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1975 Giro d'Italia

58th edition: May 17 - June 7

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

1974 Giro | 1976 Giro | Giro d'Italia Database | 1975 Giro Quick Facts | 1975 Giro d'Italia Final GC | Stage results with running GC | The Story of the 1975 Giro d'Italia | Video |

1975 Giro route map


1975 Giro Quick Facts:

3,963 km raced at an average speed of 35.535 km/hr

90 starters (Merckx's team dropped out at the last minute, see Story of the 1975 Giro below) 70 classified finishers.

Roger de Vlaeminck won seven stages, but was not in competiton for the GC after a big time loss early in the race.

Giovanni Battaglin took the lead after the stage 13 time trial, but lost it the next day to Fausto Bertoglio after a timed hill climb. From there, the Giro was an intense battle between Fausto Bertoglio and Francisco Galdós, which wasn't settled until the final meters of the final stage. Galdós tried to take the lead on the ascent of the Stelvio, but Bertoglio neutralized every attack, becoming the first Italian to win the Giro since Gimondi in 1969


1975 Giro d'Italia Complete Final General Classification:

  1. Fausto Bertoglio (Jolly Ceramica) 111hr 31min 34sec
  2. Francisco Galdós (KAS) @ 41sec
  3. Felice Gimondi (Bianchi) @ 6min 18sec
  4. Roger de Vlaeminck (Brooklyn) @ 7min 39sec
  5. Giuseppe Perletto (Magniflex) @ 8min 0sec
  6. Wladimiro Panizza (Brooklyn) @ 8min 13sec
  7. Walter Riccomi (SCIC) @ 10min 32sec
  8. Constantino Conti (Furzi) @ 13min 40sec
  9. Miguel-María Lasa (KAS) @ 14min 48sec
  10. Giambattista Baronchelli (SCIC) s.t.
  11. Davide Boifava (Furzi) @ 20min 17sec
  12. Fabrizio Fabbri (Bianchi) @ 21min 19sec
  13. Roland Salm (Zonca-Santini) @ 31min 5sec
  14. Andrés Oliva (KAS) @ 31min 6sec
  15. Giacinto Santambrogio (Bianchi) @ 35min 42sec
  16. Giovanni Cavalcanti (Bianchi) @ 36min 57sec
  17. Giancarlo Bellini (Brooklyn) @ 36min 58sec
  18. Giovanni Battaglin (Jolly Cermaica) @ 37min 58sec
  19. Louis Pfenninger (Zonca-Santini) @ 44min 38sec
  20. Marcello Bergamo (Jolly Ceramica) @ 47min 45sec
  21. Luciano Conati (SCIC) @ 48min 7sec
  22. Vicente López-Carril (KAS) @ 50min 11sec
  23. Luciano Borgognoni (Zonca-Santini) @ 50min 13sec
  24. Sebastian Pozo (KAS) @ 52min 22sec
  25. Antoon Houbrechts (Bianchi) @ 55min 24sec
  26. Franco Bitossi (SCIC) @ 58min 47sec
  27. Donato Giuliani (Jolly Ceramica) @ 58min 59sec
  28. Primo Mori (SCIC) @ 1hr 7min 12sec
  29. Alfredo Chinetti (Furzi) @ 1hr 13min 40sec
  30. Adriano Pella (Zonca-Santini) @ 1hr 18min 46sec
  31. Ottavio Crepaldi (Magniflex) @ 1hr 19mn 31sec
  32. Simone Fraccaro (Bianchi) @ 1hr 20min 51sec
  33. Martin "Cochise" Rodriguez (Bianchi) @ 1hr 20min 55sec
  34. Glauco Santoni (Magniflex) @ 1hr 22min 33sec
  35. Renato Laghi (SCIC) @ 1hr 25min 54sec
  36. Giancarlo Polidori (Furzi) @ 1hr 27min 0sec
  37. Attilio Rota (SCIC) @ 1hr 27min 48sec
  38. Marcello Osler (Brooklyn) @ 1hr 30min 30sec
  39. Italo Zilioli (Magniflex) @ 1hr 31min 55sec
  40. Armando Lora (Magniflex) @ 1hr 34min 26sec
  41. Domingo Perurena (KAS) @ 1hr 36min 17sec
  42. Knut Knudsen (Jolly Ceramica) @ 1hr 39min 5sec
  43. Enrico Paolini (SCIC) @ 1hr 44min 36sec
  44. Celestino Vercelli (SCIC) @ 1hr 46min 5sec
  45. Mario Lanzafame (Furzi) @ 1hr 46min 49sec
  46. Enrico Guadrini (Zonca-Santini) @ 1hr 50min 23sec
  47. Valerio Lualdi (Brooklyn) @ 1hr 55min 58sec
  48. Pasquale Pugliese (Zonca-Santini) @ 1hr 57min 14sec
  49. Arturo Pecchielan (Furzi) @ 1hr 58min 52sec
  50. José-Antonio Gonzalez-Linares (KAS) @ 2hr 7min 11sec
  51. Alessio Antonini (Jolly Ceramica) @ 2hr 18min 6sec
  52. Pierino Gavazzi (Jolly Ceramica)@ 2hr 18min 18sec
  53. Mauro Vanucchi (Magniflex) @ 2hr 20min 0sec
  54. Giancarlo Tartoni (Furzi) @ 2hr 20min 52sec
  55. Giuseppe Rodella (Furzi) @ 2hr 21min 54sec
  56. Willy De Geest (Brooklyn) @ 2hr 27min 19sec
  57. Giorgio Favaro (Furzi) @ 2hr 29min 52sec
  58. Javier Elorriaga (KAS) @ 2hr 33min 48sec
  59. Alberto Caiumi (Zonca-Santini) @ 2hr 36min 2sec
  60. Gaetano Baronchelli (SCIC) @ 2hr 45min 40sec
  61. Bruno Vicino (Jolly Cermica) @ 2hr 48min 39sec
  62. Giacomo Bazzan (Jolly Ceramica) @ 2hr 52min 5sec
  63. Wilmo Francioni (Magniflex) @ 2hr 53min 44sec
  64. Mario Branchi (Magniflex) @ 2hr 56min 20sec
  65. Herman Van der Slagmollen (Brooklyn) @ 2hr 56min 49sec
  66. Luigi Castelletti (Bianchi) @ 2hr 59min 56sec
  67. Patrick Sercu (Brooklyn) @ 3hr 3min 48sec
  68. Sandro Quintarelli (Jolly Ceramica) @ 3hr 4min 48sec
  69. Alex Van Linden (Bianchi) @ 3hr 11min 32sec
  70. Franco Calvi (Zonca-Santini) @ 3hr 52min 5sec

