# 1952 Giro d'Italia

### 35th edition: May 17 - June 8

### Results, stages with running GC, video, photos and history

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3,964 km raced at an average speed of 34.56 km/hr

112 starters and 91 classified finishers.

Fausto Coppi was at the peak of his powers in 1952. He delivered a superb, dominating ride that overwhelmed one of the finest starting fields in Giro history.

Coppi went on to win the Tour de France that same year, his second Giro/Tour double. At the time, no other rider had even done it once.

**1952 Giro d'Italia Complete Final General Classification**:

- Fausto Coppi (Bianchi) 114hr 36min 43sec
- Fiorenzo Magni (Ganna) @ 9min 18sec
- Ferdy Kübler (Fiorelli) @ 9min 24sec
- Donato Zampini (Benotto) @ 10min 29sec
- Gino Bartali (Bartali) @ 10min 33sec
- Stan Ockers (Girardengo) @ 10min 58sec
- Giancarlo Astrua (Atala) @ 14min 30sec
- Hugo Koblet (Guerra) @ 14min 38sec
- Raphaël Géminiani (Bianchi) @ 16min 44sec
- Giorgio Albani (Legnano) @ 18min 14sec
- Giacomo Zampieri (Bottecchia) @ 18min 52sec
- Alfredo Pasotti (Welter) @ 22min 33sec
- Alex Close (Garin) @ 23min 5sec
- Giovanni Roma (Bottecchia) @ 23min 56sec
- Vittorio Rossello (Fréjus) @ 24min 29sec
- Arrigo Padovan (Atala) @ 25min 57sec
- Giovanni Corrieri (Bartali) @ 26min 27sec
- Giuseppe Minardi (Legnano) @ 26min 59sec
- Elio Brasola (Bottecchia) @ 28min 2sec
- Vincenzo Rossello (Arbos) @ 28min 53sec
- Alfredo Martini (Welter) @ 32min 0sec
- Nino Defilippis (Legnano) @ 32min 37sec
- Carlo Clerici (Welter) @ 35min 29sec
- Angelo Conterno (Fréjus) @ 37min 28sec
- Raymond Impanis (Garin) @ 38min 36sec
- Armando Barducci (Fréjus) @ 38min 50sec
- Fritz Schaer (Arbos) @ 39min 57sec
- Livio Isotti (Arbos) @ 39min 59sec
- Attilio Lambertini (Arbos) @ 43min 7sec
- Serafino Biagioni (Guerra) @ 43min 9sec
- Pasquale Fornara (Bottecchia) @ 45min 25sec
- Renzo Soldani (Legnano) @ 45min 55sec
- Désiré Keteleer (Garin) @ 46min 5sec
- Andrea Carrea (Bianchi) @ 50min 2sec
- Bernardo Ruiz (Torpado) @ 52min 9sec
- Primo Volpi (Arbos) @ 52min 16sec
- Giulio Bresci (Bartali) @ 52min 50sec
- Rik Van Steenbergen (Girardengo) @ 57min 11sec
- Gottfried Weilenmann (Guerra) @ 58min 12sec
- Danilo Barozzi (Atala) @ 58min 57sec
- Adolfo Grosso (Benotto) @ 1hr 0min 53sec
- Pietro Giudici (Ganna) @ 1hr 2min 35sec
- Rinaldo Moresco (Arbos) @ 1hr 6min 53sec
- Ettore Milano (Bianchi) @ 1hr 7min 38sec
- Virgilio Salimbeni (Ganna) @ 1hr 8min 28sec
- Umberto Drei (Legnano) @ 1hr 9min 23sec
- Dino Ottusi (Nilux) @ 1hr 10min 13sec
- Rino Benedetti (Legnano) @ 1hr 10min 55sec
- Franco Franchi (Ganna) @ 1hr 11min 1sec
- Nedo Logli (Welter) @ 1hr 14min 29sec
- Luciano Frosini (Nilux) @ 1hr 17min 6sec
- Lino Sartini (Benotto) @ 1hr 17min 21sec
- Dante Rivola (Guerra) @ 1hr 17min 49sec
- Giuseppe Ciarcia (Guerra) @ 1hr 20min 21sec
- Edward Van Ende (Garin) @ 1hr 20min 36sec
- Alberto Ghirardi (Benotto) @ 1hr 20min 44sec
- Giovanni Pettinati (Benotto) @ 1hr 21min 24sec
- Bruno Pasquini (Fiorelli) @ 1hr 21min 41sec
- Annibale Brasola (Bottecchia) @ 1hr 22min 10sec
- Luciano Maggini (Atala) @ 1hr 22min 13sec
- Oreste Conte (Bottecchia) @ 1hr 22min 34sec
- Rodolfo Falzoni (Guerra) @ 1hr 28min 47sec
- Sergio Vitali (Fiorelli) @ 1hr 29min 39sec
- Waldemaro Bartolozzi (Atala) @ 1hr 30min 47sec
- Luigi Casola (Atala) @ 1hr 31min 30sec
- Marcello Ciolli (Fréjus) @ 1hr 32min 15sec
- Loretto Petrucci (Bianchi) @ 1hr 33min 35sec
- Cesare Olmi (Bottecchia) @ 1hr 36min 58sec
- Antonio Bevilacqua (Benotto) @ 1hr 40min 14sec
- Guido De Santi (Benotto) @ 1hr 41min 31sec
- Girardengo Bernardini (Girardengo) @ 1hr 41min 41sec
- Leo Castellucci (Welter) @ 1hr 41min 59sec
- Franco Giacchero (Bianchi) @ 1hr 42min 18sec
- Mario Gestri (Ganna) @ 1hr 42min 10sec
- Renzo Zanazzi (Ganna) @ 1hr 45min 27sec
- Mario Gervasoni (Girardengo) @ 1hr 46min 23sec
- Luciano Pezzi (Atala) @ 1hr 47min 27sec
- Mario Baroni (Ganna) @ 1hr 51min 19sec
- Bruno Gianelli (Bartali) @ 1hr 51min 48sec
- Ersilio Dordoni (Arbos) @ 1hr 53min 11sec
- Albert Dubuisson (Bartali) @ 1hr 53min 36sec
- Ugo Fondelli (Welter) @ 1hr 54min 4sec
- Giuseppe Doni (Girardengo) @ 1hr 56min 0sec
- Emilio Croci-Torti (Fiorelli) @ 2hr 13min 26sec
- Eugen Kamber (Fiorelli) @ 2hr 16min 30sec
- Ivo Baronti (Bartali) @ 2hr 16min 50sec
- Ugo Massocco (Girardengo) @ 2hr 21min 16sec
- Angelo Venzi (Girardengo) @ 2hr 28min 35sec
- Donato Piazza (Bianchi) @ 2hr 31min 3sec
- Georges Aeschlimann (Fiorelli) @ 2hr 32min 20sec
- Dante Colombo (Nilux) @ 3hr 16min 8sec

