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1962 Giro d'Italia

45th edition: May 19 - June 9

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

1961 Giro | 1963 Giro | Giro d'Italia Database | 1962 Giro Quick Facts | 1962 Giro d'Italia Final GC | Stage results with running GC | The Story of the 1962 Giro d'Italia | Video of the 1962 Giro |


1962 Giro Quick Facts:

4,180 km raced at an average speed of 33.96 km/hr

130 starters and 47 classified finishers

Franco Balmamion of the Carpano team failed to eat enough and lost more than ten minutes in the second stage.

The fourteenth stage, in the Dolomites, was hit with terrible weather. 57 riders abandoned. Race leader Armand Desmet was forced to ride without enough warm clothing and lost 18 minutes.

After the second stage Balmamion slowly regained a lot of his lost time and in the seventeenth stage got in a break that gave him the lead, which he held to Milano. Balmamion won the Giro without a single stage victory.


1962 Giro d'Italia Complete Final General Classification:

  1. Franco Balmamion (Carpano) 123hr 7min 3sec
  2. Imerio Massignan (Legnano) @ 3min 57sec
  3. Nino Defilippis (Carpano) @ 5min 2sec
  4. Vito Taccone (Atala) @ 5min 21sec
  5. Vittorio Adorni (Philco) @ 7min 11sec
  6. José Perez-Frances (Ferrys) @ 7min 29sec
  7. Ercole Baldini (Moschettieri) @ 7min 54sec
  8. Graziano Battistini (Legnano) @ 8min 5sec
  9. Guido Carlesi (Philco) @ 14min 22sec
  10. Armand Desmet (Faema-Flandria) @ 15min 55sec
  11. Antonio Suarez (Ghigi) @ 19min 42sec
  12. Angelino Soler (Ghigi) @ 20min 0sec
  13. Gastone Nencini (Moschettieri) @ 24min 51sec
  14. Carlo Brugnami (Philco) @ 25min 35sec
  15. Huub Zilverberg (Faema-Flandria) @ 30min 20sec
  16. Guido De Rosso (Molteni) @ 36min 20sec
  17. Giuseppe Fallarini (Molteni) @ 42min 30sec
  18. Aldo Moser (San Pellegrino) @ 45min 4sec
  19. Bruno Martinato (Gazzola) @ 53min 29sec
  20. Alberto Assirelli (Moschettieri) @ 59min 40sec
  21. Angelo Conterno (Carpano) @ 1hr 4min 58sec
  22. Julio San Emeterio (Ferrys) @ 1hr 8min 0sec
  23. Germano Barale (Carpano) @ 1hr 17min 41sec
  24. Guido Neri (Torpado) @ 1hr 21min 22sec
  25. Giuseppe Sartore (Carpano) @ 1hr 29min 52sec
  26. Nunzio Pellicciari (Torpado)@ 1hr 39min 6sec
  27. Giancarlo Manzoni (Legnano) @ 1hr 44min 41sec
  28. Giuseppe Dante (Legnano) @ 1hr 50min 18sec
  29. Italo Mazzacurati (Moschettieri) @ 1hr 53min 49sec
  30. Rino Benedetti (Moschettieri) @ 2hr 9min 34sec
  31. Armando Pellegrini (Molteni) @ 2hr 12min 19sec
  32. Aldo Beraldo (Torpado) @ 2hr 24min 4sec
  33. Noé Conti (Philco) @ 2hr 24min 19sec
  34. Renato Spinello (Atala) @ 2hr 26min 41sec
  35. Loris Guernieri (Torpado) @ 2hr 33min 16sec
  36. Giovanni Bettinelli (Legnano) @ 2hr 34min 37sec
  37. Roberto Falaschi (Philco) @ 2hr 53min 57sec
  38. Graziano Corsini (San Pellegrino) @ 3hr 2min 29sec
  39. Antonio Bailetti (Carpano) @ 3hr 3min 7sec
  40. Federico Galeaz (Molteni) @ 3hr 5min 26sec
  41. Antonio Franchi (Atala) @ 3hr 5min 49sec
  42. Alcide Cerato (Molteni) @ 3hr 11min 5sec
  43. Renzo Accordi (Legnano) @ 3hr 20min 45sec
  44. Jean Milesi (Liberia-Grammont) @ 3hr 26min 4sec
  45. Nello Fabbri (Moschettieri) @ 3hr 38min 29sec
  46. Pierino Baffi (Ghigi) @ 3hr 41min 42sec
  47. Fedele Rubagotti (Legnano) @ 4hr 8min 47sec

Climbers Competition:

  1. Angelino Soler (Ghigi): 260 points
  2. Joseph Carrara (Liberia): 100
  3. Vincenzo Meco (San Pellegrino): 60
  4. Armando Pellegrini (Molteni), Nino Defilippis (Carpano): 50

Team Classification:

  1. Faema
  2. Philco
  3. Carpano

1962 Giro stage results with running GC:

Saturday, May 19: Stage 1, Milano - Tabiano Terme, 185 km

  1. Dino Liviero: 4hr 26min 18sec
  2. Emile Daems s.t.
  3. Edgard Sorgeloos s.t.
  4. Rino Benedetti s.t.
  5. Piet van Est s.t.
  6. Carlo Brugnami s.t.
  7. Willy Schroeders s.t.
  8. Severino Angella s.t.
  9. Vincenzo Meco s.t.
  10. José Perez-Frances

