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1958 Giro d'Italia

41st edition: May 18 - June 8

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

1957 Giro | 1959 Giro | Giro d'Italia Database | 1958 Giro Quick Facts | 1958 Giro d'Italia Final GC | Stage results with running GC | The Story of the 1958 Giro d'Italia | Video |


1958 Giro Quick Facts:

3,341 km raced at an average speed of 36.274 km/hr

120 starters and 77 classified finishers.

Fausto Coppi rode on a Bianchi squad that was well past its best days. Coppi himself was no longer competitive in Grand Tours, finishing almost an hour down in the 1958 Giro.

The commanding rider of 1958 was Ercole Baldini, whose good climbing and stunning time trial abilities made him almost impossible to beat when he was in form. He took the lead in Stage 15, which finished at the climb to Bosco Chiesanuova and was never in danger of losing it from there.


1958 Giro d'Italia Final General Classification:

  1. maglia rosaErcole Baldini (Legnano): 92hr 9min 30sec
  2. Jean Brankart (St. Raphaël) @ 4min 17sec
  3. Charly Gaul (Faema) @ 6min 7sec
  4. Louison Bobet (Mercier) @ 9min 27sec
  5. Gastone Nencini (Chlorodont) @ 10min 36sec
  6. Miguel Poblet (Ignis) @ 11min 7sec
  7. Jesus Lorono (Faema) @ 12min 12sec
  8. Raphaël Géminiani (St. Raphaël) @ 13min 12sec
  9. Pasquale Fornara (Ignis) @ 14min 13sec
  10. Aldo Moser (Cali) @ 15min 0sec
  11. Jan Adriaensens (Carpano) @ 15min 25sec
  12. Sante Ranucci (Torpado) @ 15min 26sec
  13. Hans Junkermann (Molteni) @ 16min 54sec
  14. Germano Barale (Bianchi) @ 18min 57sec
  15. Salvador Botella (Faema) @ 20min 44sec
  16. Alfred De Bruyne (Carpano) @ 21min 55sec
  17. Federico Bahamontes (Faema) @ 22min 35sec
  18. Silvestri La Cioppa (San Pellegrino) @ 24min 37sec
  19. Giuseppe Fallarini (Asborno) @ 30min 11sec
  20. Josef Planckaert (Carpano) @ 32min 32sec
  21. Agostino Coletto (Carpano) @ 32min 33sec
  22. Giorgio Tinazzi (San Pellegrino) @ 36min 1sec
  23. Pierino Baffi (Chlorodont) @ 38min 11sec
  24. Guido Boni (Bianchi) @ 38min 22sec
  25. Giovanni Pettinati (Atala) @ 41min 4sec
  26. Gilberto Dall'Agata (Ghigi) @ 41min 20sec
  27. Arnaldo Pambianco (Legnano) @ 41min 25sec
  28. Carlo Azzini (San Pellegrino) @ 43min 53sec
  29. Désiré Keteleer (Carpano) @ 44min 3sec
  30. Nino Catalano (Calì Broni-Girardengo) @ 46min 59sec
  31. Guido Carlesi (Chlorodont) @ 50min 30sec
  32. Fausto Coppi (Bianchi) @ 56min 14sec
  33. Marcel Ernzer (Faema) @ 59min 39sec
  34. Nino Defilippis (Carpano) @ 1hr 3min 4sec
  35. Vito Favero (Atala) @ 1hr 14min 1sec
  36. Maurice Lampre (St. Raphaël) @ 1hr 16min 44sec
  37. Rino Benedetti (Calì Broni-Girardengo) @ 1hr 18min 58sec
  38. Jesus Galdeano (Faema) @ 1hr 19min 48sec
  39. Armando Pellegrini (Faema) @ 1hr 22min 55sec
  40. Walter Martin (San Pellegrino) @ 1hr 24min 53sec
  41. Gianbattista Milesi (San Pellegrino) @ 1hr 25min 0sec
  42. Waldemaro Bartolozzi (Legnano) @ 1hr 26min 38sec
  43. Giorgio Menini (San Pellegrino) @ 1hr 27min 54sec
  44. Adriano De Gasperi (Molteni) @ 1hr 29min 56sec
  45. Rizzardo Brenioli (Atala) @ 1hr 30min 15sec
  46. Cleto Maule (Torpado) @ 1hr 32min 26sec
  47. Alessandro Fantini (Atala) @ 1hr 33min 16sec
  48. Jean Mallejac (St. Raphaël) @ 1hr 33min 21sec
  49. Giuseppe Pintarelli (Calì Broni-Girardengo) @ 1hr 35min 5sec
  50. Robert Falaschi (Legnano) @ 1hr 39min 48sec
  51. Gianni Ferlenghi (Bianchi) @ 1hr 40min 47sec
  52. Nello Fabbri (Legnano) @ 1hr 41min 32sec
  53. Vicente Iturat (Ignis) @ 1hr 43min 58sec
  54. Germain Derijcke (Carpano) @ 1hr 52min 13sec
  55. Pierre Everaert (St. Raphaël) @ 1hr 52min 29sec
  56. Alfredo Zagano (Asborno) @ 1hr 59min 14sec
  57. Giuseppe Carizzoni (Molteni) @ 1hr 59min 40sec
  58. Antonin Rolland (Mercier) @ 2hr 0min 8sec
  59. Ugo Massocco (Legnano) @ 2hr 3min 4sec
  60. Bruno Costalunga (Chlorodont) @ 2hr 7min 10sec
  61. Fernando Brandolini (Bianchi) @ 2hr 11min 5sec
  62. Angiolino Piscaglia (Atala) @ 2hr 13min 40sec
  63. Alberto Mannelli (San Pellegrino) @ 2hr 14min 21sec
  64. Giorgio Mancini (San Pellegrino) @ 2hr 15min 33sec
  65. Arrigo Padovan (Atala) @ 2hr 15min 54sec
  66. Michele Gismondi (Ghigi) @ 2hr 20min 30sec
  67. Renzo Accordi (Ignis) @ 2hr 25min 8sec
  68. Paolo Guazzini (Ghigi) @ 2hr 26min 7sec
  69. Nino Assirelli (Legnano) @ 2hr 27min 45sec
  70. Pierre Gouget (Mercier) @ 22hr 28min 42sec
  71. Renato Ponzini (Calì Broni-Girardengo) @ 2hr 31min 25sec
  72. Bruno Tognaccini (Ignis) @ 2hr 39min 4sec
  73. Roberto Varnajo (St. Raphaël) @ 2hr 46min 7sec
  74. Luciano Pezzi (Bianchi) @ 2hr 51min 32sec
  75. Gilbert Scodeller (St. Raphaël) @ 3hr 18min 51sec
  76. Mario Baroni (Torpado) @ 3hr 36min 49sec
  77. Charles Coste (Mercier) @ 4hr 21min 8sec

