2014 Giro d'Italia

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2014 Giro d'Italia
2014 UCI World Tour, race 16 of 30
Nairo Quintana, winner of the 2014 Giro d'Italia
Nairo Quintana, winner of the 2014 Giro d'Italia
Race details
Dates9 May – 1 June
Distance3,445.5 km (2,141 mi)
Winner  Nairo Quintana (COL) (Movistar Team)
  Second  Rigoberto Urán (COL) (Omega Pharma–Quick-Step)
  Third  Fabio Aru (ITA) (Astana)

Points  Nacer Bouhanni (FRA) (FDJ.fr)
Mountains  Julián Arredondo (COL) (Trek Factory Racing)
Youth  Nairo Quintana (COL) (Movistar Team)
  Sprints  Marco Bandiera (ITA) (Androni Giocattoli–Venezuela)
  Combativity  Julián Arredondo (COL) (Trek Factory Racing)
  Team Ag2r–La Mondiale
  Team points Omega Pharma–Quick-Step
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The 2014 Giro d'Italia was the 97th running of the Giro d'Italia, one of cycling's Grand Tour races.

The Giro started off in Belfast, on 9 May, with a 21.7 km (13.5 mi) team time trial and concluded in Trieste, on 1 June, with a 172 km (106.9 mi) flat stage. A total of 198 riders from 22 teams entered the 21-stage race, which was won by Colombian Nairo Quintana of the Movistar Team team. The second and third places were taken by Colombian Rigoberto Urán and Italian Fabio Aru, respectively.

Quintana became the first Colombian to win the Giro. He won the secondary young rider classification. In the other classifications, FDJ.fr rider Nacer Bouhanni was the winner of the points classification and Trek Factory Racing's Julián Arredondo won the Mountains classification. Ag2r–La Mondiale finished as the winners of the team classification, while Omega Pharma–Quick-Step won the team points classification. This was also the first grand tour where non-Europeans led for the entire race, with a Canadian, two Australians, and two Colombians wearing the Pink jersey.


All eighteen UCI ProTeams were automatically invited and were obliged to attend the race. As the winners of the 2013 Coppa Italia rankings for Italian teams, Androni Giocattoli–Venezuela were invited to the race in October 2013.[1] In January 2014, the three remaining wildcard places were decided by a vote on social media, from a shortlist of eight UCI Professional Continental teams.[2] The places were later awarded to the Bardiani–CSF, Colombia and Neri Sottoli squads.[3]

The 22 teams that competed in the race were:

*: Marked UCI Professional Continental teams given wild card entry to this event.

Pre-race favourites[edit]

Before the start of a race, Nairo Quintana, Joaquim Rodríguez, Cadel Evans, Rigoberto Urán were among the main favourites for overall victory. Other possible contenders were Domenico Pozzovivo, Michele Scarponi, Dan Martin, Ivan Basso, Rafał Majka and Przemysław Niemiec.[4][5]


The 2014 Giro has its stages categorized into five different categories, named A to E.[6] The category of a stage determines the points given for the points classification, and for the maximum time allowed for cyclists to finish the stage. Category A is reserved for the flattest stages, while category D is for the stages with the highest mountains. Category E is for time-trial stages.

It started in Belfast on 9 May 2014 and traveled across both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.[7][8] There were three rest days instead of the usual two and the race started on a Friday.[9]

List of stages
Stage Date Course Distance[10] Type Winner
1 9 May Belfast – Belfast 21.7 km (13 mi) Time Trial.svg E (Team time trial) Orica-GreenEDGE
2 10 May Belfast – Belfast 219 km (136 mi) A (Very flat stage)  Marcel Kittel (GER)
3 11 May Armagh – Dublin 187 km (116 mi) A (Very flat stage)  Marcel Kittel (GER)
12 May Rest day
4 13 May Giovinazzo – Bari 112 km (70 mi) A (Very flat stage)  Nacer Bouhanni (FRA)
5 14 May Taranto – Viggiano 203 km (126 mi) C (Medium-mountain stage)  Diego Ulissi (ITA)
6 15 May Sassano – Montecassino 257 km (160 mi) C (Medium-mountain stage)  Michael Matthews (AUS)
7 16 May Frosinone – Foligno 211 km (131 mi) Hillystage.svg B (Flat stage)  Nacer Bouhanni (FRA)
8 17 May Foligno – Montecopiolo 179 km (111 mi) Mountainstage.svg D (Mountain stage)  Diego Ulissi (ITA)
9 18 May Lugo – Sestola 172 km (107 mi) C (Medium-mountain stage)  Pieter Weening (NED)
19 May Rest day
10 20 May Modena – Salsomaggiore Terme 173 km (107 mi) A (Very flat stage)  Nacer Bouhanni (FRA)
11 21 May Collecchio – Savona 249 km (155 mi) C (Medium-mountain stage)  Michael Rogers (AUS)
12 22 May Barbaresco – Barolo 41.9 km (26 mi) Time Trial.svg E (Individual time trial)  Rigoberto Urán (COL)
13 23 May Fossano – Rivarolo Canavese 157 km (98 mi) A (Very flat stage)  Marco Canola (ITA)
14 24 May Agliè – Oropa 164 km (102 mi) Mountainstage.svg D (Mountain stage)  Enrico Battaglin (ITA)
15 25 May Valdengo – Montecampione 225 km (140 mi) Mountainstage.svg D (Mountain stage)  Fabio Aru (ITA)
26 May Rest day
16 27 May Ponte di Legno – Val Martello (Martelltal) 139 km (86 mi) Mountainstage.svg D (Mountain stage)  Nairo Quintana (COL)
17 28 May Sarnonico – Vittorio Veneto 208 km (129 mi) Hillystage.svg B (Flat stage)  Stefano Pirazzi (ITA)
18 29 May Belluno – Rifugio Panarotta (Valsugana) 171 km (106 mi) Mountainstage.svg D (Mountain stage)  Julián Arredondo (COL)
19 30 May Bassano del Grappa – Cima Grappa (Crespano del Grappa) 26.8 km (17 mi) Time Trial.svg E (Individual time trial)  Nairo Quintana (COL)
20 31 May Maniago – Monte Zoncolan 167 km (104 mi) Mountainstage.svg D (Mountain stage)  Michael Rogers (AUS)
21 1 June Gemona del Friuli – Trieste 172 km (107 mi) A (Very flat stage)  Luka Mezgec (SLO)

