1974 Giro d'Italia

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1974 Giro d'Italia
Race details
Dates 16 May - 9 June
Stages 22, including one split stage
Distance 4,001 km (2,486 mi)
Winning time 113h 09 '13" (35.080 km/h or 21.798 mph)
Palmares
Winner  Eddy Merckx (BEL) (Molteni)
Second  Gianbattista Baronchelli (ITA) (Scic)
Third  Felice Gimondi (ITA) (Bianchi)

Points  Roger De Vlaeminck (BEL) (Brooklyn)
Mountains  José Manuel Fuente (ESP) (Kas)
Team Kas
1973
1975

The 1974 Giro d'Italia was the 58th running of the Giro d'Italia, one of cycling's Grand Tours races. The Giro started in Vatican City, on 16 May, with a 164 km (102 mi) stage and concluded in Milan, on 8 June, with 257 km (160 mi) leg. A total of 140 riders from fourteen teams entered the 22-stage race, that was won by Belgian Eddy Merckx of the Molteni team. The second and third places were taken by Italians Gianbattista Baronchelli and Felice Gimondi, respectively.[1][2] Merckx's victory in the 1974 Giro was his first step in completing the Triple Crown of Cycling – winning the Giro d'Italia, the Tour de France, and the World Championship road race in one calendar year – becoming the first rider ever to do so.

Amongst the other classifications that the race awarded, Brooklyn's Roger De Vlaeminck won the points classification and José Manuel Fuente of KAS won the mountains classification. KAS finished as the winners of the team points classification.

Teams[edit]

A total of fourteen teams were invited to participate in the 1974 Giro d'Italia. Each team sent a squad of ten riders, which meant that the race started with a peloton of 140 cyclists.[3] Three riders from Rokado did not start the race after enrolling, which reduced the starting field to 137.[3] From the riders that began this edition, 96 made it to the finish Milan.[3]

The teams entering the race were:

  • Filotex
  • Vibor
  • Jolly Ceramica
  • KAS
  • Magniflex
  • Ovest Rokado
  • Sammontana
  • Scic
  • Zonca

Pre-race favorites[edit]

Reigning champion and four-time winner Eddy Merckx returned to the race in 1974 to defend his crown.[3] Merckx came into the Giro d'Italia after not having won a single spring classic for the first time since 1965.[3] According to author Bill McGann, José Manuel Fuente entered the Giro in good form after winning the Vuelta a España weeks earlier.[3] l'Unita interviewed several of the riders and many named Merckx as the favorite to take the victory.[4] Gino Sala named Baronchelli, Battaglin, and Moser as three young riders who have the potential to become stars during the race.[5]

Route and stages[edit]

A mountain in the distance.
Monte Generoso hosted the end of the 158 km (98 mi) sixteenth stage.

The route for the 1974 edition of the Giro d'Italia was revealed to the public by race director Vincenzo Torriani on 29 March 1974.[6][7] It contained one were individual time trial.[6][7] There were eleven stages containing twenty three categorized climbs, of which four had summit finishes: stage 11a, to Il Cioccio; stage 16, to Monte Generoso; stage 18, to Borgo Valsugana; and stage 20, to Tre Cime di Lavaredo.[8][9] In total the race route contained 26.78 km (17 mi) of official climbing across the twenty-three climbs.[9] The organizers chose to include two rest days, in Capri and Sanremo.[10] When compared to the previous year's race, the race was 200 km (124 mi) longer, lacked a prologue, and had the same number of rest days and individual time trials. In addition, this race contained two more stages, as well as one more set of half stages.

Upon the release of the route in March, La Stampa writer Gianni Pignata believed that the first leg of the split eleventh stage, to Il Cioccio, along with stages 20 and 21, which featured eight total climbs in the Dolomites, would be decisive in determining the race's winner.[6] Pignata believed this edition of the Giro d'Italia was geared towards climbers.[6] After looking over the race route, Italian rider Marino Basso stated that there were few opportunities for sprinters to try and win a stage.[6] Two-time winner Felice Gimondi felt the race started off hard and agreed with Pignata and Basso, in that the race favored climbers and lacked chances for sprint finishes.[11] He stated that the route suited the riding styles of Luis Ocaña, Eddy Merckx, and José Manuel Fuente.[11] In addition, Gimondi criticized Torriani for placing a rest day in after the third day of racing, stating that there was no justification for it there.[11]