**Climbers’ Competition:**

1. Raphaël Géminiani (Bianchi)

2. Fausto Coppi (Bianchi)

3. Gino Bartali (Bartali)

**Winning team:** Bianchi

**1952 Giro stage results with running GC:**

**Stage 1:** Saturday, May 17, Milano - Bologna, 217 km

- Giorgio Albani: 5hr 56min 47sec
- Fiorenzo Magni s.t.
- Fausto Coppi s.t.
- Loretto Petrucci s.t.
- Giuseppe Minardi s.t.
- Adolfo Grosso s.t.
- Jozef Schils s.t.
- Rino Benedetti s.t.
- Pasquale Fornara s.t.
- Alfredo Pasotti s.t.

**Stage 2:** Sunday, May 18, Bologna - Montecatini Terme, 197 km

Major ascent: Abetone

- Angelo Conterno: 5hr 44min 45sec
- Nino Defilippis s.t.
- Raphaël Géminiani s.t.
- Donato Zampini s.t.
- Alex Close s.t.
- Giacomo Zampieri s.t.
- Giancarlo Astrua s.t.
- Marcel Huber s.t.
- Fausto Coppi @ 1min 42sec
- Gino Bartali s.t.

GC after Stage 2:

- Angelo Conterno: 5hr 26min 21sec
- Nino Defilippis, Raphaël Géminiani, Donato Zampini, Alex Close, Giacomo Zampieri, Giancarlo Astrua s.t.
- Giorgio Albani, Fausto Coppi, Fiorenzo Magni, Ferdy Kübler @ 1min 26sec

**Stage 3:** Monday, May 19, Montecatini Terme - Siena, 205 km

- Antonio Bevilacqua: 5hr 26min 21sec
- Stan Ockers s.t.
- Guido De Santi s.t.
- Elio Brasola s.t.
- Alfredo Pasotti s.t.
- Ersilio Dordoni s.t.
- Carlo Clerici s.t.
- Dino Rossi @ 1min 34sec
- Désiré Keteleer @ 2min 7sec
- Nino Defilippis s.t.

