1952 Giro d'Italia
|Dates||17 May - 8 June|
|Distance||3,964 km (2,463 mi)|
|Winning time||114h 36' 43"|
The 1952 Giro d'Italia was the 35th edition of the Giro d'Italia, one of cycling's Grand Tours. The Giro started off in Milan on 17 May with a 217 km (134.8 mi) flat stage and concluded back in Milan with a 147 km (91.3 mi) relatively flat mass-start stage on 8 June. Sixteen teams entered the race, which was won by Italian Fausto Coppi of the Bianchi team. Second and third respectively were Italian Fiorenzo Magni and Swiss rider Ferdinand Kübler.
Sixteen teams were invited by the race organizers to participate in the 1952 edition of the Giro d'Italia. Each team sent a squad of seven riders, which meant that the race started with a peloton of 112 cyclists. From the riders that began the race, 98 made it to the finish in Milan.
The teams entering the race were:
Route and stages
|1||17 May||Milan to Bologna||217 km (135 mi)||Plain stage||Giorgio Albani (ITA)|
|2||18 May||Bologna to Montecatini Terme||197 km (122 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Angelo Conterno (ITA)|
|3||19 May||Montecatini Terme to Siena||205 km (127 mi)||Plain stage||Antonio Bevilacqua (ITA)|
|4||20 May||Siena to Rome||250 km (155 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Désiré Keteleer (BEL)|
|21 May||Rest day|
|5||22 May||Rome to Rocca di Papa||35 km (22 mi)||Individual time trial||Fausto Coppi (ITA)|
|6||23 May||Rome to Naples||23 km (14 mi)||Plain stage||Rik Van Steenbergen (BEL)|
|7||24 May||Naples to Roccaraso||140 km (87 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Giorgio Albani (ITA)|
|8||25 May||Roccaraso to Ancona||224 km (139 mi)||Plain stage||Rino Benedetti (ITA)|
|9||26 May||Ancona to Riccione||250 km (155 mi)||Plain stage||Rik Van Steenbergen (BEL)|
|10||27 May||Riccione to Venezia||285 km (177 mi)||Plain stage||Rik Van Steenbergen (BEL)|
|28 May||Rest day|
|11||29 May||Venezia to Bolzano||276 km (171 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Fausto Coppi (ITA)|
|12||30 May||Bolzano to Bergamo||226 km (140 mi)||Plain stage||Oreste Conte (ITA)|
|13||31 May||Bergamo to Como||143 km (89 mi)||Plain stage||Alfredo Pasotti (ITA)|
|14||1 June||Erba to Como||65 km (40 mi)||Individual time trial||Fausto Coppi (ITA)|
|15||2 June||Como to Genoa||247 km (153 mi)||Plain stage||Giuseppe Minardi (ITA)|
|16||3 June||Genoa to Sanremo||141 km (88 mi)||Plain stage||Annibale Brasola (ITA)|
|4 June||Rest day|
|17||5 June||Sanremo to Cuneo||190 km (118 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Nino Defilippis (ITA)|
|18||6 June||Cuneo to Saint-Vincent||190 km (118 mi)||Plain stage||Pasquale Fornara (ITA)|
|19||7 June||Saint-Vincent to Verbania||298 km (185 mi)||Plain stage||Fritz Schär (SUI)|
|20||8 June||Verbania to Milan||147 km (91 mi)||Plain stage||Antonio Bevilacqua (ITA)|
|Total||3,964 km (2,463 mi)|
One jersey was worn during the 1953 Giro d'Italia. The leader of the general classification – calculated by adding the stage finish times of each rider – wore a pink jersey. This classification is the most important of the race, and its winner is considered as the winner of the Giro.
Additionally, the highest ranked cyclist riding with a licence for independents was identified by the white jersey; at the end of the Giro this was Donato Zampini. The mountains classification leader wore no leader's jersey. There was one category for mountains which awarded 6, 4, 3, 2, and 1 point to the first riders to cross. Although no jersey was awarded, there was also one classification for the teams, in which the stage finish times of the best three cyclists per team were added; the leading team was the one with the lowest total time.
||Mountains classification||Team classification|
|1||Giorgio Albani||Giorgio Albani||not awarded||?|
|2||Angelo Conterno||Angelo Conterno||Raphaël Géminiani|
|3||Antonio Bevilacqua||Nino Defilippis|
|5||Fausto Coppi||Giancarlo Astrua|
|6||Rik Van Steenbergen||Bianchi|
|9||Rik Van Steenbergen|
|10||Rik Van Steenbergen||Fausto Coppi|
|11||Fausto Coppi||Fausto Coppi|
|17||Nino Defilippis||Fausto Coppi & Raphaël Géminiani|
|19||Fritz Schär||Raphaël Géminiani|
|Final||Fausto Coppi||Raphaël Géminiani||Bianchi|
|Denotes the winner of the General classification|
|1||Fausto Coppi (ITA)||Bianchi||114h 36' 43"|
|2||Fiorenzo Magni (ITA)||Ganna||+ 9' 18"|
|3||Ferdinand Kübler (SUI)||Fiorelli||+ 9' 24"|
|4||Donato Zampini (ITA)||Benotto||+ 10' 29"|
|5||Gino Bartali (ITA)||Bartali||+ 10' 33"|
|6||Stan Ockers (BEL)||Girardengo||+ 10'58"|
|7||Giancarlo Astrua (ITA)||Atala||+ 14' 30"|
|8||Hugo Koblet (SUI)||Guerra||+ 14' 38"|
|9||Raphaël Géminiani (FRA)||Bianchi||+ 16' 44"|
|10||Giorgio Albani (ITA)||Legnano||+ 18' 14"|
|1||Raphaël Géminiani (FRA)||Bianchi||31|
|2||Fausto Coppi (ITA)||Bianchi||28|
|3||Gino Bartali (ITA)||Bartali||23|
|4||Giancarlo Astrua (ITA)||Atala||16|
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