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Race Winners

2014QUINTANA ROJAS Nairo Alexander

2013NIBALI Vincenzo

2012HESJEDAL Ryder

2011SCARPONI Michele

2010BASSO Ivan

2009MENCHOV Denis

2008CONTADOR VELASCO Alberto

2007DI LUCA Danilo

2006BASSO Ivan

2005SAVOLDELLI Paolo

2004CUNEGO Damiano

2003SIMONI Gilberto

2002SAVOLDELLI Paolo

2001SIMONI Gilberto

2000GARZELLI Stefano

1999GOTTI Ivan

1998PANTANI Marco

1997GOTTI Ivan

1996TONKOV Pavel

1995ROMINGER Tony

1994BERZIN Eugeni

1993INDURAIN LARRAYA Miguel

1992INDURAIN LARRAYA Miguel

1991CHIOCCIOLI Franco

1990BUGNO Gianni

1989FIGNON Laurent

1988HAMPSTEN Andrew

1987ROCHE Stephen

1986VISENTINI Roberto

1985HINAULT Bernard

1984MOSER Francesco

1983SARONNI Giuseppe

1982HINAULT Bernard

1981BATTAGLIN Giovanni

1980HINAULT Bernard

1979SARONNI Giuseppe

1978DE MUYNCK Johan

1977POLLENTIER Michel

1976GIMONDI Felice

1975BERTOGLIO Fausto

1974MERCKX Eddy

1973MERCKX Eddy

1972MERCKX Eddy

1971PETTERSSON Gosta

1970MERCKX Eddy

1969GIMONDI Felice

1968MERCKX Eddy

1967GIMONDI Felice

1966MOTTA Gianni

1965ADORNI Vittorio

1964ANQUETIL Jacques

1963BALMAMION Franco

1962BALMAMION Franco

1961PAMBIANCO Arnaldo

1960ANQUETIL Jacques

1959GAUL Charly

1958BALDINI Ercole

1957NENCINI Gastone

1956GAUL Charly

1955MAGNI Fiorenzo

1954CLERICI Carlo

1953COPPI Fausto

1952COPPI Fausto

1951MAGNI Fiorenzo

1950KOBLET Hugo

1949COPPI Fausto

1948MAGNI Fiorenzo

1947COPPI Fausto

1946BARTALI Gino

1940COPPI Fausto

1939VALETTI Giovanni

1938VALETTI Giovanni

1937BARTALI Gino

1936BARTALI Gino

1935BERGAMASCHI Vasco

1934GUERRA Learco

1933BINDA Alfredo

1932PESENTI Antonio

1931CAMUSSO Francesco

1930MARCHISIO Luigi

1929BINDA Alfredo

1928BINDA Alfredo

1927BINDA Alfredo

1926BRUNERO Giovanni

1925BINDA Alfredo

1924ENRICI Giuseppe

1923GIRARDENGO Costante

1922BRUNERO Giovanni

1921BRUNERO Giovanni

1920BELLONI Gaetano

1919GIRARDENGO Costante

1914CALZOLARI Alfonso

1913ORIANI Carlo

1912GALETTI Carlo

1911GALETTI Carlo

1910GALETTI Carlo

1909GANNA Luigi










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History

Ecrit par Wicky (2005-03-01 00:00)
Traduit par DZI (2006-02-09 00:00:00)

The Italian sportspaper Gazetta dello Sport is responsible for many cycling events in Italy. None are as popular as the Giro d’Italia. Where most other countries have the perception of ‘One of the Grand Tours, besides the Tour the France’, all Italians think differently. For them, the value of their magical Giro is held in much higher esteem as the French Tour.

[EN] Despite that common perception the Giro d’Italia has all the ingredients of a prime cycling spectacle. With its enchanting mountainpasses, major “Campionissimo’s” (champions) that all won the Giro at least once and legendary stories that can be told with the same mythical heroism and tensive exitement compared to the history of the Tour de France. This Tour has also earned its place in the top echelons of professional cycling.

On the seventh of august 1908 the Gazetta announces the first Giro d’Italia. Imitating a car race through all of Italy, organised by competitors Corriere della Sera, this pink-coloured newspaper introduces the counterpart of the Tour of France in seven different columns. Milan’s Loreto square is the scene for the inaugural Giro stage. The start is at 02:53 on the 13th of may in 1909. In this first edition the riders are confronted with 2448 kilometres, divided into eight stages. Italian Luigi Ganna is the big winner of that first event. He wins three stages and, more importantly, the overall classification.

Just like its French counterpart, the Giro d’Italia has had its share of striking racedirectors. Armando Cougnet leads the race through Italy until 1948. Then the influencial Vicenzo Torriani takes over. Up to 1989 he enforces a near dictatorial regime onto the Giro. Torriani didn’t just lead the race, he was the race! His person was known by anyone. When he spoke, people knew who had spoken. He even liked to see himself glorified as a Roman Emperor.

As he got older, his ‘Empire’ crumbled in the late eighties. He found it harder to keep control of the race and didn’t seem to have the same firm grasp anymore. So finally in 1989, after 41 years, a new governing body took over. These same people now organise the Giro and many other Italian cycling events. Carmine Castellano is Torriani’s official successor and still leads the race today.

Naturally the racedirectors aren’t the first ones that spring to mind when discussing the Giro d’Italia. The cyclists are admired every year by millions of spectators along the route and remain the ‘actors’ of their cycling reality and imagination. They will all cheer on the “pink jersey”, no matter who’s in it, but preferably an Italian. Then the crowds really go mad!
The race’s palmares is dominated by Italians. Until 1950 no non-Italian rider manages to take the ultimate prize here. The first one to do so is Switzerland’s Hugo Koblet. He is the first foreign winner in 1950 to break the hegemony of Coppi, Magni and Bartali.

Still, the following years are still dominated by those first two great Italian champions. In total, both Magni and Bartali win the race three times. Fausto Coppi actually manages to get his name on the leaderboard five times! That record still stands today and was only equalled by Alfredo Binda (late 20’s and early 30’s) and Eddy Merckx (late 60’s and early 70’s).

The Giro still guarantees lots of spectacle these days. The modern day victors might not have the stature of a Binda or Coppi (yet), but all winners here can be very proud of their achievements. Every year the ‘fight’ continues until the last mountainstage is ridden and remains very interesting to say the least. But all can still be won or lost. Usually an individual time trial in one of the last stages is the final decider and the gateway to the podium.






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