GC after Stage 3:

- Nino Defilippis: 17hr 10min 16sec
- Angelo Conterno, Raphaël Géminiani, Donato Zampini, Alex Close, Giacomo Zampieri, Giancarlo Astrua @ 29sec
- Giorgio Albani, Fausto Coppi, Fiorenzo Magni, Ferdy Kübler @ 55sec

**Stage 4:** Tuesday, May 20, Siena - Roma, 250 km

Major ascents: Radicofani, Rocca di Papa

- Désiré Keteleer: 7hr 26min 40sec
- Alfredo Pasotti s.t.
- Ferdy Kübler @ 1min 8sec
- Alfo Ferrari s.t.
- Renzo Zanazzi s.t.
- Giorgio Albani s.t.
- Oreste Conte s.t.
- Rinaldo Moresco s.t.
- Renzo Soldani s.t.
- Stan Ockers

GC after Stage 4:

- Nino Defilippis: 24hr 38min 4sec
- Angelo Conterno, Raphaël Géminiani, Donato Zampini, Alex Close, Giacomo Zampieri, Giancarlo Astrua @ 29sec
- Giorgio Albani, Fausto Coppi, Fiorenzo Magni @ 1min 55sec

**Stage 5:** Thursday, May 22, Roma - Rocca di Papa 35 km individual time trial

Major ascent: Rocca di Papa

- Fausto Coppi: 1hr 1min 26sec
- Giancarlo Astrua @ 32sec
- Stan Ockers @ 1min 29sec
- Ferdy Kübler @ 1min 59sec
- Pasquale Fornara @ 2min 10sec
- Gino Bartali @ 2min 45sec
- Giovanni Roma @ 2min 54sec
- Fiorenzo Magni 2 2min 59sec
- Hugo Koblet @ 3min 3sec
- Giorgio Albani s.t.

GC after Stage 5:

- Giancarlo Astrua: 25hr 40min 30sec
- Fausto Coppi @ 55sec
- Raphaël Géminiani @ 2min 35sec
- Donato Zampini @ 2min 53sec
- Ferdy Kübler @ 2min 54sec
- Nino Defilippis @ 2min 56sec
- Stan Ockers @ 3min 14sec
- Fiorenzo Magni @ 3min 54sec
- Gino Bartali @ 3min 56sec
- Giorgio Albani @ 3min 58sec

**Stage 6:** Friday, May 23, Roma - Napoli, 234 km

- Rik Van Steenbergen: 6hr 14min 48sec
- Vincenzo Rossello s.t.
- Rino Benedetti s.t.
- Marcello Ciolli s.t.
- Giacomo Zampieri s.t.
- Dino Rossi @ 1min 25sec
- Leretto Petrucci and the rest of the peloton @ 3min 22sec

GC after Stage 6:

- Giancarlo Astrua: 31hr 57min 41sec
- Fausto Coppi @ 54sec
- Giacomo Zampieri @ 1min 36sec
- Raphaël Géminiani @ 2min 34sec
- Donato Zampini @ 2min 53sec
- Ferdy Kübler s.t.
- Nino Defilippis @ 2min 55sec
- Stan Ockers @ 3min 13sec
- Fiorenzo Magni @ 3min 53sec
- Gino Bartali @ 3min 55sec

**Stage 7:** Saturday, May 24, Napoli - Roccaraso, 149 km

Major ascents: Macerone, Rionero Sannitico, Roccaraso

- Giorgio Albani: 4hr 49min 30sec
- Raphaël Géminiani s.t.
- Giovanni Roma s.t.
- Attilio Lambertini s.t.
- Pasquale Fornara s.t.
- Hugo Koblet s.t.
- Alfredo Pasotti @ 44sec
- Alfredo Martini @ 52sec
- Livio Isotti s.t.
- Giuseppe Minardi s.t.

GC after Stage 7:

- Giancarlo Astrua: 36hr 48min 45sec
- Faustoi Coppi @ 54sec
- Raphaël Géminiani @ 1min 0sec
- Giacomo Zampieri @ 1min 36sec
- Giorgio Albani @ 2min 23sec
- Donato Zampini @ 2min 53sec
- Ferdy Kübler s.t.
- Nino Defilippis @ 2min 55sec
- Stan Ockers @ 3min 13sec
- Fiorenzo Magni @ 3min 53sec

**Stage 8:** Sunday, May 25, Roccaraso - Ancona, 224 km

- Rino Benedetti: 5hr 40min 55sec
- Oreste Conte @ 22sec
- Giovanni Corrieri s.t.
- Luigi Casola s.t.
- Antonio Bevilacqua s.t.
- Renzo Soldani s.t.
- Gottfried Weilenmann s.t.
- Giuseppe Minardi s.t.
- Albert Dubuisson s.t.
- Adolfo Grosso s.t.

