1955 Giro d'Italia
|Dates||14 May - 5 June|
|Distance||3,871 km (2,405 mi)|
|Winning time||108h 56' 12"|
The 1955 Giro d'Italia was the 38th edition of the Giro d'Italia, one of cycling's Grand Tours. The Giro started off in Milan on 14 May with a 163 km (101.3 mi) flat stage and concluded back in Milan with a 141 km (87.6 mi) relatively flat mass-start stage on 5 June. Fourteen teams entered the race, which was won by Italian Fiorenzo Magni of the Nivea-Fuchs team. Second and third respectively were Italian riders Fausto Coppi and Gastone Nencini.
In the 20th stage, arriving in San Pellegrino Terme, Magni and Coppi attacked Gastone Nencini (who was leading the general classification) taking advantage of a puncture he suffered in an unpaved road section. Coppi won the stage (his last victory in the Giro) and Magni took the lead in the general classification.
Fourteen teams were invited by the race organizers to participate in the 1955 edition of the Giro d'Italia. Each team sent a squad of seven riders, which meant that the race started with a peloton of 98 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
|1||14 May||Milan to Turin||163 km (101 mi)||Plain stage||Guido Messina (ITA)|
|2||15 May||Turin to Cannes||243 km (151 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Fiorenzo Magni (ITA)|
|3||16 May||Cannes to Sanremo||123 km (76 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Nino Defilippis (ITA)|
|4||17 May||Sanremo to Acqui Terme||192 km (119 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Alessandro Fantini (ITA)|
|5||18 May||Acqui Terme to Genoa||170 km (106 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Giancarlo Astrua (ITA)|
|6||19 May||Genoa to Lido d'Albaro||18 km (11 mi)||Team time trial||Torpado|
|7||20 May||Genoa to Viareggio||164 km (102 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Giovanni Corrieri (ITA)|
|21 May||Rest day|
|8||22 May||Viareggio to Perugia||260 km (162 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Rino Benedetti (ITA)|
|9||23 May||Perugia to Rome||174 km (108 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Gastone Nencini (ITA)|
|10||24 May||Frascati to Frascati||207 km (129 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Bernardo Ruiz (ESP)|
|11||25 May||Rome to Naples||242 km (150 mi)||Plain stage||Vincenzo Zucconelli (ITA)|
|12||26 May||Naples to Scanno||216 km (134 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Gastone Nencini (ITA)|
|13||27 May||Scanno to Ancona||251 km (156 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Giorgio Albani (ITA)|
|14||28 May||Ancona to Pineta di Cervia||173 km (107 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Giuseppe Minardi (ITA)|
|15||29 May||Pineta di Cervia to Ravenna||50 km (31 mi)||Individual time trial||Pasquale Fornara (ITA)|
|16||30 May||Ravenna to Lido di Jesolo||245 km (152 mi)||Plain stage||Rino Benedetti (ITA)|
|17||31 May||Lido di Jesolo to Trieste||150 km (93 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Alessandro Fantini (ITA)|
|1 June||Rest day|
|18||2 June||Trieste to Cortina d'Ampezzo||236 km (147 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Angelo Conterno (ITA)|
|19||3 June||Cortina d'Ampezzo to Trento||227 km (141 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Jean Dotto (FRA)|
|20||4 June||Trento to San Pellegrino Terme||216 km (134 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Fausto Coppi (ITA)|
|21||5 June||San Pellegrino Terme to Milan||141 km (88 mi)||Plain stage||Hugo Koblet (SUI)|
|Total||3,871 km (2,405 mi)|
One jersey was worn during the 1955 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.
The mountains classification leader. The climbs all awarded three points to the first rider and one point to the second rider to cross the summit. Although no jerseys were awarded, there was also two classification for the teams, in which the teams were awarded points for their rider's performance during the stages. One classification was for the teams based inside Italy and the other was for teams based outside of Italy.
||Mountains classification||Italian Team classification||Foreign Team classification|
|1||Guido Messina||Guido Messina||not awarded||?||?|
|2||Fiorenzo Magni||Fiorenzo Magni||Bruno Monti||Leo-Chlorodont|
|10||Bernardo Ruiz||Bruno Monti|
|12||Gastone Nencini||Raphaël Géminiani||Bruno Monti & Gastone Nencini|
|14||Giuseppe Minardi||Giuseppe Minardi, Bruno Monti & Gastone Nencini|
|15||Pasquale Fornara||Gastone Nencini|
|18||Angelo Conterno||Bruno Monti|
|19||Jean Dotto||Gastone Nencini|
|20||Fausto Coppi||Fiorenzo Magni|
|Final||Fiorenzo Magni||Gastone Nencini||Atala||Francia|
|Denotes the winner of the General classification|
|1||Fiorenzo Magni (ITA)||Nivea||108h 56' 12"|
|2||Fausto Coppi (ITA)||Bianchi||+ 13"|
|3||Gastone Nencini (ITA)||Chlorodont||+ 4' 08"|
|4||Raphaël Géminiani (FRA)||France||+ 4' 51"|
|5||Agostino Coletto (ITA)||Fréjus||+ 7' 19"|
|6||Aldo Moser (ITA)||Torpado||+ 8' 01"|
|7||Pasquale Fornara (ITA)||Chlorodont||+ 9' 16"|
|8||Salvador Botella (ESP)||Ignis||+ 14' 10"|
|9||Wout Wagtmans (NED)||Doniselli||+ 16' 03"|
|10||Hugo Koblet (SUI)||Faema||+ 20' 16"|
|1||Gastone Nencini (ITA)||Chlorodont||7|
|2||José Serra (ESP)||Ignis||6|
|3||Bruno Monti (ITA)||Atala||4|
|4||Antonio Gelabert (ESP)||Ignis|
|5||Giuseppe Minardi (ITA)||Legnano||3|
|Jean Dotto (FRA)||Francia|
|7||Wout Wagtmans (NED)||Doniselli||1|
|Raphaël Géminiani (FRA)||France|
|Pierino Baffi (ITA)||Nivea-Fuchs|
|Giancarlo Astrua (ITA)||Atala|
|Salvador Botella (ESP)||Ignis|
Traguardi volanti classification
|1||Nino Defilippis (ITA)||Torpado||42|
|2||Giorgio Albani (ITA)||Legnano||39|
|3||Rino Benedetti (ITA)||Leo-Chlorodont||38|
|4||Fiorenzo Magni (ITA)||Nivea||16|
|5||Fausto Coppi (ITA)||Bianchi||13|
|6||Giuseppe Favero (ITA)||Bianchi||13|
|7||Louis Caput (FRA)||?||12|
|8||Donato Piazza (ITA)||Nivea-Fuchs||11|
|9||Gastone Nencini (ITA)||Chlorodont||10|
|Giovanni Corrieri (ITA)||Arbos|
|Angelo Conterno (ITA)||Torpado|
Italian team classification
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