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1973 Giro d'Italia

56th edition: May 18 - June 9

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

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1973 Giro d'Italia course map


1973 Giro Quick Facts:

3,796 km raced at an average speed of 35.51 km/hr

140 starters and 113 classified finishers

With his 1973 Giro championship, Merckx now had four Giro wins. In winning the 1973 edition he did what no man had done since Alfredo Binda in 1927, taking the lead on the first stage and keeping it until the end. Moreover, along the way to winning his “sunrise to sunset” Giro he won six stages. It was a scintillating performance. He also won the Points Classification and was second in the King of the Mountains to José-Manuel Fuentes.


1973 Giro d'Italia Complete Final General Classification:

  1. Eddy Merckx (Molteni): 106 hr 54min 41sec
  2. Felice Gimondi (Bianchi) @ 7min 42sec
  3. Giovanni Battaglin (Jolly Cermamica) @ 10min 20sec
  4. José Pesarrondona (KAS) @ 15min 51sec
  5. Santiago Lazcano (KAS) @ 19min 11sec
  6. Wladimiro Panizza (G.B.C.)@ 19min 45sec
  7. Ole Ritter (Bianchi) @ 24min 24sec
  8. José-Manuel Fuente (KAS) @ 26min 6sec
  9. Francisco Galdós (KAS) @ 26min 35sec
  10. Gianni Motta (Zonca) @ 26min 49sec
  11. Roger de Vlaeminck (Brooklyn) @ 31min 28sec
  12. Roberto Poggiali (Sammontana) @ 32min 25sec
  13. Gösta Pettersson (SCIC) @ 34min 42sec
  14. Italo Zilioli (Dreherforte) @ 37min 8sec
  15. Francesco Moser (Filotex) @ 38min 42sec
  16. Hennie Kuiper (Rokado) @ 38min 50sec
  17. Giovanni Cavalcanti (Bianchi) @ 55min 53sec
  18. Luis Zubero (KAS) @ 57min 22sec
  19. Gonzalo Aja (KAS) @ 59min 26sec
  20. Roger Swerts (Molteni) @ 1hr 0min 1sec
  21. Joseph Bruyère (Molteni) @ 1hr 2min 7sec
  22. Enrico Paolini (SCIC) @ 1hr 6min 58sec
  23. Gerben Karstens (Rokado) @ 1hr 9min 57sec
  24. Walter Riccomi (Sammontana) @ 1hr 11min 14sec
  25. Luciano Conati (SCIC) @ 1hr 16min 47sec
  26. Frans Mintjens (Molteni) @ 1hr 16min 18sec
  27. Silvano Schiavon (Magniflex) @ 1hr 17min 53sec
  28. Joseph De Schoenmaecker (Molteni) @ 1hr 19min 8sec
  29. Alessio Peccolo (G.B.C.) @ 1hr 19min 38sec
  30. Primo Mori (Sammontana) @ 1hr 22min 52sec
  31. Victor Van Schil (Molteni) @ 1hr 24min 25sec
  32. Edward Janssens (Molteni) @ 1hr 24min 52sec
  33. Johan de Muynck (Flandria) @ 1hr 25min 43sec
  34. Artur Pecchielan (Brooklyn) @ 1hr 27min 15sec
  35. Joseph Huysmans (Molteni) @ 1hr 30min 34sec
  36. Donato Giuliani (Filotex) @ 1hr 38min 16sec
  37. Domingo Perurena (KAS) @ 1hr 38min 54sec
  38. Roger Gilson (Rokado) @ 1hr 39min 27sec
  39. Fabrizio Fabbri (Magniflex) @ 1hr 40min 19sec
  40. André Dierickx (Flandria) @ 1hr 40min 48sec
  41. Martin "Cochise" Rodriguez (Bianchi) @ 1hr 41min 10sec
  42. Josef Spruyt (Molteni) @ 1hr 41min 16sec
  43. Renato Marchetti (Filotex) @ 1hr 43min 15sec
  44. Renato Laghi (Sammontana) @ 1hr 43min 16sec
  45. Silvano Ravagli (G.B.C.) @ 1hr 43mi 16sec
  46. Fausto Bertoglio (Brooklyn) @ 1hr 43min 32sec
  47. Gabriele Mugnaini (Filotex) @ 1hr 44min 49sec
  48. Fritz Wehrli (G.B.C.) @ 1hr 45min 5sec
  49. Louis Pfenninger (Zonca) @ 1hr 46min 32sec
  50. Lino Farisato (SCIC) @ 1hr 48min 6sec