Stage characteristics and results[3][10]
Stage Date Course Distance Type Winner
1 16 May Vatican City (Vatican City) to Formia 164 km (102 mi) Plain stage  Wilfried Reybrouck (BEL)
2 17 May Formia to Pompei 121 km (75 mi) Plain stage  Patrick Sercu (BEL)
3 18 May Pompei to Sorrento 137 km (85 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  José Manuel Fuente (ESP)
19 May Rest day
4 20 May Sorrento to Sapri 208 km (129 mi) Plain stage  Roger De Vlaeminck (BEL)
5 21 May Sapri to Taranto 215 km (134 mi) Plain stage  Piermattia Gavazzi (ITA)
6 22 May Taranto to Foggia 206 km (128 mi) Plain stage  Franco Bitossi (ITA)
7 23 May Foggia to Chieti 257 km (160 mi) Plain stage  Ugo Colombo (ITA)
8 24 May Chieti to Macerata 150 km (93 mi) Plain stage  Franco Bitossi (ITA)
9 25 May Macerata to Carpegna 191 km (119 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  José Manuel Fuente (ESP)
10 26 May Carpegna to Modena 205 km (127 mi) Plain stage  Patrick Sercu (BEL)
11a 27 May Modena to Il Ciocco 153 km (95 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  José Manuel Fuente (ESP)
11b Il Ciocco to Forte dei Marmi 62 km (39 mi) Plain stage  Patrick Sercu (BEL)
12 28 May Forte dei Marmi to Forte dei Marmi 40 km (25 mi) History.gif Individual time trial  Eddy Merckx (BEL)
13 29 May Forte dei Marmi to Pietra Ligure 231 km (144 mi) Plain stage  Enrico Paolini (ITA)
14 30 May Pietra Ligure to Sanremo 189 km (117 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Giuseppe Perletto (ITA)
15 31 May Sanremo to Valenza 206 km (128 mi) Plain stage  Ercole Gualazzini (ITA)
1 June Rest day
16 2 June Valenza to Monte Generoso 158 km (98 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  José Manuel Fuente (ESP)
17 3 June Como to Iseo 158 km (98 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Santiago Lazcano (ESP)
18 4 June Iseo to Sella Valsugana 190 km (118 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Franco Bitossi (ITA)
19 5 June Borgo Valsugana to Pordenone 146 km (91 mi) Plain stage  Enrico Paolini (ITA)
20 6 June Pordenone to Tre Cime di Lavaredo 163 km (101 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  José Manuel Fuente (ESP)
21 7 June Misurina to Bassano del Grappa 194 km (121 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Eddy Merckx (BEL)
22 8 June Bassano del Grappa to Milan 257 km (160 mi) Plain stage  Marino Basso (ITA)
Total 4,001 km (2,486 mi)

Classification leadership[edit]

A picture of three mountain.
The Tre Cime di Lavaredo was the Cima Coppi for the 1974 running of the Giro d'Italia.

Three different jerseys were worn during the 1974 Giro d'Italia. The leader of the general classification – calculated by adding the stage finish times of each rider, and allowing time bonuses for the first three finishers on mass-start stages – wore a pink jersey. This classification is the most important of the race, and its winner is considered as the winner of the Giro.[12]

For the points classification, which awarded a purple (or cyclamen) jersey to its leader, cyclists were given points for finishing a stage in the top 15; additional points could also be won in intermediate sprints. The green jersey was awarded to the mountains classification leader. 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. The Cima Coppi, the race's highest point of elevation, awarded more points than the other first category climbs.[12] The Cima Coppi for this Giro was the Tre Cime di Lavaredo.[8][9] The first rider to cross the Tre Cime di Lavaredo was Spanish rider José Manuel Fuente.

Although no jersey was awarded, there was also one classification for the teams, in which the awarded points to each team based off their riding's finishing position in every stage; the leading team was the one with the most points.[12]

The rows in the following table correspond to the jerseys awarded after that stage was run.

Classification leadership by stage
Stage Winner General classification
Points classification
Mountains classification
Team classification
1 Wilfried Reybrouck Wilfried Reybrouck  ? not awarded not awarded
2 Patrick Sercu  ?
3 José Manuel Fuente José Manuel Fuente José Manuel Fuente
4 Roger De Vlaeminck
5 Pierino Gavazzi
6 Franco Bitossi
7 Ugo Colombo
8 Franco Bitossi
9 José Manuel Fuente
10 Patrick Sercu
11a José Manuel Fuente
11b Patrick Sercu
12 Eddy Merckx
13 Enrico Paolini
14 Giuseppe Perletto Eddy Merckx
15 Ercole Gualazzini
16 José Manuel Fuente
17 Santiago Lazcano
18 Franco Bitossi
19 Enrico Paolini
20 José Manuel Fuente
21 Marino Basso
22 Gianni Motta
Final Eddy Merckx Roger De Vlaeminck José Manuel Fuente Kas

Final standings[edit]

Legend
  Pink jersey   Denotes the winner of the General classification   Green jersey   Denotes the winner of the Mountains classification
  Purple jersey   Denotes the winner of the Points classification

General classification[edit]

Final general classification (1–10)[1][2]
Rank Name Team Time
1  Eddy Merckx (BEL) Pink jersey Molteni 113h 08' 13"
2  Gianbattista Baronchelli (ITA) Scic + 12"
3  Felice Gimondi (ITA) Bianchi + 33"
4  Tino Conti (ITA) Zonca + 2' 14"
5  José Manuel Fuente (ESP) Green jersey KAS + 3' 22"
6  Giovanni Battaglin (ITA) Jolly Ceramica + 4' 22"
7  Francesco Moser (ITA) Filcas + 6' 17"
8  Vicente López Carril (ESP) KAS + 10' 28"
9  Franco Bitossi (ITA) Scic + 16' 05"
10  Gösta Pettersson (SWE) Magniflex + 17' 08"

