1973 Giro d'Italia
|Dates||18 May – 9 June|
|Stages||20 + Prologue|
|Distance||3,801 km (2,362 mi)|
|Winning time||106h 54' 41"|
The 1973 Giro d'Italia was the 57th running of the Giro d'Italia, one of cycling's Grand Tours races. The Giro started in Verviers, Belgium, on 18 May, with a 5.2 km (3.2 mi) prologue and concluded with a 197 km (122 mi) mass-start stage, on 9 June. A total of 140 riders from fourteen teams entered the 20-stage race, that was won by Belgian Eddy Merckx of the Molteni team. The second and third places were taken by Italians Felice Gimondi and Giovanni Battaglin, respectively.
In addition to the general classification, Merckx won the points classification. Amongst the other classifications that the race awarded, José Manuel Fuente of KAS won the mountains classification. Molteni finished as the winners of the team points classification.
- 1 Teams
- 2 Stage results
- 3 Classification leadership
- 4 Final standings
- 5 Aftermath
- 6 References
A total of fourteen teams were invited to participate in the 1973 Giro d'Italia. Each team sent a squad of ten riders, which meant that the race started with a peloton of 140 cyclists. From the riders that began this edition, 113 made it to the finish on the Trieste.
The teams entering the race were:
|P||18 May||Verviers (Belgium)||5.2 km (3.2 mi)||Two-man Team Time Trial[N 1]|| Eddy Merckx (BEL)
Roger Swerts (BEL)
|1||19 May||Verviers (Belgium) to Cologne (Germany)||137 km (85 mi)||Plain stage||Eddy Merckx (BEL)|
|2||20 May||Cologne (Germany) to Luxembourg (Luxembourg)||227 km (141 mi)||Plain stage||Roger de Vlaeminck (BEL)|
|3||21 May||Luxembourg (Luxembourg) to Strasbourg (France)||239 km (149 mi)||Plain stage||Gustave Van Roosbroeck (BEL)|
|4||22 May||Geneva (Switzerland) to Aosta||163 km (101 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Eddy Merckx (BEL)|
|23 May||Rest day|
|5||24 May||St. Vincent to Milan||173 km (107 mi)||Plain stage||Gerben Karstens (NED)|
|6||25 May||Milan to Iseo||144 km (89 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Gianni Motta (ITA)|
|7||26 May||Iseo to Lido delle Nazioni||248 km (154 mi)||Plain stage||Rik Van Linden (BEL)|
|8||27 May||Lido delle Nazioni to Monte Carpegna||156 km (97 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Eddy Merckx (BEL)|
|9||28 May||Carpegna to Alba Adriatica||243 km (151 mi)||Plain stage||Patrick Sercu (BEL)|
|10||29 May||Alba Adriatica to Lanciano||174 km (108 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Eddy Merckx (BEL)|
|11||30 May||Lanciano to Benevento||230 km (143 mi)||Plain stage||Roger de Vlaeminck (BEL)|
|12||31 May||Benevento to Fiuggi||236 km (147 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Tullio Rossi (ITA)|
|13||1 June||Fiuggi to Bolsena||215 km (134 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Roger de Vlaeminck (BEL)|
|14||2 June||Bolsena to Florence||202 km (126 mi)||Plain stage||Francesco Moser (ITA)|
|15||3 June||Florence to Forte dei Marmi||150 km (93 mi)||Plain stage||Martín Emilio Rodríguez (COL)|
|4 June||Rest day|
|16||5 June||Forte dei Marmi to Forte dei Marmi||37 km (23 mi)||Individual Time Trial||Felice Gimondi (ITA)|
|17||6 June||Forte dei Marmi to Verona||244 km (152 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Rik Van Linden (BEL)|
|18||7 June||Verona to Andalo||173 km (107 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Eddy Merckx (BEL)|
|19||8 June||Andalo to Auronzo di Cadore||208 km (129 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||José Manuel Fuente (ESP)|
|20||9 June||Auronzo di Cadore to Trieste||197 km (122 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Marino Basso (ITA)|
|Total||3,801 km (2,362 mi)|
There were three main individual classifications contested in the 1973 Giro d'Italia, as well as a team competition. Three of them awarded jerseys to their leaders. The general classification was the most important and was calculated by adding each rider's finishing times on each stage. The rider with the lowest cumulative time was the winner of the general classification and was considered the overall winner of the Giro. The rider leading the classification wore a pink jersey to signify the classification's leadership.
The second classification was the points classification. Riders received points for finishing in the top positions in a stage finish, with first place getting the most points, and lower placings getting successively fewer points. The rider leading this classification wore a purple (or cyclamen) jersey. The mountains classification was the third classification and its leader was designated by a green jersey. In this ranking, points were won by reaching the summit of a climb ahead of other cyclists. Each climb was ranked as either first, second or third category, with more points available for higher category climbs. Most stages of the race included one or more categorized climbs, in which points were awarded to the riders that reached the summit first. The Cima Coppi, the race's highest point of elevation, awarded more points than the other first category climbs. The Cima Coppi for this Giro was the Passo di Giau. The first rider to cross the Passo di Giau was Spanish rider José Manuel Fuente.
The final classification, the team classification, awarded no jersey to its leaders. This was calculated by adding together points earned by each rider on the team during each stage through the intermediate sprints, the categorized climbs, stage finishes, etc. The team with the most points led the classification.
