BikeRaceInfo: Current and historical race results, plus interviews, bikes, travel, and cycling history

Tour de France: the Inside Story Schwab Cycles Cycles BiKyle South Salem Cycleworks Mondonico frames CycleItalia cycling tours Selle San Marco saddles Advertise with us! Smart Cycles

 

Search our site:
Email Newsletter icon, E-mail Newsletter icon, Email List icon, E-mail List icon Sign up for our Email Newsletter

1967 Giro d'Italia

50th edition: May 20 - June 11

Results, stages with running GC, photos and history

1966 Giro | 1968 Giro | Giro d'Italia Database | 1967 Giro Quick Facts | 1967 Giro d'Italia Final GC | Stage results with running GC | The Story of the 1967 Giro d'Italia |


1967 Giro Quick Facts:

3,572 km raced at an average speed of 35.34 km/hr.

130 starters and 70 classified finishers.

While Jacques Anquetil didn't have the troubled sponsorship politics hampering him as he had in 1966, fighting the combined might of the Italian riders in the peloton was an even bigger problem.

The outcome of the 1967 Giro remains controversial because of the unusual circumstances surrounding Anquetil's time loss in the 21st stage. In any case, Felice Gimondi romped away from the field that day and arrived in Tirano the new leader.


1967 Giro d'Italia Final General Classification:

  1. Felice Gimondi (Salvarani) 101hr 5min 34sec
  2. Franco Balmamion (Molteni) @ 3min 36sec
  3. Jacques Anquetil (Bic) @ 3min 45sec
  4. Vittorio Adorni (Salamini-Luxor) @ 4min 33sec
  5. José Pérez-Francés (KAS) @ 5min 17sec
  6. Gianni Motta (Molteni) @ 6min 21sec
  7. Lucien Aimar (Bic) @ 7min 25sec
  8. Francisco Galba (KAS) @ 9min 43sec
  9. Eddy Merckx (Peugeot) @ 11min 41sec
  10. Eusebio Vélez (KAS) @ 15min 0sec
  11. Aurelio Gonzalez Puente (KAS) @ 20min 23sec
  12. Silvano Schiavon (Vittadello) @ 20min 34sec
  13. Antonio Gomez del Moral (KAS) @ 25min 17sec
  14. Marcello Mugnaini (Filotex) @ 25min 49sec
  15. Franco Bitossi (Filotex) @ 34min 43sec
  16. Aldo Moser (Vittadello) @ 35min 10sec
  17. Carlos Echevarria (KAS) @ 43min 34sec
  18. Dino Zandegù (Salvarani) @ 45min 4sec
  19. Roberto Poggiali (Salvarani) @ 50min 40sec
  20. Lino Carletto (Salamini-Luxor) @ 51min 14sec
  21. Renzo Fontona (Max Meyer) @ 51min 26sec
  22. Wladimiro Panizza (Vittadello) @ 53min 3sec
  23. Vicente Lopez-Carril (KAS) @ 55min 34sec
  24. Imerio Massignan (Salamini-Luxor) @ 58min 32sec
  25. Rolf Maurer (Filotex) @ 1hr 5min 38sec
  26. Claudio Michelotto (Max Meyer) @ 1hr 13min 31sec
  27. Flaviano Vicentini (Salvarani) @ 1hr 19min 15sec
  28. Frans Brands (Romeo-Smith's) @ 1hr 23min 19sec
  29. René Binggeli (Max Meyer) @ 1hr 31min 31sec
  30. Giancarlo Polidori (Vittadello) @ 1hr 32min 53sec
  31. Lino Farisato (Mainetti) @ 1hr 39min 57sec
  32. Pietro Guerra (Salamini-Luxor) @ 1hr 42min 39sec
  33. Adriano Passuello (Molteni) @ 1hr 44min 28sec
  34. Giancarlo Cucchietti (Max Meyer) @ 1hr 47min 22sec
  35. Luciano Galbo (Max Meyer) @ 1hr 51min 14sec
  36. Giancarlo Ferretti (Salvarani) @ 1hr 52min 31sec
  37. Henri Rabaute (Peugeot) @ 1hr 52min 52sec
  38. Luciano Armani (Salamini-Luxor) @ 1hr 53min 5sec
  39. Ferdinand Bracke (Peugeot) @ 1hr 59min 10sec
  40. Guido Neri (Max Meyer) @ 2hr 3min 44sec
  41. Willy Planckaert (Romeo Smith's) @ 2hr 5min 45sec
  42. Georges Vandenberghe (Romeo Smith's) @ 2hr 6min 8sec
  43. Remo Stefanoni (Max Meyer) @ 2hr 11min 55sec
  44. Bruno Mealli (Salamini-Luxor) @ 2hr 11min 55sec
  45. Sebastian Elorza (KAS) @ 2hr 12min 31sec
  46. Franco Bodrero (Molteni) @ 2hr 12min 51sec
  47. Jacques De Bover (Romeo-Smith's) @ 2hr 13min 57sec
  48. Alberto Della-Torre (Filotex) @ 2hr 13min 41sec
  49. Carlo Chiappano (Salvarini) @ 2hr 16min 1sec
  50. Manuel-Martin Pinera (KAS) @ 2hr 16min 59sec
  51. Emilio Casalini (Salamini-Luxor) @ 2hr 20min 36sec
  52. Mario Anni (Molteni) @ 2hr 21min 31sec
  53. Mino Denti (Salvarani) @ 2hr 24min 38sec
  54. Lorenzo Carminati (Germanvox) @ 2hr 25min 28sec
  55. Vittorio Chiarini (Filotex) @ 2hr 26min 23sec
  56. Renzo Baldan (Vittadello) @ 2hr 29min 2sec
  57. Giorgio Favero (Filotex) @ 2hr 32min 18sec
  58. Giovanni De Franceschi (Mainetti) @ 2hr 34min 28sec
  59. Antonio Albonetti (Salamini-Luxor) @ 2hr 34min 59sec
  60. Albert Van Vlierberghe (Romeo-Smith's) @ 2hr 40min 31sec
  61. Eraldo Bocci (Germanvox) @ 2hr 41min 57sec
  62. Jean-Claude Daunat (Peugeot) @ 2hr 42min 2sec
  63. Mario Di Toro (Germanvox) @ 3hr 2min 5sec
  64. Severino Andreoli (Vittadello) @ 3hr 3min 58sec
  65. Adriano Durante (Salvarani) @ 3hr 9min 59sec
  66. Jean Milesi (Bic) @ 3hr 11min 53sec
  67. Italo Mazzacurati (Salamini-Luxor) @ 3hr 15min 12sec
  68. Tommaso Da Pra (Molteni) @ 3hr 24min 21sec
  69. Danilo Grassi (Filotex) @ 3hr 25min 9sec
  70. Lucillo Lievore (Mainetti) @ 3hr 28min 30sec

