1959 Giro d'Italia

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1959 Giro d'Italia
Race details
Dates 16 May - 7 June
Stages 22
Distance 3,657 km (2,272 mi)
Winning time 101h 50' 26" (35.909 km/h or 22.313 mph)
Palmares
Winner  Charly Gaul (LUX) (Emi)
Second  Jacques Anquetil (FRA) (Helyett)
Third  Diego Ronchini (ITA) (Bianchi)

Mountains  Charly Gaul (LUX) (Emi)
Team Atala
1958
1960

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.[1]

Teams[edit]

Thirteen teams were invited by the race organizers to participate in the 1959 edition of the Giro d'Italia[2] Each team sent a squad of ten riders, which meant that the race started with a peloton of 130 cyclists.[2] From the riders that began the race, 86 made it to the finish in Milan.[3]

The teams entering the race were:[2]

  • Atala
  • Bianchi
  • Carpano
  • Emi
  • Faema
  • Ghigi
  • Ignis
  • Legnano
  • Molteni
  • Saint Raphaël
  • San Pellegrino
  • Torpado
  • Tricofilina

Route and stages[edit]

Cyclists talking and riding together.
Jacques Anquetil (left) and Charly Gaul (right) riding together during the fourth stage of the race.
Stage characteristics and winners[3]
Stage Date Course Distance Type Winner
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)

Classification leadership[edit]

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.[4]

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.[5] The first category awarded 80, 60, 40, 30, and 20 points,[6] while the second distributed 60, 40, and 20 points.[7] 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.[8]

Classification leadership by stage
Stage Winner General classification
A pink jersey
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
6 Miguel Poblet
7 Charly Gaul Charly Gaul
8 Antonino Catalano
9 Gastone Nencini Emi
10 Rino Benedettii
11 Rik Van Looy Faema
12 Nino Defilippis Emi
13 Miguel Poblet Faema
14 Rik Van Looy Emi
15 Miguel Poblet Jacques Anquetil
16 Alessandro Fantini
17 Arrigo Paduan Atala
18 Vito Favero
19 Jacques Anquetil
20 Alfredo Sabbadin
21 Charly Gaul Charly Gaul
22 Rolf Graf
Final Charly Gaul Charly Gaul Atala

Final standings[edit]

Legend
  Pink jersey   Denotes the winner of the General classification

General classification[edit]

Final general classification (1–10)[3][9]
Rank Name Team Time
1  Charly Gaul (LUX) Pink jersey 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"

Mountains classification[edit]

Final mountains classification (1–10)[3][9]
Name Team Points
1  Charly Gaul (LUX) Pink jersey 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

Team classification[edit]

Final team classification (1–10)[1][8]
Team Points
1 Atala 4115
2 Emi 3830
3 Faema 2990
4 Carpano 2700
5 Helyett 2070
6 Legnano 2035
7 Ignis 1980
8 Ghigi 1555
9 Molteni 1190
10 Bianchi 1157.5

References[edit]

Citations
  1. ^ a b "El luxemburgués Gaul gran vencedor" [The Luxembourish Gaul Big Winner] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 8 June 1959. p. 7. Archived from the original on 2013-06-30. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c "I corridori alla partenza" [Runners at the Start]. Corriere dello Sport (in Italian). 17 May 1959. p. 6. Archived from the original on 22 December 2014. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d Bill and Carol McGann. "1959 Giro d'Italia". Bike Race Info. Dog Ear Publishing. Retrieved 2012-07-10. 
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ "Il G. P. della Montagna" [The G. P. Mountain Trophy]. Corriere dello Sport (in Italian). 17 May 1959. p. 8. Archived from the original on 15 March 2015. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  6. ^ "G. P. della Montagna" [The G. P. Mountain Trophy]. Corriere dello Sport (in Italian). 19 May 1959. p. 6. Archived from the original on 15 March 2015. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  7. ^ "Il G. P. della Montagna" [The G. P. Mountain Trophy]. Corriere dello Sport (in Italian). 20 May 1960. p. 8. Archived from the original on 15 March 2015. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "La pagella "Ramazzotti"" [La pagella "Ramazzotti"]. Corriere dello Sport (in Italian). 8 June 1959. p. 14. Archived from the original on 15 March 2015. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  9. ^ a b "Graf fugge in vista di Milano e vince con 8" di vantaggio" [Graf flees in view of Milan and won with 8 "lead] (PDF). l'Unità (in Italian) (PCI). 8 June 1959. p. 3. Archived from the original on 17 June 2014. Retrieved 27 May 2012.