  51. Constantino Conti (Zonca) @ 1hr 48min 50sec
  52. Carlo Brunetti (G.B.C.) @ 1hr 52min 2sec
  53. José Grande (KAS) @ 1hr 54min 14sec
  54. Enrico Maggioni (Dreherforte) @ 1hr 56min 36sec
  55. Giuseppe Perletto (Zonca) @ 1hr 56min 39sec
  56. Claudio Michelotto (Bianchi) @ 1hr 57min 28sec
  57. Aldo Moser (Filotex) @ 1hr 58min 39sec
  58. Davide Boifava (Magniflex) @ 1hr 58min 54sec
  59. Bruno Buffa (Jolly Cermaica) @ 2hr 4min 7sec
  60. Lean-Luc Molinéris (Flandria) @ 2hr 4min 7sec
  61. Giacinto Santambrogio (Bianchi) @ 2hr 13min 50sec
  62. Giancarlo Polidori (SCIC) @ 2hr 14min 56sec
  63. Emanuele Bergamo (Filotex) @ 2hr 15min 55sec
  64. José-Luis Uribezubia (KAS) @ 2hr 17min 0sec
  65. Mauro Vannucchi (Magniflex) @ 2hr 18min 14sec
  66. Nemesio Jimenez (KAS) @ 2hr 18min 21sec
  67. Adriano Pella (Zonca) @ 2hr 21min 5sec
  68. Sigfrido Fontanelli (Sammontana) @ 2hr 27min 1sec
  69. Alessio Antonini (Jolly Ceramica) @ 2hr 30min 0sec
  70. Ueli Sutter (Jolly Ceramica) @ 2hr 30min 18sec
  71. Valerio Lualdi (Brooklyn) @ 2hr 32min 6sec
  72. Piero Dallai (Magniflex) @ 2hr 32min 23sec
  73. Arnaldo Caverzasi (Filotex) @ 2hr 35min 18sec
  74. Tullio Rossi (Dreherforte) @ 2hr 38min 44sec
  75. Celestino Vercelli (SCIC) @ 2hr 39min 2sec
  76. Adriano Passuello (Brooklyn) @ 2hr 41min 16sec
  77. Piero Spinelli (Sammontana) @ 2hr 43min 10sec
  78. Daniel Ducreux (Flandria) @ 2hr 44min 13sec
  79. Gaetano Juliano (Magniflex) @ 2hr 44min 49sec
  80. Angelo Bassini (SCIC) @ 2hr 45min 22sec
  81. Enzo Brentegani (Jolly Cermamica) @ 2hr 46min 22sec
  82. Giovanni Varini (Zonca) @ 2hr 47min 52sec
  83. Giacomo Bazzan (Jollj Ceramica) @ 2hr 48min 10sec
  84. Marino Basso (Bianchi) @ 2hr 50min 49sec
  85. Pierino Gavazzi (Jolly Ceramica) @ 2hr 53min 35sec
  86. Jan Van de Wiele (Rokado) @ 2hr 55min 12sec
  87. Giorgio Favaro (Magniflex) @ 2hr 56min 36sec
  88. Pierfranco Vianelli (Brooklyn) @ 2hr 56min 41sec
  89. Mauro Simonetti (Sammontana) @ 2hr 56min 42sec
  90. Gustave Hermans (Rokado) @ 2hr 59min 16sec
  91. Aldo Parecchini (Molteni) @ 3hr 0min 39sec
  92. Karl-Heinz Küster (Rokado) @ 3hr 1min 34sec
  93. Marcello Osler (Sammontana) @ 3hr 2min 59sec
  94. Luciano Borgognoni (Dreherforte) @ 3hr 5min 17sec
  95. Roberto Sorlini (G.B.C.) @ 3hr 5min 17sec
  96. Franco Mori (Bianchi) @ 3hr 6min 18sec
  97. Patrick Sercu (Brooklyn) @ 3hr 8min 34sec
  98. Mauro Landini (Dreherforte) @ 3hr 11min 42sec
  99. Julien van Lint (Brooklyn) @ 3hr 13min 27sec
  100. Claudio Bonacina (Zonca) @ 3hr 13min 54sec
  101. Ercole Gualazzini (Bianchi) @ 3hr 18min 15sec
  102. Pietro Campagnari (Magniflex) @ 3hr 18min 39sec
  103. Romano Tumellero (Jolly Ceramica) @ 3hr 20min 43sec
  104. Sandro Quintarelli (Magniflex) @ 3hr 21min 30sec
  105. Giuliano Dominoni (Dreherforte) @ 3hr 23min 20sec
  106. Pietro Guerra (Bianchi) @ 3hr 24min 3sec
  107. Rik van Linden (Rokado) @ 3hr 28min 10sec
  108. Julien Stevens (Brooklyn) @ 3hr 31min 50sec
  109. Marino Conton (Jolly Ceramica) @ 3hr 36min 37sec
  110. Giovann Dalla Bona (Dreherforte) @ 3hr 44min 43sec
  111. Piero Gambarotto (Jolly Ceramica) @ 3hr 52min 50sec
  112. Walter Avogadri (Zonca) @ 4hr 11min 52sec
  113. Franco Ongarato (Dreherforte) @ 4hr 25min 9sec