Climbers' Competition:

  1. green jerseyJean Brankart (St. Raphaël): 56 points
  2. Ercole Baldini (Legnano): 39
  3. Charly Gaul (Faema): 38
  4. Federico Bahamontes (Faema): 37
  5. Nino Defilippis (Carpano): 19

Points Competition:

  1. red jerseyMiguel Poblet (Ignis): 182 points
  2. Ercole Baldini (Legnano): 144
  3. Jean Brankart (St. Raphaël): 111
  4. Gastone Nencini (Chlorodont): 96
  5. Nino Defilippis (Carpano): 82.5

Team GC:

  1. Carpano: 276hr 41min 22sec
  2. Faema @ 6min 13sec
  3. St. Raphaël @ 41min 23sec
  4. San Pellegrino @ 53min 8sec
  5. Atala @ 1hr 4min 32sec

1958 Giro stage results with running GC:

Stage 1: Sunday, May 18, Milano - Varese, 178 km

  1. Willy Vannitsen: 4hr 11min 21sec
  2. Miguel Poblet s.t.
  3. Giorgio Albani s.t.
  4. Arrigo Padovan s.t.
  5. Rino Benedetti s.t.
  6. Germain Derijke s.t.
  7. Louison Bobet s.t.
  8. Giuseppe Fallarini s.t.
  9. Angelo Conterno s.t.
  10. Noe Conti s.t.

Stage 2: Monday, May 19, Varese - Comerio 26 km individual time trial

  1. Ercole Baldini: 34min 44sec
  2. Miguel Poblet @ 1min 8sec
  3. Charly Gaul @ 1min 9sec
  4. Josef Planckaert @ 1min 15sec
  5. Diego Ronchini @ 1min 20sec
  6. Alfred De Bruyne @ 1min 22sec
  7. Pasquale Fornara @ 1min 28sec
  8. Jean Brankart @ 1min 33sec
  9. Nino Defilippis s.t.
  10. Désiré Keteleer @ 1min 45sec

GC after Stage 2:

  1. Ercole Baldini: 4hr 46min 4sec
  2. Miguel Poblet @ 1min 8sec
  3. Charly Gaul @ 1min 9sec
  4. Josef Planckaert @ 1min 15sec
  5. Diego Ronchini @ 1min 20sec
  6. Alfred De Bruyne @ 1min 22sec
  7. Pasquale Fornara @ 1min 28sec
  8. Jean Brankart, Nino Defilippis @ 1min 33sec
  9. Désiré Keteleer, Arnaldo Pambiano @ 1min 45sec

Stage 3: Tuesday, May 20, Varese - St. Vincent, 187 km

  1. Salvador Botella: 4hr 39min 49sec
  2. Arnaldo Pambianco @ 39sec
  3. Aldo Moser s.t.
  4. Giorgio Tinazzi @ 59sec
  5. Vito Favero @ 1min 26sec
  6. Sante Ranucci @ 2min 5sec
  7. Federico Bahamontes @ 2min 57sec
  8. Silvestro La Cioppa @ 3min 8sec
  9. Désiré Keteleer @ 3min 16sec
  10. Angelo Conterno s.t.
  11. Ercole Baldini s.t.
  12. Louison Bobet s.t.

