Total 3,418 km (2,124 mi)

Classification Leadership[edit]

In the 1989 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.[2]

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.[2]

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.[2]

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.[2]

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.[2]

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
1 Jean-Paul van Poppel Jean-Paul van Poppel Jean-Paul van Poppel  ?  ? Atala
2 Acácio da Silva Acácio da Silva Acácio da Silva Chateau d'Ax
3 Ariostea Silvino Contini
4 Rolf Järmann
5 Stefano Giuliani
6 Stefan Joho
7 Urs Freuler Giovanni Fidanza
8 John Carlsen Erik Breukink Fagor
9 Bjarne Riis Acácio da Silva Acácio da Silva
10 Lech Piasecki Erik Breukink Rolf Sörensen Alfa Lum
11 Urs Freuler
12 Mario Cipollini
13 Luis Herrera Giovanni Fidanza Fagor
14 Flavio Giupponi Laurent Fignon
15a Jean-Paul van Poppel
15b Lech Piasecki
16 Stage Cancelled
17 Phil Anderson
18 Luis Herrera
19 Jesper Skibby
20 Laurent Fignon
21 Gianni Bugno
22 Lech Piasecki
Final Laurent Fignon Giovanni Fidanza Luis Herrera Vladimir Poulnikov Fagor

Final standings[edit]

  A pink jersey   Denotes the winner of the General classification[3]   A green jersey   Denotes the winner of the Mountains classification[3]
  A purple jersey   Denotes the winner of the Points classification[3]   A white jersey   Denotes the winner of the Young rider classification[3]
  A blue jersey   Denotes the winner of the Intergiro classification

General classification[edit]

Final general classification (1–10)[3]
Rank Name Team Time
1  Laurent Fignon (FRA) Pink jersey Système U 93h 30' 16"
2  Flavio Giupponi (ITA) Malvor + 1' 15"
3  Andrew Hampsten (USA) 7 Eleven-American Airlines + 2' 46"
4  Erik Breukink (NED) Panasonic-Isostar-Colnago-Agu + 5' 02"
5  Franco Chioccioli (ITA) Del Tongo + 5' 43"
6  Urs Zimmermann (SUI) Carrera Jeans-Vagabond + 6' 28"
7  Claude Criquielion (BEL) Hitachi + 6' 34"
8  Marco Giovannetti (ITA) Seur + 7' 44"
9  Stephen Roche (IRL) Fagor + 8' 09"
10  Marino Lejarreta (ESP) Caja Rural + 8' 09"

Points classification[edit]

Rider Team Points
1  Giovanni Fidanza (ITA) purple jersey Chateau d'Ax 172
2  Laurent Fignon (FRA) Pink jersey Système U 139
3  Erik Breukink (NED) Panasonic-Isostar-Colnago-Agu 128
4  Claudio Chiappucci (ITA) Del Tongo 116
5  Acácio da Silva (POR) Carrera Jeans-Vagabond 111
6  Flavio Giupponi (ITA) Malvor 105
7  Phil Anderson (AUS) TVM 101
8  Adriano Baffi (ITA) Ariostea 100
9  Andrew Hampsten (USA) 7 Eleven-American Airlines 98
10  Lech Piasecki (POL) Malvor 95

Mountains classification[edit]

Rider Team Points
1  Luis Herrera (COL) A green jersey Café de Colombia 70
2  Stefano Giuliani (ITA) Jolly 38
3  Henry Cardenas (COL) Café de Colombia 34
 Jure Pavlič (YUG) A blue jersey Carrera Jeans-Vagabond
5  Flavio Giupponi (ITA) Malvor 28
6  Roberto Conti (ITA) Selca 25
7  Laurent Fignon (FRA) Pink jersey Système U 22
8  Stefano Tomasini (ITA) Pepsi 21
9  Acácio da Silva (POR) Carrera Jeans-Vagabond 16
10  Erik Breukink (NED) Panasonic-Isostar-Colnago-Agu 13

Young rider classification[edit]

Rider Team Time
1  Vladimir Poulnikov (URS) A white jersey Alfa Lum 93h 40' 06"
2  Piotr Ugrumov (URS) Alfa Lum + 4' 37"
3  Luca Gelfi (ITA) Del Tongo + 27' 49"
4  Jos van Aert (NED) Hitachi + 31' 00"
5  Jure Pavlič (YUG) Carrera Jeans-Vagabond + 39' 24"
6  John Carlsen (DEN) Fagor + 45' 00"
7  Sergei Uslamin (URS) Alfa Lum + 46' 38"
8  Sergei Sukhorutchenko (URS) Alfa Lum + 1h 08' 31"
9  Nikolai Golovatenko (URS) Alfa Lum + 1h 17' 41"
10  Miguel Arroyo (MEX) ADR-Agrigel-Bottechia + 1h 19' 58"

Intergiro classification[edit]

Rider Team Time
1  Jure Pavlič (YUG) A blue jersey Carrera Jeans-Vagabond 49h 50' 00"
2  Laurent Fignon (FRA) Système U + 4' 07"
3  Claude Criquielion (BEL) Hitachi + 4' 24"

Trofeo Fast Team classification[edit]

Team Time
1 Fagor 279h 59' 13"
2 Caja Rural + 13' 27"
3 Alfa Lum + 16' 11"
4 Seur + 16' 37"
5 Del Tongo + 20' 35"
6 Café de Colombia + 28' 41"
7 TVM + 29' 00"
8 Carrera Jeans-Vagabond + 37' 47"
9 Malvor + 39' 08"
10 Chateau d'Ax + 39' 57"


  1. ^ http://hemeroteca.mundodeportivo.com/preview/1989/05/21/pagina-47/1193952/pdf.html
  2. ^ a b c d e Laura Weislo (2008-05-13). "Giro d'Italia classifications demystified". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. Retrieved 2009-08-27. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "A Golpe de Fignon" [A Fignon Coup] (PDF) (in Spanish). Florence, Italy: El Mundo Deportivo. 12 June 1989. p. 72. Archived from the original on 2013-07-02. Retrieved 27 May 2012.