Points Competition:

  1. Eddy Merckx (Molteni): 237 points
  2. Roger de Vlaeminck (Brooklyn): 216
  3. Felice Gimondi (Bianchi): 146
  4. Rik van Linden (Rokado): 141
  5. Gerben Karstens (Rokado): 132

Climbers' Competition:

  1. José-Manuel Fuente (KAS): 550 points
  2. Eddy Merckx (Molteni): 510
  3. Giovanni Battaglin (Jolly Cermaica): 180
  4. Felice Gimondi (Bianchi): 110
  5. Lino Farisato (SCIC): 100

Team Classification:

  1. Molteni: 7,731 points
  2. Bianchi-Campagnolo: 4,434
  3. Brooklyn: 4,114

1973 Giro stage results with running GC:

Friday, May 18: Prologue, Verviers, Belgium 5.2 km two-man time trial (times did not apply to GC)

  1. Eddy Merckx & Roger Swerts: 6min 47sec
  2. Roger de Vlaeminck & Patrick Sercu @ 2sec
  3. José-Manuel Fuente & José Pesarrondona @ 7sec
  4. Josef Fuchs & Francesco Moser, Joseph Bruyère & Victor van Schil, Gerben Karsten & Rik van Linden @ 8sec
  5. Italo Zilioli & Luciano Borgognoni, Franco Bitossi & Roberto Poggiali @ 14sec
  6. Felice Gimondi & Ole Ritter @ 16sec
  7. Miichele Dancelli & Enrico Paolini @ 17sec

Saturday, May 19: Stage 1, Verviers - Köln, Germany, 137 km

  1. Eddy Merckx: 3hr 9min 20sec
  2. Gerben Karstens @ 1sec
  3. Rik van Linden s.t.
  4. Michele Dancelli s.t.
  5. Patrick Sercu @ 4sec
  6. Aldo Parecchini @ 5sec
  7. Roger Swerts s.t.
  8. Roberto Poggiali s.t.
  9. Daniel Ducreux s.t.
  10. Franco Bitossi s.t.

GC after Stage 1:

  1. Eddy Merckx

Sunday, May 20: Stage 2, Köln - Luxembourg, 227 km

  1. Roger de Vlaeminck: 6hr 28min 33sec
  2. Franco Bitossi s.t.
  3. Eddy Merckx s.t.
  4. Wladimiro Panizza s.t.
  5. Italo Zilioli @ 42sec
  6. Patrick Sercu @ 47sec
  7. Gerben Karstens s.t.
  8. Giovanni Cavalcanti s.t.
  9. Marcello Bergamo s.t.
  10. Ole Ritter s.t.

GC after Stage 2:

  1. Eddy Merckx: 9hr 37min 53sec
  2. Franco Bitossi, Waldimiro Panizza, Roger de Vlaeminck @ 5sec
  3. Italo Zilioli @ 37sec
  4. Gerben Kartens, Michele Dancelli @ 38sec
  5. Patrick Sercu @ 41sec
  6. Roger Swerts @ 42sec

Monday, May 21: Stage 3, Luxembourg - Strasbourg, France, 239 km

  1. Rik van Roosbroeck, 6hr 55min 1sec
  2. Marino Basso s.t.
  3. Pierino Gavazzi s.t.
  4. Aldo Parecchini s.t.
  5. Roger de Vlaeminck s.t.
  6. Franco Ongarato s.t.
  7. Marcello Osler s.t.
  8. Daniel Ducreux s.t.
  9. Franco Bitossi s.t.
  10. Arnaldo Caverzasi s.t.

GC after Stage 3:

  1. Eddy Merckx: 16hr 32min 54sec
  2. Franco Bitossi, Roger de Vlaeminck @ 5sec
  3. Wladimiro Panizza @ 13sec
  4. Michele Dancelli, Gerben Karstens @ 38sec
  5. Patrick Sercu @ 41sec
  6. Roger Swerts, Ole Ritter, Hennie Kuiper @ 42sec

Tuesday, May 22: Stage 4, Geneva, Switzerland - Aosta, Italy, 163 km

Major ascent: San Carlo

  1. Eddy Merckx: 4hr 43min 40sec
  2. José-Manuel Fuente @ 1sec
  3. Giovanni Battaglin s.t.
  4. Gonzalo Aja s.t.
  5. Roger de Vlaeminck @ 24sec
  6. Domingo Perurena s.t.
  7. Felice Gimondi s.t.
  8. Enrico Paolini s.t.
  9. Franco Bitossi s.t.
  10. Gianni Motta s.t.

GC after Stage 4:

  1. Eddy Merckx: 21hr 16min 34sec
  2. Franco Bitossi, Roger de Vlaeminck @ 29sec
  3. Wladimiro Panizza @ 37sec
  4. José-Manuel Fuente, Giovanni Battaglin @ 51sec
  5. Ole Ritter, Hennie Kuiper @ 1min 6sec

Wednesday, May 23: Rest Day

Thursday, May 24: Stage 5, St. Vincent - Milano, 173 km

  1. Gerben Karstens: 4hr 17min 45sec
  2. Marino Basso s.t.
  3. Patrick Sercu s.t.
  4. Rik van Linden s.t.
  5. Roger de Vlaeminck s.t.
  6. Aldo Parecchini s.t.
  7. Franco Ongarato s.t.
  8. Franco Bitossi s.t.
  9. Michele Dancelli s.t.
  10. Eddy Merckx s.t.

GC after Stage 5:

  1. Eddy Merckx: 25hr 34min 19sec
  2. Franco Bitossi, Roger de Vlaeminck @ 29sec
  3. Wladimiro Panizza @ 37sec
  4. José-Manuel Fuente, Giovanni Battaglin @ 51sec
  5. Hennie Kuiper, Ole Ritter @ 1min 6sec

Friday, May 25: Stage 6, Milano - Lago d'Iseo, 144 km

Major ascents: Gallo, San Fermo

  1. Gianni Motta: 3hr 49min 58sec
  2. Felice Gimondi s.t.
  3. Ole Ritter s.t.
  4. Franco Bitossi s.t.
  5. Wladimiro Panizza s.t.
  6. Eddy Merckx s.t.
  7. Giovanni Battaglin s.t.
  8. Roger de Vlaeminck @ 1min 23sec
  9. José Pesarrodona s.t.
  10. Roberto Poggiali s.t.