Climbers' Competition:

  1. Aurelio González (KAS): 460 points
  2. Lucien Aimar (Bic): 90
  3. Franco Bitossi (Filotex), Eddy Merckx (Peugeot), Felice Gimondi (Salvarani), Vittorio Adorni (Salvarani): 90
  4. Wladimiro Panizza (Vittadello): 70

Points Competition:

  1. Dino Zandegù (Salvarani) : 200 points
  2. Eddy Merckx (Peugeot): 178
  3. Willy Planckaert (Romeo-Smith's): 176
  4. Vittorio Adorni (Salvarani): 102
  5. José Pérez-Francés (KAS): 89

Team Classification winner: KAS


1967 Giro stage results with running GC:

Saturday, May 20: Stage 1, Treviglio - Alessandria, 135 km

  1. Giorgio Zancanaro: 3hr 1min 38sec
  2. Adriano Durante s.t.
  3. Franco Balmamion s.t.
  4. Giuseppe Milioli s.t.
  5. Pietro Guerra s.t.
  6. Roberto Poggiali s.t.
  7. Georges Vandenberghe @ 11sec
  8. Willy Planckaert s.t.
  9. Rik van Looy s.t.
  10. Dino Zandegù s.t.

Sunday, May 21: Stage 2, Alessandria - La Spezia, 223 km

Major Ascent: Bracco

  1. Antonio Gomez del Moral: 6hr 12min 11sec
  2. Silvano Schiavon @ 1min 17sec
  3. Rudi Altig @ 1min 29sec
  4. Eddy Merckx s.t.
  5. Michele Dancelli s.t.
  6. Lucien Aimar s.t.
  7. Rolf Maurer s.t.
  8. Vito Taccone s.t.
  9. Dino Zandegù s.t.
  10. José Pérez-Francés s.t.

GC after Stage 2:

  1. Antonio Gomez del Moral: 9hr 14min 0sec
  2. Silvano Schiavon @ 1min 17sec
  3. Roberto Poggiali @ 1min 18sec
  4. Eddy Merckx @ 1min 29sec

Monday, May 22: Stage 3, La Spezia - Prato, 205 km

Major ascents: Cipollaio, Radici, Abetone

  1. Michele Dancelli: 6hr 11min 19sec
  2. José Pérez-Francés s.t.
  3. Vito Taccone @ 1sec
  4. Aldo Moser @ 3sec
  5. Dino Zandegù @ 1min 13sec
  6. Ugo Colombo s.t.
  7. Vittorio Adorni s.t.
  8. Eddy merckx s.t.
  9. Lino Carletto s.t.
  10. Rolf Maurer s.t.

GC after Stage 3:

  1. Antonio Gomez del moral: 15hr 26min 32sec
  2. Michele Dancelli, José Pérez-Francés @ 16sec
  3. Vito Taccone @ 17sec
  4. Aldo Moser @ 19sec
  5. Silvano Schiavon @ 1min 17sec
  6. Roberto Poggiali @ 1min 18sec

Tuesday, May 23: Stage 4, Firenze - Chianciano Terme, 155 km

  1. Dino Zandegù: 4hr 18min 17sec
  2. Pietro Guerra @ 1sec
  3. Silvano Schiavon @ 2sec
  4. Franco Bitossi @ 4sec
  5. Willy Planckaert s.t.
  6. Michele Dancelli s.t.
  7. Vittorio Adorni s.t.
  8. José Pérez-Francés s.t.
  9. Rudi Altig s.t.
  10. Gianni Motta s.t.

GC after Stage 4:

  1. Antonio Gomez del Moral: 19hr 44min 53sec
  2. Michele Dancelli, José Pérez-Francés @ 16sec
  3. Vito Taccone @ 17sec
  4. Aldo Moser @ 19sec
  5. Silvano Schiavon @ 1min 15sec
  6. Roberto Poggiali @ 1min 18sec
  7. Dino Zandegù @ 1min 25sec

Wednesday, May 24: Stage 5, Roma - Napoli, 220 km

  1. Willy Planckaert: 5hr 24min 52sec
  2. Marino Basso s.t.
  3. Michele Dancelli s.t.
  4. Luciano Armani s.t.
  5. Mario Anni s.t.
  6. Franco Bodrero s.t.
  7. Frans Brands s.t.
  8. Mario Maino s.t.
  9. Aldo Pifferi @ 15sec
  10. Flaviano Vicentini s.t.

