1950 Giro d'Italia

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1950 Giro d'Italia
Race details
Dates 24 May - 13 June
Stages 18
Distance 3,981 km (2,474 mi)
Winning time 117h 28' 03"
Results
Jersey awarded to the overall winner Winner  Hugo Koblet (SUI) (Guerra)
  Second  Gino Bartali (ITA) (Bartali)
  Third  Alfredo Martini (ITA) (Taurea)

  Mountains  Hugo Koblet (SUI) (Guerra)
  Team Fréjus
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The 1950 Giro d'Italia was the 33rd edition of the Giro d'Italia, one of cycling's Grand Tours. The Giro started off in Milan on 24 May with a 225 km (139.8 mi) individual time trial and concluded in Salsomaggiore Terme with a 230 km (142.9 mi) relatively flat mass-start stage on 13 June. Fifteen teams entered the race, which was won by Swiss Hugo Koblet of the Guerra team. Second and third respectively were Italians Gino Bartali and Alfredo Martini.[1]

Teams[edit]

A total of 15 teams were invited to participate in the 1950 Giro d'Italia.[2] Each team sent a squad of seven riders, so the Giro began with a peloton of 105 cyclists.[2] Out of the 105 riders that started this edition of the Giro d'Italia, a total of 75 riders made it to the finish in Rome.[3]

The teams entering the race were:[2][4]

  • Atala
  • Ganna
  • Fréjus
  • Bottecchia
  • Viscontea
  • Cimatti
  • Helyett
  • Arbos
  • Benotto
  • Guerra

Route and stages[edit]

Stage characteristics and results[3]
Stage Date Course Distance Type Winner
1 24 May Milan to Salsomaggiore Terme 225 km (140 mi) Plain stage  Oreste Conte (ITA)
2 25 May Salsomaggiore Terme to Florence 245 km (152 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Alfredo Martini (ITA)
3 26 May Florence to Livorno 148 km (92 mi) Plain stage  Olimpio Bizzi (ITA)
4 27 May Livorno to Genoa 216 km (134 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Antonio Bevilacqua (ITA)
5 28 May Genoa to Turin 245 km (152 mi) Plain stage  Franco Franchi (ITA)
6 29 May Turin to Locarno 220 km (137 mi) Plain stage  Hugo Koblet (SUI)
7 31 May Locarno to Brescia 293 km (182 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Luciano Maggini (ITA)
8 1 June Brescia to Vicenza 214 km (133 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Hugo Koblet (SUI)
9 2 June Vicenza to Bolzano 272 km (169 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Gino Bartali (ITA)
3 June Rest day
10 4 June Bolzano to Milan 294 km (183 mi) Plain stage  Mario Fazio (ITA)
11 5 June Milan to Ferrara 251 km (156 mi) Plain stage  Adolfo Leoni (ITA)
12 6 June Ferrara to Rimini 144 km (89 mi) Plain stage  Antonio Bevilacqua (ITA)
13 7 June Rimini to Arezzo 244 km (152 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Luciano Maggini (ITA)
14 8 June Arezzo to Perugia 185 km (115 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Fritz Schär (SUI)
9 June Rest day
15 10 June Perugia to L'Aquila 185 km (115 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Giancarlo Astrua (ITA)
16 11 June L'Aquila to Campobasso 203 km (126 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Fiorenzo Magni (ITA)
17 12 June Campobasso to Naples 167 km (104 mi) Plain stage  Annibale Brasola (ITA)
18 13 June Naples to Rome 230 km (143 mi) Plain stage  Oreste Conte (ITA)
Total 3,981 km (2,474 mi)

Classification leadership[edit]

The leader of the general classification – calculated by adding the stage finish times of each rider, and subtracting time bonuses – wore a pink jersey. This classification is the most important of the race, and its winner is considered as the winner of the Giro.[5]

Two additional jerseys were awarded. The green jersey was given to the highest ranked non-Italian cyclist in the general classification, and the white jersey was given to the highest ranked independent[6] cyclist in the general classification.

There were also some classifications without associated jerseys. There was the mountains classification, for which the race organizers selected different mountains that the route crossed and awarded points to the riders who crossed them first.[5]

Secondly, there was an intermediate sprints classification. In twelve stages, there were intermediate sprints midway of the stage, where points for this classification could be won.

The winner of the team classification was determined by adding the finish times of the best three cyclists per team together and the team with the lowest total time was the winner.[3][7] If a team had fewer than three riders finish, they were not eligible for the classification.[3][7]

The rows in the following table correspond to the jerseys awarded after that stage was run.