GC after stage 3:

  1. Arnaldo Pambianco 9hr 28min 18sec
  2. Aldo Moser @ 12sec
  3. Salvador Botella @ 13sec
  4. Ercole Baldini @ 52sec
  5. Giorgio Tinazzi @ 1min 20sec
  6. Vito Favero @ 1min 59sec
  7. Charly Gaul @ 2min 1sec
  8. Miguel Poblet @ 2mn 14sec
  9. Jean Brankart @ 2min 25sec
  10. Alfred De Bruyne @ 2min 28sec

Stage 4: Wednesday, May 21, St. Vincent - Torino, 132 km

  1. Federico Bahamontes: 3hr 8min 50sec
  2. Charly Gaul @ 27sec
  3. Jesus Lorono @ 38sec
  4. Jean Brankart @ 41sec
  5. Silvestro La Cioppa @ 58sec
  6. Pasquale Fornara @ 1min 3sec
  7. Giuseppe Buratti s.t.
  8. Ercole Baldini @ 1min 12sec
  9. Louison Bobet s.t.
  10. Giuseppe Fallarini @ 1min 31sec

GC after Stage 4:

  1. Aldo Moser: 12hr 39min 2sec
  2. Salvador Botella @ 1sec
  3. Ercole Baldini @ 10sec
  4. Arnaldo Pambianco @ 31sec
  5. Charly Gaul @ 34sec
  6. Jean Brankart @ 1min 12sec
  7. Pasquale Fornara @ 1min 43sec
  8. Miguel Poblet @ 1min 51sec
  9. Louison Bobet @ 1min 59sec
  10. Federico Bahamontes @ 2min 3sec

Stage 5: Thursday, May 22, Torino - Mondovì, 193 km

  1. Alfredo Sabbadin: 5hr 5min 26sec
  2. Savador Botella s.t.
  3. Alessandro Fantini s.t.
  4. Jan Adriaensens s.t.
  5. Giorgio Tinazzi s.t.
  6. Pierino Baffi s.t.
  7. Mario Tosato s.t.
  8. Giovanni Pettinati s.t.
  9. Raphaël Géminiani s.t.
  10. Antonino Catalano @ 22sec

GC after Stage 5:

  1. Salvador Botella: 17hr 44min 29sec
  2. Giorgio Tinazzi @ 2min 4sec
  3. Giovanni Pettinati @ 4min 21sec
  4. Raphaël Géminiani @ 4min 26sec
  5. Aldo Moser @ 4min 33sec
  6. Ercole Baldini @ 4min 43sec
  7. Jan Adriaensens @ 4min 58sec
  8. Arnaldo Pambianco @ 5min 4sec
  9. Charly Gaul @ 5min 7sec
  10. Mario Tosato @ 5min 19sec

Stage 6: Friday, May 26, Mondovì - Chiavari, 258 km

  1. Silvano Ciampi: 7hr 14min 35sec
  2. Sante Ranucci s.t.
  3. Giovanni Pettinati s.t.
  4. Aldo Moser s.t.
  5. Rino Benedetti @ 5min 55sec
  6. Miguel Poblet s.t.
  7. Giuseppe Fallarini s.t.
  8. Bruno Costalunga s.t.
  9. Jean Brankart s.t.
  10. Germano Barale s.t.

GC after Stage 6:

  1. Giovanni Pettinati: 25hr 3min 25sec
  2. Aldo Moser @ 12sec
  3. Salvador Botella @ 1min 34sec
  4. Giorgio Tinazzi @ 3min 38sec
  5. Sante Ranucci @ 3min 51sec
  6. Raphaël Géminiani @ 6min 0sec
  7. Ercole Baldini @ 6min 17sec
  8. Jan Adriensens @ 6min 32sec
  9. Arnaldo Pambianco @ 6min 38sec
  10. Charly Gaul @ 6min 41sec

Stage 7: Saturday, May 24, Chiavari - Forte dei Marmi, 115 km

  1. Guido Boni: 2hr 57min 5sec
  2. Guido Carlesi s.t.
  3. Giorgio Albani @ 3min 40sec
  4. Cleto Maule s.t.
  5. Jan Brankart s.t.
  6. Arrigo Padovan s.t.
  7. Miguel Poblet s.t.
  8. Désiré Keteleer s.t.
  9. Vito Favero s.t.
  10. Gilberto Dall'Agata s.t.