GC after Stage 5:

  1. Michele Dancelli: 25hr 10min 1sec
  2. José Pérez-Francés @ 13sec
  3. Vito Taccone @ 16sec
  4. Aldo Moser @ 18sec
  5. Silvano Schiavon, Roberto Poggiali @ 1min 14sec
  6. Dino Zandegù @ 1min 24sec

Thursday, May 25: Stage 6, Palermo (Monte Pellegrino circuit), 63 km

  1. Rudi Altig: 1hr 37min 56sec
  2. Michele Dancelli s.t.
  3. Willy Planckaert s.t.
  4. Dino Zandegù s.t.
  5. Eddy Merckx s.t.
  6. Jo De Roo s.t.
  7. Franco Bitossi s.t.
  8. Jan Tummers s.t.
  9. Vittorio Adorni s.t.
  10. Giancarlo Polidori s.t.

GC after Stage 6:

  1. Michele Dancelli: 26hr 47min 56sec
  2. José Pérez-Francés @ 15sec
  3. Aldo Moser @ 18sec
  4. Silvano Schiavon @ 1min 14sec
  5. Roberto Poggiali @ 1min 17sec
  6. Dino Zandegù @ 1min 24sec

Friday, May 26: Stage 7: Catania - Etna, 170 km

Major ascent: Mt. Etna

  1. Franco Bitossi: 5hr 52min 48sec
  2. Aurelio Gonzales-Puente @ 3sec
  3. Silvano Schiavon @ 9sec
  4. Lino Carletto @ 22sec
  5. Gianni Motta @ 23sec
  6. Eddy Merckx s.t.
  7. Felice Gimondi @ 26sec
  8. Italo Zilioli s.t.
  9. José Pérez-Francés s.t.
  10. Vito Taccone s.t.

GC after Stage 7:

  1. Michele Dancelli: 32hr 41min 11sec
  2. José Pérez-Francés @ 15sec
  3. Aldo Moser @ 18sec
  4. Silvano Schiavon @ 57sec
  5. Franco Bitossi, Aurelio Gonzales-Puente @ 1min 5sec
  6. Lino Carletto @ 1min 24sec
  7. Eddy Merckx, Gianni Motta @ 1min 25sec

Saturday, May 27: Stage 8, Reggio Calabria - Cosenza, 220 km

Major ascent: Acquabona

  1. Jean Stablinski: 6hr 14min 52sec
  2. Dino Zandegù s.t.
  3. Felice Gimondi s.t.
  4. Vittorio Adorni s.t.
  5. Willy Planckaert s.t.
  6. Lucien Aimar s.t.
  7. Vito Taccone s.t.
  8. Eddy Merckx s.t.
  9. Carlos Echevarria s.t.
  10. Aurelio Gonzales-Puente s.t.

GC after Stage 8:

  1. José Pérez-Francés : 38hr 38min 0sec
  2. Aldo Moser @ 3sec
  3. Silvano Schiavon @ 42sec
  4. Franco Bitossi @ 47sec
  5. Aurelio Gonzales-Puente @ 50sec
  6. Lino Carletto @ 1min 9sec
  7. Eddy Merckx, Gianni Motta @ 1min 10sec
  8. Felice Gimondi, Vittorio Adorni, Roger Pingeon, Italo Zilioli @ 1min 13sec

Sunday, May 28: Stage 9, Cosenza - Taranto, 200 km

  1. Albert van Vlierberghe: 5hr 17min 40sec
  2. Dino Zandegù s.t.
  3. Luciano Armani s.t.
  4. Severino Andreoli s.t.
  5. Marino Basso s.t.
  6. Paul Lemeteyer s.t.
  7. Primo Franchini s.t.
  8. Alberto Della Torre s.t.
  9. René Binggeli s.t.
  10. Pietro Guerra s.t.

GC after Stage 9:

  1. José Pérez-Francés: 44hr 16min 2sec
  2. Aldo Moser @ 5sec
  3. Silvano Schiavon @ 42sec
  4. Franco Bitossi @ 47sec
  5. Aurelio Gonzales-Puente @ 50sec
  6. Lino Carletto @ 1min 9sec
  7. Eddy Merckx, Gianni Motta @ 1min 10sec
  8. Felice Gimondi, Vittorio Adorni, Roger Pingeon, Italo Zilioli @ 1min 13sec

Monday, May 29: Stage 10, Bari - Potenza, 145 km

  1. Willy Planckaert: 4hr 11min 17sec
  2. Dino Zandegù s.t.
  3. Harm Ottenbros s.t.
  4. Carlos Echevarria s.t.
  5. Rudi Altig s.t.
  6. Ole Ritter s.t.
  7. Mario Maino s.t.
  8. Franco Bitossi s.t.
  9. Lino Farisato s.t.
  10. Eddy Merckx s.t.

GC after Stage 10:

  1. José Pérez-Francés: 48hr 33min 19sec
  2. Aldo Moser @ 3sec
  3. Silvano Schiavon @ 42sec
  4. Franco Bitossi @ 47sec
  5. Aurelio Gonzales-Puente @ 50sec
  6. Lino Carletto @ 1min 9sec
  7. Eddy Merckx, Gianni Motta @ 1min 9sec
  8. Felice Gimondi, Vittorio Adorni, Roger Pingeon, Italo Zilioli @ 1min 13sec

Tuesday, May 30: Stage 11, Potenza - Salerno, 120 km

Major ascent: Granito

  1. Rudi Altig: 4hr 41min 51sec
  2. Jo De Roo @ 13sec
  3. Paul Lemeteyer s.t.
  4. Eddy Merckx s.t.
  5. Harm Ottenbros s.t.
  6. Dino Zandegù s.t.
  7. Alberto Della Torre s.t.
  8. Jan Tummers s.t.
  9. Lucien Aimar s.t.
  10. Michel Grain s.t.