GC after Stage 6:

  1. Eddy Merckx: 29hr 24min 17sec
  2. Franco Bitossi @ 29sec
  3. Wladimiro Panizza @ 37sec
  4. Giovanni Battaglin @ 51sec
  5. Ole Ritter @ 1min 6sec
  6. Felice Gimondi @ 1min 14sec
  7. Gianni Motta @ 1min 43sec
  8. Roger de Vlaeminck @ 1min 52sec
  9. Roberto Poggiali, Santiago Lazcano, José Pesarrodona @ 2min 37sec

Saturday, May 26: Stage 7, Lago d'Iseo - Lido delle Nazioni, 248 km

  1. Rik van Linden: 7hr 7min 57sec
  2. Patrick Sercu s.t.
  3. Roger de Vlaeminck s.t.
  4. Marino Basso s.t.
  5. Daniel Ducreux s.t.
  6. Gerben Karstens s.t.
  7. Marcello Osler s.t.
  8. Franco Ongarato s.t.
  9. Eddy Merckx s.t.
  10. Ole Ritter s.t.

GC after Stage 7:

  1. Eddy Merckx: 36hr 32min 14sec
  2. Franco Bitosi @ 29sec
  3. Wladimiro Panizza @ 37sec
  4. Giovanni Battaglin @ 51sec
  5. Ole Ritter @ 1min 6sec
  6. Felice Gimondi @ 1min 14sec
  7. Gianni Motta @ 1min 43sec
  8. Roger de Vlaeminck @ 1min 52sec
  9. Roberto Poggiali, Santiago Lazcano, José Pesarrodona @ 2min 37sec

Sunday, May 27: Stage 8, Lido delle Nazioni - Monte Carpegna, 156 km

Major ascents: Barbotto, Cantoniera Carpegna, Monte Carpegna

  1. Eddy Merckx: 4hr 40min 36sec
  2. Giovanni Battaglin @ 45sec
  3. Italo Zilioli @ 4min 16sec
  4. Gianni Motta @ 4min 19sec
  5. Felice Gimondi s.t.
  6. Franco Bitossi s.t.
  7. Wladimiro Panizza @ 4min 34sec
  8. José Pesarrodona s.t.
  9. Roberto Poggiali @ 4min52sec
  10. Gösta Pettersson s.t.

GC after Stage 8:

  1. Eddy Merckx: 41hr 12min 50sec
  2. Giovanni Battaglin @ 1min 36sec
  3. Franco Bitossi @ 4min 48sec
  4. Wladimiro Panizza, Felice Gimondi @ 5min 33sec
  5. Gianni Motta @ 6min 2sec
  6. José Pesarrodona @ 7min 11sec
  7. Roberto Poggiali, Santiago Lazcano @ 7min 29sec
  8. Francisco Galdós @ 9min 16sec

Monday, May 28: Stage 9, Carpegna - Alba Adriatica, 243 km

  1. Patrick Sercu: 5hr 56min 39sec
  2. Rik van Linden s.t.
  3. Franco Ongarato s.t.
  4. Gerben Karstens s.t.
  5. Gianni Motta s.t.
  6. Daniel Ducreux s.t.
  7. Pierino Gavazzi s.t.
  8. Mauro Simonetti s.t.
  9. Giovanni Dalla bona s.t.
  10. Aldo Parecchini s.t.

GC after Stage 9:

  1. Eddy Merckx: 47hr 9min 23sec
  2. Giovanni Battaglin @ 1min 36sec
  3. Franco Bitossi @ 4min 48sec
  4. Wladimiro Panizza @ 5min 11sec
  5. Felice Gimondi @ 5min 33sec
  6. Gianni Motta @ 6min 2sec
  7. José Pesarrodona @ 7min 11sec
  8. Roberto Poggiali, Santiago Lazcano @ 7min 29sec
  9. Francisco Galdós @ 9min 16sec

Tuesday, May 29: Stage 10, Alba Adriatica - Lanciano, 174 km

Major ascent: Majeletta

  1. Eddy Merckx: 5hr 17min 34sec
  2. José-Manuel Fuente s.t.
  3. Wladimiro Panizza @ 6sec
  4. Roger de Vlaeminck @ 1min 54sec
  5. Gianni Motta s.t.
  6. Felice Gimondi s.t.
  7. José Pesarrodona s.t.
  8. Franco Bitossi s.t.
  9. Ole Ritter s.t.
  10. Roberto Poggiali @ 1min 57sec

GC after Stage 10:

  1. Eddy Merckx: 52hr 27min 3sec
  2. Giovanni Battaglin @ 3min 33sec
  3. Wladimiro Panizza @ 5min 47sec
  4. Franco Bitossi @ 6min 42sec
  5. Felice Gimondi @ 7min 27sec
  6. Gianni Motta @ 7min 56sec
  7. José Pesarrondona @ 9min 3sec
  8. Roberto Poggiali @ 9min 26sec
  9. Santiago Lazcano @ 9min 28sec
  10. Francisco Galdós @ 11min 13sec