GC after Stage 7:

  1. Giovanni Pettinati: 28hr 4min 7sec
  2. Aldo Moser @ 12sec
  3. Salvador Botella @ 1min 34sec
  4. Giorgio Tinazzi @ 3min 39sec
  5. Sante Ranucci @ 3min 51sec
  6. Raphaël Géminiani @ 6min 0sec
  7. Ercole Baldini @ 6min 17sec
  8. Jan Adriaensens @ 6min 32sec
  9. Arnaldo Pambianco @ 6min 38sec
  10. Charly Gaul @ 6min 41sec

Stage 8: Monday, May 26, Forte dei Marmi - Viareggio 61 km individual time trial

  1. Ercole Baldini: 1hr 17min 4sec
  2. Jan Brankart @ 2min 55sec
  3. Gastone Nencini @ 3min 57sec
  4. Miguel Poblet @ 4min 23sec
  5. Pasquale Fornara @ 4min 43sec
  6. Arnaldo Pambianco @ 4min 46sec
  7. Josef Planckaert @ 4min 51sec
  8. Louison Bobet @ 5min 3sec
  9. Giovanni Pettinati @ 5min 6sec
  10. Alfred De Bruyne @ 5min 10sec

GC after Stage 8:

  1. Giovanni Pettinati: 29hr 26min 17sec
  2. Aldo Moser @ 25sec
  3. Ercole Baldini @ 1min 11sec
  4. Salvador Botella @ 2min 25sec
  5. Jean Brankart @ 5min 8sec
  6. Arnaldo Pambianco @ 6min 18sec
  7. Giorgio Tinazzi @ 7min 0sec
  8. Charly Gaul @ 7min 6sec
  9. Miguel Poblet @ 7min 15sec
  10. Pasquale Fornara @ 7min 27sec

Stage 9: Tuesday, May 27, Firenze - Viterbo, 125 km

  1. Nino Defilippis: 6hr 7min 16sec
  2. Vicente Iturat s.t.
  3. Raphaël Géminiani s.t.
  4. Carlo Azzini s.t.
  5. Agostino Coletto s.t.
  6. Rino Benedetti @ 1min 50sec
  7. Paolo Guazzini s.t.
  8. Bruno Costalunga s.t.
  9. Guido Boni s.t.
  10. Arrigo Padovan s.t.

GC after Stage 9:

  1. Giovanni Pettinati: 35hr 35min 23sec
  2. Aldo Moser @ 25sec
  3. Ercole Baldini @ 1min 11sec
  4. Salvador Botella @ 2min 25sec
  5. Jean Brankart @ 5min 8sec
  6. Arnaldo Pambianco @ 6min 18sec
  7. Raphaël Géminiani @ 6min 55sec
  8. Giorgio Tinazzi @ 7m,in 0sec
  9. Charly Gaul @ 7min 6sec
  10. Miguel Poblet @ 7min 15sec

Stage 10: Wednesday, May 28, Viterbo - Roma, 155 km

  1. Gastone Nencini: 3hr 47min 42sec
  2. Walter Martin @ 46sec
  3. Sante Ranucci s.t.
  4. Nello Fabbri @ 49sec
  5. Giuseppe Fallarini @ 1min 19sec
  6. Rino Benedetti s.t.
  7. Miguel Poblet s.t.
  8. Armando Pellegrini
  9. Ercole Baldini s.t.
  10. Giorgio Tinazzi s.t.

GC after Stage 10:

  1. Giovanni Pettinati: 39hr 24min 24sec
  2. Aldo Moser @ 25sec
  3. Ercole Baldini @ 1min 11sec
  4. Salvador Botella @ 2min 25sec
  5. Jean Brankart @ 5min 8sec
  6. Arnaldo Pambianco @ 6min 18sec
  7. Raphaël Géminiani @ 6min 55sec
  8. Giorgio Tinazzi @ 7min 0sec
  9. Charly Gaul @ 7min 6sec
  10. Miguel Poblet @ 7min 15sec

Stage 11: Thursday, May 29, Roma - Scanno, 225 km

  1. Nino Defilippis: 6hr 29min 12sec
  2. Giuseppe Fallarini s.t.
  3. Germain Derijcke @ 3sec
  4. Alfredo Zagano s.t.
  5. Guido Carlesi s.t.
  6. Arnaldo Pambianco @ 7sec
  7. Antonino Catalano @ 12sec
  8. Savador Botella @ 49sec
  9. Charly Gaul s.t.
  10. Ercole Baldini s.t.