GC after Stage 8:

- Giancarlo Astrua: 42hr 32min 10sec
- Fausto Coppi @ 54sec
- Raphaël Géminiani @ 1min 0sec
- Giacomo Zampieri @ 1min 36sec
- Giorgio Albani @ 2min 23sec
- Donato Zampini @ 2min 53sec
- Ferdy Kübler @ 2min 53sec
- Nino Defilippis @ 2min 55sec
- Stan Ockers @ 3min 13sec
- Fiorenzo Magni @ 3min 53sec

**Stage 9:** Monday, May 26, Ancona - Riccione, 226 km

- Rik Van Steenbergen: 6hr 38min 9sec
- Jean Brun s.t.
- Umberto Drei s.t.
- Fritz Schaer s.t.
- Annibale Brasola s.t.
- Adolfo Grosso s.t.
- Albert Dubuisson s.t.
- Carlo Clerici s.t.
- Attilio Lambertini s.t.
- Livio Isotti s.t.

GC after Stage 9:

- Giancarlo Astrua: 49hr 16min 32sec
- Fausto Coppi @ 54sec
- Raphaël Géminiani @ 1min 0sec
- Giacomo Zampieri @ 1min 36sec
- Elio Brasola @ 1min 59sec
- Giorgio Albani @ 2min 23sec
- Donato Zampini @ 2min 53sec
- Ferdy Kübler s.t.
- Nino Defilippis @ 2min 55sec
- Stan Ockers @ 3min 13sec

**Stage 10: **Tuesday, May 27, Riccione - Venezia, 285 km

- Rik Van Steenbergen: 8hr 48min 25sec
- Ferdy Kübler s.t.
- Gino Bartali s.t.
- Stan Ockers s.t.
- Giovanni Corrieri s.t.
- Rinaldo Moresco s.t.
- Fiorenzo Magni s.t.
- Jean Brun and 15 other riders at same time and placing

GC after Stage 10:

- Fausto Coppi: 58hr 6min 11sec
- Giacomo Zampieri @ 42sec
- Donato Zampini @ 1min 59sec
- Ferdy Kübler @ 1min 59sec
- Stan Ockers @ 2min 19sec
- Fiorenzo Magni @ 2min 39sec
- Gino Bartali @ 3min 1sec
- Giancarlo Astrua @ 4min 45sec
- Raphaël Géminiani @ 5min 45sec
- Hugo Koblet @ 6min 23sec

**Stage 11: **Thursday, May 29, Venezia - Bolzano, 276 km

Major ascents: Falzarego, Pordoi, Sella

- Fausto Coppi: 8hr 49min 0sec
- Gino Bartali @ 5min 20sec
- Fiorenzo Magni s.t.
- Ferdy Kübler @ 6min 39sec
- Stan Ockers s.t.
- Vincenzo Rossello s.t.
- Arrigo Padovan s.t.
- Raphaël Géminiani s.t.
- Donato Zampini s.t.
- Fritz Schaer s.t.

GC after Stage 11:

- Fausto Coppi: 66hr 55min 11sec
- Fiorenzo Magni @ 8min 19sec
- Gino Bartali @ 8min 21sec
- Donato Zampini @ 8min 38sec
- Ferdy Kübler @ 8min 38sec
- Stan Ockers 8min 58sec
- Giacomo Zampieri @ 9min 14sec
- Raphaël Géminiani @ 12min 24sec
- Giancarlo Astrua @ 13min 17sec
- Giorgio Albani @ 14min 23sec

**Stage 12:** Friday, May 30, Bolzano - Bergamo, 226 km

- Oreste Conte: 6hr 53min 3sec
- Arrigo Padovan s.t.
- Renzo Zanazzi s.t.
- Livio Isotti s.t.
- Tranquillo Scudellaro s.t.
- Armando Barducci s.t.
- Loretto Petrucci @ 2min 34sec
- Serafino Biagioni s.t.
- Bernardo Ruiz s.t.
- Dante Colombo s.t.