Wednesday, May 30: Stage 11, Lanciano - Benevento, 230 km

  1. Roger de Vlaeminck: 6hr 58min 14sec
  2. Felice Gimondi s.t.
  3. Eddy Merckx s.t.
  4. Gianni Motta s.t.
  5. Gösta Pettersson s.t.
  6. José Pesarrodona s.t.
  7. Santiago Lazcano @ 5sec
  8. José-Manuel Fuente @ 10sec
  9. Roger Swerts s.t.
  10. Jozef Huysmans @ 28sec

GC after Stage 11:

  1. Eddy Merckx: 59hr 25min 17sec
  2. Giovanni Battaglin @ 6min 39sec
  3. Felice Gimondi @ 7min 27sec
  4. Gianni Motta @ 7min 56sec
  5. Wladimiro Panizza @ 8min 23sec
  6. José Pesarrodona @ 9min 8sec
  7. Santiago Lazcano @ 9min 33sec
  8. Franco Bitossi @ 9min 48sec
  9. Roger De Vlaeminck @ 12min 30sec
  10. Roberto Poggiali @ 12min 32sec

Thursday, May 31: Stage 12, Benevento - Fiuggi, 236 km

Major ascent: Taburno

  1. Tullio Rossi: 6hr 55min 0sec
  2. Mario Anni s.t.
  3. Roger Gilson @ 1sec
  4. Frans Mintjens @ 2sec
  5. Lino Farisato s.t.
  6. Renato Marchetti s.t.
  7. Joseph Bruyère s.t.
  8. Davide Boifava @ 9sec
  9. Roger de Vlaeminck @ 10min 15sec
  10. Italo Zilioli s.t.

GC after Stage 12:

  1. Eddy Merckx: 66hr 31min 32sec
  2. Giovanni Battaglin @ 6min 39sec
  3. Felice Gimondi @ 7min 27sec
  4. Gianni Motta @ 7min 56sec
  5. Wladimiro Panizza @ 8min 23sec
  6. José Pesarrodona @ 9min 8sec
  7. Santiago Lazcano @ 9min 33sec
  8. Franco Bitossi @ 9min 48sec
  9. Roger de Vlaeminck @ 12min 30sec
  10. Roberto Poggiali 2 12min 32sec

Friday, June 1: Stage 13, Fiuggi - Bolsena, 215 km

Major ascent: Nibbio

  1. Roger de Vlaeminck: 5hr 44min 24sec
  2. Ole Ritter s.t.
  3. Franco Bitossi s.t.
  4. Felice Gimondi s.t.
  5. Santiago Lazcano s.t.
  6. Hennie Kuiper s.t.
  7. Giovanni Battaglin s.t.
  8. Francisco Galdós s.t.
  9. José-Manuel Fuente s.t.
  10. Wladimiro Panizza s.t.

GC after Stage 13:

  1. Eddy Merckx: 72hr 14min 56sec
  2. Giovanni Battaglin @ 6min 39sec
  3. Felice Gimondi @ 7min 27sec
  4. Wladimiro Panizza @ 8min 23sec
  5. José Pesarrodona @ 9min 8sec
  6. Santiago Lazcano @ 9min 33sec
  7. Franco Bitossi @ 9min 48sec
  8. Roger de Vlaeminck @ 12min 30sec
  9. Gösta Pettersson @ 14min 4sec
  10. Gianni Motta @ 14min 6sec

Saturday, June 2: Stage 14, Bolsena - Firenze, 202 km

  1. Francesco Moser: 5hr 39min 35sec
  2. Roberto Poggiali s.t.
  3. José-Manuel Fuente @ 1sec
  4. Luis Zubero @ 2sec
  5. Silvano Schiavon @ 31sec
  6. Giovanni Cavalcanti s.t.
  7. Roger de Vlaeminck @ 1min 15wsec
  8. Gerben Karstens s.t.
  9. Marino Basso s.t.
  10. Adriano Pella s.t.

GC after Stage 14:

  1. Eddy Merckx: 77hr 55min 46sec
  2. Giovanni Battaglin @ 6min 39sec
  3. Felice Gimondi @ 7min 27sec
  4. Wladimiro Panizza @ 8min 23sec
  5. José Pesarrodona @ 9min 8sec
  6. Santiago Lazcano @ 9min 33sec
  7. Franco Bitossi @ 9min 48sec
  8. Roger de Vlaeminck @ 12min 30sec
  9. Gösta Pettersson @ 14min 4sec
  10. Gianni Motta @ 14min 6sec

Sunday, June 3: Stage 15: Firenze - Forte dei Marmi, 150 km

  1. Martin "Cochise" Rodriguez: 3hr 41min 12sec
  2. Marino Basso @ 3sec
  3. Roger de Vlaeminck s.t.
  4. Patrick Sercu s.t.
  5. Rik van Linden s.t.
  6. Eddy Merckx s.t
  7. Pierino Gavazzi s.t.
  8. Gianni Motta s.t.
  9. Davide Boifava s.t.
  10. Gerben Karstens s.t.