GC after Stage 11:

  1. José Pérez-Francés: 53hr 15min 23sec
  2. Aldo Moser @ 3sec
  3. Silvano Schiavon @ 42sec
  4. Franco Bitossi @ 47sec
  5. Aurelio Gonzales-Puente @ 50sec
  6. Lino Carletto @ 1min 9sec
  7. Eddy Merckx, Gianni Motta @ 1min 10sec
  8. Rudi Altig, Felice Gimondi, Vittorio Adorni, Roger Pingeon, Italo Zilioli @ 1min 13sec

Wednesday, May 31: Stage 12, Caserta - Block Haus, 206 km

Major ascents: Macerone, Rionero Sannitico, Roccaraso, Block Haus

  1. Eddy Merckx: 7hr 25min 9sec
  2. Italo Zilioli @ 10sec
  3. José Pérez-Francés @ 20sec
  4. Jacques Anquetil @ 23sec
  5. Gianni Motta s.t.
  6. Gregorio San Miguel s.t.
  7. Silvano Schiavon @ 31sec
  8. Eusebio Velez s.t.
  9. Vittorio Adorni @ 35sec
  10. Aldo Moser s.t.

GC after Stage 12:

  1. José Pérez-Francés: 60hr 40min 32sec
  2. Aldo Moser @ 18sec
  3. Eddy Merckx @ 30sec
  4. Silvano Schiavon @ 33sec
  5. Italo Zilioli @ 1min 3sec
  6. Gianni Motta @ 1min 13sec
  7. Franco Bitossi @ 1min 24sec
  8. Vittorio Adorni @ 1min 28sec
  9. Jacques Anquetil @ 1min 29sec
  10. Roger Pingeon @ 1min 34sec

Thursday, June 1: Stage 13, Chieti - Riccione, 245 km

  1. Georges Vandenberghe: 7hr 13min 35sec
  2. Harm ottenbros s.t.
  3. Adriano Durante s.t.
  4. Antonio Albonetti s.t.
  5. Henri Dewolf s.t.
  6. Lino Farisato s.t.
  7. Frans Brands @ 2sec
  8. Marcello Mugnaini @ 3sec
  9. Pietro Guerra @ 4sec
  10. Willy Planckaert @ 1min 6sec

GC after Stage 13:

  1. José Pérez-Francés: 67hr 55min 33sec
  2. Aldo Moser @ 18sec
  3. Eddy Merckx @ 50sec
  4. Silvano Schiavon @ 53sec
  5. Italo Zilioli @ 1min 3sec
  6. Gianni motta @ 1min 13sec
  7. Franco Bitossi @ 1min 24sec
  8. Vittorio Adorni @ 1min 28sec
  9. Jacques Anquetil @ 1min 29sec
  10. Roger Pingeon @ 1min 34sec

Friday, June 2: Stage 14, Riccione - Lido degli Estensi, 100 km

  1. Eddy Merckx: 2hr 4min 56sec
  2. Willy Planckaert s.t.
  3. Guido Neri s.t.
  4. Aldo Pifferi s.t.
  5. Dino Zandegù s.t.
  6. Renzo Baldan s.t.
  7. Michele Dancelli s.t.
  8. Mario Minieri s.t.
  9. Harm Ottenbros s.t.
  10. Marino Basso s.t.

GC after Stage 14:

  1. José Pérez-Francés: 70hr 0min 29sec
  2. Aldo Moser @ 18sec
  3. Eddy Merckx @ 50sec
  4. Silvano Schiavon @ 53sec
  5. Italo Zilioli @ 1min 3sec
  6. Gianni Motta @ 1min 13sec
  7. Franco Bitossi @ 1min 24sec
  8. Vittorio Adorni @ 1min 28sec
  9. Jacques Anquetil @ 1min 29sec
  10. Roger Pingeon @ 1min 34sec

Saturday, June 3: Stage 15, Lido degli Estensi - Mantova, 164 km

  1. Michele Dancelli: 3hr 31min 8sec
  2. Harm Ottenbros s.t.
  3. Adriano Durante s.t.
  4. Giuseppe Milioli @ 2sec
  5. Giuseppe Fezzardi s.t.
  6. Bruno Vittiglio @ 4sec
  7. Lucillo Lievore s.t.
  8. Claudio Michelotto s.t.
  9. Anatole Novak s.t.
  10. Arie Den Hartog s.t.

GC after Stage 15:

  1. José Pérez-Francés: 73hr 33min 0sec
  2. Aldo Moser @ 18sec
  3. Eddy Merckx @ 50sec
  4. Silvano Schiavon @ 53sec
  5. Italo Zilioli @ 1min 3sec
  6. Gianni Motta @ 1min 13sec
  7. Franco Bitossi @ 1min 24sec
  8. Vittorio Adorni @ 1min 28sec
  9. Jacques Anquetil @ 1min 29sec
  10. Roger Pingeon @ 1min 31sec

Sunday, June 4: Stage 16, Mantova - Verona 45 km individual time trial

  1. Ole Ritter: 56min 59sec
  2. Rudi Altig @ 1sec
  3. Ferdinand Bracke @ 2sec
  4. Jacques Anquetil @ 6sec
  5. Felice Gimondi @ 38sec
  6. Flaviano Vicentini @ 44sec
  7. Eusebio Velez @ 59sec
  8. Pietro Guerra @ 1min 9sec
  9. Carlos Echevarria @ 1min 10sec
  10. Franco Balmamion @ 1min 12sec

GC after Stage 16:

  1. Jacques Anquetil: 74hr 31min 34sec
  2. Felice Gimondi @ 53sec
  3. Vittorio Adorni @ 1min 59sec
  4. Eddy Merckx @ 2min 4sec
  5. José Pérez-Francés @ 2min 16sec
  6. Silvano Schiavon @ 2min 25sec
  7. Rudi Altig @ 2min 27sec
  8. Francisco Gabica @ 2min 33sec
  9. Roger Pingeon @ 2min 37sec
  10. Aldo Moser @ 2min 50sec

Monday, June 5: Rest Day

Tuesday, June 6: Stage 17, Verona - Vicenza, 160 km

Major ascent: San Bortolo della Montagna

  1. Francisco Gabica: 4hr 11min 2sec
  2. Franco Balmamion @ 1sec
  3. Imerio Massignan s.t.
  4. Silvano Schiavon @ 2sec
  5. Wladimiro Panizza @ 21sec
  6. Giancarlo Polidori @ 37sec
  7. Willy Planckaert @ 3min 42sec
  8. Ugo Colombo s.t.
  9. Franco Bitossi s.t.
  10. Gianni Motta s.t.