GC after Stage 11:

  1. Giovanni Pettinati: 45hr 54min 51sec
  2. Aldo Moser @ 7sec
  3. Ercole Baldini @ 45sec
  4. Salvador Botella @ 1min 59sec
  5. Jean Brankart @ 4min 46sec
  6. Arnaldo Pambianco @ 5min 40sec
  7. Charly Gaul @ 6min 40sec
  8. Miguel Poblet @ 6min 53sec
  9. Raphaël Géminiani
  10. Pasquale Fornara @ 7min 14sec

Stage 12: Friday, May 30, Scanno - San Benedetto del Tronto, 211 km

  1. Pierino Baffi: 5hr 35min 3sec
  2. Giuseppe Fallarini s.t.
  3. Guido Boni s.t.
  4. Hans Junkermann s.t.
  5. Gilberto Dall'Agata s.t.
  6. Silvestro La Cioppa s.t.
  7. Germano Barale s.t.
  8. Antonino Catalano s.t.
  9. Agostino Coletto s.t.
  10. Giorgio Mancini @ 1min 23sec

GC after Stage 12:

  1. Agostino Coletto: 51hr 40min 22sec
  2. Giovanni Pettinati @ 1min 58sec
  3. Aldo Moser @ 2min 5sec
  4. Guido Boni @ 2min 39sec
  5. Ercole Baldini @ 2min 43sec
  6. Pierino Baffi @ 2min 46sec
  7. Salvador Botella @ 3min 57sec
  8. Germano Barale @ 4min 2sec
  9. Silvestro La Cioppa @ 4min 21sec
  10. Jean Brankart @ 6min 44sec

Stage 13: Saturday, May 31, San Benedetto del Tronto - Cattolica, 192 km

  1. Guido Carlesi: 5hr 37min 37sec
  2. Miguel Poblet @ 12sec
  3. Jean Brankart @ 36sec
  4. Ercole Baldini s.t.
  5. Gastone Nencini s.t.
  6. Josef Planckaert s.t.
  7. Giuseppe Fallarini s.t.
  8. Hans Junkermann s.t.
  9. Cleto Maule s.t.
  10. Germano Barale s.t.

GC after Stage 13:

  1. Agostino Coletto: 57hr 18min 35sec
  2. Aldo Moser @ 2min 5sec
  3. Giovanni Pettinati @ 2min 32sec
  4. Ercole Baldini @ 2min 43sec
  5. Guido Boni @ 3min 13sec
  6. Pierino Baffi @ 3min 20sec
  7. Germano Barale @ 4min 2sec
  8. Salvador Botella @ 4min 31sec
  9. Silvestro La Cioppa @ 4min 55sec
  10. Jean Brankart @ 6min 44sec

Stage 14: Sunday, June 1, San Marino 12 km individual timed hill climb

  1. Charly Gaul: 23min 49sec
  2. Jean Brankart @ 18sec
  3. Ercole Baldini @ 24sec
  4. Federico Bahamontes @ 39sec
  5. Nino Defilippis @ 1min 3sec
  6. Jesus Lorono @ 1min 8sec
  7. Miguel Poblet @ 1min 10sec
  8. Alfred De Bruyne @ 1min 21sec
  9. Louison Bobet @ 1min 25sec
  10. Pasquale Fornara @ 1min 40sec

GC after Stage 14:

  1. Agostino Coletto: 57hr 45min 37sec
  2. Ercole Baldini @ 4sec
  3. Aldo Moser @ 2min 55sec
  4. Guido Boni @ 3min 0sec
  5. Giovanni Pettinati @ 3min 32sec
  6. Jean Brankart @ 3min 49sec
  7. Silvestro La Cioppa @ 3min 54sec
  8. German Barale @ 4min 5sec
  9. Salvador Botella @ 4min 14sec
  10. Pierino Baffi @ 4min 45sec

Stage 15: Monday, June 2, Cesena - Verona, 249 km

  1. Ercole Baldini: 7hr 19min 39sec
  2. Jean Brankart @ 32sec
  3. Silvestro La Cioppa @ 38sec
  4. Federico Bahamontes s.t.
  5. Charly Gaul @ 46sec
  6. Miguel Poblet @ 2min 4sec
  7. Raphaël Géminiani @ 2mn 8sec
  8. Hans Junkermann s.t.
  9. Sante Ranucci @ 2min 11sec
  10. Gastone Nencini s.t.