GC after Stage 15:

  1. Eddy Merckx: 81hr 37min 1sec
  2. Giovanni Battaglin @ 6min 39sec
  3. Felice Gimondi @ 7min 27sec
  4. Wladimiro Panizza @ 8min 23sec
  5. José Pesarrodona @ 9min 8sec
  6. Santiago Lazcano @ 9min 33sec
  7. Franco Bitossi @ 9min 48sec
  8. Roger de Vlaeminck @ 12min 30sec
  9. Gösta Pettersson @ 14min 4sec
  10. Gianni Motta @ 14min 6sec

Monday, June 4: Rest Day

Tuesday, June 5: Stage 16, Forte dei Marimi 37 km individual time trial

  1. Felice Gimondi: 46min 23sec
  2. Ole Ritter @ 23sec
  3. Eddy Merckx @ 31sec
  4. Roger Swerts @ 1min 15sec
  5. Gösta Pettersson @ 1min 20sec
  6. Roger de Vlaeminck @ 1min 22sec
  7. Julien Stevens @ 1min 32sec
  8. Francsco Moser @ 1min44sec
  9. Luciano Borgognoni @ 1min 57sec
  10. José Pesarrodona @ 2min 40sec

GC after Stage 16:

  1. Eddy Merckx: 82hr 23min 55sec
  2. Felice Gimondi @ 6min 56sec
  3. Giovanni Battaglin @ 9min 34sec
  4. Wladimiro Panizza @ 11min 6sec
  5. José Pesarrodona @ 11min 17sec
  6. Franco Bitossi @ 12min 3sec
  7. Roger de Vlaeminck @ 13min 21sec
  8. Santiago Lazcano @ 13min 51sec
  9. Gösta Pettersson @ 14min 53sec
  10. Gianni Motta @ 16min 15sec

Wednesday, June 6: Stage 17: Forte dei Marmi - Verona, 244 km

Major ascent: Cisa

  1. Rik van Linden: 6hr 45min 12sec
  2. Marino Basso s.t.
  3. Roger de Vlaeminck s.t.
  4. Gerben Karstens s.t.
  5. Franco Ongarato s.t.
  6. Aldo Parecchini s.t.
  7. Jean-Luc Molineris @ 6sec
  8. Francesco Moser s.t.
  9. Piero Gambarotto s.t.
  10. Enzo Brentegani s.t.

GC after Stage 17:

  1. Eddy Merckx: 89 hr 9min 18sec
  2. Felice Gimondi @ 6min 56sec
  3. Giovanni Battaglin @ 9min 34sec
  4. Wladimiro Panizza @ 11min 6sec
  5. José Pesarrodona @ 11min 17sec
  6. Franco Bitossi @ 12min 3sec
  7. Roger de Vlaeminck @ 13min 10sec
  8. Santiago Lazcano @ 13min 51sec
  9. Gösta Pettersson @ 14min 53sec
  10. Gianni Motta @ 16min 15sec

Thursday, June 7: Stage 18, Verona - Andalo, 173 km

Major ascent: Bondone, Paganella

  1. Eddy Merckx: 5hr 17min 39sec
  2. Felice Gimondi @ 46sec
  3. Giovanni Battaglin s.t.
  4. Santiago Lazcano @ 2min 16sec
  5. Francisco Galdós @ 3min 16sec
  6. José-Manuel Fuente @ 3min 30sec
  7. Italo Zilioli @ 3min 41sec
  8. Gonzalo Aja @ 4min 34sec
  9. José Pesarrodona s.t.
  10. Silvano Schiavon @ 5min 30sec

GC after Stage 18:

  1. Eddy Merckx: 94hr 26min 57sec
  2. Felice Gimondi @ 7min 42sec
  3. Giovanni Battaglin @ 10min 20sec
  4. José Pesarrodona @ 15min 51sec
  5. Santiago Lazcano @ 16min 7sec
  6. Wladimiro Panizza @ 19min 45sec
  7. Franco Bitossi @ 21min 22sec
  8. Gianni Motta @ 22min 19sec
  9. Ole Ritter @ 22min 55sec
  10. Roger de Vlaeminck, Francisco Galdós @ 26min 35sec

Friday, June 8: Stage 19, Andalo - Aurozo di Cadore, 208 km

Major ascents: Valles, Santa Lucia, Giau, Tre Croci

  1. José-Manuel Fuente: 6hr 56min 20sec
  2. Francesco Moser @ 1min 6sec
  3. Ole Ritter @ 1min 7sec
  4. Eddy Merckx @ 2min 38sec
  5. Felice Gimondi s.t.
  6. Enrico Paolini s.t.
  7. Wladimiro Panizza s.t.
  8. José Pesarrodona s.t.
  9. Gianni Motta s.t.
  10. Italo Zilioli s.t.

GC after Stage 19:

  1. Eddy Merckx: 101hr 25min 55sec
  2. Felice Gimondi @ 7min 42sec
  3. Giovanni Battaglin @ 10min 20sec
  4. José Pesarrodona @ 15min 51sec
  5. Santiago Lazcano @ 19min 11sec
  6. Wladimiro Panizza @ 19min 45sec
  7. Gianni Motta @ 22min 19sec
  8. Ole Ritter @ 24min 24sec
  9. José-Manuel Fuente @ 26min 6sec
  10. Francisco Galdós @ 26min 35sec

Saturday, June 9: 20th and Final Stage, Auronzo di Cadore - Tireste, 197 km

Major ascent: Mauria

  1. Marino Basso: 5hr 28min 46sec
  2. Patrick Sercu s.t.
  3. Rik van Linden s.t.
  4. Piero Gambarotto s.t.
  5. Franco Ongarato s.t.
  6. Gianni Motta s.t.
  7. Gerben Karstens s.t.
  8. Frans Mintjens s.t.
  9. Marcello Osler s.t.
  10. Walter Avogadri s.t.