GC after Stage 17:

  1. Silvano Schiavon: 78hr 45min 4sec
  2. Francisco Gabica @ 5sec
  3. Jacques Anquetil @ 1min 15sec
  4. Felice Gimondi @ 2min 16sec
  5. Franco Balmamion @ 2min 29sec
  6. Eddy Merckx @ 3min 19sec
  7. Vittorio Adorni @ 3min 22sec
  8. José Pérez-Francés @ 3min 37sec
  9. Rudi Altig @ 3min 50sec
  10. Roger Pingeon @ 4min 0sec

Wednesday, June 7: Stage 18, Vicenza - Udine, 170 km

  1. Dino Zandegù: 4hr 9min 44sec
  2. Rudi Altig s.t.
  3. Georges Vandenberghe s.t.
  4. Eddy Merckx s.t.
  5. Giorgio Destro s.t.
  6. Michele Dancelli s.t.
  7. Vito Taccone s.t.
  8. Pietro Guerra s.t.
  9. Aldo Pifferi s.t.
  10. Adriano Durante s.t.

GC after Stage 18:

  1. Silvano Schiavon: 82hr 54min 58sec
  2. Francisco Gabica @ 5sec
  3. Jacques Anquetil @ 1min 15sec
  4. Felice Gimondi @ 2min 16sec
  5. Franco Balmamion @ 2min 29sec
  6. Eddy Merckx @ 3min 19sec
  7. Vittorio Adorni @ 3min 22sec
  8. José Pérez-Francés @ 3min 37sec
  9. Rudi Altig @ 3min 50sec
  10. Roger Pingeon @ 4min 0sec

Thursday, June 8: Stage 19, Udine - Tre Cime di Lavaredo, 180 km

Major ascent: Tre Cime de Lavaredo

  1. Felice Gimondi: 5hr 17min 44sec
  2. Eddy Merckx @ 4sec
  3. Gianni Motta @ 6sec
  4. Vittorio Adorni @ 9sec
  5. Silvano Schiavon @ 14sec
  6. Italo Zilioli @ 16sec
  7. Aurelio Gonzales-Puente @ 25sec
  8. Michele Dancelli @ 29sec
  9. Francisco Gabica @ 34sec
  10. Wladimiro Panizza s.t.
  11. Franco Balmamion @ 40sec
  12. Franco Bitossi @ 49sec
  13. Jacques Anquetil @ 51sec

GC after Stage 19:

  1. Silvano Schiavon: 82hr 54min 48sec
  2. Francisco Gabica @ 5sec
  3. Jacques Anquetil @ 1min 15sec
  4. Felice Gimondi @ 2min 16sec
  5. Franco Balmamion @ 2min 29sec
  6. Eddy Merckx @ 3min 19sec
  7. Vittorio Adorni @ 3min 22sec
  8. José Pérez-Francés @ 3min 37sec
  9. Rudi Altig @ 3min 50sec
  10. Roger Pingeon @ 4min 0sec

Friday, June 9: Stage 20, Cortina d'Ampezzo - Trento, 220 km

Major ascents: Flazarego, Pordoi, Rolle, Brocon

  1. Vittorio Adorni: 8hr 2min 28sec
  2. Claudio Michelotto s.t.
  3. Franco Balmamion s.t.
  4. José Pérez-Francés s.t.
  5. Felice Gimondi s.t.
  6. Eddy Merckx @ 27sec
  7. Jacques Anquetil s.t.
  8. Gianni Motta s.t.
  9. Lucien Aimar @ 31sec
  10. Alberto Della Torre @ 6min 46sec

GC after Stage 20:

  1. Jacques Anquetil: 90hr 38min 38sec
  2. Felice Gimondi @ 34sec
  3. Franco Balmamion @ 47sec
  4. Vittorio Adorni @ 1min 40sec
  5. José Pérez-Francés @ 1min 55sec
  6. Eddy Merckx @ 2min 4sec
  7. Gianni Motta @ 2min 55sec
  8. Lucien Aimar @ 3min 50sec
  9. Francisco Gabica @ 6min 20sec
  10. Eusebio Velez @ 11min 25sec

Saturday, June 10: Stage 21, Trento - Tirano, 220 km

Major ascent: Tonale

  1. Marcello Mugnaini: 4hr 23min 24sec
  2. Manuel-Martin Pinera s.t.
  3. Giancarlo Cucchietti s.t.
  4. Felice Gimondi @ 1min 2sec
  5. Francisco Gabica @ 5min 8sec
  6. Franco Bodrero s.t.
  7. Willy Planckaert @ 5min 11sec
  8. Vittorio Adorni s.t.
  9. Lucien Aimar s.t.
  10. Aurelio Gonzales-Puente s.t.

GC after Stage 21:

  1. Felice Gimondi: 95hr 23min 38sec
  2. Jacques Anquetil @ 3min 35sec
  3. Franco Balmamion @ 4min 22sec
  4. Vittorio Adorni @ 5min 15sec
  5. José Pérez-Francés @ 5min 30sec
  6. Gianni Motta @ 6min 30sec
  7. Lucien Aimar @ 7min 25sec
  8. Francisco Gabica @ 9min 52sec
  9. Eddy Merckx @ 11min 50sec
  10. Eusebio Velez @ 15min 0sec

Sunday, June 11: Stage 22A, Tirano - Madonna del Ghisallo, 140 km

Major ascent: Madonna del Ghisallo

  1. Aurelio Gonzales-Puente: 4hr 0min 41sec
  2. Franco Balmamion @ 7sec
  3. Wladimiro Panizza @ 11sec
  4. Vittorio Adorni s.t.
  5. Marcello Mugnaini @ 22sec
  6. José Pérez-Francés @ 30sec
  7. Willy Planckaert @ 34sec
  8. Carlos Echevarria s.t.
  9. Francisco Gabica s.t.
  10. Gianni Motta s.t.

