1992 Giro d'Italia

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1992 Giro d'Italia
Race details
Dates May 24 — June 14
Stages 22
Distance 3,843 km (2,388 mi)
Winning time 103h 36' 08" (37.092 km/h or 23.048 mph)
Winner  Miguel Indurain (ESP) (Banesto)
Second  Claudio Chiappucci (ITA) (Carrera Jeans-Vagabond)
Third  Franco Chioccioli (ITA) (GB-MG Maglificio)

Points  Mario Cipollini (ITA) (GB-MG Maglificio)
Mountains  Claudio Chiappucci (ITA) (Carrera Jeans-Vagabond)
Youth  Pavel Tonkov (RUS) (Lampre-Colnago)
Intergiro  Miguel Indurain (ESP) (Banesto)
Team GB-MG Maglificio

The 1992 Giro d'Italia was the 75th edition of the Giro d'Italia, one of cycling's Grand Tours. The Giro started off in Genoa on 24 May with a 8 km (5.0 mi) individual time trial. The race concluded in Milan with a 66 km (41.0 mi) individual time trial on 14 June. Twenty teams entered the race, which was won by the Spaniard Miguel Indurain of the Banesto team. Second and third respectively were the Italians Claudio Chiappucci and Franco Chioccioli.[1][2] Indurain's victory in the 1992 Giro was his first step in completing the Giro - Tour double – winning the Giro d'Italia and Tour de France in one calendar year - becoming the sixth rider to accomplish this feat, with the first being Fausto Coppi in 1949.

Indurain became the first Spanish rider to win the Giro d'Italia. Indurain also won the secondary intergiro classification. In the race's other classifications, Lampre-Colnago rider Pavel Tonkov of Russia finished as the best rider aged 25 or under in the general classification, finishing in seventh place overall; Mario Cipollini of the GB-MG Maglificio team was the winner of the points classification, with GB-MG Maglificio finishing as the winners of the Trofeo Fast Team, ranking each of the twenty teams contesting the race by lowest cumulative time.


A total of 20 teams were invited to participate in the 1992 Giro d'Italia. Each team sent a squad of nine riders, so the Giro began with a peloton of 180 cyclists. Out of the 180 riders that started this edition of the Giro d'Italia, a total of 148 riders made it to the finish in Milan.

The 20 teams that took part in the race were:

Route and Stages[edit]

The 1992 Giro d'Italia began with a brief individual time trial around Genoa. The official race route contained three individual time trial events. There were a total of seven stages that held many high mountains, while there were four hilly stages that contained climbs of lesser degree. The eight remaining stages were primarily flat.

Of the mass-start stages that contained mountains, four contained summit finishes: stage 10 to Monte Terminillo, stage 14 to Monte Bondone, stage 18 to Pian del Re, and stage 19 to Pila.

Stage results
Stage Date Course Distance Type Winner
1 24 May Genoa 8 km (5 mi) Individual time trial  Thierry Marie (FRA)
2 25 May Genoa to Uliveto Terme 194 km (121 mi) Plain stage  Endrio Leoni (ITA)
3 26 May Uliveto Terme to Arezzo 174 km (108 mi) Hilly stage  Maximilian Sciandri (ITA)
4 27 May Arezzo to Sansepolcro 38 km (24 mi) Individual time trial  Miguel Indurain (ESP)
5 28 May Sansepolcro to Porto Sant'Elpidio 198 km (123 mi) Plain stage  Mario Cipollini (ITA)
6 29 May Porto Sant'Elpidio to Sulmona 223 km (139 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Franco Vona (ITA)
7 30 May Roccaraso to Melfi 232 km (144 mi) Hilly stage  Guido Bontempi (ITA)
8 31 May Melfi to Aversa 184 km (114 mi) Plain stage  Mario Cipollini (ITA)
9 1 June Aversa to Latina 165 km (103 mi) Plain stage  Guido Bontempi (ITA)
10 2 June Latina to Monte Terminillo 196 km (122 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Luis Herrera (COL)
11 3 June Montepulciano to Imola 233 km (145 mi) Hilly stage  Roberto Pagnin (ITA)
12 4 June Imola to Bassano del Grappa 214 km (133 mi) Plain stage  Endrio Leoni (ITA)
13 5 June Bassano del Grappa to Corvara 204 km (127 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Franco Vona (ITA)
14 6 June Corvara to Monte Bondone 205 km (127 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Giorgio Furlan (ITA)
15 7 June Riva del Garda to Palazzolo sull'Oglio 171 km (106 mi) Plain stage  François Simon (FRA)
16 8 June Palazzolo sull'Oglio to Sondrio 166 km (103 mi) Hilly stage  Marco Saligari (ITA)
17 9 June Sondrio to Vercelli 203 km (126 mi) Plain stage  Mario Cipollini (ITA)
18 10 June Vercelli to Pian del Re 200 km (124 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Marco Giovannetti (ITA)
19 11 June Saluzzo to Pila 260 km (162 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Udo Bölts (GER)
20 12 June Saint Vincent to Verbania 201 km (125 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Franco Chioccioli (ITA)
21 13 June Verbania to Vigevano 95 km (59 mi) Plain stage  Mario Cipollini (ITA)
22 14 June Vigevano to Milan 66 km (41 mi) Individual time trial  Miguel Indurain (ESP)
Total 3,843 km (2,388 mi)

Classification Leadership[edit]

In the 1992 Giro d'Italia, five 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.[3]

A statue on a mountain depicting a cyclist
The statue of Fausto Coppi on the Pordoi Pass from which the Coppi in Cima Coppi is derived.

