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Giro d'Italia

The maglia rosa from the 88th edition of the race in 2005.

The Giro d'Italia (Tour of Italy), also simply known as The Giro, is a long distance road bicycle racing stage race for professional cyclists held over three weeks in May/early June in and around Italy. After the Tour de France, it is the second most important stage race in the world and has occasionally been as popular as the Tour (late '40s, '50s, and early '70s), although not particularly well known outside Europe. The most recent winner (2008) is Alberto Contador. The 2008 edition started on May 10 and finished on June 1.

The Giro was inspired by the Tour de France and, just as the French race was intended to boost circulation of L'Auto, so Emilio Camillo Costamagna, the editor of La Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper, aimed to increase his circulation. The first Giro d'Italia started on May 13, 1909 at Milan with eight stages totalling 2,448 kilometres (1,521 miles). Luigi Ganna was the first winner.

Along with the Tour de France and the World Cycling Championship, the Giro d'Italia makes up the Triple Crown of Cycling. Along with the Tour de France and the Vuelta a España it is one of the three Grand Tours.

Whereas the overall leader of the Tour de France is awarded a yellow jersey (originally to correspond with L'Auto 's yellow pages), since 1931 the overall leader in the Giro sports the maglia rosa (pink jersey), which corresponds with newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport 's pink newsprint. The "King of the Mountains" wears the maglia verde (green jersey). The leader of the points classification wears the maglia ciclamino (mauve jersey), the best young rider wears the maglia bianca (white jersey).

Italian Felice Gimondi holds the record for the most podium finishes: nine in total, consisting of three victories, two second places and four third place finishes.

The maglia rosa, or pink jersey, are held throughout the race by the cyclist who at the start of each stage has the lowest overall time up to that point of the giro. The holder often change from day to day, but due to the glory and big exposure for the team and the individual who holds the jersey, the teams often makes a lot of effort to keep the jersey within the team. The cyclist with the lowest time at the end of the giros last stage wins the Giro. This is similar as the Yellow jersey, Maillot Jaune, used in the Tour de France.

Points are given to the rider who is first to reach the top of, or determined places during, any classified climb throughout the giro. The number of points given, vary according to the hill classification, determined by the steepness and length of that particular hill. Points are also given to the first following riders, how many varies. The green jersey is worn by the rider who at the start of each stage, has the largest amount of climbing points. The rider whom at the end of the giro, holds the most points, wins the climbing competition.This is the same as the Polka dot jersey of the Tour de France. In 2008 it was won by Emanuele Sella.

Points are given to the rider who is first to reach the end of, or determined places during, any stage of the giro. The number of points given, vary accordingly to how hard the stage is, determined by the length and number of hills, size of hills etc. in that particular stage. Points are also given to the first following riders, how many varies. The jersey is worn by the rider who at the start of each stage, has the largest amount of points. The rider whom at the end of the giro, holds the most points, wins the points competition. This competition is most often won by specialized sprinters who seldom has a chance in the overall competition. This is the same as the green jersey, maillot vert, of the Tour de France. The 2008 winner was Daniele Bennati.

The youth competition is a competition within the giro, celebrating young riders. The white jersey is given to the rider under the age of 25 who gets the highest ranking in the general classification. In 2008 it was won by Riccardo Riccò.

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1937 Giro d'Italia

The 1937 Giro d'Italia of cycling was held from May 8 to May 30, 1937, consisting of 19 stages (four of which divided in 2 half-stages) for a total of 3,840 km, ridden at an average speed of 31.365 km/h. It was won by Gino Bartali.

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1976 Giro d'Italia

The 1976 Giro d'Italia of cycling was held from May 21 to June 12, 1976, consisting of 22 stages. It was won by Felice Gimondi.

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1968 Giro d'Italia

The 1968 Giro d'Italia of cycling was held from May 20 to June 11, 1968, consisting of 22 stages. It was won by Eddy Merckx.