Sunday, May 20: Stage 2, Salsomaggiore - Sestri Levante, 158 km

  1. Graziano Battistini: 4hr 21min 11sec
  2. Marcel Ongenae @ 4sec
  3. Joseph Hoevenaers s.t.
  4. Arnaldo Pambianco s.t.
  5. Armand Desmet s.t.
  6. Antonio Suarez s.t.
  7. Henry Anglade s.t.
  8. Giuseppe Fallarini s.t.
  9. Gustaaf van Vaerenbergh s.t.
  10. Aldo Moser s.t.

GC after Stage 2:

  1. Graziano Battistini: 8hr 47min 29sec
  2. Arnaldo Pambianco, Antonio Suarez, Aldo Moser @ 4sec
  3. Ercole Baldini, José Perez-Frances, Carlo Brugnami, Aurelio Cestari, Imerio Massignan, Josef Planckaert, Piet van Est, Vincenzo Meco @ 1min 37sec

Monday, May 21: Stage 3, Sestri Levante - Panicagliora, 225 km

Major ascent: Foce Carpinelli

  1. Angelino Soler: 6hr 43min 43sec
  2. Huub Zilverberg @ 33sec
  3. Vito Taccone s.t.
  4. Vincenzo Meco s.t.
  5. Armand Desmet s.t.
  6. Guido Carlesi @ 48sec
  7. Vito Favero s.t.
  8. Ercole Baldini s.t.
  9. Charly Gaul s.t.
  10. Nino Defilippis s.t.
  11. Antonio Suarez s.t.
  12. Franco Balmamion s.t.

GC after Stage 3:

  1. Antonio Suarez: 15hr 31min 54sec
  2. Graziano Battistini @ 33sec
  3. Arnaldo Pambianco, Aldo Moser @ 37sec
  4. Vincenzo Meco @ 1min 28sec
  5. Ercole Baldini @ 1min 33sec
  6. Armand Desmet @ 1min 35sec
  7. Carlo Brugnami @ 2min 3sec
  8. José Perez-Frances, Aurelio Cestari @ 2min 10sec

Tuesday, May 22: Stage 4, Montecatini Terme - Perugia, 248 km

  1. Antonio Bailetti: 6ht 34min 55sec
  2. Giorgio Zancanaro @ 4min 34sec
  3. Franco Balmamion s.t.
  4. Loris Guernieri @ 6min 8sec
  5. Vincenzo Meco @ 6min 13sec
  6. Vito Favero s.t.
  7. Carlo Brunami s.t.
  8. Rino Benedetti @ 6min 15sec
  9. Aldo Pifferi s.t.
  10. Piet van Est s.t.

GC after Stage 4:

  1. Antonio Suarez: 22hr 33min 4sec
  2. Graziano Battistini @ 33sec
  3. Arnaldo Pambianco, Aldo Moser @ 37sec
  4. Vincezo Meco @ 1min 26sec
  5. Ercole Baldini, Armand Desmet @ 1min 33sec
  6. Carlo Brugnami @ 2min 1sec
  7. José Perez-Frances, Aurelio Cestari @ 2min 10sec

Wednesday, May 23: Stage 5, Perugia - Rieti, 258 km

Major ascent: Terminillo

  1. Joseph Carrara: 8hr 41min 1sec
  2. Piet van Est @ 1min 44sec
  3. Carlo Brugnami s.t.
  4. Vito Taccone s.t.
  5. Armand Desmet s.t.
  6. Henry Anglade s.t.
  7. Joseph Heovenaers s.t.
  8. Graziano Battistini s.t.
  9. Alfredo Sabbadin s.t.
  10. Huub Zilverberg s.t.

GC after Stage 5

  1. Antonio Suarez: 31hr 15min 49sec
  2. Graziano Battistini @ 33sec
  3. Arnaldo Pambianco, Aldo Moser @ 37sec
  4. Vincenzo Meco @ 1min 26sec
  5. Armand Desmet @ 1min 33sec
  6. Carlo Brugnami @ 2min 1sec
  7. Joseph Carrara @ 2min 4sec
  8. José Perez-Frances, Imerio Massignan @ 2min 10sec

Thursday, May 24: Stage 6, Rieti - Fiuggi, 193 km

  1. Willy Schroeders: 5hr 33min 25sec
  2. Armando Pellegrini s.t.
  3. Giuseppe Sartore s.t.
  4. Carlo Brugnami @ 1min 52sec
  5. Vincenzo Meco s.t.
  6. Arturo Neri @ 3min 17sec
  7. Noé Conti s.t.
  8. Emile Daems @ 3min 44sec
  9. Rino Benedetti s.t.
  10. Piet van Est s.t.