GC after Stage 12:

- Fausto Coppi: 73hr 53min 23sec
- Fiorenzo Magni @ 8min 19sec
- Gino Bartali @ 8min 21sec
- Ferdy Kübler @ 8min 38sec
- Donato Zampini s.t.
- Stan Ockers @ 8min 58sec
- Giacomo Zampieri @ 9min 14sec
- Raphaël Géminiani @ 12min 24sec
- Giancarlo Astrua @ 13min 17sec
- Giorgio Albani @ 14min 23sec

**Stage 13:** Saturday, May 31, Bergamo - Como, 143 km

- Alfredo Pasotti: 3hr 38min 43sec
- Rik Van Steenbergen s.t.
- Fiorenzo Nagni s.t.
- Oreste Conte s.t.
- Stan Ockers s.t.
- Nedo Logli s.t.
- Annibale Brasola and 25 more riders at same time and placing

GC after Stage 13:

- Fausto Coppi: 77hr 32min 50sec
- Fiorenzo Magni @ 7min 35sec
- Donato Zampini @ 7min 54sec
- Ferdy Kübler s.t.
- Stan Ockers @ 8min 14sec
- Gino Bartali @ 8min 21sec
- Giacomo Zampieri @ 10min 2sec
- Raphaël Géminiani @ 12min 24sec
- Giorgio Albani, Hugo Koblet, Giancarlo Astrua @ 14min 36sec

**Stage 14:** Sunday, June 1, Erba - Como 65 km individual time trial

- Fausto Coppi: 1hr 32min 25sec
- Hugo Koblet @ 15sec
- Giancarlo Astrua @ 1min 19sec
- Ferdy Kübler @ 1min 30sec
- Fiorenzo Magni @ 1min 43sec
- Gino Bartali @ 2min 12sec
- Donato Zampini @ 2min 35sec
- Stan Ockers @ 2min 54sec
- Nino Defilippis @ 3min 19sec
- Arrigo Padovan @ 3min 59sec
- Raymond Impanis @ 4min 18sec
- Raphaël Géminiani @ 4min 20sec
- Giorgio Albani @ 4min 35sec

GC after Stage 14:

- Fausto Coppi: 79hr 5min 15sec
- Fiorenzo Magni @ 9min 18sec
- Ferdy Kübler @ 9min 24sec
- Donato Zampini @ 10min 29sec
- Gino Bartali @ 10min 33sec
- Stan Ockers @ 10min 58sec
- Giancarlo Astrua @ 14min 35sec
- Hugo Koblet @ 14min 38sec
- Giacomo Zampieri @ 14min 58sec
- Raphaël Géminiani @ 16min 44sec

**Stage 15:** Monday, June 2, Como - Genova, 247 km

- Giuseppe Minardi: 7hr 11min 8sec
- Renzo Soldani s.t.
- Alfredo Pasotti s.t.
- Rinaldo Moresco s.t.
- Vincenzo Rossello s.t.
- Pasquale Fornara s.t.
- Vittorio Rossello s.t.
- Giovanni Roma s.t.
- Umbert Drei s.t.
- Stan Ockers @ 57sec

GC after Stage 15:

- Fausto Coppi: 86hr 17min 20sec
- Fiorenzo Magni @ 9min 18sec
- Ferdy Kübler @ 9min 24sec
- Donato Zampini @ 10min 29sec
- Gino Bartali @ 10min 33sec
- Stan Ockers @ 10min 58sec
- Giancarlo Astrua @ 14min 36sec
- Hugo Koblet @ 14min 38sec
- Giacomo Zampieri @ 14min 58sec
- Raphaël Géminiani @ 16min 44sec

**Stage 16:** Tuesday, June 3, Genova - San Remo, 141 km

- Annibale Brasola: 3hr 26min 27sec
- Luigi Casola s.t.
- Guido De Santi s.t.
- Giovanni Roma s.t.
- Carlo Clerici s.t.
- Adolfo Grosso s.t.
- Luciano Pezzi s.t.
- Giuseppe Ciarcià @ 1min 24sec
- Marcello Ciolli s.t.
- Vittorio Rossello s.t.

GC after Stage 16:

- Fausto Coppi: 89hr 49min 5sec
- Fiorenzo Magni @ 9min 18sec
- Ferdy Kübler @ 9min 24sec
- Donato Zampini @ 10min 29sec
- Gino Bartali @ 10min 33sec
- Stan Ockers @ 10min 58sec
- Giancarlo Astrua @ 14min 36sec
- Hugo Koblet @ 14min 38sec
- Giacomo Zampieri @ 14min 58sec
- Raphaël Géminiani @ 16min 44sec

**Stage 17:** Thursday, June 5, San Remo - Cuneo, 190 km

Major ascent: Nava

- Nino Defilippis: 5hr 13min 57sec
- Fritz Schaer s.t.
- Serfino Biagioni s.t.
- Carlo Clerici s.t.
- Alfredo Pasotti @ 46sec
- Annibale Brasola s.t.
- Angelo Conterno s.t.
- Mario Gervasoni s.t.
- Luciano Frosini s.t.
- Giovanni Pettinati s.t.