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1966 Giro d'Italia

The 1966 Giro d'Italia of cycling was held from May 18 to June 8, 1966, consisting of 22 stages. It was won by Gianni Motta.

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1982 Giro d'Italia

The 1982 Giro d'Italia of cycling was held from May 13 to June 6, 1982, consisting of 22 stages. It was won by Bernard Hinault.

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1954 Giro d'Italia

The 1954 Giro d'Italia of cycling was held from May 21 to June 13, 1954, consisting of 22 stages.

This 37th edition was won by Carlo Clerici (Switzerland).

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1980 Giro d'Italia

The 1980 Giro d'Italia of cycling was held from May 15 to June 8, 1980. This 63rd edition covered a total of 4,025 km at an average speed of 35.897 km/h, in 22 stages. It was won by Bernard Hinault from France.

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1970 Giro d'Italia

The 1970 Giro d'Italia of cycling was held from May 18 to June 7, 1970, consisting of 20 stages. It was won by the Belgian Eddy Merckx.

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1959 Giro d'Italia

The 1959 Giro d'Italia of cycling was held from May 16 to June 7, 1959, consisting of 22 stages. This 42nd edition was won by Charly Gaul.

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1965 Giro d'Italia

The 1965 Giro d'Italia of cycling was held from May 15 to June 6, 1965, consisting of 22 stages. It was won by Vittorio Adorni.

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1981 Giro d'Italia

The 1981 Giro d'Italia of cycling was held from May 13 to June 7, 1981, consisting of 22 stages. It was won by Giovanni Battaglin.

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2005 Giro d'Italia

Overview of the stages

The 88th Giro d'Italia was held in 2005 from May 7 to May 29, running for about 3500 kilometers. It was won by Paolo Savoldelli who had worn the Maglia Rosa since the 13th stage.

The stages eight (May 15) and 18 (May 27) as well as the preliminary (May 7) were time trials.

The following teams started for the Giro d'Italia 2005.

The preliminary was a 1.15 kilometers time race. It was won by the Australian Brett Lancaster with a 0.289 second advantage over Matteo Tosatto, who scored second. After the last rider, Mario Cipollini received the homage of the Italian cycling world, doing the 1.15 kilometre race out of competition. He had announced his retirement just ten days before.

At the beginning of the first road stage, a four-man breakaway formed and led by almost ten minutes at one point. Thorwald Veneberg was finally captured again about 20 kilometers before the end. However, his efforts paid by giving him the first maglia verde of the Giro. On the last kilometre Paolo Bettini managed to get away on a very steep gradient.

Having been defeated by Paolo Bettini and Robbie McEwen on the previous stage, Italian favourite Alessandro Petacchi failed yet again in the bunch sprint in Santa Maria del Cedro. This time, he claimed, he had been forced to change his direction because of Estonian Jaan Kirsipuu.

Just as in the first stage, the sprinter's teams were not able to stop a break-away in the last kilometres of the race. This time, it was a group of fifty riders which included all the GC important riders. Danilo Di Luca, in a great form in season 2005, beat fellow Italian Damiano Cunego in the sprint for the stage victory.

Paolo Bettini won the sprint at the end which was fought between five cyclists. But in this process he caused Baden Cooke to fall and was declassified because of this. Luca Mazzanti, who came in second, inherited the victory. After the stage, Bettini threatened to abandon the race, but it turned out to be an empty threat.

Danilo Di Luca got his second stage victory in 2005 Giro d'Italia, notching this win ahead of Fassa Bortolo's Marzio Bruseghin. Otherwise, this stage had no important influence on the fight for General Classification.

Just as Danilo Di Luca had done the previous day, Australian Robbie McEwen took his second win in this year's Giro. This time, he did not have to beat Alessandro Petacchi, since the Italian's treno biancoblù de-railed, causing the fall of some of the Fassa Bortolo riders, and forcing "Ale-Jet" to halt to a stop. McEwen's teammate Henk Vogels attacked in the last kilometre, but was surpassed just on the finish line by up to four other cyclists.