GC after Stage 6:

  1. Vincenzo Meco
  2. Antonio Suarez @ 26sec
  3. Carlo Brugnami @ 35sec
  4. Graziano Battistini @ 59sec
  5. Arnaldo Pambianco, Aldo Moser @ 1min 3sec
  6. Armand Desmet @ 1min 59sec
  7. José Perez-Frances, Imerio Massignan, Piet van Est @ 2min 36sec

Friday, May 25: Stage 7, Fiuggi - Montevergine, 220 km

Major asent: Montevergine

  1. Armand Desmet: 5hr 56min 53sec
  2. Henry Anglade @ 23sec
  3. Giuseppe Sartore @ 46sec
  4. Nino Defilippis @ 4min 30sec
  5. Attilio Moresi s.t.
  6. Josef Planckaert s.t.
  7. Oreste Magni s.t.
  8. Piet van Est s.t.
  9. José Perez-Frances s.t.
  10. Huub Zilverberg @ 4min 40sec

GC after Stage 7:

  1. Armand Desmet: 42hr 51min 24sec
  2. Henry Anglade @ 1min 5sec
  3. Vincenzo Meco @ 2min 31sec
  4. Antonio Suarez @ 3min 15sec
  5. Graziano Battistini @ 3min 48sec
  6. Carlo Brugnami @ 4min 0sec
  7. Arnaldo Pambianco @ 4min 18sec
  8. Also Moser @ 4min 54sec
  9. José Perez-Frances, Piet van Est @ 5min 7sec

Saturday, May 26: Stage 8, Avellino - Foggia, 110 km

  1. Huub Zilverberg: 2hr 49min 17sec
  2. Sante Renucci s.t.
  3. Rino Benedetti @ 19sec
  4. Giorgio Zancanaro s.t.
  5. Rik van Looy @ 36sec
  6. Vito Favero s.t.
  7. Gastone Nencini s.t.
  8. Emile Daems s.r.
  9. Mario Minieri s.t.
  10. Armando Pellegrini s.t.

GC after Stage 8:

  1. Armand Desmet: 45hr 41min 17sec
  2. Henry Anglade @ 1min 5sec
  3. Vincenzo Meco @ 2min 31sec
  4. Antonio Suarez @ 3min 15sec
  5. Graziano Battistini @ 3min 48sec
  6. Carlo Brugnami @ 4min 0sec
  7. Arnaldo Pambianco @ 4min 18sec
  8. Aldo Moser @ 4min 54sec
  9. José Perez-Frances, Piet van Est @ 5min 7sec

Sunday, May 27: Stage 9, Foggia - Chieti, 205 km

  1. Rik van Looy: 5hr 52min 58sec
  2. José Perez-Frances s.t.
  3. Graziano Battistini s.t.
  4. Armand Desmet s.t.
  5. Giuseppe Fallarini s.t.
  6. Vincenzo Meco s.t.
  7. Joseph Hoevenaers s.t.
  8. Vito Taccone s.t.
  9. Carlo Brugnami s.t.
  10. Imerio Massignan s.t.

GC after Stage 9:

  1. Armand Desmet: 51hr 34min 15sec
  2. Henry Anglade @ 1min 29sec
  3. Vincenzo Meco @ 2min 31sec
  4. Antonio Suarez @ 3min 15sec
  5. Graziano Battistini @ 3min 48sec
  6. Carlo Brunami @ 4min 0sec
  7. Arnaldo Pambiano @ 4min 42sec
  8. Also Moser @ 4min 54sec
  9. José Perez-Frances, Piet van Est @ 5min 7sec

Monday, May 28: Stage 10, Chieti - Fano, 218 km

  1. Giuseppe Tanucci: 5hr 20min 11sec
  2. Dino Bruni s.t.
  3. Alberto Marzaioli s.t.
  4. Gilbert Salvador s.t.
  5. Willy Schroeders s.t.
  6. Piet van Est s.t.
  7. Renzo Accordi s.t.
  8. Franco Balmamion s.t.
  9. Loris Guernieri @ 1min 32sec
  10. Emile Daems s.t.

GC after Stage 10:

  1. Armand Desmet: 56hr 56min 32sec
  2. Henry Anglade @ 1min 29sec
  3. Vincenzo Meco @ 2min 31sec
  4. Piet van Est @ 3min 1sec
  5. Antonio Suarez @ 3min 15sec
  6. Graziano Battistini @ 3min 48sec
  7. Carlo Brugnami @ 4min 0sec
  8. Arnaldo Pambianco @ 4min 42sec
  9. Aldo Moser @ 4min 54sec
  10. José Perez-Frances @ 5min 7sec

Tuesday, May 29: Stage 11, Fano - Castrocaro Terme, 170 km

  1. Rik van Looy: 4hr 8min 6sec
  2. Joseph Hoevenaers s.t.
  3. Alfredo Sabbadin s.t.
  4. Diego Ronchini s.t.
  5. Huub Ziverberg s.t.
  6. Vittorio Adorni s.t.
  7. Arturo Neri s.t.
  8. Luigi Zanchetta and 43 other riders @ 1min 59sec

GC after Stage 11:

  1. Armand Desmet: 61hr 5min 37sec
  2. Henry Anglade @ 1min 29sec
  3. Piet van Est @ 3min 1sec
  4. Antonio Suarez @ 3min 15sec
  5. Graziano Battistini @ 3min 38sec
  6. Huub Zilverberg @ 3min 51sec
  7. Carlo Brugnami @ 4min 0sec
  8. Arnaldo Pambianco @ 4min 42sec
  9. Aldo Moser @ 4min 54sec
  10. José Perez-Frances @ 5min 7sec

