1998 Giro d'Italia
|Dates||16 May - 7 June|
|Stages||22 + prologue|
|Distance||3,830 km (2,380 mi)|
|Winning time||98h 48' 32"|
|Winner||Marco Pantani (ITA)||(Mercatone Uno–Bianchi)|
|Second||Pavel Tonkov (RUS)||(Mapei–Bricobi)|
|Third||Giuseppe Guerini (ITA)||(Team Polti)|
|Points||Mariano Piccoli (ITA)||(Brescialat–Liquigas)|
|Mountains||Marco Pantani (ITA)||(Mercatone Uno–Bianchi)|
|Intergiro||Gian Matteo Fagnini (ITA)||(Saeco Macchine per Caffè)|
|Team Points||Team Polti|
The 1998 Giro d'Italia was the 81st edition of the Giro d'Italia, one of cycling's Grand Tours. The Giro began on May 16 with a brief 8 km (5 mi) prologue that navigated through the streets of the French city Nice. The race came to a close on June 7 with a mass-start stage that ended in the Italian city of Milan. Eighteen teams entered the race that was won by the Italian Marco Pantani of the Mercatone Uno–Bianchi team. Second and third were the Russian rider Pavel Tonkov and Italian Giuseppe Guerini.
In the race's other classifications, overall winner Marco Pantani also won the mountains classification, Mariano Piccoli of the Brescialat-Liquigas team won the points classification, and Saeco Macchine per Caffè rider Gian Matteo Fagnini won the intergiro classification. Mapei–Bricobi finished as the winners of the Trofeo Fast Team classification, ranking each of the eighteen teams contesting the race by lowest cumulative time. The other team classification, the Trofeo Super Team classification, where the teams' riders are awarded points for placing within the top twenty in each stage and the points are then totaled for each team was won by Team Polti.
A total of 18 teams were invited to participate in the 1998 Giro d'Italia. Each team sent a squad of nine riders, so the Giro began with a peloton of 162 cyclists. Out of the 162 riders that started this edition of the Giro d'Italia, a total of 94 riders made it to the finish in Milan.
The 18 teams that took part in the race were:
Route and stages
The route for the 1998 Giro d'Italia was unveiled by race director Carmine Castellano on 22 November 1997 in Milan. It contained three time trial events, all of which were individual. There were eleven stages containing high mountains, of which four had summit finishes: stage 11, to San Marino; stage 14, to Piancavallo; stage 18, to Passo di Pampeago; and stage 19, to Plan di Montecampione. The organizers chose to include no rest days. When compared to the previous year's race, the race was 82 km (51 mi) shorter, contained the one less rest day, as well as one more individual time trial.
There were a total of seven stages that started outside Italy. The 1998 Giro d'Italia began with a prologue around the French city of Nice, which also served as the start for the race's first stage. Stage 11 finished in San Marino and the twelfth stage began there as well. The Giro's twentieth stage ended in Mendrisio. Stage 21 began in Mendrisio ended in Lugano, which also served as the start for stage 22.
|P||16 May||Nice (France)||8 km (5 mi)||Individual time trial||Alex Zülle (SUI)|
|1||17 May||Nice (France) to Cuneo||159 km (99 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Mariano Piccoli (ITA)|
|2||18 May||Alba to Imperia||160 km (99 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Ángel Edo (ESP)|
|3||19 May||Rapallo to Forte dei Marmi||196 km (122 mi)||Plain stage||Nicola Minali (ITA)|
|4||20 May||Viareggio to Monte Argentario||239 km (149 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Nicola Miceli (ITA)|
|5||21 May||Orbetello to Frascati||206 km (128 mi)||Plain stage||Mario Cipollini (ITA)|
|6||22 May||Maddaloni to Lago Laceno||158 km (98 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Alex Zülle (SUI)|
|7||23 May||Montella to Matera||238 km (148 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Mario Cipollini (ITA)|
|8||24 May||Matera to Lecce||191 km (119 mi)||Plain stage||Mario Cipollini (ITA)|
|9||25 May||Foggia to Vasto||167 km (104 mi)||Plain stage||Glenn Magnusson (SWE)|
|10||26 May||Vasto to Macerata||212 km (132 mi)||Plain stage||Mario Cipollini (ITA)|
|11||27 May||Macerata to San Marino (San Marino)||220 km (137 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Andrea Noè (ITA)|
|12||28 May||San Marino (San Marino) to Carpi||202 km (126 mi)||Plain stage||Laurent Roux (FRA)|
|13||29 May||Carpi to Schio||166 km (103 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Michele Bartoli (ITA)|
|14||30 May||Schio to Piancavallo||165 km (103 mi)||Plain stage||Marco Pantani (ITA)|
|15||31 May||Trieste||40 km (25 mi)||Individual time trial||Alex Zülle (SUI)|
|16||1 June||Udine to Asiago||227 km (141 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Fabiano Fontanelli (ITA)|
|17||2 June||Asiago to Sëlva||217 km (135 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Giuseppe Guerini (ITA)|
|18||3 June||Sëlva to Passo di Pampeago||115 km (71 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Pavel Tonkov (RUS)|
|19||4 June||Cavalese to Plan di Montecampione||239 km (149 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Marco Pantani (ITA)|
|20||5 June||Darfo Boario Terme to Mendrisio (Switzerland)||137 km (85 mi)||Plain stage||Gian Matteo Fagnini (ITA)|
|21||6 June||Mendrisio (Switzerland) to Lugano (Switzerland)||34 km (21 mi)||Individual time trial||Serhiy Honchar (UKR)|
|22||7 June||Lugano (Switzerland) to Milan||173 km (107 mi)||Plain stage||Gian Matteo Fagnini (ITA)|
|Total||3,830 km (2,380 mi)|
Four different jerseys were worn during the 1998 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.
