1955 Giro d'Italia

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1955 Giro d'Italia
Race details
Dates 14 May - 5 June
Stages 21
Distance 3,871 km (2,405 mi)
Winning time 108h 56' 12"
Results
Jersey awarded to the overall winner Winner  Fiorenzo Magni (ITA) (Nivea-Fuchs)
  Second  Fausto Coppi (ITA) (Bianchi)
  Third  Gastone Nencini (ITA) (Leo-Chlorodont)

  Mountains  Gastone Nencini (ITA) (Leo-Chlorodont)
  Team Atala
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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.[1][2][3]

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 maglia rosa.

Teams[edit]

Fourteen teams were invited by the race organizers to participate in the 1955 edition of the Giro d'Italia.[4] Each team sent a squad of seven riders, which meant that the race started with a peloton of 98 cyclists.[4] From the riders that began the race, 72 made it to the finish in Milan.[5]

The teams entering the race were:[4]

  • Arbos
  • Atala
  • Bianchi
  • Chlorodont
  • Doniselli
  • Faema
  • Francia
  • Fréjus
  • Girardengo
  • Ignis
  • Legnano
  • Nivea
  • Torpado
  • Welter

Route and stages[edit]

A cyclist riding a bike.
Wout Wagtmans riding during the nineteenth stage.
Stage characteristics and results[5][6]
Stage Date Course Distance Type Winner
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)

Classification leadership[edit]

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.[7]

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.[8] 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.

Classification leadership by stage
Stage Winner General classification
A pink jersey
Mountains classification Italian Team classification Foreign Team classification
1 Guido Messina Guido Messina not awarded  ?  ?
2 Fiorenzo Magni Fiorenzo Magni Bruno Monti Leo-Chlorodont
3 Nino Defilippis Doniselli
4 Alessandro Fantini
5 Giancarlo Astrua
6 Torpado Nivea-Fuchs Faema
7 Giovanni Corrieri
8 Rino Benedetti  ?
9 Gastone Nencini Atala
10 Bernardo Ruiz Bruno Monti
11 Vincenzo Zucconelli Francia
12 Gastone Nencini Raphaël Géminiani Bruno Monti & Gastone Nencini
13 Giorgio Albani
14 Giuseppe Minardi Giuseppe Minardi, Bruno Monti & Gastone Nencini
15 Pasquale Fornara Gastone Nencini
16 Rino Benedetti
17 Alessandro Fantini
18 Angelo Conterno Bruno Monti
19 Jean Dotto Gastone Nencini
20 Fausto Coppi Fiorenzo Magni
21 Hugo Koblet
Final Fiorenzo Magni Gastone Nencini Atala Francia

Final standings[edit]

Legend
  Pink jersey   Denotes the winner of the General classification

General classification[edit]

Final general classification (1–10)[5][9][10][11]
Rank Name Team Time
1  Fiorenzo Magni (ITA) Pink jersey 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"

Mountains classification[edit]

Final mountains classification (1–7)[5][9]
Name Team Points
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[edit]

Final Traguardi volanti classification (1–9)[9]
Name Team Points
1  Nino Defilippis (ITA) Torpado 42
2  Giorgio Albani (ITA) Legnano 39
3  Rino Benedetti (ITA) Leo-Chlorodont 38
4  Fiorenzo Magni (ITA) Pink jersey 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[edit]

Final Italian team classification (1–9)[9][12]
Team Points
1 Atala 840
2 Chlorodont 918
3 Nivea 1117
4 Bianchi 1203
5 Torpado 1222
6 Legnano 1237
7 Fréjus 1437
8 Arbos 1461
9 Welter 1667

Foreign team classification[edit]

Final foreign team classification (1–5)[5][10][12]
Team Points
1 Francia 1050
2 Faema 1190
3 Doniselli 1334
4 Ignis 1347
5 Girardengo 2086

References[edit]

Citations
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  2. ^ http://www.archiviolastampa.it/component/option,com_lastampa/task,search/mod,libera/action,viewer/Itemid,3/page,4/articleid,0054_01_1954_0310_0004_14456396/
  3. ^ http://www.letempsarchives.ch/page/GDL_1955_05_14/7
  4. ^ a b c "I corridori in gara" [The riders in the race]. Corriere dello Sport (in Italian). 14 May 1955. p. 8. Archived from the original on 23 December 2014. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c d e Bill and Carol McGann. "1955 Giro d'Italia". Bike Race Info. Dog Ear Publishing. Archived from the original on 4 July 2014. Retrieved 2012-07-10. 
  6. ^ "Le caratteristiche delle tappe" [The characteristics of the stages]. Corriere dello Sport (in Italian). 14 May 1955. p. 7. Archived from the original on 23 December 2014. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  7. ^ 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. 
  8. ^ "Il ruolino di Marcia del Gr. Pr. Della Montagna" [The road march of Gr . Pr . Mountain]. Corriere dello Sport (in Italian). 4 June 1955. p. 7. Archived from the original on 4 April 2015. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  9. ^ a b c d "La morale del 38 Giro d'Italia e che i piu forti sono ancora i "vecchi"" [38 The moral of the 38 Tour of Italy and that the strongest are still the "old"] (PDF). l'Unità (in Italian). PCI. 6 June 1955. p. 4. Archived (PDF) from the original on 3 July 2014. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  10. ^ a b "Terminó la Vuelta a Italia" [Final the Tour of Italy] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 6 June 1955. p. 6. Archived from the original on 4 July 2014. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  11. ^ "Classifica generale" [General classification]. Corriere dello Sport (in Italian). 6 June 1955. p. 1. Archived from the original on 22 December 2014. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  12. ^ a b "Le classifiche" [The classifications]. Corriere dello Sport (in Italian). 6 June 1955. p. 13. Archived from the original on 22 December 2014. Retrieved 7 July 2013.