GC after stage 15:

  1. Ercole Baldini: 65hr 5min 20sec
  2. Agostino Coletto @ 2min 14sec
  3. Jean Brankart @ 4min 17sec
  4. Silvestro La Cioppa @ 4min 28sec
  5. Guido Boni @ 5min 14sec
  6. Giovanni Pettinati @ 5min 54sec
  7. Charly Gaul @ 6min 7sec
  8. Germano Barale @ 6min 27sec
  9. Aldo Moser @ 6min 38sec
  10. Miguel Poblet @ 8min 24sec

Stage 16: Tuesday, June 3, Verona - Levico Terme, 200 km

  1. Miguel Poblet: 5hr 22min 43sec
  2. Josef Planckaert s.t.
  3. Giuseppe Carizzoni s.t.
  4. Rino Benedetti s.t.
  5. Gastone Nencini s.t.
  6. Armando Pellegrini s.t.
  7. Aldo Moser and 69 other riders @ s.t.

GC after stage 16:

  1. Ercole Baldini: 70hr 28min 3sec
  2. Agostino Coletto @ 2min 14sec
  3. Jean Brankart @ 4min 17sec
  4. Silvestro La Cioppa @ 4min 28sec
  5. Guido Boni @ 5min 14sec
  6. Giovanni Pettinati @ 5min 54sec
  7. Charly Gaul @ 6min 7sec
  8. German Barale @ 6min 27sec
  9. Aldo Moser @ 6min 38sec
  10. Miguel Poblet @ 8min 2sec

Stage 17: Thursday, June 5, Levico Terme - Bolzano, 198 km

  1. Ercole Baldini: 6hr 4min 25sec
  2. Louison Bobet s.t.
  3. Nino Defilippis s.t.
  4. Gastone Nencini s.t.
  5. Josef Planckaert s.t.
  6. Hans Junkermann s.t.
  7. Jean Brankart s.t.
  8. Jesus Lorono s.t.
  9. Charly Gaul s.t.
  10. Miguel Poblet @ 2min 54sec

GC after Stage 17:

  1. Ercole Baldini: 76hr 32min 28sec
  2. Jean Brankart @ 4min 17sec
  3. Charly Gaul @ 6min 7sec
  4. Louison Bobet @ 9min 58sec
  5. Silvestro La Cioppa @ 10min 33sec
  6. Gastone Nencini @ 11min 7sec
  7. Miguel Poblet @ 11min 18sec
  8. Agostino Coletto @ 11min 28sec
  9. Jesus Lorono @ 11min 42sec
  10. Aldo Moser @ 12min 43sec

Stage 18: Friday, June 6, Bolzano - Trento, 193 km

  1. Gastone Nencini: 5hr 39min 49sec
  2. Vito Favero s.t.
  3. Louison Bobet s.t.
  4. Raphaël Géminiani @ 3sec
  5. Miguel Poblet s.t.
  6. Ercole Baldini s.t.
  7. Jan Adriaensens s.t.
  8. Alfred De Bruyne s.t.
  9. Hans Junkermann s.t.
  10. Jean Brankart s.t.

GC after Stage 18:

  1. Ercole Baldini: 82hr 18min 48sec
  2. Jean Brankart @ 4min 17sec
  3. Charly Gaul @ 6min 7sec
  4. Louison Bobet @ 9min 27sec
  5. Gastone Nencini @ 10min 36sec
  6. Miguel Poblet @ 11min 18sec
  7. Jesus Lorono @ 12min 12sec
  8. Raphaël Géminiani @ 13min 12sec
  9. Pasquale Fornara @ 14min 13sec
  10. Aldo Moser @ 15min 0sec

Stage 19: Saturday, June 7, Trento - Gardone Riviera, 176 km

  1. Miguel Poblet: 5hr 1min 12sec
  2. Germain Derijcke @ 9sec
  3. Gastone Nencini @ 11sec
  4. Alessandro Fantini s.t.
  5. Giuseppe Carizzoni s.t.
  6. Robert Vornajo s.t.
  7. Ercole Baldini s.t.
  8. Giuseppe Fallarini s.t.
  9. Germano Barale s.t.

GC after Stage 19:

  1. Ercole Baldini: 87hr 14min 11sec
  2. Jean Brankart @ 4min 17sec
  3. Charly Gaul @ 6min 7sec
  4. Louison Bobet @ 9min 27sec
  5. Gastone Nencini @ 10min 36sec
  6. Miguel Poblet @ 11min 7sec
  7. Jesus Lorono @ 12min 12sec
  8. Raphaël Géminiani @ 13min 12sec
  9. Pasquale Fornara @ 14min 13sec
  10. Aldo Moser @ 15min 0sec

20th and Final Stage: Sunday, June 8, Salò - Milano, 177 km

  1. Miguel Poblet: 4hr 55min 19sec
  2. Nino Defilippis s.t.
  3. Marcello Pellegrini s.t.
  4. Rino Benedetti s.t.
  5. Alessandro Fantini s.t.
  6. Walter Martin s.t.
  7. Arrigo Padovan s.t.
  8. Alfred De Bruyne s.t.
  9. Robert Varnajo s.t.
  10. Cleto Maule s.t.