Wednesday, May 30: Stage 12, Forlì - Lignano Sabbiadoro, 298 km

  1. Bruno Mealli: 8hr 29min 35sec
  2. Willy Schroeders s.t.
  3. Giacomo Fornoni s.t.
  4. Giuseppe Sartore s.t.
  5. Gilbert Salvador s.t.
  6. Giuseppe Fezzardi s.t.
  7. Guido De Rosso s.t.
  8. Dino Bruni @ 8min 25sec
  9. Martin van Geneugden s.t.
  10. Rino Benedetti s.t.

GC after Stage 12:

  1. Armand Desmet: 69hr 43min 37sec
  2. Henry Angalde @ 1min 29sec
  3. Piet van Est @ 3min 1sec
  4. Antonio Suarez @ 3min 15sec
  5. Graziano Battistini @ 3min 48sec
  6. Huub Zilverberg @ 3min 51sec
  7. Carlo Brugnami @ 4min 0sec
  8. Arnaldo Pambianco @ 4min 42sec
  9. Aldo Moser @ 4min 54sec
  10. José Perez-Frances @ 5min 7sec

Friday, May 31: Stage 13, Lignano Sabbiadoro - Belluno/Nevegal, 173 km

Major ascents: Bosco del Cansoglio, Nevegal

  1. Guido Carlesi: 5hr 19min 36sec
  2. Angelin Soler s.t.
  3. Armand Desmet @ 7sec
  4. Luigi Zanchetta @ 32sec
  5. José Perez-Frances @ 40sec
  6. Imerio Massignan s.t.
  7. Ercole Baldini @ 49sec
  8. Gastone Nencini @ 1min 6sec
  9. Charly Gaul @ 1min 17sec
  10. Arturo Neri @ 1min 28sec

GC after Stage 13:

  1. Armand Desmet: 75hr 3min 20sec
  2. Henry Anglade @ 3min 35sec
  3. Antonio Suarez @ 4min 36sec
  4. Graziano Battistini @ 5min 9sec
  5. Piet van Est @ 5min 34sec
  6. José Perez-Frances @ 5min 40sec
  7. Imerio Massiginan @ 6min 16sec
  8. Guido Carlesi @ 6min 37sec
  9. Carlog Brugnami @ 7min 0sec
  10. Nino Defilippis @ 7min 29sec

Friday, June 1: Rest Day

Saturday, June 2: Stage 14, Belluno - Passo Rolle, 160 km

Major ascents: Duran, Forcella Staulanza, Cereda, Rolle

Cancelled because of snow and extreme cold: Valles and San Pellegrino climbs. There were 57 abandons that day, leaving 53 riders in the race.

  1. Vicenzo Meco: 6hr 41min 6sec
  2. Ercole Baldini @ 3min 27sec
  3. Imerio Massignan s.t.
  4. Nino Defilippis s.t.
  5. Graziano Battistini s.t.
  6. Vito Taccone s.t.
  7. José Perez-Frances s.t.
  8. Franco Balmamion @ 4min 7sec
  9. Armando Pellegrini @ 4min 17sec
  10. Giuseppe Fallarini @ 4min 29sec

GC after Stage 14:

  1. Graziano Battistini: 81hr 53min 2sec
  2. Henry Anglade @ 3sec
  3. José Perez-Frances @ 31sec
  4. Imerio Massignan @ 1min 7sec
  5. Nino Defilippis @ 2min 20sec
  6. Ercole Baldini @ 3min 42sec
  7. Carlo Brugnami @ 5min 4sec
  8. Guido Carlesi @ 6min 46sec
  9. Antonio Suarez @ 7min 1sec
  10. Vito Taccone @ 7min 22sec

Sunday, June 3: Stage 15, Moena - Aprica, 215 km

Major ascents: Palade, Tonale

  1. Vittorio Adorni: 6hr 45min 32sec
  2. Vito Taccone @ 3min 16sec
  3. Huub Zilverberg @ 4min 33sec
  4. Angelino Soler @ 5min 15sec
  5. Arturo Neri @ 5min 45sec
  6. José Perez-Frances @ 6min 39sec
  7. Imerio Massignan s.t.
  8. Armand Desmet s.t.
  9. Ercole Baldini s.t.
  10. Aldo Moser s.t.