GC after Stage 17:

- Fausto Coppi: 95hr 5min 11sec
- Fiorenzo Magni @ 9min 18sec
- Ferdy Kübler @ 9min 24sec
- Donato Zampini @ 10min 29sec
- Gino Bartali @ 10min 33sec
- Stan Ockers @ 10min 58sec
- Giancarlo Astrua @ 14min 36sec
- Hugo Koblet @ 14min 38sec
- Raphaël Géminiani @ 16min 44sec
- Giacomo Zampieri @ 16min 56sec

**Stage 18:** Friday, June 6, Cuneo - St. Vincent, 182 km

- Pasquale Fornara: 5hr 6min 4sec
- Adolfo Grosso s.t.
- Giovanni Corrieri @ 6sec
- Bernardo Ruiz s.t.
- Giancarlo Astrua s.t.
- Ferdy Kübler @ 18sec
- Alfredo Pasotti s.t.
- Renzo Soldani s.t.
- Oreste Conte s.t.
- Stan Ockers s.t.

GC after Stage 18:

- Fausto Coppi: 100hr 11min 33sec
- Fiorenzo Magni @ 9min 18sec
- Ferdy Kübler @ 9min 24sec
- Donato Zampini @ 10min 29sec
- Gino Bartali @ 10min 33sec
- Stan Ockers @ 10min 58sec
- Giancarlo Astrua @ 14min 30sec
- Hugo Koblet @ 14min 38sec
- Raphaël Géminiani @ 16min 44sec
- Giacomo Zampieri @ 16min 56sec

**Stage 19:** Saturday, June 7, St. Vincent - Verbania, 293 km

- Fritz Schaer: 10hr 5min 37sec
- Alfredo Martini s.t.
- Armando Barducci s.t.
- Luciano Pezzi s.t.
- Vittorio Rossello s.t.
- Ferdy Kübler @ 12sec
- Donato Zampini s.t.
- Gino Bartali s.t.
- Stan Ockers s.t.
- Raphaël Géminiani s.t.

GC after Stage 19:

- Fausto Coppi: 110hr 17min 22sec
- Fiorenzo Magni @ 9min 18sec
- Ferdy Kübler @ 9min 24sec
- Donato Zampini @ 10min 29sec
- Gino Bartali @ 10min 33sec
- Stan Ockers @ 10min 58sec
- Giancarlo Astrua @ 14min 30sec
- Hugo Koblet @ 14min 38sec
- Raphaël Géminiani @ 16min 44sec
- Giorgio Albani @ 18min 14sec

**20th and Final Stage:** Sunday, June 8, Verbania - Milano, 147 km

- Antonio Bevilacqua: 4hr 19min 21sec
- Luciano Maggini s.t.
- Fiorenzo Magni s.t.
- Nedo Logli s.t.
- Oreste Conte s.t.
- Giorgio Albani s.t.
- Stan Ockers s.t.
- Renzo Zanazzi s.t.
- Hugo Koblet s.t.
- Loretto Petrucci s.t.

Final complete 1952 Giro d'Italia General Classification

**The Story of the 1952 Giro d'Italia**

*This excerpt is from "The Story of the Giro d'Italia", Volume 1. If you enjoy it we hope you will consider purchasing the book, either print or electronic. The Amazon link here will make either purchase easy.*

The peloton that assembled for 1952’s 3,964-kilometer Giro was nearly as sparkling as the previous year’s. Coppi, Bartali, Magni, Martini, Kübler, Koblet, Schaer, Impanis, van Steenbergen and Ockers returned. A Spanish team with Bernardo Ruiz and Jesús Loroño (both among Spain’s finest riders), along with a contingent of four Australians widened the growing international nature of the race. None of the antipodeans made it back to Milan. A group of German racers who had even been assigned back numbers were blocked by the German cycling federation which found their terms of employment in the Italian race for some reason unacceptable.

At only twenty, neo-pro Nino Defilippis made his Grand Tour debut in the green jersey of Legnano. Many brilliant young Italian riders of this era were allowed or even encouraged to ride too hard and too long while too young, ruining them for greater things. But as we’ll see, Defilippis thrived in the environment of 1950s racing.