After a long break-away, lasting throughout most of the stage, Spaniard Koldo Gil was the first to arrive in the finish line in Pistoia. Damiano Cunego, who was second, leading a pursuing group, celebrated thinking he had won the stage, not knowing that Gil had already taken the victory. Ivan Basso, who had been forced to change his bicycle because of a puncture in the last climb of the day, lost thirty seconds to his rivals for GC.

The eighth stage was a time trial. Danilo Di Luca came in tenth and was able to keep the Maglia Rosa. Otherwise, this stage meant the victory for American David Zabriskie, and the revival of his teammate Ivan Basso, second in the time trial, and who made up for all the time he had lost the day before and even more. On the other hand, this was a very bad day for both Lampre riders; Damiano Cunego and Gilberto Simoni.

Finally, Alessandro Petacchi got his first victory in the 2005 Giro. Paolo Bettini and Swiss Aurélien Clerc had a great performance in this stage, surpassing pure sprinters such as Robbie McEwen or Erik Zabel.

On the stage after the race's first rest day, Robbie McEwen took vengeance on Alessandro Petacchi, in a bunch sprint which had to be solved with the aid of the photo-finish, which determined that the Australian had beaten the Italian by a mere question of millimetres.

Already one kilometer after the start, Benoît Joachim raced away from the field. After about 100 kilometers, shortly after the first mountain standing which Joachim won, he was captured by the field. 26 kilometers before the end, and following an attack by "Gibo" Simoni, Ivan Basso raced away with only very few riders able to keep up. Only Paolo Savoldelli, who had picked up a twenty seconds advantage on the descent and therefore was able to reserve strengths, could stand Basso's rhythm, and he beat the Varesian rider at the summit of Zoldo Alto. Simoni came up 21 seconds later, but defending champion Damiano Cunego lost around six minutes and was ruled out from the list of contenders.

Alessandro Petacchi's efforts during winter, striving to gain ability in the mountains, paid off just as they had done in Milan-Sanremo, enabling him to recover from the gruelous Dolomiti stage far better than any of his opponents, and the Italian from Fassa Bortolo sprinted to his second victory in this Giro.

Colombian Iván Parra won the stage in St. Ulrich by breaking ahead of his fellow breakaways on the previous climb. Spaniard Juanma Gárate, fourth in the 2004 Giro d'Italia, came in second. As for the GC, Ivan Basso, with gastrical problems, lost one minute and the maglia rosa to "Il Falco" Paolo Savoldelli.

But it was to be in this 14th stage that Ivan Basso's illness was really going to take its toll. Upon the first gradients of the Stelvio Pass, Cima Coppi of this edition, the Team CSC rider was left behind, unable to react because of his health problems. He lost eighteen minutes to the other GC riders. Savoldelli lost time to Simoni and Di Luca, who arrived in Livigno 3' 15" later than Iván Parra, who scored an impressive Dolomiti double.

This stage, originally 205 kilometres long, was reduced to a length of 147 kilometres due to bad weather conditions at Forcola di Livigno, one of the mountain climbs that the peloton had to go through that day. Alessandro Petacchi, after the abandon of sprinters such as Baden Cooke, Robbie McEwen, Stuart O'Grady or Jaan Kirsipuu, had only Erik Zabel to challenge him, but the Italian's speed was too much for the veteran T-Mobile rider.

After the second rest-day, the peloton did not want to spend too much energies on a flat stage, so it was easy for a break-away of eighteen men to gather an advantage of 10 minutes. Amongst these breakaways, there was Crédit Agricole rider Christophe Le Mével, who outpowered his fellow breakaways to notch up his first pro victory.

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1985 Giro d'Italia

The 1985 Giro d'Italia of cycling was held from May 16 to June 9, 1985, consisting of 22 stages. It was won by Bernard Hinault.