Stage Winner General classification
Best foreign rider
Best independent rider
Mountains classification Team classification
1 Oreste Conte Oreste Conte Désiré Keteleer Umberto Drei not awarded  ?
2 Alfredo Martini Fritz Schär Fritz Schär Silvio Pedroni Fritz Schär
3 Olimpio Bizzi Taurea
4 Antonio Bevilacqua Hugo Koblet
5 Franco Franchi
6 Hugo Koblet
7 Luciano Maggini Alfredo Martini Fausto Coppi
8 Hugo Koblet Hugo Koblet Hugo Koblet
9 Gino Bartali Hugo Koblet
10 Mario Fazio
11 Adolfo Leoni
12 Antonio Bevilacqua
13 Luciano Maggini Fréjus
14 Fritz Schär
15 Giancarlo Astrua
16 Fiorenzo Magni
17 Annibale Brasola
18 Oreste Conte
Final Hugo Koblet Hugo Koblet Silvio Pedroni Hugo Koblet Fréjus

Final standings[edit]

Legend
  A pink jersey   Denotes the winner of the General classification

General classification[edit]

Final general classification (1–10)[3]
Rank Name Team Time
1  Hugo Koblet (SUI) Pink jersey Guerra 117h 28' 03"
2  Gino Bartali (ITA) Bartali + 5' 12"
3  Alfredo Martini (ITA) Taurea + 8' 41"
4  Ferdinand Kübler (SUI) Fréjus + 8' 45"
5  Luciano Maggini (ITA) Taurea + 10' 49"
6  Fiorenzo Magni (ITA) Wilier-Triestina + 12' 14"
7  Silvio Pedroni (ITA) Fréjus + 13' 07"
8  Luciano Pezzi (ITA) Atala + 14' 34"
9  Giulio Bresci (ITA) Bottecchia + 18' 08"
10  Pietro Giudici (ITA) Cimatti + 20' 05"

Mountains classification[edit]

Final mountains classification (1–12)[8]
Name Team Points
1  Hugo Koblet (SUI) Pink jersey Guerra 43
2  Gino Bartali (ITA) Bartali 29
3  Jean Robic (FRA) Viscontea 21
4  Vittorio Rossello (ITA) Taurea 11
 Fritz Schär (SUI) Arbos
6  Pasquale Fornara (ITA) Legnano 10
7  Fausto Coppi (ITA) Bianchi 9
8  Serse Coppi (ITA) Bianchi 8
9  Valerio Bonini (ITA) Benotto 6
 Alfredo Martini (ITA) Taurea
 Ferdinand Kübler (SUI) Legnano
 Aldo Ronconi (ITA) Benotto

Intermediate sprints classification[edit]

Final intermediate sprints classification (1–9)[8]
Name Team Points
1  Annibale Brasola (ITA) Benotto 27
2  Oreste Conte (ITA) Bianchi 20
3  Hugo Koblet (SUI) Pink jersey Guerra 15
4  Giovanni Corrieri (ITA) Bartali 10
 Renzo Zanazzi (ITA) Arbos
6  Ferdinand Kübler (SUI) Fréjus 9
7  Serse Coppi (ITA) Bianchi 8
 Antonio Bevilacqua  (ITA) Wilier-Triestina 8
9  Primo Volpi (ITA) Viscontea 7

Team classification[edit]

Final team classification (1-10)[9]
Team Time
1 Fréjus 353h 14' 35"
2 Taurea + 21' 21"
3 Cimatti + 41' 19"
4 Bottecchia + 46' 10"
5 Legnano + 1h 53' 15"
6 Arbos + 2h 00' 35"
7 Benotto + 2h 37' 08"
8 Atala + 2h 42' 23"
9 Viscontea + 2h 46' 44"
10 Guerra + 2h 52' 58"

References[edit]

Citations
  1. ^ "El suizo Koblet" [The Swiss Koblet] (in Spanish). Rome, Italy: El Mundo Deportivo. 14 June 1950. p. 1. Archived from the original on 2013-06-30. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c "I corridori in gara" [The riders in the race]. Corriere dello Sport (in Italian). 24 May 1950. p. 13. Archived from the original on 23 December 2014. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Bill and Carol McGann. "1950 Giro d'Italia". Bike Race Info. Dog Ear Publishing. Retrieved 2012-07-10. 
  4. ^ http://archiviostorico.unita.it/cgi-bin/highlightPdf.cgi?t=ebook&file=/archivio/uni_1950_05/19500524_0006.pdf
  5. ^ a b Laura Weislo (13 May 2008). "Giro d'Italia classifications demystified". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. Archived from the original on 17 June 2014. Retrieved 13 July 2013. 
  6. ^ In the 1950s, there was a license system for cyclists; the highest level was "professional", and the second was "independent".
  7. ^ a b "L'ultima tappa in una immensa cornice di folla e la vittoria di Leoni" [The final step in a huge frame of the crowd and the victory of Leoni]. Il Littoriale (in Italian). Milan, Italy. 10 June 1940. p. 2. Archived from the original on 14 May 2014. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "Classifica scalatori" [Mountains classification]. Corriere dello Sport (in Italian). 14 June 1950. p. 6. Archived from the original on 22 December 2014. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  9. ^ "Classifica a squadre" [Team classification]. Corriere dello Sport (in Italian). 14 June 1950. p. 7. Archived from the original on 22 December 2014. Retrieved 7 July 2013.