Complete Final 1958 Giro d'Italia General Classificaton


The Story of the 1958 Giro d'Italia

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Coppi’s ability to compete at the highest level was more or less over. He continued to ride track and circuit races for buckets of money, money needed to finance an increasingly expensive life with Giulia. He was back on the Bianchi team for a year but no one expected him to be in the hunt for the overall victory in 1958’s Giro.

With Coppi’s declining power, Italy’s hopes were increasingly focused on Ercole Baldini. In 1956 he was unquestionably the finest living amateur. He not only won the Olympic road race, he won the world pursuit title and broke the world hour record. As a pro in 1957 he paired with Coppi and won the two-man Baracchi time trial and also won the Tours of Lazio and Romagna while also becoming Italian Road Champion. And there was that third place in the last Giro, one that might have been a second place if he had been willing to help Bobet escape Nencini in stage nineteen. Was he the new campionissimo?

The players in the 1958 Giro were largely the same as in 1956 and 1957. This time Bobet and Géminiani were on different teams and perhaps more important, Géminiani’s team also had Jean Brankart, a Belgian who had come in second in the 1955 Tour, winning two stages along the way. Defilippis anchored a Carpano squad made up mostly of Belgians. Gaul’s Faema team included Bahamontes, but given Gaul’s style, the makeup of his team had little to do with his final race success, or lack of it. The angry little man (actually 5'7" so I’m being more than a bit unfair) triumphed or failed on his own merits.

That a wave of Italian cycling dominance had passed was signaled by the lack of any Italian victories in the spring Classics. For the second year in a row there were no Italians on the Milan–San Remo podium, which was won by the only man to have captured all the Classics, Rik van Looy.

Baldini’s commanding form in the second stage 26-kilometer time trial at Varese meant Poblet couldn’t come within a minute of him while Gaul, almost as fine a time-trialist as climber, lost 69 seconds. Coppi, Nencini and Bobet each gave up roughly two minutes. The next day’s foray into the Alps put another rising star from Italy’s Melbourne Olympic team, Arnaldo Pambianco, in pink.

Ercole Baldini

Ercole Baldini wins the stage two time trial

In the first stages of this Giro, the lead was a hot potato, and after Bahamontes won stage four’s ride to the top of the Superga hill in Turin, Aldo—the oldest of the Moser brothers—took the lead. His brothers Diego, Enzo and Francesco and nephew Leonardo all became professional cyclists and will pop up regularly as our tale of the Giro continues.

And then Salvador Botella was the leader after stage five and Atala rider Giovanni Pettinati took the lead after stage six. That was six different leaders after six stages.

Over the next several stages Pettinati kept his place atop the General Classification. Even the 61-kilometer individual time trial in Viareggio on the Tuscan coast in stage eight didn’t shake things up. Baldini easily won the stage with Brankart three minutes slower and Nencini four and Bobet five minutes behind.
The Apennines of Le Marche broke the peloton apart in stage twelve when a fuga di bidone was allowed to scamper away to a twelve-minute gap. Defilippis’ teammate Agostino Coletto (third in the 1956 Giro), a specialist in long breaks, had been in the big move and now took the lead with Baldini the most highly placed contender in fifth at 2 minutes 43 seconds.

The San Marino timed hill-climb threw cold water on Coletto’s ambitions. Considered a good passista-scalatore, rather than a pure climber, the slopes of Monte Titano didn’t suit him. But it did suit Charly Gaul who won the twelve-kilometer stage by 18 seconds over Brankart. Baldini was 24 seconds slower and Coppi, who only a few years earlier would have been considered a favorite to win the stage, came in seventeenth at 2 minutes 21 seconds. Coletto still had the maglia rosa by the thinnest of margins.
1. Agostino Coletto
2. Ercole Baldini @ 4 seconds
3. Aldo Moser @ 2 minutes 55 seconds
4. Guido Boni @ 3 minutes
5. Giovanni Pettinati @ 3 minutes 32 seconds

Stage fifteen’s climb over the Apennines between Cesena on the Adriatic coast and Verona with its ascent to Bosco Chiesanuova finally put a wooden stake in Coletto’s classification hopes. Baldini motored to the top of the hill alone, 32 seconds ahead of Brankart, 46 seconds in front of Gaul. The chasing group with Nencini, Defilippis, Géminiani, Fornara and Bobet was left more than two minutes behind. Young Hercules, who was supposed to be too big a man to climb with the little angels of the mountains, had done a superb ride that netted him the lead.

Ercole Baldini

Ercole Baldini in the maglia rosa

In the Dolomite stage Baldini showed what a complete rider he really was. He won stage seventeen, beating Nencini, Bobet, Defilippis, Gaul, Brankart and Poblet in the sprint and eliminated Coletto from contention. That netted him a 4 minutes 17 second lead over second-place Brankart.