GC after Stage 22A:

  1. Felice Gimondi

Sunday, June 11: Final Stage, 22B, Madonna del Ghisallo - Milano, 75 km

  1. Willy Planckaert: 1hr 40min 0sec
  2. Dino Zandegù s.t.
  3. Bruno Mealli s.t.
  4. Eddy Merckx s.t.
  5. Imerio Massignan s.t.
  6. Adriano Durante s.t.
  7. Guido Neri s.t.
  8. Alberto Della Torre s.t.
  9. Georges Vandenberghe s.t.
  10. Luciano Armani s.t.

1967 Giro d'Italia Complete Final General Classification


The Story of the 1967 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.

What a field assembled for the fiftieth Giro d’Italia! After years of being an Italian race, the Giro was once again an international competition. There was Motta with Rudi Altig and Franco Balmamion as gregari; there were Anquetil, Bitossi, Taccone, Francisco Gabica, Eddy Merckx, Ferdi Bracke, van Looy, Adorni, Gimondi (who suffered a terrible spring and had real doubts about his condition), Wladimiro Panizza, Silvano Schiavon, Zilioli, José Pérez-Francés, Vicente López-Carril and Roger Pingeon to name some of the outstanding stage racers of this or any age who assembled to start at Treviglio, south of Bergamo. There were past and future world champions Marino Basso, Jean Stablinski, van Looy, Merckx, Harm Ottenbros, and Gimondi, and future World Hour Record holders Ole Ritter, Ferdi Bracke, and Merckx.

Belgian Eddy Merckx was riding his first Grand Tour. He turned pro in 1965, just short of his twentieth birthday. He had already won 80 amateur races, including the World Road Championship (at nineteen). His first year as a pro riding for Solo-Superia with the imperious and difficult Rik van Looy was an unhappy one and in 1966 he switched to Peugeot where he would spend two years. It was in the black-and-white-checked kit of Peugeot that Merckx entered the Giro, riding with Ferdi Bracke and Roger Pingeon. Merckx’s spring was simply wonderful with wins in Milan–San Remo, Gent–Wevelgem and the Flèche Wallonne.

In 1967 Anquetil didn’t have to deal with the poisonous relations between Ford France and Ford Italy since Bic, which at that time made only pens, now sponsored him and his core of capable domestiques.

At 3,572 kilometers, the 1967 Giro was the shortest since 1960. It had 23 stages (two half stages crammed into the last day) for an average stage length of 155 kilometers, close to current Giro lengths.

Torriani had planned to kick off the Giro with a nighttime race through Milan but the stage had to be cancelled when anti-Vietnam war protestors filled the streets.

After five stages of good hard racing, the Giro arrived at Naples for a transfer to Sicily. Michele Dancelli was the leader with Pérez-Francés second at thirteen seconds. So far the best riders were sitting towards the top of the standings but no large gaps had appeared.

Stage seven, ending atop Mount Etna, broke the peloton into bits for the first time. Climbing and sprinting ace Franco Bitossi was first to the top of the volcano. Coming in about 20 seconds later, Motta was the first of the contenders, followed by Merckx, Gimondi, Zilioli, Pérez-Francés, Adorni and Pingeon. Anquetil, Altig and Balmamion were a further twenty seconds back. Dancelli remained in pink for another day.

Merckx leads peloton

Gabica, Bitossi, Merckx and Motta at the front of the peloton

Racing resumed on the mainland the next day, where the mountainous roads of Calabria were too much for Dancelli. He lost over five minutes, making Pérez-Francés the Pink Jersey with Aldo Moser second at just three seconds. Just three seconds, that’s gotta hurt.

The next test was the hilly stage twelve, starting at Caserta and finishing with a climb to Block Haus, an old German fortification sitting over 2,000 meters high in Abruzzo. At this point Pérez-Francés was still the leader with everyone who mattered but Anquetil within 73 seconds of the Spaniard.

At the start of the Block Haus climb the riders had already spent almost seven hours in the saddle with the Macerone, Rionero Sannitico and Roccaraso ascents behind them. The leaders were together and ascended the steep climb at a good pace. With two kilometers to go, Zilioli unleashed a devastating attack that only one rider could match, young Merckx. For Merckx, this was unknown territory. He was reaching the end of two weeks of nearly continuous racing and faced yet another week to go. Was Merckx a man for the Grand Tours or a single-day rider in van Looy’s mold? The world was learning. He said about that moment, “I still felt good. I hadn’t ridden many mountains before so I kept following, but when Italo Zilioli attacked with two kilometers to go, I felt good enough to chase.”

Yes he did. After sitting on Zilioli’s wheel for a kilometer he lit the jets and bounded for the summit with such power and speed that Merckx’s win at Block Haus in the 1967 Giro became one of the enduring legends of the Giro. It was Merckx’s first Grand Tour stage win.

Zilioli wasn’t left far behind, though. He came in at 10 seconds, Pérez-Francés (still in pink after Block Haus) at 20 and Anquetil at 23.
Merckx’s brilliant ride moved him up to third place, 30 seconds down.