Complete 1973 Giro d'Italia Final General Classification


The Story of the 1973 Giro d'Italia

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Today, upcoming Giro routes are usually announced in November or December. Back in 1973 things were not settled that early, with the route being announced in early March. The route Torriani designed was different from previous Giri, placing the start in Verviers, Belgium, and having the riders spend a week working their way south in a Giro of the Common Market, through Holland, Germany, Luxembourg, France and then Switzerland before landing in Piedmont, Italy.

The Tour de France had, like the Giro, previously crossed into adjoining countries, but neither had scheduled such a far-ranging foreign adventure. The next year the Tour would have a single stage in Plymouth, England (a colossal failure) but would not venture wildly afield again until 1980 when it traveled deep into Germany.

A blue-ribbon peloton arrived in Verviers. Merckx, coming from a win over Luis Ocaña in the Vuelta that had ended only five days earlier, was there with his team of champions to try for a fourth Giro win. Hoping to at last get the better of the relentless Belgian was the formidable Spanish KAS team, with Fuente, Galdós, Gonzalo Aja, José Pesarrodona, Domingo Perurena and Santiago Lazcano. Filling out the roster of contenders were Gimondi, Panizza, Motta (now on the Zonca squad and no longer teamed with Gimondi, who had moved to Bianchi), de Vlaeminck, Pettersson, Francesco Moser, Bitossi, Zilioli, Olympic Champion Hennie Kuiper and a new face, Giovanni Battaglin, winner of the 1972 Tour de l’Avenir.

Princess Paolo with Marino Basso and Felice Gimondi

Pricess Paola of Belgium with Marino Basso (rainbow jersey) and Felice Gimondi

Torriani was never afraid to do things differently. Case in point, the 5.2-kilometer prologue was a two-man team time trial. In the 1972 Giro Merckx and his teammate Roger Swerts had shown that they were the best against the clock. As a team, they were, as expected, the winners. What wasn’t expected were Fuente and his teammate Pesarrodona being only seven seconds slower. The prologue times didn’t count towards the General Classification, but the win gave Merckx the first Pink and Swerts the first Purple Jerseys.

The next day the race finished in Cologne, Germany. Merckx, being Merckx, had no intention of giving up the maglia rosa. With twenty kilometers to go he put his men at the front of the pack and had them ride nearly all-out. From that platform he launched his own solo attack, but he couldn’t stay away and the peloton was together in the final kilometer. And despite all of that work, he still led out the sprint, and incredibly, won it by a clear margin.

The stage into Luxembourg was ridden Giro-style, piano until the last 60 kilometers. But those final attacks were ferocious, with de Vlaeminck, Bitossi, Merckx and Panizza managing to get about a half-minute clear and finishing in that order.

The fourth stage went through the Mont Blanc tunnel and brought the Giro into Italy at last. Over the Colle San Carlo, Fuente tried his best to escape, but with a long descent after the summit (for which Merckx changed bikes to have a machine with huge gears for the downhill), he couldn’t hope to stay away. There was a regrouping that allowed Merckx a third stage win.

So far Merckx’s team had been tyrannically controlling the race, making sure that every break had a brown-clad Molteni rider in it.

Stage six, going from Milan eastward to Iseo, went over the Colle San Fermo. Both Merckx and Fuente sent their lieutenants up ahead to prepare for the coming attacks. Not waiting for Fuente to jump, Merckx attacked hard and only Panizza and Battaglin could answer the call. At the worst possible time, Fuente was crippled with cramps and had to get off his bike.

The Merckx trio had to dig deep, being pursued by a formidable group: Bitossi, Motta, Gimondi and former World Hour Record holder Ole Ritter. Try as they might, the group couldn’t hold off the chasers, allowing Gianni Motta to take the stage. The unfortunate Fuente lost twelve minutes.

After stage six, with Fuente tossed and gored, the General Classification stood thus:
1. Eddy Merckx
2. Franco Bitossi @ 29 seconds
3. Wladimiro Panizza @ 37 seconds
4. Giovanni Battaglin @ 51 seconds
5. Ole Ritter @ 1 minute 6 seconds

After a boring trip across the pancake-flat Emilian Plain, the race went into the hilly countryside of Le Marche. On one of the early climbs of the day, Merckx escaped bringing Fuente along for company. Foolishly, Fuente took his pulls with the powerful Belgian and after having burned his matches, was spit out the back.

Next Battaglin bridged up to Merckx and as the two sped over the hills they distanced themselves from the peloton. Merckx tried to drop Battaglin, but wasn’t able to lose his young Italian companion until the top of the last climb. Merckx bombed down the hill and raced into Carpegna 45 seconds ahead of Battaglin and more than four minutes ahead of the first chaser, Zilioli.
At the stage’s end Fuente was in such a bad state, he thought he needed a doctor. He was fine and the next morning was fit to start the next stage. Roger de Vlaeminck’s hopes for a high placing were ruined as well after he lost nine minutes. They weren’t the only ones losing big. Trying to cut down on the spectators’ pushing riders up the hills, large fines were imposed on the riders who accepted the fans’ help. The next day the threat of a riders’ strike over the severity of the punishments came to nothing.

