1959 Giro d'Italia
|Dates||16 May - 7 June|
|Distance||3,657 km (2,272 mi)|
|Winning time||101h 50' 26" (35.909 km/h or 22.313 mph)|
|Winner||Charly Gaul (LUX)||(Emi)|
|Second||Jacques Anquetil (FRA)||(Helyett)|
|Third||Diego Ronchini (ITA)||(Bianchi)|
|Mountains||Charly Gaul (LUX)||(Emi)|
The 1959 Giro d'Italia was the 42nd running of the Giro d'Italia, one of cycling's Grand Tour races. The Giro started in Milan, on 16 May, with a 135 km (83.9 mi) stage and concluded back in Milan, on 7 June, with a 220 km (136.7 mi) leg. A total of 120 riders from 15 teams entered the 20-stage race, which was won by Luxembourgian Charly Gaul of the Emi team. The second and third places were taken by Frenchman Jacques Anquetil and Italian Diego Ronchini, respectively.
Thirteen teams were invited by the race organizers to participate in the 1959 edition of the Giro d'Italia Each team sent a squad of ten riders, which meant that the race started with a peloton of 130 cyclists. From the riders that began the race, 86 made it to the finish in Milan.
The teams entering the race were:
Route and stages
|1||16 May||Milan to Salsomaggiore Terme||135 km (84 mi)||Plain stage||Rik Van Looy (BEL)|
|2||17 May||Salsomaggiore Terme to Salsomaggiore Terme||22 km (14 mi)||Individual time trial||Jacques Anquetil (FRA)|
|3||18 May||Salsomaggiore Terme to Abetone||180 km (112 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Charly Gaul (LUX)|
|4||19 May||Abetone to Arezzo||178 km (111 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Armando Pellegrini (ITA)|
|5||20 May||Arezzo to Rome||243 km (151 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Rik Van Looy (BEL)|
|6||21 May||Rome to Naples||213 km (132 mi)||Plain stage||Miguel Poblet (ESP)|
|7||22 May||Ercolano to Mount Vesuvius||8 km (5 mi)||Individual time trial||Charly Gaul (LUX)|
|8||23 May||Ischia to Ischia||31 km (19 mi)||Individual time trial||Antonino Catalano (ITA)|
|9||24 May||Naples to Vasto||206 km (128 mi)||Plain stage||Gastone Nencini (ITA)|
|10||25 May||Vasto to Teramo||148 km (92 mi)||Plain stage||Rino Benedettii (ITA)|
|11||26 May||Ascoli Piceno to Rimini||245 km (152 mi)||Plain stage||Rik Van Looy (BEL)|
|12||27 May||Rimini to San Marino (San Marino)||141 km (88 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Nino Defilippis (ITA)|
|28 May||Rest day|
|13||29 May||Rimini to Verona||233 km (145 mi)||Plain stage||Miguel Poblet (ESP)|
|14||30 May||Verona to Rovereto||143 km (89 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Rik Van Looy (BEL)|
|15||31 May||Trento to Bolzano||198 km (123 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Miguel Poblet (ESP)|
|16||1 June||Bolzano to San Pellegrino Terme||245 km (152 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Alessandro Fantini (ITA)|
|17||2 June||San Pellegrino Terme to Genoa||241 km (150 mi)||Plain stage||Arrigo Paduan (ITA)|
|18||3 June||Genoa to Turin||180 km (112 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Vito Favero (ITA)|
|19||4 June||Turin to Susa||51 km (32 mi)||Individual time trial||Jacques Anquetil (FRA)|
|20||5 June||Turin to Saint-Vincent||100 km (62 mi)||Plain stage||Alfredo Sabbadin (ITA)|
|21||6 June||Aosta to Courmayeur||296 km (184 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Charly Gaul (LUX)|
|22||7 June||Courmayeur to Milan||220 km (137 mi)||Plain stage||Rolf Graf (SUI)|
|Total||3,657 km (2,272 mi)|
One jersey was worn during the 1959 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 were ranked in first and second categories. In this ranking, points were won by reaching the summit of a climb ahead of other cyclists. There were two categories of mountains. The first category awarded 80, 60, 40, 30, and 20 points, while the second distributed 60, 40, and 20 points. Although no jersey was awarded, there was also one classification for the teams, in which the teams were awarded points for their rider's performance during the stages.
||Mountains classification||Team classification|
|1||Rik Van Looy||Rik Van Looy||not awarded||Faema|
|2||Jacques Anquetil||Jacques Anquetil|
|3||Charly Gaul||Charly Gaul||Charly Gaul|
|4||Armando Pellegrini||Charly Gaul & Armando Pellegrini||Emi|
|5||Rik Van Looy||Charly Gaul & Joseph Hoevenars||Faema|
|7||Charly Gaul||Charly Gaul|
|11||Rik Van Looy||Faema|
|14||Rik Van Looy||Emi|
|15||Miguel Poblet||Jacques Anquetil|
|21||Charly Gaul||Charly Gaul|
|Final||Charly Gaul||Charly Gaul||Atala|
|Denotes the winner of the General classification|
|1||Charly Gaul (LUX)||Emi||101h 50' 54"|
|2||Jacques Anquetil (FRA)||Helyett||+ 6' 12"|
|3||Diego Ronchini (ITA)||Bianchi||+ 6' 16"|
|4||Rik van Looy (BEL)||Faema||+ 7' 17"|
|5||Imerio Massignan (ITA)||Legnano||+ 7' 31"|
|6||Miguel Poblet (ESP)||Ignis||+ 10' 21"|
|7||Graziano Battistini (ITA)||Legnano||+ 10' 47"|
|8||Guido Carlesi (ITA)||Molteni||+ 13' 35"|
|9||Ernesto Bono (FRA)||San Pellegrino||+ 13' 36"|
|10||Gastone Nencini (ITA)||Carpano||+ 13' 49"|
|1||Charly Gaul (LUX)||Emi||560|
|2||Imerio Massignan (ITA)||Legnano||320|
|3||Hans Junkermann (GER)||Faema||300|
|4||Vito Favero (ITA)||Atala||250|
|5||Graziano Battistini (ITA)||Legnano||110|
|6||Joseph Hoevenars (BEL)||Faema||100|
|Aurelio Cestari (ITA)||Atala|
|Angelo Conterno (ITA)||Carpano|
|9||Pasquale Fornara (ITA)||Emi||90|
|10||Armando Pellegrini (ITA)||Emi||80|
|Jacques Anquetil (FRA)||Helyett|
|Rik van Looy (BEL)||Faema|
|Michele Gismondi (ITA)||Tricofilina|
|André Darrigade (FRA)||Helyett|
|Nino Defilippis (ITA)||Carpano|
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