Points Competition

  1. Roger de Vlaeminck (Brooklyn): 346 points
  2. Fausto Bertoglio (Jolly Ceramica): 159
  3. Felice Gimondi (Bianchi): 154
  4. Patrick Sercu (Brooklyn): 148
  5. Luciano Borgognoni (Zonca-Santini): 123

Climbers' Competition:

  1. Francisco Galdós (KAS) , Andrés Oliva (KAS): 300 points
  2. Fausto Bertoglio (Jolly Ceramica): 240
  3. Giancarlo Polidori (Furzi): 150
  4. Roger de Vlaeminck (Brooklyn): 130

Team Classication:

  1. Brooklyn: 11,270 points
  2. Jolly Ceramica: 6,720
  3. KAS: 6,200

1975 Giro stage results with running GC:

One source has the rest day on the 24th, another on the 30th.

Saturday, May 17: Stage 1, Milano - Fiorano Modenese, 177 km

  1. Knut Knudsen: 4hr 15min 35sec
  2. Rik van Linden s.t.
  3. Henk Poppe s.t.
  4. Patrick Sercu s.t.
  5. Pierino Gavazzi s.t.
  6. Theo Smit
  7. Roger de Vlaeminck s.t.
  8. Alfredo Chinetti s.t.
  9. Giacomo Bazzan s.t.
  10. Adriano Pella s.t.

Sunday, May 18: Stage 2, Modena - Ancona, 249 km

  1. Patrick Sercu: 6hr 5min 18sec
  2. Rik van Linden s.t.
  3. Pierino Gavazzi s.t.
  4. Roger de Vlaeminck s.t.
  5. Giacomo Bazzan s.t.
  6. Javier Elorriaga s.t.
  7. Theo Smit s.t.
  8. Aldo Parecchini s.t.
  9. Marino Basso s.t.
  10. Luciano Borgognoni s.t.

GC after stage 2:

  1. Knut Knudsen: 10hr 20min 53sec
  2. Rik van Linden s.t.
  3. Henk Poppe s.t.
  4. Patrick Sercu s.t.
  5. Pierino Gavazzi s.t.
  6. Theo Smit s.t.
  7. Roger de Vlaeminck s.t.
  8. Alfredo Chinetti s.t.
  9. Giacomo Bazzan s.t.
  10. Adriano Pella s.t.
  11. Willy de Geest s.t.
  12. Wilfried Reybrouck s.t.

Monday, May 19: Stage 3, Ancona - Prati di Tivo, 175 km

Major ascent: Prati di Tivo

  1. Giovanni Battaglin: 5hr 2min 3sec
  2. Francisco Galdós @ 21sec
  3. Miguel-Maria Lasa @ 1min 53sec
  4. Fabrizio Fabbri @ 2min 14sec
  5. Marcello Bergamo s.t.
  6. Franco Bitossi @ 2min 16sec
  7. Constantino Conti s.t.
  8. Felice Gimondi s.t.
  9. Giambattista Baronchelli s.t.
  10. Fausto Bertoglio s.t.

