1971 Giro d'Italia

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1971 Giro d'Italia
Race details
Dates 20 May - 10 June
Stages 20 + Prologue
Distance 3,567 km (2,216 mi)
Winning time 97h 24' 03"
Winner  Gösta Pettersson (SWE) (Ferretti)
  Second  Herman Van Springel (BEL) (Molteni)
  Third  Ugo Colombo (ITA) (Filotex)

Points  Marino Basso (ITA) (Molteni)
  Mountains  José Manuel Fuente (ESP) (KAS)
  Team Molteni
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The 1971 Giro d'Italia was held from 20 May to 10 June 1971. This 54th running of the Corsa Rosa covered 3,621 km at an average speed of 37.176 km/h. It was won by the Swede Gösta Pettersson.


A total of 10 teams were invited to participate in the 1971 Giro d'Italia.[1] Each team sent a squad of ten riders, so the Giro began with a peloton of 100 cyclists.[1] Out of the 100 riders that started this edition of the Giro d'Italia, a total of 75 riders made it to the finish in Milan.[2]

The 10 teams that took part in the race were:[1]

  • Cosatto
  • Dreher
  • Ferretti
  • Filotex
  • G.B.C.
  • KAS
  • Magniflex

Route and stages[edit]

This was the first time the Giro entered Austria, as the race traveled through the country to finish on the Großglockner.[3]

Stage results[2]
Stage Date Course Distance Type Winner
P 20 May Lecce to Brindisi 62.2 km (39 mi) Team time trial Salvarani[N 1]
1 21 May Brindisi to Bari 175 km (109 mi) Plain stage  Marino Basso (ITA)
2 22 May Bari to Potenza 260 km (162 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Enrico Paolini (ITA)
3 23 May Potenza to Benevento 177 km (110 mi) Plain stage  Ercole Gualazzini (ITA)
4 24 May Benevento to Pescasseroli 203 km (126 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Guerrino Tosello (ITA)
5 25 May Pescasseroli to Gran Sasso d'Italia 198 km (123 mi) Plain stage  Vicente López Carril (ESP)
6 26 May L'Aquila to Orvieto 163 km (101 mi) Plain stage  Domingo Perurena (ESP)
7 27 May Orvieto to San Vincenzo 220 km (137 mi) Plain stage  Felice Gimondi (ITA)
8 28 May San Vincenzo to Casciana Terme 203 km (126 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Romeno Tumellero (ITA)
9 29 May Casciana Terme to Forte dei Marmi 141 km (88 mi) Plain stage  Marino Basso (ITA)
10 30 May Forte dei Marmi to Pian del Falco di Sestola 123 km (76 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  José Manuel Fuente (ESP)
11 31 May Sestola to Mantua 199 km (124 mi) Plain stage  Marino Basso (ITA)
1 June Rest day
12 2 June Desenzano del Garda to Serniga di Salò 28 km (17 mi) Individual time trial  Davide Boifava (ITA)
13 3 June Salò to Sottomarina di Chioggia 218 km (135 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Patrick Sercu (BEL)
14 4 June Chioggia to Bibione 170 km (106 mi) Plain stage  Patrick Sercu (BEL)
15 5 June Bibione to Ljubljana (Yugoslavia) 201 km (125 mi) Plain stage  Franco Bitossi (ITA)
16 6 June Ljubljana (Yugoslavia) to Tarvisio 100 km (62 mi) Plain stage  Dino Zandegù (ITA)
17 7 June Tarvisio to Großglockner (Austria) 206 km (128 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Pierfranco Vianelli (ITA)
18 8 June Lienz (Austria) to Falcade 195 km (121 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Felice Gimondi (ITA)
19 9 June Falcade to Ponte di Legno 182 km (113 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Lino Farisato (ITA)
20a 10 June Ponte di Legno to Lainate 185 km (115 mi) Plain stage  Giacinto Santambrogio (ITA)
20b Lainate to Milan 20 km (12 mi) Individual time trial  Ole Ritter (DEN)
Total 3,567 km (2,216 mi)

Race overview[edit]

During the seventeenth stage, that finished on the Großglockner, an Alpine pass.[5] Race leader Claudio Michelotto held on to the back of a team car to finish the climb and was given a one minute penalty.[5] Following the stage, Pettersson took the race lead from Michelotto.[5] Pettersson became the first rider born north of the Rhine to win the Giro d'Italia.[5] In addition, he became the first Swedish rider to win a Grand Tour.[5]


Doping controls were conducted following each stage finish.[3] If a rider tested positive, the punishment was a ten minute penalty and their stage results were voided.[3] Gianni Motta and Lucillo Lievore tested positive.[3]

Classification leadership[edit]

Two different jerseys were worn during the 1971 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.[6]

For the points classification, which awarded a cyclamen jersey to its leader,[7] cyclists were given points for finishing a stage in the top 15.[8] The mountains classification leader. The climbs were ranked in first and second categories, the former awarded 50, 30, and 20 points while the latter awarded 30, 20, and 10 points.[9] In this ranking, points were won by reaching the summit of a climb ahead of other cyclists.[7] In addition there was the Cima Coppi, the Grossglockner, which was the highest mountain crossed in this edition of the race, which gave 200, 100, 80, 70, and 50 points to the first five riders summit the climb. The first rider over the Grossglockner was Pierfranco Vianelli.[9] 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.[6]