Coppi acquired a true *gregario di lusso* in French rider Raphaël Géminiani, second in the 1951 Tour and winner of that year’s mountains competition as well as the ninth stage.

Coppi was an avid student of the sport of cycling, studying every aspect: food, machinery, position, tactics, physiology and training, applying what he learned with rigor.

One area of many where he transformed the sport was in the structure and management of the professional cycling team. In his hands the team became a machine unified behind one purpose, delivering its leader to the finish line first. Prizes and start money were put into a pot and divided among the team members. Bobet is often credited with this innovation for the 1953 French Tour de France team, but he was merely copying Coppi’s long-established model.

Coppi’s *gregari,* like Lance Armstrong’s domestiques, had to be completely free of personal ambition. For whatever insecurities Coppi had, he usually treated racing as a cold-blooded business that required him to impose an extraordinary level of discipline upon his riders. Punishment for failing to respect Coppi’s primacy could be administered with jaw-dropping brutality. A rider on Coppi’s blacklist could find himself neutralized. Every time he tried to escape he would find the Bianchi squad (and other teams wanting to score points with Coppi) chasing him down. Loretto Petrucci, a Bianchi teammate, had the audacity to beat Coppi in the 1953 Milan–San Remo. Coppi thought Petrucci’s star was shining a bit too brightly so at Paris–Roubaix Cavanna, with Coppi’s assent, put a powerful laxative in the food Petrucci picked up in the feed zone, forcing the young rider to quit in misery.

The Bianchi riders, on the other hand, knew that they made a lot more money seeing that Coppi had enough water and food, or secretly pushing him up hills to conserve his energy, than they would racing for personal glory on some other team. Coppi realized that this system imposed enormous personal responsibility to this elite group who were dependent upon him for their living, hence his willingness to ride the 1951 Tour while nearly paralyzed with grief.

It had been a long time since Coppi had really delivered the goods, but in 1952 he was in no hurry. He was thinking big. He wanted to repeat his 1949 triumph, the Giro-Tour double. That meant a slower lead-in to the season. So for that spring he had no notable wins, but a second to van Steenbergen at Paris–Roubaix demonstrated his excellent form.

The first stage of the 1952 Giro left Milan for Bologna and ended with a powerful nine-man group containing Coppi, Magni, Petrucci and Giorgio Albani sixteen seconds clear of its nearest chasers. Albani was in pink but Coppi and Magni had made their abilities and intentions clear.

Giorgio Albani wins stage 1

Though Géminiani was French, his grandparents were Italian, from Lugo near Bologna. They traveled to Bologna to see their grandson finish the first stage. After the race his grandmother told him that he must be very tired after all that racing and that he should come to their place in the country to get some rest.

“But Grandmother, I would like to come to visit but I must race again tomorrow!”

“Also tomorrow? How exhausting! *Povero Raffaele* [Poor Raphaël]!”

The next day went over the Apennines with the Abetone the day’s major difficulty. With Géminiani, Coppi had a powerful card to play. When he sent the Frenchman up the road on breaks, the other teams had no choice but to burn precious energy chasing him. A man who had taken second in the Tour was fully capable of winning the Giro and could not be ignored. “Gem” performed brilliantly, being first over the Abetone and finishing in the winning break almost two minutes ahead of the next group, which included Coppi (who didn’t have to work with his teammate up the road in the break), Bartali, Magni and Kübler. Defilippis and Astrua were part of the winning group, putting them at the same time as the new leader, Angelo Conterno. Defilippis’ sharp riding meant that when he finished well in Siena in stage three, the twenty-year old phenomenon found himself leading the Giro d’Italia.

Tragedy struck in stage four when Frejus rider Orfeo Ponsin died after going off the road and crashing into a tree while descending the Merluzza on the road to Rome. This fatality and the deaths of the Coppi and Bartali brothers may make the sport of cycling seem mortally dangerous, but it really isn’t, even in the helmetless twentieth century. Broken bones (professional cyclists suffer from osteoporosis because the sport isn’t sufficiently load-bearing to stimulate bone growth while they sweat away minerals that aren’t replaced) and torn skin are common but fatalities are rare. While several spectators had died, I believe this was the first death of a Giro competitor.

Désiré Keteler beats Alfredo Pasotti to win stage 4 in Rome.