GC after Stage 15:

  1. Graziano Battistini: 88hr 45min 13sec
  2. José Perez-Frances @ 31sec
  3. Imerio Massignan @ 1min 7sec
  4. Nino Defilippis @ 2min 20sec
  5. Henry Anglade @ 2min 51sec
  6. Ercole Baldini @ 3min 42sec
  7. Vito Taccone @ 4min 10sec
  8. Vittorio Adorni @ 6min 0sec
  9. Antonio Suarez @ 7min 1sec
  10. Franco Balmamion @ 8min 49sec

Monday, June 4: Stage 16, Aprica - Pian dei Resinelli, 123 km

Major ascent: Pian dei Resinelli

  1. Angelino Soler: 3hr 21min 25sec
  2. Franco Balmamion @ 1min 27sec
  3. Alfred Ruegg @ 2min 21sec
  4. Alcide Cerato @ 4min 25sec
  5. Antonio Bailetti s.t.
  6. Vincenzo Meco @ 4min 41sec
  7. Armand Desmet @ 4min 44sec
  8. Vito Taccone @ 5min 0sec
  9. Vittorio Adorni @ 5min 6sec
  10. Guido De Rosso @ 5min 13sec

GC after Stage 16

  1. Graziano Battistini: 9hr 22min 31sec
  2. José Perez-Frances @ 31sec
  3. Imerio Massignan @ 1min 18sec
  4. Nino Defilippis @ 2min 20sec
  5. Vito Taccone @ 3min 17sec
  6. Ercole Baldini @ 3min 42sec
  7. Franco Balmamion @ 4min 23sec
  8. Henry Anglade @ 5min 3sec
  9. Vittorio Adorni @ 5min 13sec
  10. Antonio Suarez @ 7min 54sec

Tuesday, June 5: Stage 17: Lecco - Casale Monferrato, 194 km

  1. Armando Pellegrini: 4hr 49min 24sec
  2. Loris Guernieri s.t.
  3. Jean Milesi s.t.
  4. Giancarlo Manzoni s.t.
  5. Giuseppe Fallarini s.t.
  6. Angelo Conterno s.t.
  7. Nello Fabbri s.t.
  8. Aldo Moser s.t.
  9. Antonio Bailetti s.t.
  10. Guido De Rosso s.t.

GC after Stage 17:

  1. Franco Balmamion: 97hr 16min 18sec
  2. Graziano Battistini @ 2min 21sec
  3. José Perez-Frances @ 2min 52sec
  4. Imerio Massignan @ 3min 39sec
  5. Ninio Defilippis @ 4min 41sec
  6. Vito Taccone @ 5min 38sec
  7. Ercole Baldini @ 6min 3sec
  8. Vittorio Adorni @ 7min 34sec
  9. Antonio Suarez @ 10min 15sec
  10. Armand Desmet @ 11min 6sec

Wednesday, June 6: Stage 18, Casale Monferrato - Frabosa Soprana, 232 km

  1. Angelino Soler: 7hr 24min 13sec
  2. Loris Guernieri @ 30sec
  3. Armand Desmet @ 33sec
  4. Bruno Martinato @ 55sec
  5. Gastone Nencini @ 1min 12sec
  6. José Perez-Frances @ 1min 14sec
  7. Graziano Battistini @ 1min 15sec
  8. Vittorio Adorni @ 1min 18sec
  9. Vito Taccone @ 1min 22sec
  10. Ercole Baldini @ 1min 30sec

GC after Stage 18:

  1. Franco Balmamion

Thursday, June 7: Stage 19, Frabosa Soprana - Saint Vincent d'Aoste , 193 km

  1. Giuseppe Sartore: 5hr 14min 41sec
  2. Aldo Beraldo @ 36sec
  3. Guido Carlesi @ 7min 26sec
  4. Renzo Accordi @ 8min 12sec
  5. Gastone Nencini @ 8min 19sec
  6. Armando Pellegrini @ 10min 53sec
  7. Roberto Falaschi s.t.
  8. Antonio Franchi s.t.
  9. Italo Mazzocurati 2 1min 12sec
  10. Graziano Battistini @ 11min 26sec

GC after Stage 19:

  1. Franco Balmamion: 110hr 10min 11sec
  2. Graziano Batttistini @ 1min 58sec
  3. José Perez-Frances @ 2min 29sec
  4. Imerio Massignan @ 3min 39sec
  5. Nino Defilippis @ 5min 2sec
  6. Vito Taccone @ 5min 23sec
  7. Ercole Baldini @ 5min 56sec
  8. Vittorio Adorni @ 7min 11sec
  9. Armand Desmet @ 10min 5sec
  10. Antonio Suarez @ 10min 15sec

Friday, June 8: Stage 20, Saint Vincent d'Aoste - Saint Vincent d'Aoste, 238 km

Major ascents: Joux, Tête d'Arpy, Joux

  1. Alberto Assirelli: 8hr 20min 45sec
  2. Vito Taccone @ 35sec
  3. Nino Defilippis @ 37sec
  4. Franco Balmamion s.t.
  5. Vittorio Adorni s.t.
  6. Guido Carlesi @ 53sec
  7. Imerio Massignan @ 55sec
  8. Guido De Rosso @ 2min 23sec
  9. Ercole Baldini @ 2min 35sec
  10. Angelino Soler @ 3min 8sec

GC after Stage 20:

  1. Franco Balmamion: 118hr 31min 33sec
  2. Imerio Massignan @ 3min 57sec
  3. Nino Defilippis @ 5min 2sec
  4. Vito Taccone @ 5min 21sec
  5. Vittorio Adorni @ 7min 11sec
  6. José Perez-Frances @ 7min 29sec
  7. Ercole Baldini @ 7min 54sec
  8. Rino Benedetti @ 8min 5sec
  9. Guido Carlesi @ 14min 22sec
  10. Armand Desmet @ 15min 55sec

Saturday, June 9: 21st and Final Stage, Saint Vincent d'Aoste - Milano, 160 km

  1. Guido Carlesi: 4hr 34min 30sec
  2. Rino Benedetti s.t.
  3. Armando Pellegrini s.t.
  4. Carlo Brugnami s.t.
  5. Pierini Baffi s.t.
  6. Federico Galeaz s.t.
  7. Nino Defilippis s.t.
  8. Alcide Cerato s.t.
  9. Gastone Nencini s.t.
  10. Italo Mazzacurati s.t.

