1976 Giro d'Italia

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1976 Giro d'Italia
Race details
Dates21 May – 12 June
Distance4,161 km (2,586 mi)
Winning time119h 58' 15"
Winner  Felice Gimondi (ITA) (Bianchi-Campagnolo)
  Second  Johan De Muynck (BEL) (Brooklyn)
  Third  Fausto Bertoglio (ITA) (Jolly Ceramica)

Points  Francesco Moser (ITA) (Sanson)
Mountains  Andrés Oliva (ESP) (KAS)
  Youth  Alfio Vandi (ITA) (Magniflex)
  Combination  Francesco Moser (ITA) (Sanson)
  Team Brooklyn
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The 1976 Giro d'Italia was the 59th running of the Giro d'Italia, one of cycling's Grand Tours races. The Giro started in Catania, on 21 May, with a set of split stages and concluded in Milan, on 12 June, with another split stage, consisting of an individual time trial and a mass-start stage. A total of 120 riders from twelve teams entered the 22-stage race, that was won by Italian Felice Gimondi of the Bianchi-Campagnolo team. The second and third places were taken by Belgian Johan De Muynck and Italian Fausto Bertoglio, respectively.[1][2][3]

Amongst the other classifications that the race awarded, Sanson's Francesco Moser won the points classification, Andrés Oliva of KAS won the mountains classification, and Magniflex's Alfio Vandi completed the Giro as the best neo-professional in the general classification, finishing seventh overall. Brooklyn finishing as the winners of the team points classification.[4]


A total of twelve teams were invited to participate in the 1976 Giro d'Italia.[5] Each team sent a squad of ten riders, which meant that the race started with a peloton of 120 cyclists.[5][6] From the riders that began this edition, 86 made it to the finish in Milan.[6]

The teams entering the race were:[5]

  • Sanson
  • Scic
  • Teka
  • Zonca-Santini

Route and stages[edit]

Stage results[6]
Stage Date Course Distance Type Winner
1a 21 May Catania to Catania 64 km (40 mi) Plain stage  Patrick Sercu (BEL)
1b Catania to Siracusa 78 km (48 mi) Plain stage  Patrick Sercu (BEL)
2 22 May Siracusa to Caltanissetta 210 km (130 mi) Plain stage  Roger De Vlaeminck (BEL)
3 23 May Caltanissetta to Palermo 163 km (101 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Rik Van Linden (BEL)
4 24 May Cefalù to Messina 192 km (119 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Francesco Moser (ITA)
5 25 May Reggio Calabria to Cosenza 220 km (137 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Roger De Vlaeminck (BEL)
6 26 May Cosenza to Matera 207 km (129 mi) Plain stage  Johan De Muynck (BEL)
7 27 May Ostuni to Ostuni 37 km (23 mi) Individual time trial  Francesco Moser (ITA)
8 28 May Selva di Fasano [it] to Lago Laceno 256 km (159 mi) Plain stage  Roger De Vlaeminck (BEL)
9 29 May Bagnoli Irpino to Roccaraso 204 km (127 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Fabrizio Fabbri (ITA)
10 30 May Roccaraso to Terni 203 km (126 mi) Plain stage  Patrick Sercu (BEL)
11 31 May Terni to Gabicce Mare 222 km (138 mi) Plain stage  Antonio Menéndez (ESP)
12 1 June Gabicce Mare to Porretta Terme 215 km (134 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Sigfrido Fontanelli (ITA)
13 2 June Porretta Terme to Il Ciocco [it] 146 km (91 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Ronny De Witte (BEL)
14 3 June Il Ciocco to Varazze 227 km (141 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Francesco Moser (ITA)
4 June Rest day
15 5 June Varazze to Ozegna 216 km (134 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Rik Van Linden (BEL)
16 6 June Castellamonte to Arosio 258 km (160 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Roger De Vlaeminck (BEL)
17 7 June Arosio to Verona 196 km (122 mi) Plain stage  Ercole Gualazzini (ITA)
18 8 June Verona to Longarone 174 km (108 mi) Plain stage  Simone Fraccaro (ITA)
19 9 June Longarone to Vajolet Towers 132 km (82 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Andrés Gandarias (ESP)
20 10 June Vigo di Fassa to Terme di Comano 170 km (106 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Luciano Conati (ITA)
21 11 June Terme di Comano to Bergamo 238 km (148 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Felice Gimondi (ITA)
22a 12 June Arcore to Arcore 28 km (17 mi) Individual time trial  Joseph Bruyère (BEL)
22b Milan to Milan 106 km (66 mi) Plain stage  Daniele Tinchella (ITA)
Total 4,161 km (4,161 km)

Race overview[edit]

During the stage 1A on 21 May, Juan Manuel Santisteban crashed and hit his head, ultimately dying from his injuries.[7]

Classification leadership[edit]

A picture of a mountain.
The Vajolet Towers was the finish of stage 19 for the 1976 running of the Giro d'Italia..