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.[3]

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.[3] The Cima Coppi for the Giro was the Passo Pordoi. The first rider to cross the Cima Coppi was Claudio Chiappucci

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 riders born after 1 January 1968 were eligible.[3]

The fifth jersey represented the intergiro classification, marked by a blue jersey.[3] The calculation for the intergiro is similar to that of the general classification, in each stage there is a midway point that the riders pass through a point and where their time is stopped. As the race goes on, their times compiled and the person with the lowest time is the leader of the intergiro classification and wears the blue jersey.[3]

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.[3]

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
Intergiro classification
Trofeo Fast Team
1 Thierry Marie Thierry Marie Thierry Marie not awarded Julio César Ortegón Miguel Indurain Castorama
2 Endrio Leoni Mario Cipollini Germano Pierdomenico Stefano Zanini
3 Maximilian Sciandri Miguel Indurain Maximilian Sciandri Yvon Ledanois Adriano Baffi Banesto
4 Miguel Indurain Miguel Indurain Miguel Indurain Armand de Las Cuevas Miguel Indurain
5 Mario Cipollini
6 Franco Vona Roberto Conti Ariostea
7 Guido Bontempi
8 Mario Cipollini Mario Cipollini
9 Guido Bontempi
10 Luis Herrera Leonardo Sierra Gatorade
11 Roberto Pagnin
12 Endrio Leoni GB-MG Maglificio
13 Franco Vona
14 Giorgio Furlan
15 François Simon Ariostea
16 Marco Saligari Claudio Chiappucci
17 Mario Cipollini
18 Marco Giovannetti Pavel Tonkov
19 Udo Bölts GB-MG Maglificio
20 Franco Chioccioli
21 Mario Cipollini
22 Miguel Indurain
Final Miguel Indurain Mario Cipollini Claudio Chiappucci Pavel Tonkov Miguel Indurain GB-MG Maglificio

Final Standings[edit]

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

General classification[edit]

Final general classification (1–10)
Rank Name Team Time
1  Miguel Indurain (ESP) Pink jerseyA blue jersey Banesto 103h 36' 08"
2  Claudio Chiappucci (ITA) A green jersey Carrera Jeans-Vagabond + 5' 12"
3  Franco Chioccioli (ITA) GB-MG Maglificio + 7' 16"
4  Marco Giovannetti (ITA) Gatorade-Chateau d'Ax + 8' 01"
5  Andrew Hampsten (USA) Motorola + 11' 12"
6  Franco Vona (ITA) GB-MG Maglificio + 11' 12"
7  Pavel Tonkov (RUS) A white jersey Lampre-Colnago + 17' 15"
8  Luis Herrera (COL) Ryalco-Postobón + 17' 53"
9  Roberto Conti (ITA) Ariostea + 19' 14"
10  Bruno Cornillet (FRA) Z + 20' 03"

Mountains classification[edit]

Rider Team Points
1  Claudio Chiappucci (ITA) A green jersey Carrera Jeans-Vagabond 76
2  Roberto Conti (ITA) Ariostea 45
3  Miguel Indurain (ESP) Pink jerseyA blue jersey Banesto 35
4  Giorgio Furlan (ITA) Ariostea 31
5  Giuseppe Calcaterra (ITA) Amore & Vita-Fanini 23
6  Marco Giovannetti (ITA) Gatorade-Chateau d'Ax 22
7  Ramon González Arrieta (ESP) Lotus-Festina 20
8  Franco Chioccioli (ITA) GB-MG Maglificio 19
9  Udo Bölts (GER) Team Telekom 18
 Luis Herrera (COL) Ryalco-Postobón

Young rider classification[edit]

Rider Team Time
1  Pavel Tonkov (RUS) A white jersey Lampre-Colnago 103h 53' 23"
2  Ivan Gotti (ITA) Gatorade-Chateau d'Ax + 44' 21"
3  Armand de las Cuevas (ESP) Banesto + 1h 31' 43"
4  Davide Perona (ITA) ZG Mobili-Fonti Sant'Antonio + 1h 56' 14"
5  Ruben Marin (COL) Ryalco-Postobón + 2h 10' 41"
6  François Simon (FRA) Castorama + 2h 20' 10"
7  Julio César Ortegón (COL) Ryalco-Postobón + 2h 21' 37"
8  Gianluca Bortolami (ITA) Lampre-Colnago + 2h 25' 38"
9  Davide Bramati (ITA) Lampre-Colnago + 2h 32' 15"
10  Thomas Davy (FRA) Castorama + 2h 38' 37"

Intergiro classification[edit]

Rider Team Time
1  Miguel Indurain (ESP) A blue jerseyPink jersey Banesto 57h 38' 08"
2  Claudio Chiappucci (ITA) A green jersey Carrera Jeans-Vagabond + 2' 03"
3  Laurent Bezault (FRA) Z + 2' 08"

Trofeo Fast Team classification[edit]

Team Time
1 GB-MG Maglificio 311h 31' 55"
2 Ariostea + 22' 34"
Gatorade-Chateau d'Ax
4 Mercatone Uno-Medeghini-Zucchini + 52' 13"
5 Banesto + 56' 15"
6 ZG Mobili-Fonti Sant'Antonio + 1h 02' 25"
7 Lotus-Festina + 1h 09' 17"
8 Carrera Jeans-Vagabond + 1h 39' 26"
9 Team Telekom + 1h 41' 07"
10 Ryalco-Postobón + 1h 42' 56"


  1. ^ http://elpais.com/diario/1992/06/15/ultima/708559201_850215.html
  2. ^ "Il conquistador rosa" [The pink conquistador] (PDF) (in Italian). l'Unità. 15 June 1992. p. 24. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Laura Weislo (2008-05-13). "Giro d'Italia classifications demystified". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. Retrieved 2009-08-27.