1999 Giro d'Italia
|Dates||May 15 — June 6|
|Distance||3,757 km (2,334 mi)|
|Winning time||99h 55' 56" (37.595 km/h or 23.360 mph)|
|Winner||Ivan Gotti (ITA)||(Team Polti)|
|Second||Paolo Savoldelli (ITA)||(Saeco Macchine per Caffè-Cannondale)|
|Third||Gilberto Simoni (ITA)||(Ballan-Alessio)|
|Points||Laurent Jalabert (FRA)||(ONCE-Deutsche Bank)|
|Mountains||Chepe González (COL)||(Kelme-Costa Blanca)|
|Intergiro||Fabrizio Guidi (ITA)||(Team Polti)|
|Team Points||Team Polti|
The 1999 Giro d'Italia was the 82nd edition of the Giro d'Italia, one of cycling's Grand Tours. The Giro began on May 15 with a mass-start stage that stretched from Agrigento to Modica. The race came to a close on June 6 with a mass-start stage that ended in the Italian city of Milan. Eighteen teams entered the race that was won by the Italian Ivan Gotti of the Team Polti team. Second and third were the Italians riders Paolo Savoldelli and Gilberto Simoni.
In the race's other classifications, Kelme-Costa Blanca rider Chepe González won the mountains classification, Laurent Jalabert of the ONCE-Deutsche Bank team won the points classification, and Team Polti rider Fabrizio Guidi won the intergiro classification. Vitalicio Seguros finished as the winners of the Trofeo Fast Team classification, ranking each of the eighteen teams contesting the race by lowest cumulative time. The other team classification, the Trofeo Super Team classification, where the teams' riders are awarded points for placing within the top twenty in each stage and the points are then totaled for each team was won by Team Polti.
- 1 Teams
- 2 Route and stages
- 3 Race overview
- 4 Classification leadership
- 5 Final standings
- 6 References
- 7 External links
A total of 18 teams were invited to participate in the 1999 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 116 riders made it to the finish in Milan.
The 18 teams that took part in the race were:
Route and stages
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.
Of the mountain stages, five ended with summit finishes: stage 5 to Massiccio del Sirino, stage 8 to Gran Sasso d'Italia, stage 15 to Santuario di Oropa, stage 19 to Alpe di Pampeago, and stage 20 to Madonna di Campiglio.
|1||15 May||Agrigento to Modica||175 km (109 mi)||Flat stage||Ivan Quaranta (ITA)|
|2||16 May||Noto to Catania||133 km (83 mi)||Flat stage||Mario Cipollini (ITA)|
|3||17 May||Catania to Messina||176 km (109 mi)||Flat stage||Jeroen Blijlevens (NED)|
|4||18 May||Vibo Valentia to Terme Luigiane||186 km (116 mi)||Medium mountain stage||Laurent Jalabert (FRA)|
|5||19 May||Terme Luigiane to Massiccio del Sirino||144 km (89 mi)||Medium mountain stage||José Jaime González (COL)|
|6||20 May||Lauria to Foggia||257 km (160 mi)||Flat stage||Romāns Vainšteins (LAT)|
|7||21 May||Foggia to Lanciano||153 km (95 mi)||Flat stage||Jeroen Blijlevens (NED)|
|8||22 May||Pescara to Gran Sasso d'Italia||253 km (157 mi)||Mountain stage||Marco Pantani (ITA)|
|9||23 May||Ancona to Ancona||32 km (20 mi)||Individual time trial||Laurent Jalabert (FRA)|
|10||24 May||Ancona to Sansepolcro||189 km (117 mi)||Medium mountain stage||Mario Cipollini (ITA)|
|11||25 May||Sansepolcro to Cesenatico||125 km (78 mi)||Flat stage||Ivan Quaranta (ITA)|
|12||26 May||Cesenatico to Sassuolo||168 km (104 mi)||Flat stage||Mario Cipollini (ITA)|
|13||27 May||Sassuolo to Rapallo||243 km (151 mi)||Medium mountain stage||Richard Virenque (FRA)|
|28 May||Rest day|
|14||29 May||Bra to Borgo San Dalmazzo||187 km (116 mi)||Mountain stage||Paolo Savoldelli (ITA)|
|15||30 May||Racconigi to Santuario di Oropa||160 km (99 mi)||Mountain stage||Marco Pantani (ITA)|
|16||31 May||Biella to Lumezzane||232 km (144 mi)||Flat stage||Laurent Jalabert (FRA)|
|17||1 June||Lumezzane to Castelfranco Veneto||215 km (134 mi)||Flat stage||Mario Cipollini (ITA)|
|18||2 June||Treviso to Treviso||45 km (28 mi)||Individual time trial||Serhiy Honchar (UKR)|
|19||3 June||Castelfranco Veneto to Alpe di Pampeago||166 km (103 mi)||Mountain stage||Marco Pantani (ITA)|
|20||4 June||Predazzo to Madonna di Campiglio||175 km (109 mi)||Mountain stage||Marco Pantani (ITA)|
|21||5 June||Madonna di Campiglio to Aprica||190 km (118 mi)||Mountain stage||Roberto Heras (ESP)|
|22||6 June||Darfo Boario Terme to Milan||170 km (106 mi)||Flat stage||Fabrizio Guidi (ITA)|
|Total||3,757 km (2,334 mi)|
Defending champion Marco Pantani, leading the general classification in Madonna di Campiglio (20th stage), was disqualified for an excessive hematocrit level before stage 21. The entire Mercatone Uno-Bianchi (Pantani's team) withdrew from the Giro. This left the race open for Gotti to capture the overall title and wear the final pink jersey.