For all the hard racing that had occurred, going into the 45-kilometer stage sixteen individual time trial at Verona the gaps between the riders at the top of the standings remained razor-thin:
1. José Pérez-Francés
2. Aldo Moser @ 18 seconds
3. Eddy Merckx @ 50 seconds
4. Silvano Schiavon @ 53 seconds
5. Italo Zilioli @ 1 minute 3 seconds
6. Gianni Motta @ 1 minute 13 seconds

The time trial, ridden on a cold and rainy day, was won by Danish neo-pro Ole Ritter. Ritter’s performance left Anquetil incredulous. He said that Ritter’s pace of 47.3 kilometers per hour would have been good enough to break the World Hour Record.

Indeed. Ritter would go on to break the Ferdi Bracke’s World Hour Record in 1972 and then Merckx would break Ritter’s record later that year.

The results of the stage:
1. Ole Ritter: 56 minutes 59 seconds
2. Rudi Altig @ 1 second
3. Ferdi Bracke @ 2 seconds
4. Jacques Anquetil @ 6 seconds
5. Felice Gimondi @ 38 seconds

There were three notable poor performances: Adorni was about two minutes slower than Ritter on a course that a couple of years ago would have been just right for him to crush the opposition. Merckx lost 2 minutes 49 seconds and Motta gave up 3 minutes 17 seconds. Merckx was a freshman who had never before faced the third week of a stage race and was not yet a complete rider. But Motta was the defending Giro champion and was now out of the top 10.

The new General Classification:
1. Jacques Anquetil
2. Felice Gimondi @ 53 seconds
3. Vittorio Adorni @ 1 minute 59 seconds
4. Eddy Merckx @ 2 minutes 4 seconds
5. José Pérez-Francés @ 2 minutes 16 seconds

There were two major consequences of this time trial. Anquetil was now in pink, and Motta’s Molteni team bosses decided to break Balmamion’s chains of servitude to the faltering Motta. Balmamion was now free to race on his own account.

The next stage came after a rest day. Balmamion got into the winning break that included Silvano Schiavon, Gabica, Panizza and Massignan. The 3 minutes 43 seconds they carved out of the peloton put Schiavon in the lead and moved Balmamion up to fifth place, only 2 minutes 29 seconds behind. He had done more with less in past Giri.

Stage nineteen left Udine for a hilltop finish at the top of the difficult Tre Cime di Lavaredo climb. The weather was dreadful that day with rain, snow and fog. At the beginning of the ascent Wladimiro Panizza was three minutes ahead of the field and he looked to be headed for the win. His director, fearing a stiff fine, did all he could to keep the tifosi from pushing the diminutive climber up the hill. Just as he closed in on the summit, Panizza was suddenly passed by a slew of riders, most of whom possessed only a fraction of his climbing skills.
How did this happen? With two kilometers to go, the chasers were struggling in miserable weather on the stiffest part of the climb. The gradient at that point was almost fourteen percent. The riders had, in a moment of collective moral failure, grabbed on to the team cars and were towed up to Panizza. Gimondi was first across the line because, as sportswriter René de Latour noted, “he had the fastest car”. Outraged, a furious Torriani wouldn’t let the fraudulent result stand and annulled the stage. La Gazzetta writer Bruno Raschi called it “le montagne del disonore”.

Bic, Anquetil’s sponsor, decided that they weren’t interested in winning the Giro. Believable reasons don’t seem to be forthcoming; non-believable ones abound. Anquetil says that his domestiques stopped getting their paychecks and understandably, most of them abandoned. Denson says that he was told that the riders were being pulled from the Giro to save them for races later in the season. Since the Tour was to be contested by national teams in 1967, this excuse really makes no sense. Another hypothesis is that this was a move to allow Anquetil to have an excuse for losing. But Anquetil wasn’t giving up, so this seems illogical as well. Nonetheless, Anquetil raced for Bic until the end of his career in 1969 which says to me that there was something terribly complicated going on behind the scenes and Anquetil took the explanation to his grave.

By the start of stage twenty Anquetil was down to only two helpers, Lucien Aimar and Jean Milesi. Fending off the combined attacks of the Italians with just these two gregari would be an extreme physical challenge. Realizing the necessity of having more legs on his side he tried to form an alliance (that means paying them money) with some of the Spanish riders. He failed, blaming it on his sponsor’s parsimony. In fact, the Spaniards had already allied themselves with the Italians, making Anquetil’s situation even more difficult.
Stage twenty was the tappone, going from Cortina d’Ampezzo to Trent taking the riders over the Falzarego, Pordoi, Rolle and Brocon ascents.

Anquetil had bad luck early in the stage, getting two flats. Next, on the descent of the Brocon, Merckx, Gimondi, Adorni and Motta got away from him. After a desperate and impressive chase (look who he was trying to catch!) he finally regained contact. Further up the road Adorni, Gimondi, Michelotto, Balmamion and Pérez-Francés managed to put about a half-minute between themselves and Merckx/Anquetil group. Still, Anquetil had done more than stave off catastrophe, he had recaptured the lead. It was a brutal day and Anquetil had gone very deep.

Felice Gimondi and Franco Bitossi

Friends Felice Gimondi and Franco Bitossi finish a stage.

With two stages to go the race was still extremely tight and the General Classification now stood thus:
1. Jacques Anquetil
2. Felice Gimondi @ 34 seconds
3. Franco Balmamion @ 47 seconds
4. Vittorio Adorni @ 1 minute 40 seconds
5. José Pérez-Francés @ 1 minute 55 seconds
6. Eddy Merckx @ 2 minutes 4 seconds

Stage 21 was hilly with a major climb, the Tonale. Originally the Stelvio was the stage’s planned ascent but bad weather forced the organizers to look elsewhere. The Gavia was proposed as a replacement but it too was snowed in. The Tonale was pronounced usable and put into the race route, though the riders would still have to contend with an energy-sapping cold rain. Gimondi’s powerful team set a high pace during the ascent, and near the top, Motta and Gimondi attacked, dropping Anquetil and Merckx, now paying for his youthful expenditure of energy during the first two weeks. With the aid of teammate Aimar, one of the sport’s finest-ever descenders, Anquetil regained contact. It was here, after the Tonale, that the 1967 Giro was decided.