There were other minor classifications within the race, including the neo-professional competition. The classification was determined in the same way as the general classification, but considering only neo-professional cyclists (in their first three years of professional racing). The combination classification was a points classification that was tabulated by adding the ranks of a riders position in the general, points, and mountains classifications.
|P||Eddy Merckx & Roger Swerts||Eddy Merckx||?||not awarded||not awarded|
|2||Roger De Vlaeminck|
|3||Gustave Van Roosbroeck|
|4||Eddy Merckx||José Manuel Fuente|
|6||Gianni Motta||Eddy Merckx|
|7||Rik Van Linden|
|11||Roger De Vlaeminck|
|13||Roger De Vlaeminck|
|15||Martín Emilio Rodríguez|
|17||Rik Van Linden|
|19||José Manuel Fuente||José Manuel Fuente|
|Final||Eddy Merckx||Eddy Merckx||José Manuel Fuente||Molteni|
|Denotes the winner of the General classification||Denotes the winner of the Mountains classification|
|Denotes the winner of the Points classification|
|1||Eddy Merckx (BEL)||Molteni||106h 54' 41"|
|2||Felice Gimondi (ITA)||Bianchi||+ 7' 42"|
|3||Giovanni Battaglin (ITA)||Jolly Ceramica||+ 10' 20"|
|4||José Pesarrodona (ESP)||KAS||+ 15' 51"|
|5||Santiago Lazcano (ESP)||KAS||+ 19' 11"|
|6||Wladimiro Panizza (ITA)||G.B.C.||+ 19' 45"|
|7||Ole Ritter (DEN)||Bianchi||+ 24' 24"|
|8||José Manuel Fuente (ESP)||KAS||+ 26' 06"|
|9||Francisco Galdós (ESP)||KAS||+ 26' 35"|
|10||Gianni Motta (ITA)||Zonca||+ 26' 49"|
|1||Eddy Merckx (BEL)||Molteni||237|
|2||Roger de Vlaeminck (BEL)||Brooklyn||216|
|3||Felice Gimondi (ITA)||Bianchi||146|
|4||Rik Van Linden (BEL)||Ovest Rokado||141|
|5||Gerben Karstens (NED)||Ovest Rokado||132|
|1||José Manuel Fuente (ESP)||KAS||550|
|2||Eddy Merckx (BEL)||Molteni||510|
|3||Giovanni Battaglin (ITA)||Jolly Ceramica||180|
|4||Felice Gimondi (ITA)||Bianchi||110|
|5||Lino Farisato (ITA)||Scic||100|
|6||Wladimiro Panizza (ITA)||G.B.C.||70|
|Ole Ritter (DEN)||Bianchi|
|8||Italo Zilioli (ITA)||Dreher||30|
|Ottavio Crepaldi (ITA)||Zonca|
|Santiago Lazcano (ESP)||KAS|
|1||Eddy Merckx (BEL)||Molteni||4|
|2||Felice Gimondi (ITA)||Bianchi||9|
|3||Giovanni Battaglin (ITA)||Jollj Ceramica||17|
|4||José Manuel Fuente (ESP)||KAS||18|
Intermediate sprints classification
|1||Domingo Perurena (ESP)||KAS||170|
|2||Ercole Gualazzini (ITA)||Bianchi||110|
|3||Gianni Motta (ITA)||Zonca||70|
|4||Joseph Bruyère (BEL)||Molteni||60|
|5||Enrico Paolini (ITA)||Scic||40|
|Piero Dallai (ITA)||Magniflex|
|1||Giovanni Battaglin (ITA)||Jolly Ceramica||107h 05' 01"|
|2||Francesco Moser (ITA)||Filotex||+ 28' 22"|
|3||Hennie Kuiper (NED)||Rokado||+ 28' 30"|
|4||Walter Riccomi (ITA)||Sammontana||+ 1h 01' 34"|
|5||Luciano Conati (ITA)||Scic||+ 1h 06' 27"|
The race is documented in Jørgen Leth's 1973 film Stars and Watercarriers (Stjernerne og Vandbærerne).
- The prologue for the 1973 Giro d'Italia was not a typical prologue as it was a two-man team time trial, not the normal individual time trial. The stage results were used to just award the first leaders jerseys of the race. The results from the stage did not count towards the general classification.
- "Merckx, <<Maglia Rosa>> De Principio A Fin" [Merckx, <<Pink Jersey>> From Beginning to End] (PDF) (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 10 June 1973. p. 19. Archived (PDF) from the original on 9 March 2015. Retrieved 27 May 2012.
- Gianni Pignata (10 June 1973). "Giro-record per Merckx, sempre in rosa" [Lap-record for Merckx, always in pink] (PDF). La Stampa (in Italian). Editrice La Stampa. p. 22. Retrieved 27 May 2012.
- Bill and Carol McGann. "1973 Giro d'Italia". Bike Race Info. Dog Ear Publishing. Archived from the original on 2 January 2015. Retrieved 6 August 2012.
- 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.
- "Clasificaciones oficiales" [Official classifications] (PDF) (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 10 June 1973. p. 19. Archived (PDF) from the original on 9 March 2015. Retrieved 27 May 2012.
- "I primi venti del 1973" [The first twenty of 1973] (PDF). l'Unità (in Italian). PCI. 9 June 1974. p. 9. Archived (PDF) from the original on 13 March 2015. Retrieved 27 May 2012.