Combination classification in the Giro d'Italia

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Maglia Azzurra
Jersey blue.svg
Award details
Sport Road Cycling
Competition Giro d'Italia
Given for Winning the combination classification
English name Blue jersey
Local name Maglia Azzurra (Italian)
History
First award 1969
Editions 15
Final award 2006
First winner  Urs Freuler (SUI)
Most wins  Eddy Merckx (BEL) (4 wins)
Most recent  Paolo Savoldelli (ITA)

The Combination classification was a competition in the annual Giro d'Italia bicycle race. It was first introduced in the 1985 Giro d'Italia, where it was first won by the Swiss rider Urs Freuler.[1] The classification was run annually until the 1988 Giro d'Italia, where the American Andrew Hampsten won the classification.[2] The combination classification was replaced in the 1989 Giro d'Italia by the intergiro classification. The classification reappeared after an 11 year hiatus in 2001. It was the absent from the succeeding Giro d'Italia editions until it returned in 2006, where Paolo Savoldelli won the classification.[3] The classification did not return in 2007, as it was replaced by the return of the Young rider classification.

For the 1988 and the 2006 editions of the Giro, the leader of the classification was awarded a blue jersey.[3][4][5]

Combination classification standings[edit]

Year First Points Second Points Third Points Ref.
1969  Felice Gimondi (ITA) 8  Italo Zilioli (ITA) 11  Michele Dancelli (ITA) 13
1970  Eddy Merckx (BEL) 8  Martin Van den Bossche (BEL) 8  Michele Dancelli (ITA) 11
1972  Eddy Merckx (BEL) 5  José Manuel Fuente (ESP) 11  Francisco Galdos (ESP) 18
1973  Eddy Merckx (BEL) 4  Felice Gimondi (ITA) 9  Giovanni Battaglin (ITA) 17
1974  Eddy Merckx (BEL) 7  José Manuel Fuente (ESP) 9  Giambattista Baronchelli (ITA) 15
1975  Roger De Vlaeminck (BEL) 20  Fabrizio Fabbri (ITA) 54  Giacinto Santambrogio (ITA) 58
1976  Francesco Moser (ITA) 12  Eddy Merckx (BEL) 31  Arnaldo Caverzasi (ITA) 52
1977  Wilmo Francioni (ITA) 33  Mario Beccia (ITA) 38  Giambattista Baronchelli (ITA) 44
1980  Bernard Hinault (FRA) 10  Wladimiro Panizza (ITA) 11  Tommy Prim (SWE) 13
1985  Urs Freuler (SUI) [1]
1986  Guido Bontempi (ITA) 52  Pedro Muñoz (ESP) 38  Eric Vanderaerden (BEL) 30
1987  Stephen Roche (IRL) 80  Robert Millar (GBR) 68  Paolo Rosola (ITA) 60 [6]
1988  Andrew Hampsten (USA) 8  Erik Breukink (NED) 12  Urs Zimmermann (SUI) 20 [2]
2001  Paolo Savoldelli (ITA) 13  José Enrique Gutiérrez (ESP) 35  Ivan Basso (ITA) 38 [7]
2006  Paolo Savoldelli (ITA) 775  Pietro Caucchioli (ITA) 651  Unai Osa (ESP) 595 [3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Hinault: Tres Vidas En Rosa" [Hinault: Three Lives In Pink] (PDF) (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 10 June 1985. p. 34. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Delgado termino septimo en la General" [Delgado finished seventh in the General] (PDF) (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 13 June 1988. p. 47. Retrieved 11 August 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c Anthony Tan (28 May 2006). ""Seven key moments"; Mission 1 of 2 complete". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. Retrieved 2012-08-11. 
  4. ^ "il gavia, 5 giugno 1988" [The Gavia, June 5, 1988] (in Italian). ALBUMCICLISMO. 13 December 2009. p. 1. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  5. ^ "Giro 1988: Andy's Epic Day". PezCycling News. 1 December 2007. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  6. ^ "B... Roche De Oro" [Golden Roche] (PDF) (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 14 June 1987. p. 41. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  7. ^ Jeff Jones (2001-06-10). "Coda". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. Retrieved 2012-09-26.