1953 Giro d'Italia
|Dates||12 May - 2 June|
|Distance||4,035.5 km (2,508 mi)|
|Winning time||118h 37' 26"|
The 1953 Giro d'Italia was the 36th edition of the Giro d'Italia, one of cycling's Grand Tours. The Giro started off in Milan on 12 May with a 263 km (163.4 mi) flat stage and concluded back in Milan with a 220 km (136.7 mi) relatively flat mass-start stage on 2 June. Sixteen teams entered the race, which was won by Italian Fausto Coppi of the Bianchi team. Second and third respectively were Swiss rider Hugo Koblet and Italian Pasquale Fornara.
Sixteen teams were invited by the race organizers to participate in the 1953 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, 72 made it to the finish in Milan.
The teams entering the race were:
Route and stages
On 26 March, the route was announced to be from 12 May to 28 May. It was later rumored on 30 March, that the race may include the Olympic stadium. The full route was later unveiled on 9 April 1953, with a changed finale on the 2 June.
|1||12 May||Milan to Abano Terme||263 km (163 mi)||Plain stage||Wim Van Est (NED)|
|2||13 May||Abano Terme to Rimini||278 km (173 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Pasquale Fornara (ITA)|
|3||14 May||Rimini to San Benedetto del Tronto||182 km (113 mi)||Plain stage||Albino Crespi (ITA)|
|4||15 May||San Benedetto del Tronto to Roccaraso||171 km (106 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Fausto Coppi (ITA)|
|5||16 May||Roccaraso to Naples||149 km (93 mi)||Plain stage||Ettore Milano (ITA)|
|6||17 May||Naples to Rome||285 km (177 mi)||Plain stage||Giuseppe Minardi (ITA)|
|7||18 May||Rome to Grosseto||178 km (111 mi)||Plain stage||Giovanni Corrieri (ITA)|
|8||Grosseto to Follonica||48 km (30 mi)||Individual time trial||Hugo Koblet (SUI)|
|9||19 May||Follonica to Pisa||114 km (71 mi)||Plain stage||Rik Van Steenbergen (BEL)|
|20 May||Rest day|
|10||21 May||Pisa to Modena||189 km (117 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Fiorenzo Magni (ITA)|
|11||22 May||Modena to Modena||30 km (19 mi)||Team time trial||Bianchi|
|12||23 May||Modena to Genoa||278 km (173 mi)||Plain stage||Giorgio Albani (ITA)|
|13||24 May||Genoa to Bordighera||256 km (159 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Oreste Conte (ITA)|
|14||25 May||Bordighera to Turin||242 km (150 mi)||Plain stage||Pietro Giudici (ITA)|
|15||26 May||Turin to San Pellegrino Terme||232 km (144 mi)||Plain stage||Nino Assirelli (ITA)|
|27 May||Rest day|
|16||28 May||San Pellegrino Terme to Riva del Garda||279 km (173 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Fiorenzo Magni (ITA)|
|17||29 May||Riva del Garda to Vicenza||166 km (103 mi)||Plain stage||Bruno Monti (ITA)|
|18||30 May||Vicenza to Auronzo di Cadore||186 km (116 mi)||Plain stage||Bruno Monti (ITA)|
|19||31 May||Auronzo di Cadore to Bolzano||164 km (102 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Fausto Coppi (ITA)|
|20||1 June||Bolzano to Bormio||125 km (78 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Fausto Coppi (ITA)|
|21||2 June||Bormio to Milan||220 km (137 mi)||Plain stage||Fiorenzo Magni (ITA)|
|Total||4,035.5 km (2,508 mi)|
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.
Two additional jerseys were in use. The green jersey was given to the best foreign cyclist in the general classification; at the end of the Giro it was worn by Swiss Hugo Koblet. The white jersey was given to the best cyclist riding with a licence for independents; this was won by Angelo Conterno.
The mountains classification leader was not identified by a special jersey. The climbs all awarded three points to the first rider and one point to the second rider to cross the summit. There was one category for mountains which awarded five points down to one point for the first riders to cross the summit. 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.
Each day leading the general classification earned the rider and his team 100,000 lira, while the independent rider and foreign rider earned 25,000 lira each day for leading their respective classifications.
||Best foreign rider
||Best independent rider
||Mountains classification||Team classification|
|1||Wim Van Est||Wim Van Est||Wim Van Est||Alfo Ferrari||not awarded||Locomotief|
|2||Pasquale Fornara||Guido De Santi||Hugo Koblet||Elio Brasola||Pasquale Fornara||Levriere|
|4||Fausto Coppi||Pasquale Fornara||Louison Bobet||Bianchi & Francia|
|6||Giuseppe Minardi||Guido De Santi||Hugo Koblet|
|7||Giovanni Corrieri||Giovanni Corrieri||Arrigo Padovan|
|8||Hugo Koblet||Hugo Koblet||Elio Brasola||Bartali|
|9||Rik Van Steenbergen|
|14||Pietro Giudici||Angelo Conterno|
|20||Fausto Coppi||Fausto Coppi|
|Final||Fausto Coppi||Hugo Koblet||Angelo Conterno||Pasquale Fornara||Ganna|
|Denotes the winner of the General classification||Denotes the winner of the Independent rider|
|Denotes the winner of the Foreign rider classification|
|1||Fausto Coppi (ITA)||Bianchi||118h 37' 26"|
|2||Hugo Koblet (SUI)||Guerra||+ 1' 26"|
|3||Pasquale Fornara (ITA)||Bottecchia||+ 6' 55"|
|4||Gino Bartali (ITA)||Bartali||+ 14' 08"|
|5||Angelo Conterno (ITA)||Fréjus||+ 20' 51"|
|6||Stan Ockers (BEL)||Girardengo||+ 24' 14"|
|7||Giovanni Roma (ITA)||Bottecchia||+ 24' 35"|
|8||Guido De Santi (ITA)||Benotto||+ 25' 06"|
|9||Fiorenzo Magni (ITA)||Ganna||+ 25' 39"|
|10||Vincenzo Rossello (ITA)||Ganna||+ 26' 21"|
Independent rider classification
|1||Angelo Conterno (ITA)||118h 58' 17"|
|2||Giovanni Roma (ITA)||+ 3 '44"|
|3||Pietro Giudici (ITA)||+ 8' 11"|
|4||Donato Zampini (ITA)||+ 11' 03"|
|5||Arrigo Padovan (ITA)||+ 12' 32"|
|1||Pasquale Fornara (ITA)||Bottecchia||33|
|2||Fausto Coppi (ITA)||Bianchi||20|
|3||Gino Bartali (ITA)||Bartali||16|
|4||Hugo Koblet (SUI)||Guerra||15|
|5||Primo Volpi (ITA)||Arbos||10|
|6||Andrea Carrea (ITA)||Bianchi||8|
|7||Stan Ockers (BEL)||Girardengo||5|
|8||Danilo Barozzi (ITA)||Atala||4|
|9||Nino Defilippis (ITA)||Legnano||3|
|Giovanni Roma (ITA)||Bottecchia|
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