Classification leadership[edit]

Head of the peloton in Dublin (stage 3)

In the 2014 Giro d'Italia, four different jerseys were awarded. For the general classification, calculated by adding each cyclist's finishing times on each stage, and allowing time bonuses (10, 6 and 4 seconds respectively) for the first three finishers on mass-start stages, the leader received a pink jersey. This classification is considered the most important of the Giro d'Italia, and the winner is considered the winner of the Giro.[11]

Additionally, there was a points classification, awarding a red jersey. In the points classification, cyclists received points for finishing in the top 15 in a stage. Unlike in the better known points classification in the Tour de France, the type of stage has no effect on what points were on offer – each stage had the same points available on the same scale. The winner earned 25 points, second place earned 20 points, third 16, fourth 14, fifth 12, sixth 10, and one point fewer per place down to a single point for 15th. In addition, points could be won in intermediate sprints.[11]

There was a mountains classification, the leadership of which was marked by a blue jersey. In the mountains classifications, points were won by reaching the top of a climb before other cyclists. Each climb was categorized as either first, second, third, or fourth-category, with more points available for the higher-categorized climbs. The Cima Coppi, the race's highest point of elevation, was worth still more points than the other first-category climbs.[11] The fourth jersey represents the young rider classification, marked by a white jersey. This was decided the same way as the general classification, but only riders born after 1 January 1989 were eligible.[11]

There were two classifications for teams. In the Trofeo Fast Team classification, the times of the best three cyclists per team on each stage were added; the leading team was the team with the lowest total time; the Trofeo Super Team was a team points classification, with the top 20 placed riders on each stage earning points (20 for first place, 19 for second place and so on, down to a single point for 20th) for their team.[11]

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

Stage Winner General classification
Pink jersey
Points classification
Red jersey
Mountains classification
Blue jersey
Young rider classification
White jersey
Trofeo Fast Team Trofeo Super Team
1 Orica–GreenEDGE Svein Tuft not awarded not awarded Luke Durbridge Orica–GreenEDGE Orica–GreenEDGE
2 Marcel Kittel Michael Matthews Marcel Kittel Maarten Tjallingii Michael Matthews
3 Marcel Kittel Team Sky
4 Nacer Bouhanni Nacer Bouhanni Giant–Shimano
5 Diego Ulissi Elia Viviani Astana
6 Michael Matthews Michael Matthews BMC Racing Team
7 Nacer Bouhanni Nacer Bouhanni
8 Diego Ulissi Cadel Evans Julián Arredondo Rafał Majka Trek Factory Racing
9 Pieter Weening Omega Pharma–Quick-Step Lampre–Merida
10 Nacer Bouhanni
11 Michael Rogers
12 Rigoberto Urán Rigoberto Urán
13 Marco Canola
14 Enrico Battaglin
15 Fabio Aru
16 Nairo Quintana Nairo Quintana Nairo Quintana Ag2r–La Mondiale
17 Stefano Pirazzi Omega Pharma–Quick-Step
18 Julián Arredondo
19 Nairo Quintana
20 Michael Rogers
21 Luka Mezgec
Final Nairo Quintana Nacer Bouhanni Julián Arredondo Nairo Quintana Ag2r–La Mondiale Omega Pharma–Quick-Step
  • In stages 3, 4, and 5, Luke Durbridge, who was second in the young riders classification, wore the white jersey, because Michael Matthews (in first place) wore the pink jersey as leader of the general classification during that stage.
  • In stage 4, no rider wore the red jersey after Marcel Kittel, who was first in the points classification, withdrew from the race.
  • In stages 6, 7, and 8, Rafał Majka, who was second in the young riders classification, wore the white jersey, because Michael Matthews (in first place) wore the pink jersey as leader of the general classification during that stage.
  • In stages 7 and 8, Maarten Tjallingii, who was second in the mountains classification, wore the blue jersey, because Michael Matthews (in first place) wore the pink jersey as leader of the general classification during that stage.
  • In stage 17 and 18, Rafał Majka, who was second in the young riders classification, wore the white jersey, because Nairo Quintana (in first place) wore the pink jersey as leader of the general classification during that stage.
  • In stages 19, 20, and 21, Fabio Aru, who was second in the young riders classification, wore the white jersey, because Nairo Quintana (in first place) wore the pink jersey as leader of the general classification during that stage.

Final standings[edit]

  Pink jersey   Denotes the leader of the General classification[12]   Green jersey   Denotes the leader of the Mountains classification[12]
  Red jersey   Denotes the leader of the Points classification[12]   White jersey   Denotes the leader of the Young rider classification[12]