Complete Final 1962 Giro d'Italia General Classification


The Story of the 1962 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.

 Before looking at the riders entered in the 1962 Giro, let’s start with Giovanni Borghi, who offered that fabulous contract to Baldini. He’s been influencing our tale from behind the scenes. His story will almost stand in for all of postwar northern Italy. Borghi felt that immediately after the war’s end Italians would start wanting modern appliances, so he built a small factory to make Ignis brand stoves. Actually the shooting hadn’t even stopped before he started construction. He knew what he wanted to do and intended to get on with it.

He switched to producing refrigerators and by relentlessly focusing on improving his production methods, Borghi became a supremely efficient manufacturer. By the start of the 1962 Giro, Borghi had about a third of the Italian refrigerator business and was also exporting a large part of his production. Next he turned to washing machines and soon had 40 percent of the Italian market. The future looked good for Borghi because at this time only 30 percent of Italian homes had refrigerators and fewer than 10 percent had washing machines. The Italian miracle was really just beginning.

In the mid-1950s Borghi understood the value of television and sports promotion. He sponsored boxers, basketball teams and bicycle racers. Pambianco’s 1961 Giro-winning Fides squad was sponsored by a Borghi company.

For 1962 he combined his Pambianco-led Fides team with his Baldini/Poblet Ignis squad and then signed up Gastone Nencini and tried to hire Balmamion. Borghi was stung by press accusations that he stifled Italian racing by buying up all the good talent for the sole questionable purpose of promoting his businesses. When newspapers can’t find a problem, they sometimes make one up. To deflect this bad publicity he renamed his team Moschettieri (Musketeers), but everyone knew that Ignis was the team’s sponsor. The name obviously applied to his three General Classification riders, Pambianco, Nencini and Baldini. Perhaps it also brought up a nostalgic feeling for years past when Ganna, Galetti and Pavesi raced as the Three Musketeers who allied themselves against foreign riders in the 1910 Giro.

Balmamion initially signed for Ignis but realized he would be reduced to the position of gregario. He asked for and was granted a release from his contract and joined the other well-capitalized team of the era, Carpano. Carpano would have been a perfect solution except that it was captained by the superb and always ambitious Nino Defilippis. Balmamion assumed Defilippis would be riding the Giro solely for stage wins, as the best Grand Tour place Defilippis had attained was fifth back in the 1956 Tour de France. He was tenth with a single stage win in the 1961 Giro.

Other riders who might be expected to vie for the maglia rosa included Charly Gaul, Graziano Battistini (second in the 1960 Tour) Imerio Massignan, Henry Anglade, Rik van Looy and the flamboyant, talented and often disliked climber Vito Taccone.

Taccone, nicknamed the “Abruzzo Chamois” (for the agile little antelope that lives in the mountains, not for the insert in your cycling shorts), would later be banned from the Tour de France after being blamed for intentionally causing at least one crash. But he was also immensely talented, having won the Tour of Lombardy the year before, his first year as a pro.

At 4,180 kilometers the 1962 Giro was the second-longest Giro ever. Only the 1954 Giro (won by Clerici) at 4,337 kilometers has been longer. Unlike the year before with its single hilltop finish, the 1962 edition had seven. This was a race for climbers, particularly because there were no time trials.

The first maglia rosa of the year was earned by Dino Liviero, whom I believe never won another race. More importantly, in the build-up to the stage’s end there were attacks and counter attacks that caused a split in the peloton. Vittorio Adorni, Battistini, Massignan and Baldini were in the front group while a minute and a half back was the better part of the peloton, which included Anglade, Taccone, Balmamion and Defilippis.

The next day, the weather appalling, really set the scene for the rest of the race. On the Passo di Cento Croci, Graziano Battistini of Legnano (still being directed by Pavesi) took off, sparking a furious chase. Pambianco and Anglade were in a group of nine riders who came within four seconds of catching the fleeing Legnano rider by the end of the stage. Most of the other contenders finished 97 seconds after Battistini.

Balmamion’s second stage was catastrophic. He bonked in the cold, wet weather and lost 10 minutes 3 seconds more. Desperate for a way to repair their sagging fortunes, Carpano designated Defilippis the team’s General Classification rider.

Battistini was now the leader with Pambianco second at four seconds.
With stage three’s hilltop finish near the Tuscan city of Montecatini, Battistini, a good climber, should have been able to keep his lead. He couldn’t. 1961 Vuelta winner Angelino Soler soared up the mountain, winning the stage while the ensuing chase shattered the pack. His teammate Antonio Suárez was now in pink.