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. The Cima Coppi for this Giro was the Passo Sella and was first climbed by the Italian Marco Pantani. The intergiro classification was marked by a blue jersey. The calculation for the intergiro is similar to that of the general classification, in each stage there is a midway point that the riders pass through a point and where their time is stopped. As the race goes on, their times compiled and the person with the lowest time is the leader of the intergiro classification and wears the blue jersey. 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.
The rows in the following table correspond to the jerseys awarded after that stage was run.
|Denotes the winner of the General classification||Denotes the winner of the Mountains classification|
|Denotes the winner of the Points classification||Denotes the winner of the Intergiro classification|
|1||Marco Pantani (ITA)||Mercatone Uno–Bianchi||98h 48' 32"|
|2||Pavel Tonkov (RUS)||Mapei–Bricobi||+ 1' 33"|
|3||Giuseppe Guerini (ITA)||Team Polti||+ 6' 51"|
|4||Oscar Camenzind (SUI)||Mapei–Bricobi||+ 12' 16"|
|5||Daniel Clavero (ESP)||Vitalicio Seguros||+ 18' 04"|
|6||Gianni Faresin (ITA)||Mapei–Bricobi||+ 18' 31"|
|7||Paolo Bettini (ITA)||Asics-C.G.A.||+ 21' 03"|
|8||Daniele De Paoli (ITA)||Ros Mary-Amica Chips||+ 21' 35"|
|9||Paolo Savoldelli (ITA)||Saeco Macchine per Caffè||+ 25' 54"|
|10||Serhiy Honchar (UKR)||Cantina Tollo-Alexia Alluminio||+ 25' 58"|
|1||Mariano Piccoli (ITA)||Brescialat-Liquigas||194|
|2||Marco Pantani (ITA)||Mercatone Uno–Bianchi||158|
|3||Gian Matteo Fagnini (ITA)||Saeco Macchine per Caffè||156|
|4||Pavel Tonkov (RUS)||Mapei–Bricobi||140|
|5||Alex Zülle (SUI)||Festina–Lotus||117|
|6||Giuseppe Guerini (ITA)||Team Polti||107|
|7||Nicola Loda (ITA)||Ballan||90|
|8||Massimo Strazzer (ITA)||Cantina Tollo-Alexia Alluminio||76|
|9||Davide Rebellin (ITA)||Team Polti||72|
|10||Oscar Camenzind (SUI)||Mapei–Bricobi||70|
|1||Marco Pantani (ITA)||Mercatone Uno–Bianchi||89|
|2||Chepe González (COL)||Kelme–Costa Blanca||62|
|3||Pavel Tonkov (RUS)||Mapei–Bricobi||49|
|4||Alex Zülle (SUI)||Festina–Lotus||37|
|5||Paolo Bettini (ITA)||Asics-C.G.A.||30|
|6||Giuseppe Guerini (ITA)||Team Polti||23|
|7||Mariano Piccoli (ITA)||Brescialat-Liquigas||22|
|8||Andrea Noé (ITA)||Asics-C.G.A.||17|
|9||Leonardo Calzavara (ITA)||Vini Caldirola||15|
|10||Herman Buenahora (COL)||Vitalicio Seguros||10|
Trofeo Fast Team classification
|1||Mapei–Bricobi||296h 17' 54"|
|2||Mercatone Uno–Bianchi||+ 17' 11"|
|3||Saeco Macchine per Caffè||+ 50' 22"|
|4||Team Polti||+ 1h 05' 41"|
|5||Vitalicio Seguros||+ 1h 10' 45"|
|6||Kelme–Costa Blanca||+ 1h 16' 45"|
|7||Asics-C.G.A.||+ 1h 29' 36"|
|8||Riso Scotti-MG Maglificio||+ 1h 48' 29"|
|9||Festina–Lotus||+ 1h 59' 48"|
|10||Cantina Tollo-Alexia Alluminio||+ 2h 04' 19"|
Trofeo Super Team classification
|5||Saeco Macchine per Caffè||325|
|8||Riso Scotti-MG Maglificio||274|
|9||Cantina Tollo-Alexia Alluminio||268|
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