In those days of May 1985, the Giro d'Italia was the main competition. Despite this, Giro was very far of its past. In 1985, the Giro was a great definition: flat. Most of the stages were flat stages (There were more sprinters and combative riders in the peloton than climbers) ot time trials (Moser and Saronni were both good TT). There were a few medium-mountain stages, like a classic (also for the Italian names) and a few high mountain stages, without extreme climbs (almost all of mountains were climbed by the easier side). With the organizational problems, also there was the riders mafia, that supported the sprinters or Moser, or Saronni. All of this elements combined themselves to produce a disastrous Giro.

The Giro started with a prologue, that Moser won. Next day went to Freuler, one of the best sprinters racing in Italy at that time and, in the 3rd day, a Team time-trial put Saronni in the lead. Only at the 4th stage real did the action begin, with the Selva Val Gardena climb at the end of the stage. Although it was a long climb, it wasn't too hard. Hinault attacked, but the winner was Hubert Seiz, while Visentini took the lead.

Then, we have the flat. Long and flat stages, ran slowly, only with the final sprint as a point of interest. Some of them had uphill finishes or some little climbs, only to put some seconds between riders' groups.

The first long ITT was won by Hinault. A mechanical mistake by Moser let Hinault to win, and to dress the pink jersey, that remained with him until the end of the race. Next, another flat stage and, finally, the mountain, with the great Gran' Sasso. Sadly, the stage ended downhill. Chioccioli won and there weren't any significative changes in the GC. Then, more flat and a medium-high mountain stage finishing in Modena, stage won by Gisiger after a strong ride from the young spanish promise Jose Luis Navarro, that took the leadership of the mountain classification. At Modena, Arroyo retired. The great spanish climber was in a bad fitness moment, after a fever and never regained his level before it.

After another rest day, the Giro started the real mountain stages in the Alps, with 2 stages, finishing at St.Vincent and Valsonney. Moser won the first, a young Hampsten the second, and Hinault remained leader. In the last ITT, Moser won but, with or without RAI helicopter, Hinault was the winner.

Hinault was, clearly, the strongest rider in the race. He was regular and controlled the italian teams with the powerful La Vie Claire behibd him.

Moser had shown that, with 34 years old, was still a great rider and the most complete of all italian riders. Despite this, he wasn't enough to the great Hinault.

Visentini was in good shape and led the race till the first long ITT. After thet, he disappeared and even retired when he was far behind.

Saronni was the great loser, being only 15th. Good at ITT and sprints, he lost much time in the few mountain stages, letting many people to suppose that he lost his final forces to win the 83 Giro.

Argentín was in real good shape, fgighting for the sprints and a top-10 place, but he fell in the middle of the race and was forced to retire.

LeMond was preparing the Tour and helping Hinault, his result was very good and showed all of his talent.

Lejarreta suffered with the absence of high mountain stages and lost many time in the TT. He wasn't so good as usual in the mountains and was only 5th.

Prim was, as usual, very regular. Although, in a flat Giro, it would be expected that he could do more in the TT and fight for the 1st place.

Baronchelli and Contini were both far of their fitness some years ago, and rode to the top-10 and not for the 1st place, which was very bad for the race.

Volpi, Giovannetti and Chioccioli showed them as the most talented youngsters. Chioccioli won a mountain stage, but lost many time in the flat, Volpi won the classification of the neo-pros.

Navarro was a good surprise as a good climber. Won the mountain classification and realised good performances. Portuguese rider Acácio da Silva was also in good shape, doing very good riders in the medium mountain stages, but lost time and points for the mountain on the last week.

Freuler was the better sprinter. Leading the Atala team train, was only contested by Saronni, Allocchio (in good shape) and Rosola, that was far than expected. Van der Velde also fought for the points classification, but disappeared at the last days, losing his opportunity and showing that his days as a good climber were over.

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