Classification leadership by stage
Stage Winner General classification
A pink jersey
Points classification
A purple jersey
Mountains classification Team classification
P Salvarani Salvarani[N 1] not awarded not awarded not awarded
1 Marino Basso Marino Basso Marino Basso Molteni
2 Enrico Paolini Enrico Paolini Gianni Motta Michele Dancelli Scic
3 Ercole Gualazzini
4 Guerrino Tosello Roberto Sorlini
5 Vicente López Carril Ugo Colombo Marino Basso Vicente López Carril
6 Domingo Perurena Molteni
7 Felice Gimondi Aldo Moser Salvarani
8 Romano Tumellero Claudio Michelotto Molteni
9 Marino Basso José Manuel Fuente
10 José Manuel Fuente
11 Marino Basso
12 Davide Boifava
13 Patrick Sercu
14 Patrick Sercu
15 Franco Bitossi
16 Dino Zandegù
17 Pierfranco Vianelli Pierfranco Vianelli
18 Felice Gimondi Gösta Pettersson José Manuel Fuente
19 Lino Farisato
20a Giacinto Santambrogio
20b Ole Ritter
Final Gösta Pettersson Marino Basso José Manuel Fuente Molteni

Final standings[edit]

  A pink jersey   Denotes the winner of the General classification   A purple jersey   Denotes the winner of the Points classification

General classification[edit]

Final general classification (1–10)[2][7][10][11]
Rank Name Team Time
1  Gösta Pettersson (SWE) Pink jersey Ferretti 97h 24' 04"
2  Herman Van Springel (BEL) Molteni + 2' 32"
3  Ugo Colombo (ITA) Filotex + 2' 35"
4  Francisco Galdós (ESP) KAS + 4' 27"
5  Pierfranco Vianelli (ITA) Dreher + 6' 41"
6  Silvano Schiavon (ITA) Dreher + 7' 27"
7  Felice Gimondi (ITA) Salvarani + 7' 30"
8  Antoine Hubrechts (BEL) Salvarani + 9' 39"
9  Wladimiro Panizza (ITA) Cosatto + 13' 13"
10  Giovanni Cavalcanti (ITA) Filotex + 14' 22"

Mountains classification[edit]

Final mountains classification (1–10)[2][12]
Name Team Points
1  José Manuel Fuente (ESP) KAS 360
2  Pierfranco Vianelli (ITA) Dreher 270
3  Primo Mori (ITA) Salvarani 190
4  Lino Farisato (ITA) Ferretti 170
5  Vicente López-Carril (ESP) KAS 140
6  Andrés Gandarias (ESP) KAS 110
7  Giancarlo Polidori (ITA) Scic 100
8  Selvino Poloni (ITA) Cosatto 80
9  Felice Gimondi (ITA) Salvarani 70
 Guerrino Tosello (ITA) Molteni

Points classification[edit]

Final points classification (1–10)[2][7]
Name Team Points
1  Marino Basso (ITA) A purple jersey Molteni 181
2  Patrick Sercu (BEL) Dreher 148
3  Felice Gimondi (ITA) Salvarani 139
4  Ole Ritter (DEN) Dreher 136
5  Albert Van Vlierberghe (BEL) Ferretti 116
6  Franco Bitossi (ITA) Filotex 96
7  Gösta Pettersson (SWE) Pink jersey Ferretti 92
 Dino Zandegù (ITA) Salvarani
9  Gianni Motta (ITA) Salvarani 85
10  Herman Van Springel (BEL) Molteni 84

Traguardi tricolori classification[edit]

Final traguardi tricolori classification (1–9)[7][10]
Name Team Points
1  Marinus Wagtmans (NED) Molteni 130
2  Wilmo Francioni (ITA) Ferretti 60
3  Primo Mori (ITA) Salvarani 50
4  Pietro Guerra (ITA) Salvarani 40
 Attilio Rota (ITA) Dreher
 Ole Ritter (DEN) Dreher
 André Poppe (FRA) Magniflex
 Roberto Sorlini (ITA) Cosatto
9  Giacinto Santambrogio (ITA) Molteni 30
 Giancarlo Bellini (ITA) Molteni
 Piero Dallai (ITA) Cosatto
 Guerrino Tosello (ITA) Molteni
 Ugo Colombo (ITA) Filotex
 Andrés Gandarias (ESP) KAS
 Marino Basso (ITA) Molteni
 Selvino Poloni (ITA) Cosatto
 Lino Farisato (ITA) Ferretti

Teams classification[edit]

Final team classification (1–10)[7][10]
Team Points
1 Molteni 5956
2 Salvarani 4476
3 Scic 4162
4 Dreher 3795
5 Ferretti 3768
6 KAS 3150
7 Filotex 2192
8 G.B.C. 1689
9 Cosatto 1584
10 Magniflex 1128


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