The General Classification after stage three was thus:
1. Antonio Suárez
2. Graziano Battistini @ 33 seconds
3. Arnaldo Pambianco @ 37 seconds
4. Enzo Moser @ same time
5. Vincenzo Meco @ 1 minute 28 seconds

The Giro drove right down the center of the peninsula, through Umbria, and finished stage six in Fiuggi, east of Rome. It might have been the hilltop finish waiting at the end of stage seven that let two good breaks get away, or perhaps the team captains didn’t think anyone in the breaks could pose a real threat to winning the Giro. The second break included Vincenzo Meco, who was sitting in fifth place. He and Carlo Brugnami of Vittorio Adorni’s Philco team arrived in Fiuggi almost a minute and a half before the Suárez group, giving the rider from the San Pellegrino team the lead by 26 seconds over Suarez. Meco was in his first year as a professional bike racer. It would turn out to be the best year of his five-year career as a pro.

When the peloton got close to the stage seven ascent of Santuario di Montevergine, northeast of Naples, the attacks began in earnest. Belgian Armand Desmet, Henry Anglade, and Giuseppe Sartore of the Carpano team made their escape stick, beating the first chase group, led in by Defilippis, by 4 minutes 30 seconds. Meco’s moment of pink glory was over and Desmet was the new maglia rosa with Anglade, a superb stage racer, sitting in second place, 65 seconds behind.

That was as far south as Giro went in 1962. Now it headed north for its appointment with the Dolomites. The next several stages were fairly flat, allowing Desmet’s Faema team to make sure their boy remained the leader at least until the big mountains.

Stage thirteen came and with it those big mountains; specifically an ascent of the Bosco del Cansiglio with a finish at the Nevegal ski station. Defilippis tried to get away on the first climb, but it was far too early in the stage and he was caught after the descent. Then Guido Carlesi threw the dice and with him came Desmet and Angelino Soler. Carlesi won the stage and Desmet had succeeded in his first important defense of his lead. Pambianco became ill and abandoned. Taccone, placing 22nd, lost 2 minutes 40 seconds. The other contenders finished between 40 and 80 seconds behind Carlesi.

Neri, Casati, Massignan, Zancanaro, Cestari and Martin on a climb

Before going on to the incredible fourteenth stage, the General Classification stood thus:
1. Armand Desmet
2. Henry Anglade @ 3 minutes 35 seconds
3. Antonio Suarez @ 4 minutes 36 seconds
4. Graziano Battistini @ 5 minutes 9 seconds
5. Wim van Est @ 5 minutes 34 seconds

Stage fourteen, mercifully following a rest day, stacked up seven major climbs (and several smaller leg busters as well) in its 160 kilometers: the Duran, Staulanza, Aurine, Cereda, Rolle, Valles and San Pellegrino passes. The weather report that morning was terrible. A storm front had moved in, portending a miserable day in the saddle for the riders. Torriani contemplated canceling the stage but finally decided to proceed with the stage as scheduled.

There would be no mercy for the riders as snow fell while they ascended the first climb, the Duran. On the descent the temperature continued to drop. Conditions on the next climb, the Staulanza, became too much for some of the riders, who, frozen to the core, abandoned. Up front, the elite of the Giro formed a lead group. One rider who didn’t join them was Charly Gaul. It was thought he would use this day and his famous tolerance of cold weather to take control of the race. Sure that the stage would be cancelled, Gaul decided to cut his suffering short and abandoned.

Gaul miscalculated. Two of the last three Giri had been won by foreigners and Italy was in no mood for any more of this sort of nonsense. Historian Herbie Sykes noted that Gaul was the most dangerous foreigner in the peloton and that his quitting made an Italian winner likely. With Gaul’s departure, the chances of the stage being annulled dropped to zero.

I never understood why this was so rare, but Carpano team manager Vincenzo Giacotto had fresh, dry clothing for Balmamion at the top of the pass, allowing him to do the descent in far greater comfort than the rest of the peloton. We’ll see that 25 years later this would still be a strangely uncommon move for a team director to make.

As the race moved to the Aurine, more riders gave up. Still, the frozen racers who were determined to complete the stage slogged on. Eventually Torriani had to do something with the final two passes that were now closed from the snow. He moved the finish back to the top of the Rolle. Vincenzo Meco won the stage. Behind him, nine riders finished within four and a half minutes. That day 57 riders abandoned, leaving only 53 to contest the final stages. Van Looy as well as many other certified hard-men quit that day.

And what about the maglia rosa, Armand Desmet? His day was disastrous. He flatted and then crashed. He was given only a short-sleeve jersey to wear because Guillaume Driessens, his director, failed to bring warm clothing to the high mountains. He finished 29th, 18 minutes 33 seconds after Meco. Defilippis climbed off his bike but was shamed into remounting by his gregari.

The General Classification after the day of cold agony:
1. Graziano Battistini
2. Henry Anglade @ 3 seconds
3. José Pérez-Francés @ 31 seconds
4. Imerio Massignan @ 1 minute 7 seconds
5. Nino Defilippis @ 2 minutes 20 seconds.