On the Gardena pass

Charly Gaul leads Ercole Baldini and Josef Planckaert on the Gardena pass

When he came in sixth into Trent in stage eighteen, a mere three seconds behind stage winner Nencini, Baldini had won the Giro on his second attempt.

Final 1958 Giro d’Italia General Classification:
1. Ercole Baldini (Legnano) 92 hours 9 minutes 30 seconds
2. Jean Brankart (St. Raphaël) @ 4 minutes 17 seconds
3. Charly Gaul (Faema) @ 6 minutes 7 seconds
4. Louison Bobet (Mercier) @ 9 minutes 27 seconds
5. Gastone Nencini (Chlorodont) @ 10 minutes 36 seconds
32. Fausto Coppi (Bianchi) @ 56 minutes 14 seconds

Climbers’ Competition:
1. Jean Brankart (St Raphaël)
2. Ercole Baldini (Legnano)
3. Charly Gaul (Faema)

Italy was sure it had found a new campionissimo, a new Coppi. Baldini was under serious pressure to ride the Tour that July, but he wisely resisted and instead that August became World Road Champion at Reims, France, soloing to his rainbow jersey more than two minutes ahead of Louison Bobet. His real love was time trialing and for several years he maintained a friendly rivalry with the master of the discipline, Jacques Anquetil. In 1959 Baldini left Legnano and the guidance of Eberardo Pavesi to sign a rich contract with Ignis.

The story goes that the owner of Ignis, Giovanni Borghi, met with Baldini to talk him into changing teams. To entice Italy’s hero he made a salary offer so large that he stunned Baldini into silence. Thinking Baldini’s dumbfoundedness was disinterest, Borghi increased the offer. Still Baldini could only stare at Borghi, so still more money was put on the table with the additional security that the value of the three years’ contract would be paid entirely in advance. That brought Baldini around enough to agree to the offer.

After signing with Ignis, Baldini went into an extraordinary decline. He never again truly contended for victory in a stage race or won a major one-day road race except for the 1963 Coppa Placci.

This was Fausto Coppi’s last Giro. He continued to race with ever-diminishing strength through 1959. He died in January 1960 of a misdiagnosed case of malaria acquired on a hunting and cycling expedition to Upper Volta (now Burkina Faso).

I have dealt with Coppi at length because he is the heart of Italian cycling, revered in Italy above all other racers past and present. When Felice Gimondi won the Tour de France in 1965, the popular Domenica del Corriere magazine had a fanciful cover of a rainbow-jerseyed Coppi, not Binda, Bartali or Girardengo, but Fausto Coppi slinging Gimondi into a race, saying “Go! Now it’s your turn.” As a teenager, future Giro and Tour winner Marco Pantani joined the Fausto Coppi Sports Club, one of the many Italian cycling organizations named after the campionissimo.

For all the problems his often insecure, melancholy personality caused, he was first and foremost the finest cycling machine the world has ever seen. Not the greatest, I leave that title to Eddy Merckx. Coppi was the finest, and on a day when his morale was good, he was unstoppable in a way no one else has ever been, before or since.

The list of Coppi’s wins tells of a rider who could compete and win in any race: World Hour Record, World Road Championship, Tour de France, Giro d’Italia, Classics, time trials. You name it, he won them all. Here’s another way to look at it. Cycling journalist and historian Pierre Chany said that between 1946 and 1954, once Coppi had broken away from the peloton, the pack never caught him. Never. To the best of my knowledge this cannot be said of any other racer in cycling history.

Giorgio Albani, 1956 Italian Road Champion and winner of 30 races, explained how superior Coppi was by telling of a day racing up the Ghisallo, struggling in his 23-tooth rear cog with Coppi at his side, loping along in a 22. When Coppi wanted to go, he merely dropped it to the 20 and easily left everyone behind.
Géminiani raced against and with Coppi and watched Merckx. The first chapter of Gem’s book Les Routiers-Flingueurs is titled “Fausto Coppi, Champion of Champions”. Géminiani listed the many ways we have seen that Coppi transformed the sport. He took the basic unit of cycling competition, the team, and honed it into an efficient competitive machine. He was years ahead of his time in his scientific approach to diet, training and equipment. Géminiani quoted Francis Pélissier by asking, “Tell me who was second… and this question remains valuable in a career that was even more magnificent than that of Merckx. Merckx beat many excellent racers, but not the super-champions as Coppi did.”

A writer for La Gazzetta dello Sport ably summed up the feelings of most Italian cycling fans when he wrote, “I pray that the good God will one day soon send us another Coppi.”


Video of the 1958 Giro. A home movie of the Giro with caravan passing through a town square