Points classification[edit]

Final points classification (1–5)[1][13]
Rider Team Points
1  Roger De Vlaeminck (BEL) A purple jersey Brooklyn 295
2  Franco Bitossi (ITA) Scic 209
3  José Manuel Fuente (ESP) Green jersey KAS 171
4  Eddy Merckx (BEL) Pink jersey Molteni 161
5  Francesco Moser (ITA) Filcas 152

Mountains classification[edit]

Final mountains classification (1–10)[1][13][14]
Rider Team Points
1  José Manuel Fuente (ESP) Green jersey KAS 510
2  Eddy Merckx (BEL) Pink jersey Molteni 330
3  Santiago Lazcano (ESP) KAS 230
4  Giuseppe Perletto (ITA) Sammontana 160
5  Gianbattista Baronchelli (ITA) Scic 120
6  Tino Conti (ITA) Zonca 100
7  José-Luis Uribezubia (ESP) KAS 80
 Franco Bitossi (ITA) Scic
 Vicente López Carril (ESP) KAS
10  Gonzalo Aja (ESP) KAS 70

Neo-professional classification[edit]

Final neo-professional classification (1–5)[13]
Rider Team Time
1  Gianbattista Baronchelli (ITA) Scic 113h 08' 25"
2  Claudio Bortolotto (ITA) Filcas + 1h 19' 22"
3  Johann Ruch (GER) Rokado + 1h 26' 24"
4  Raphael Nino (ITA) Jolly Ceramica + 1h 28' 46"
5  Simone Fraccaro (ITA) Filcas + 1h 52' 48"

Traguardi tricolori classification[edit]

Final traguardi tricolori classification (1–5)[13]
Rider Team Points
1  Marcello Osler (ITA) Sammontana 210
2  Wilmo Francioni (ITA) Sammontana 100
3  Ercole Gualazzini (ITA) Brooklyn 80
4  Pietro Campagnari (ITA) Dreherforte 70
 Giuseppe Perletto (ITA) Sammontana
 Roger De Vlaeminck (BEL) A purple jersey Brooklyn

Team classification[edit]

Final team classification (1–5)[13]
Team Points
1 KAS 5,915
2 Brooklyn 5,151
3 Scic 3,821
4 Molteni 2,938
5 Jolly Ceramica 2,734

Aftermath[edit]

This victory in the race gave Merckx five career victories at the Giro d'Italia, equaling the record of Alfredo Binda and Fausto Coppi.[3] In July, Merckx entered the Tour de France.[15] He emerged victorious, winning eight stage en route to his fifth career Tour victory, again equaling the record for career Tour victories.[15][16] He won the Tour by a margin of eight minutes and four seconds over the second-place finisher and thus became the only cyclist to win the Giro and Tour in the same year three times in a career.[16] In August, he won the men's road race at the 1974 UCI Road World Championships and became the first rider to achieve the Triple Crown of Cycling, which consists of winning two Grand Tour races and the men's road race at the UCI Road World Championships in a calendar year.[17][18] For his career successes in the Giro d'Italia, Merckx became the first rider inducted into the race's Hall of Fame in 2012.[19][20] When being inducted, Merckx was given the modern-day trophy with the winners engraved until 1974, the last year he won the race.[19][20]

References[edit]

Citations
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  4. ^ http://archiviostorico.unita.it/cgi-bin/highlightPdf.cgi?t=ebook&file=/archivio/uni_1974_05/19740516_0008.pdf
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  8. ^ a b "Le Montagne" [The Mountains] (PDF). l'Unità (in Italian) (PCI). 30 March 1974. p. 13. Archived (PDF) from the original on 16 May 2015. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  9. ^ a b c "Le 23 montagne e l'altimetria" [The 23 mountains and altitude] (PDF). l'Unità (in Italian) (PCI). 16 May 1974. p. 9. Archived (PDF) from the original on 9 March 2015. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
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  15. ^ a b Bill and Carol McGann. "1974 Tour de France". Bike Race Info. Dog Ear Publishing. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 2012-07-10. 
  16. ^ a b "Clasificaciones oficiales" [Official classifications] (PDF). El Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish) (El Mundo Deportivo S.A.). 22 July 1974. p. 19. Archived (PDF) from the original on 30 June 2015. Retrieved 20 August 2011. 
  17. ^ "Merckx logro su tercer titulo mundial batiendo a Poulidor" [Merckx achieving his third world title beating Poulidor] (PDF). El Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish) (El Mundo Deportivo S.A.). 26 August 1974. p. 23. Archived (PDF) from the original on 30 June 2015. Retrieved 20 August 2011. 
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