The remaining two Dolomite stages (fifteen and sixteen) had little effect upon the General Classification with but two exceptions. Anglade was clearly ill and lost gobs of time and eventually abandoned. After his second place finish in stage sixteen, Balmamion moved up to seventh overall, down 4 minutes 23 seconds to Battistini.

Stage seventeen took the Giro westward across Lombardy before a few days in the Alps. This should have been a sprinter’s stage but complex team politics (would there be any other kind in an Italian race?) completely scrambled the eggs. Almost from the gun Defilippis took off. A rider of his caliber had to be contained and Legnano’s Massignan buried himself catching the fleeing Carpano rider.

Vito Taccone and Vittorio Adorni

Vito Taccone and Vittorio Adorni

After an attack has been neutralized there is usually a moment of relaxation in the peloton when the riders get their breath. This can be one of the best times to attack the tired and unwary pack and this moment was no exception. A group of Carpano, Molteni and Faema gregari bolted. Balmamion, sensing that this was the time to act, took off with a couple of other riders and quickly made contact. The break got itself organized, decided who would work, but not fight for the stage win (Molteni was desperate to salvage something from this Giro) and then got down to the business of motoring across Lombardy.

Legnano was out of gas. Both Battistini and Massignan were exhausted and couldn’t mount an effective chase. Defilippis, sensing that teammate Balmamion was riding away with the Giro, was enraged and demanded that his director, Ettore Milano (the same Milano who had once been one of Coppi’s faithful gregari) tell Balmamion to return to the peloton. Fat chance. No one else in the pack would work with Defilippis, so the break cruised into Monferrato 6 minutes 41 seconds ahead of a listless peloton. The new leader? The neo-pro who had lost eleven minutes almost as the Giro had started.
1. Franco Balmamion
2. Graziano Battistini @ 2 minutes 21 seconds
3. José Pérez-Francés @ 2 minutes 52 seconds
4. Imerio Massignan @ 3 minutes 39 seconds
5. Nino Defilippis @ 4 minutes 41 seconds

Defilippis was furious that his team had let Balmamion become the team leader, shredding his own chances for a Giro win. He was so upset that he drove to his nearby home, and Giacotto had to talk him into coming back and starting the next day. A hefty check from the owner of Carpano helped assuage Defilippis’ pain.

Stage eighteen was the first Alpine stage. A tired Balmamion chose to let others desperate for a stage win close the gap on a good earlier break on the uphill slog to Frabosa Soprana. Battistini was able to recoup 23 seconds, bringing him to within 1 minute 58 seconds of Balmamion.

The last two Alpine stages presented no particular challenge to Balmamion, who was riding into terrific form. He was easily the strongest rider in the peloton and able to fend off any attack. It was a good thing, because Defilippis kept trying to dislodge Balmamion and attacked him again and again until the final climb. The effect of Defilippis’ unrelenting aggression was to break Balmamion’s competitors, increasing Balmamion’s final lead.

Defilippis, one of the era’s great single-day riders, failed to win a single stage this Giro. But by coming in third, he did better in this Giro than he had ever done before or since in a Grand Tour.

Balmamion’s victory was a strange one. He never won a stage. He lost what should have been a crippling amount of time early on and his team was divided with Defilippis attacking him on the road and in the press. Still, Balmamion soldiered on, carefully gaining time when and where he could. Even more astonishing about his performance, he rode some of the race as a gregario for Defilippis.

The best Ignis’ expensive Moschettieri could do was Ercole Baldini’s seventh place, 7 minutes 54 seconds behind Balmamion.

Franco Balmamion and Costante Girardengo

Franco Balmamion and the first Campionissimo, Costante Girardengo

Final 1962 Giro d’Italia General Classification:
1. Franco Balmamion (Carpano) 123 hours 7 minutes 3 seconds
2. Imerio Massignan (Legnano) @ 3 minutes 57 seconds
3. Nino Defilippis (Carpano) @ 5 minutes 2 seconds
4. Vito Taccone (Atala) @ 5 minutes 21 seconds
5. Vittorio Adorni (Philco) @ 7 minutes 11 seconds

Climbers’ Competition:
1. Angelino Soler (Ghigi)
2. Joseph Carrara (Liberia-Grammont)
3. Vincenzo Meco (San Pellegrino)

Much has been made of Nencini’s fabulous bike descending skills, but he wasn’t the only rider who could swoop down a mountain at speed. Henry Anglade, a proud man (his nickname was Napoleon), thought Nencini’s reputation as the best was undeserved and tells the following story after meeting the Italian during stage fourteen, where so many riders had abandoned:
“I couldn’t tolerate the idea that Nencini was the best descender of the peloton. I said to him, call the blackboard man [who rides on the back of a motorcycle giving the riders information about the race], we’ll do the descent together and whoever comes second pays for the aperitifs this evening. So he called the ardoisier and asked him to follow us. The road was of compressed earth. We attacked the drop flat out. I let Nencini take the lead so that I could see how he negotiated the bends before attacking him. In the end I dropped as though I was alone. At the bottom, I had taken 32 seconds out of him, written on the blackboard. I was really tickled. I had beaten Nencini. The next time I saw him was that evening in the hotel I was staying at. He had just bought me an apéritif!”


Italian 20-minute video of the 1962 Giro d'Italia