In the 1999 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 intergiro classification, marked by a blue jersey. 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.
There were also a 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.
|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 Intergiro classification|
|1||Ivan Gotti (ITA)||Team Polti||99h 55' 56"|
|2||Paolo Savoldelli (ITA)||Saeco Macchine per Caffè-Cannondale||+ 3' 35"|
|3||Gilberto Simoni (ITA)||Ballan-Alessio||+ 3' 36"|
|4||Laurent Jalabert (FRA)||ONCE-Deutsche Bank||+ 5' 16"|
|5||Roberto Heras (ESP)||Kelme-Costa Blanca||+ 7' 47"|
|6||Niklas Axelsson (SWE)||Navigare-Gaerne||+ 9' 38"|
|7||Serhiy Honchar (UKR)||Vini Caldirola||+ 12' 07"|
|8||Daniele de Paoli (ITA)||Amica Chips-Costa de Almería||+ 14' 20"|
|9||Daniel Clavero (ESP)||Vitalicio Seguros||+ 15' 53"|
|10||Roberto Sgambelluri (ITA)||Cantina Tollo-Alexia Alluminio Italia||+ 17' 31"|
|1||Laurent Jalabert (FRA)||ONCE-Deutsche Bank||175|
|2||Fabrizio Guidi (ITA)||Team Polti||170|
|3||Massimo Strazzer (ITA)||Mobilvetta Design-Northwave||126|
|4||Paolo Savoldelli (ITA)||Saeco Macchine per Caffè-Cannondale||117|
|5||Ivan Gotti (ITA)||Team Polti||110|
|6||Gian-Matteo Fagnini (ITA)||Saeco Macchine per Caffè-Cannondale||96|
|7||Gilberto Simoni (ITA)||Ballan-Alessio||94|
|8||Matteo Tosatto (ITA)||Ballan-Alessio||88|
|9||Serhiy Honchar (UKR)||Vini Caldirola||87|
|10||Oscar Camenzind (SUI)||Lampre-Daikin||82|
|1||Chepe González (COL)||Kelme-Costa Blanca||61|
|2||Mariano Piccoli (ITA)||Lampre-Daikin||45|
|3||Paolo Bettini (ITA)||Mapei-Quick Step||44|
|4||Ivan Gotti (ITA)||Team Polti||33|
|5||Gilberto Simoni (ITA)||Ballan-Alessio|
|6||Roberto Heras (ESP)||Kelme-Costa Blanca||26|
|7||Laurent Jalabert (FRA)||ONCE-Deutsche Bank||25|
|8||Hernan Buenahora (COL)||Vitalicio Seguros||18|
|9||Gabriele Missaglia (ITA)||Lampre-Daikin||14|
|10||Richard Virenque (FRA)||Team Polti||13|
|1||Fabrizio Guidi (ITA)||Kelme-Costa Blanca||58h 47' 30"|
|2||Massimo Strazzer (ITA)||Mobilvetta Design-Northwave||+ 2"|
|3||Gian Matteo Fagnini (ITA)||Saeco Macchine per Caffè-Cannondale||+ 24"|
|4||Biagio Conte (ITA)||Liquigas||2' 02"|
|5||Matteo Tosatto (ITA)||Ballan-Alessio||+ 2' 13"|
Trofeo Fast Team classification
|1||Vitalicio Seguros||300h 39' 35"|
|2||Kelme-Costa Blanca||+ 22' 11"|
|3||Team Polti||+ 22' 45"|
|4||Lampre-Daikin||+ 29' 16"|
|5||ONCE-Deutsche Bank||+ 58' 57"|
|6||Amica Chips-Costa de Almería||+ 1h 15' 16"|
|7||Liquigas-Pata||+ 1h 15' 18"|
|8||Navigare-Gaerne||+ 1h 47' 23"|
|9||Cantina Tollo-Alexia Alluminio Italia||+ 1h 56' 17"|
|10||Saeco Macchine per Caffè-Cannondale||+ 1h 59' 41"|
- Laura Weislo (2008-05-13). "Giro d'Italia classifications demystified". CyclingNews. Future Publishing Limited. Retrieved 2009-08-27.