Stage ten took the race further down the Adriatic coast into Abruzzo where, at last, Fuente seemed to be finding his legs. He escaped, only to be caught by Merckx, who won the stage, his fifth stage victory so far. Putting on an extraordinary—I guess the better adjective would be Merckxian—show of aggression and power, he now held the lead in the General Classification as well as the points and mountains categories.

A crash early in stage eleven allowed Merckx to form a break that included de Vlaeminck, Gimondi and Motta. Battaglin was at the back of the field when he was hit with both bad cramps and Merckx’s attack, and by the time he made his way up to the front, the big boys were gone. Battaglin got help from Hennie Kuiper and Francesco Moser (riding in his first Giro), but they had to concede three minutes, seeming to put the race out of the reach of everyone not named Merckx.

Eddy Merckx in pink

Eddy Merckx in pink

The General Classification as the Giro reached its most southern point, Benevento, northeast of Naples:
1. Eddy Merckx
2. Giovanni Battaglin @ 6 minutes 39 seconds
3. Felice Gimondi @ 7 minutes 27 seconds
4. Gianni Motta @ 7 minutes 56 seconds

As the race turned north and rode through Umbria and Tuscany, the standings didn’t change significantly. At the Tuscan coastal city of Forte dei Marmi, for the first time in years, Merckx suffered a defeat in an individual time trial over 30 kilometers long. And the man who won the stage? Felice Gimondi beat the Belgian by 31 seconds. His superb ride moved him to second place, pushing Battaglin down to third at 9 minutes 34 seconds.

The next day Michele Dancelli was expelled from the race for using “intemperate language” on the race jury after the stage eight fines were imposed.
Two Dolomite stages were next. Stage eighteen, from Verona to Andalo went over the Bondone and the Paganella. The previous day it had rained hard on the miserable, huddled peloton and the prospect of a cold, snowy day on the Bondone scared both the riders and the organizers. But the sun came out and so did Merckx’s Moltenis. Just as most of the riders were picking up their feedbags and the Bondone started to bite, Merckx’s team gave it the gas, forcing many of the riders to forgo their musettes. The Spaniards, not expecting the attack, were already off the back before the hard work was expected to begin.

With a huge effort Fuente bridged up to the leaders. Upon making contact he attacked, and this drew out a select group of riders as they climbed the steepest part of the 27-kilometer ascent: Merckx, Fuente, Gimondi, Moser, de Vlaeminck and Lazcano. The last ten kilometers of the Bondone pass were unpaved and here Lazcano galloped away, taking Fuente with him. They crested with less than a minute’s lead, and of course they were caught in a general regrouping on the descent.

On the far milder Paganella, Fuente attacked again, but his efforts on the Bondone climb had left him without punch. Now it was Merckx’s time to go clear, Gimondi and Battaglin being the only riders able to keep him in sight. Merckx held on to a 46-second gap all the way into Andalo with Gimondi and Battaglin second and third. Fuente came in sixth, 3 minutes 30 seconds down.
The penultimate day had four major climbs: the Valles, Santa Lucia, the Giau (the Cima Coppi) and the Tre Croci. On the Passo Valles, Fuente jumped several times before getting clear. Still alone after the Santa Lucia, he tackled the Giau while Merckx was content to go at his own speed, topping the Giau with Battaglin for company, 2 minutes 25 seconds behind Fuente.

At the start of the Passo Tre Croci, Fuente’s lead was two minutes. Moser and Ritter had tried to get up to Fuente but the Spaniard was on song and increased the gap on his chasers to 2 minutes 45 seconds. There were 24 kilometers of mostly downhill to go and one might expect two superb big-gear men like Moser and Ritter would be able to reel in a small, exhausted climber. They couldn’t. Fuente pulled off one of the great rides, being away for more than 130 kilometers and finishing 1 minute 6 seconds ahead of Moser, allowing Fuente to take the Mountains Classification lead away from Merckx.

Having suffocated his competition, Merckx had a commanding lead in the General Classification. The points and mountains classifications, however were still not completely settled as the Giro started the final stage into Trieste. Fuente scooted over the Passo della Mauria first and secured the mountain prize. De Vlaeminck made an attempt to win the stage and take the points prize from Merckx, but he was swamped when the Bianchi squad positioned world champion Marino Basso perfectly for the sprint.

Merckx now had four Giro wins. In winning the 1973 edition he did what no man had done since Alfredo Binda in 1927, taking the lead on the first stage and keeping it until the end. Moreover, along the way to winning his “sunrise to sunset” Giro he won six stages. It was a scintillating performance.

Final 1973 Giro d’Italia General Classification:
1. Eddy Merckx (Molteni) 106 hours 54 minutes 41 seconds
2. Felice Gimondi (Bianchi) @ 7 minutes 42 seconds
3. Giovanni Battaglin (Jolliceramica) @ 10 minutes 20 seconds
4. José Pesarrodona (KAS) @ 15 minutes 51 seconds
8. José-Manuel Fuente (KAS) @ 26 minutes 6 seconds

Climbers’ Competition:
1. José-Manuel Fuente (KAS): 550 points
2. Eddy Merckx (Molteni): 510
3. Giovanni Battaglin (Jolliceramica): 180

Points Competition:
1. Eddy Merckx (Molteni): 237 points
2. Roger de Vlaeminck (Brooklyn): 216
3. Felice Gimondi (Bianchi): 146