There were four main individual classifications contested in the 1976 Giro d'Italia, as well as a team competition. Four 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.[8] The rider with the lowest cumulative time was the winner of the general classification and was considered the overall winner of the Giro.[8] The rider leading the classification wore a pink jersey to signify the classification's leadership.[8]

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.[8] The rider leading this classification wore a purple (or cyclamen) jersey.[8] The mountains classification was the third classification and its leader was denoted by the 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.[8] The Cima Coppi for this Giro was the Sella Pass, which was crossed first by Spanish rider Andrés Gandarias during stage 19.[9] The fourth classification, the young rider classification, was a ranking decided the same way as the general classification, but only considered neo-professional cyclists (in their first three years of professional racing).[8]

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.[8]

There were other minor classifications within the race, including the Campionato delle Regioni classification. The leader wore a blue jersey with colored vertical stripes ("maglia azzurra con banda tricolore verticale").[10] New to the race for the 1976 edition was the Fiat 131 classification, which was created in honor Juan Manuel Santisteban who died in stage 1A of this edition.[7] In all stages longer than 131 km (81 mi), there would be a banner at that point in the stage to designate a special sprint.[7] The winner of the sprint in each stage received a Fiat 131.[7]

Classification leadership by stage
Stage Winner General classification
Points classification
Mountains classification
Young rider classification Team classification
1a Patrick Sercu Patrick Sercu not awarded not awarded ? not awarded
1b Patrick Sercu Patrick Sercu Brooklyn
2 Roger De Vlaeminck Roger De Vlaeminck
3 Rik Van Linden Patrick Sercu Eddy Merckx
4 Francesco Moser Roger De Vlaeminck Roger De Vlaeminck
5 Roger De Vlaeminck
6 Johan De Muynck
7 Francesco Moser Francesco Moser
8 Roger De Vlaeminck Felice Gimondi
9 Fabrizio Fabbri Fabrizio Fabbri
10 Patrick Sercu
11 Antonio Menéndez
12 Sigfrido Fontanelli
13 Ronny De Witte
14 Francesco Moser Andrés Oliva
15 Rik Van Linden
16 Roger De Vlaeminck
17 Ercole Gualazzini
18 Simone Fraccaro
19 Andrés Gandarias Johan De Muynck Alfio Vandi
20 Luciano Conati Francesco Moser
21 Felice Gimondi
22a Joseph Bruyère Felice Gimondi
22b Daniele Tinchella
Final Felice Gimondi Francesco Moser Andrés Oliva Alfio Vandi Brooklyn

Final standings[edit]

  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)[6][11][12][13]
Rank Name Team Time
1  Felice Gimondi (ITA) Pink jersey Bianchi-Campagnolo 119 h 58' 16"
2  Johan de Muynck (BEL) Brooklyn + 19"
3  Fausto Bertoglio (ITA) Jolly Ceramica + 49"
4  Francesco Moser (ITA) Purple jersey Sanson + 1' 07"
5  Gianbattista Baronchelli (ITA) Scic + 1' 35"
6  Wladimiro Panizza (ITA) Scic + 2' 35"
7  Alfio Vandi (ITA) Magniflex + 4' 07"
8  Eddy Merckx (BEL) Molteni + 7' 40"
9  Walter Riccomi (ITA) Scic + 8' 49"
10  Juan Pujol Pagés (ESP) KAS + 8' 50"

Points classification[edit]

Final points classification (1-5)[6][13]
Rider Team Points
1  Francesco Moser (ITA) Purple jersey Sanson 272
2  Eddy Merckx (BEL) Molteni 149
3  Felice Gimondi (ITA) Pink jersey Bianchi-Campagnolo 143
4  Pierino Gavazzi (ITA) Jolly Ceramica 122
5  Enrico Paolini (ITA) Scic 110

Mountains classification[edit]

Final mountains classification (1-5)[6][12][13]
Rider Team Points
1  Andrés Oliva (ESP) Green jersey Zonca 535
2  Andrés Gandarias (ESP) Teka 390
3  Francesco Moser (ITA) Purple jersey Sanson 270
4  Fabrizio Fabbri (ITA) Bianchi-Campagnolo 210
5  Wladimiro Panizza (ITA) Scic 195

Young rider classification[edit]

Final young rider classification (1-3)[6][13]
Rider Team Time
1  Alfio Vandi (ITA) Magniflex 120h 02' 22"
2  Juan Pujol Pagés (ESP) KAS + 4' 43"
3  Ruggero Gialdini (ITA) Magniflex + 32' 32"

Combination classification[edit]

Final combination classification (1-3)[6][13]
Rider Team Points
1  Francesco Moser (ITA) Purple jersey Sanson 12
2  Eddy Merckx (BEL) Molteni 31
3  Arnaldo Caverzasi (ITA) Scic 52

Campionato delle Regioni classification[edit]

Final Campionato delle Regioni classification (1-3)[13]
Rider Team Points
1  Giacinto Santambrogio (ITA) Bianchi-Campagnolo 35
2  Arnaldo Caverzasi (ITA) Scic 33
3  Frans van Looy (BEL) Molteni 28

Premio 131 Fiat classification[edit]

Final Premio 131 Fiat classification (1-3)[12]
Rider Team Points
1  Tullio Rossi (ITA) Furzi-Vibor 39
2  Fabrizio Fabbri (ITA) Bianchi-Campagnolo 23
3  Giacinto Santambrogio (ITA) Bianchi-Campagnolo 12

Team points classification[edit]

Final team points classification (1-3)[13]
Team Points
1 Brooklyn 11,035
2 Bianchi-Campagnolo 7,315
3 Sanson 5,915


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