Marcello Mugnaini attacked and escaped first. Then Gimondi, who had Anquetil right behind him, stormed off. The Frenchman couldn’t hold his wheel. Having drawn down his reserves too far the day before, Anquetil didn’t have the strength to go with Gimondi’s powerful move.

Mugnaini won the stage, finishing in Tirano with a couple of other riders who weren’t in contention. As Mugnaini was almost a half-hour down in the General Classification, his win and time gain had no effect upon the standings.
But 62 seconds later Gimondi crossed the line, alone. It was 4 minutes 9 seconds before Willy Planckaert led in the Anquetil group. Gimondi remains proud of that masterful attack and sustained escape. It earned him the maglia rosa and pushed Anquetil into second at 3 minutes 35 seconds. The question that has been asked over the years is, why didn’t the other Italians give chase? That Anquetil was out of gas and had almost no one to help him is well understood. But why not Balmamion, who was one of the outstanding riders of the day, and given his excellent time trial in stage sixteen, was in excellent condition?

He and the other riders who were on Gimondi’s level seem to have let the man from Bergamo simply ride away with the Giro. They just let him go.

A photographer was there to catch that moment when Gimondi jumped away. There is a grim-faced Anquetil five yards off his wheel with Balmamion just behind Anquetil with Adorni to his right and Motta close by and another ten or so riders all in a small pack sitting on Anquetil and Adorni. The explanation usually given is a deal was hatched among the Italians to make sure one of their countrymen won the race and Gimondi was the chosen beneficiary of this plot. Advocates of this view also say that Anquetil was paid a significant sum of money to let someone else win. There are still whispers in Italy of a briefcase with fifty million lire used to buy the acquiescence of the santa alleanza degli italiani (holy alliance of Italians). We’ll never know.

Anquetil’s situation was catastrophic. What could he do now? The final stage was split into two half-stages. In the morning the Giro would climb to the Madonna del Ghisallo, the shrine of cycling, just north of Milan. It was impossible to believe an exhausted Anquetil could take four minutes out of Gimondi with his powerful Salvarani team protecting him during those 140 kilometers. In fact, it went the other way. Balmamion rode beautifully to get second place in the stage, dropping all but Aurelio González. He gained enough time to take second place in the Overall away from Anquetil.

Anquetil had said it would be 100 riders against 1. It wasn’t quite true, but with no team to defend him, he was helpless.

And long after many observers had written off Balmamion’s chances, the double Giro winner had turned in a sterling performance and might have won the race. Did he agree to let Gimondi win? Was there an agreement? Who knows? Balmamion was third in the Tour that July and became Italian Road Champion.
Merckx went on to win the World Road Championship that fall.

Felice Gimondi

Felice Gimondi, winner of the 1967 Giro d'Italia

Final 1967 Giro d’Italia General Classification:
1. Felice Gimondi (Salvarani) 101 hours 5 minutes 34 seconds
2. Franco Balmamion (Molteni) @ 3 minutes 36 seconds
3. Jacques Anquetil (Bic) @ 3 minutes 45 seconds
4. Vittorio Adorni (Salamini-Luxor) @ 4 minutes 33 seconds
5. José Pérez-Francés (KAS) @ 5 minutes 17 seconds
6. Gianni Motta (Molteni) @ 6 minutes 21 seconds
9. Eddy Merckx (Peugeot) @ 11 minutes 41 seconds

Climbers’ Competition:
1. Aurelio Gonzales (KAS): 630 points
2. Vittorio Adorni (Salamini-Luxor): 150
3. Wladimiro Panizza (Vittadello): 140

Points Competition:
1. Dino Zandegù (Salvarani): 200 Points
2. Eddy Merckx (Peugeot): 178
3. Willy Planckaert (Romeo Smiths): 176

Reflecting on the 1967 Giro, Gimondi recalled, “The 1967 Giro started badly for me because I was suffering from bronchitis. At first, I had trouble staying with the main challengers, but later in the race I grew stronger. I had a great duel with Jacques Anquetil and managed to eventually drop him on the mountainous stage to Aprica [stage 21 that continued on to Tirano, the Aprica being the final major difficulty] and took the maglia rosa. It was a great Giro because of the rivalry between me and Jacques.”

About the race-fixing stories, Zilioli said, “I heard about those rumors, but as far as I know there was no pro-Gimondi alliance. I think instead that Balmamion, who was in good shape, was not careful enough. He could have followed Gimondi more closely during the race. “Anquetil ‘played the dead rider’ and perhaps Balmamion did not sense the race strategies as they were unfolding. On the other side I also think he was not helped to become the new Italian Champion. He was never favored and he never favored anyone in his career.”

That fall Anquetil went to Milan’s Vigorelli velodrome and beat Roger Rivière’s eleven-year-old World Hour Record by 150 meters. He would have brought it to 47.493 kilometers, but he refused to submit to a drug test, so the ride was never certified by the UCI. The 1967 Giro was Anquetil’s last Grand Tour ride and he would only have two more major wins, the 1968 Baracchi Trophy with Gimondi and the 1969 Tour of the Basque Country. For fourteen years he had, like the other professionals of his era, raced about 235 days a year. It was a magnificent career in which he was the first five-time Tour winner, the first French winner of the Giro and the first man to win all three Grand Tours.

I like Tom Simpson’s explanation as to why Anquetil was such a prolific winner, “Jacques simply tries harder than anyone I have met. In a time trial you can hear him catching you, you don’t have to look round, there is this hoarse sound of breath being drawn in gulps, and then he’s past you. Then it’s like being in a thunderstorm, with the sweat simply pouring off him as he goes by.”