The first four stages were but a prelude to stage five, a 35-kilometer *cronoscalata* to Rocca di Papa, just southeast of Rome. Obviously in superb form, Coppi won the stage but young Astrua rode brilliantly as well, losing only 32 seconds, while other highly regarded riders like Magni and Koblet were three minutes and more behind. Because Astrua had been in that important stage two break, he was the new Giro leader:

1. Giancarlo Astrua

2. Fausto Coppi @ 55 seconds

3. Raphaël Géminiani @ 2 minutes 35 seconds

4. Donato Zampini @ 2 minutes 53 seconds

5. Ferdy Kübler @ 2 minutes 54 seconds

6. Nino Defilippis @ 2 minutes 56 seconds

Astrua was almost able to keep his lead as the race headed for its stage eleven appointment with the Dolomites—almost, because he crashed on the road to Venice in stage ten and finished with the main peloton more than five minutes behind Coppi, Bartali, Ockers, Magni, Koblet and Kübler, who all finished with stage winner van Steenbergen.

Astrua’s crash meant that Coppi had the wonderful morale boost of the Pink Jersey while facing the Falzarego, Pordoi and the Sella passes in the year’s *tappone*. The other riders understood that Coppi’s aggression was directly proportional to his confidence and they knew his commanding form and wonderful self-assurance meant that Coppi would administer a flogging in the Dolomites.

The Venice–Bolzano stage was the scene of a perfect Bianchi tactical set-piece. Géminiani took off early in the stage while Coppi took his time dispatching his rivals before joining the Frenchman on the Falzarego. Eventually even Géminiani couldn’t stay with the splendid Coppi. Part way up the Pordoi, Coppi bolted and rode the last 80 kilometers of the stage alone. Bartali and Magni managed to catch and pass “Gem” but they were still more than five minutes behind Coppi by the time they reached Bolzano. Kübler, Ockers, Schaer and Géminiani were another minute back. It was a fabulous display of power that left some of the greatest riders not only of that era but of all time bereft of any hope of winning the 1952 Giro d’Italia. Who alive in 1952, or any other time for that matter, could take back eight minutes from a surging Fausto Coppi?

1. Fausto Coppi

2. Fiorenzo Magni @ 8 minutes 19 seconds

3. Gino Bartali @ 8 minutes 21 seconds

4. Donato Zampini @ 8 minutes 38 seconds

5. Ferdy Kübler @ same time

Coppi went from strength to strength. Stage fourteen was a 65-kilometer time trial held just north of Milan, which Coppi won, just barely beating out-of-contention Koblet but taking nearly two minutes out of General Classification second-place Magni.

The Alpine stage was almost an anticlimax, Coppi was content to stay with Magni and let Géminiani hoover up mountains points. Coppi biographer William Fotheringham noted that he thus both rewarded Géminiani with the opportunity to clinch the climber’s prize, and denied that same trophy to Bartali.

Coppi had won his fourth Giro d’Italia, and did it with economy and style.

Final 1952 Giro d’Italia General Classification:

1. Fausto Coppi (Bianchi) 114 hours 36 minutes 43 seconds

2. Fiorenzo Magni (Ganna) @ 9 minutes 18 seconds

3. Ferdy Kübler (Fiorelli) @ 9 minutes 24 seconds

4. Donato Zampini (Benotto) @ 10 minutes 29 seconds

5. Gino Bartali (Bartali) @ 10 minutes 33 seconds

Climbers’ Competition:

1. Raphaël Géminiani (Bianchi)

2. Fausto Coppi (Bianchi)

3. Gino Bartali (Bartali)

Fausto Coppi after winning the 1952 Giro

In July, Coppi raced the Tour in what now has to be considered that race’s most dominating postwar ride. Kübler, Koblet and Bobet all had health problems that prevented their riding while Géminiani, although riding on the French national team, never forgot that he was a Bianchi rider. One way or another, the most serious competition was neutralized. Coppi could leave the others virtually at will and eventually distanced second-place Stan Ockers by more than 28 minutes. For a second time Coppi had done the Giro-Tour double, something no other man had ever accomplished even once. Coppi would never again race the Tour.

Because Géminiani had not forgotten his Bianchi ties in the Tour, he was left off France’s team for the World Championship. Reading the handwriting on the wall, “Gem” left Coppi and Bianchi for the Métropole-Dunlop team at the end of the year.

Coppi’s life began a strange turn. He began to make contact with Giulia Locatelli, the wife of racing fan Enrico Locatelli who had visited him in the hospital back in 1950. For now the relationship was innocent. For now.

**Video of the 1952 Giro d'Italia**