GC after Stage 3:

  1. Giovanni Battaglin: 15hr 22min 56sec
  2. Francisco Galdós @ 21sec
  3. Miguel-Maria Lasa @ 1min 53sec
  4. Marcello Bergamo, Fabrizio Fabbri
  5. Franco Bitossi, Giambattista Baronchelli, Felice Gimondi, Fausto Bertoglio, Constantino Conti @ 2min 16sec

Tuesday, May 20: Stage 4, Teramo - Campobasso, 258 km

Major ascents: San Leonardo, Rionero Sannitico, Macerone

  1. Roger de Vlaeminck: 7hr 51min 54sec
  2. Pierino Gavazzi s.t.
  3. Marcello Bergamo s.t.
  4. Felice Gimondi s.t.
  5. Domingo Perurena s.t.
  6. Marino Basso s.t.
  7. Franco Bitossi s.t.
  8. Giancarlo Polidori s.t.
  9. Giambattista Baronchelli s.t.
  10. Miguel-Maria Lasa s.t.

GC after stage 4:

  1. Francisco Galdós: 23hr 15min 11sec
  2. Giovanni Battaglin @ 23sec
  3. Miguel-Maria Lasa @ 1min 32sec
  4. Marcello Bergamo, Fabrizio Fabbri @ 1min 53sec
  5. Franco Bitossi, Giambattista Baronchelli, Felice Gimondi, Fausto Bertoglio, Constantino Conti @ 1min 55sec

Wednesday, May 21: Stage 5, Campobasso - Bari, 224 km

  1. Rik van Linden: 6hr 23min 46sec
  2. Patrick Sercu s.t.
  3. Marino Basso s.t.
  4. Roger de Vlaeminck s.t.
  5. Franco Bitossi s.t.
  6. Luciano Borgognoni s.t.
  7. Roland Salm s.t.
  8. Giacomo Bazzan s.t.
  9. Javier Elorriaga s.t.
  10. Enrico Paolini s.t.

GC after Stage 5:

  1. Francisco Galdós: 29hr 38min 57sec
  2. Giovanni Battaglin @ 23sec
  3. Miguel-Maria Lasa @ 1min 32sec
  4. Marcello Bergamo, Fabrizio Fabbri @ 1min 53sec
  5. Franco Bitossi, Giambattista Baronchelli, Felice Gimondi, Fausto Bertoglio, Constantino Conti @ 1min 55sec

Thursday, May 22: Stage 6, Bari - Castrovillari, 213 km

  1. Roger de Vlaeminck: 6hr 24min 48sec
  2. Rik van Linden s.t.
  3. Marino Basso s.t.
  4. Domingo Perurena s.t.
  5. Patrick Sercu s.t.
  6. Enrico Paolini s.t.
  7. Franco Bitossi s.t.
  8. Javier Elorriaga s.t.
  9. Giancarlo Polidori s.t.
  10. Aldo Parecchini s.t.

GC after stage 6:

  1. Francisco Galdós: 36hr 3min 45sec
  2. Giovanni Battaglin @ 13sec
  3. Miguel-Maria Lasa @ 1min 32sec
  4. Marcello Bergamo, Fabrizio Fabbri @ 1min 53sec
  5. Franco Bitossi, Fausto Bertoglio, Giambattista Baronchelli, Felice Gimondi, Constantino Conti @ 1min 55sec

Friday, May 23: Stage 7A, Castrovillari - Padula, 123 km

Major ascents: Campo Tenese, Fortino

  1. Domingo Perurena: 3hr 15min 17sec
  2. Alfredo Chinetti s.t.
  3. Giancarlo Bellini s.t.
  4. Fausto Bertoglio s.t.
  5. Walter Riccomi s.t.
  6. Marcello Osler @ 31sec
  7. Roger de Vlaeminck s.t.
  8. Giancarlo Polidori s.t.
  9. Marino Basso s.t.
  10. Patrick Sercu s.t.

GC after Stage 7A

  1. Francisco Galdós

Friday, May 23: Stage 7B, Padula-Potenza, 80 km

Major ascent: Satriano

  1. Roger de Vlaeminck: 2hr 14min 26sec
  2. Rik van Linden s.t.
  3. Marcello Bergamo s.t.
  4. Franco Bitossi s.t.
  5. Enrico Paolini s.t.
  6. Luciano Borgognoni s.t.
  7. Alfredo Chinetti s.t.
  8. Adriano Pella s.t.
  9. Simone Fraccaro s.t.
  10. Fabrizio Fabbri s.t.

GC after Stage 7B:

  1. Francisco Galdós: 44hr 38min 59sec
  2. Giovanni Battaglin @ 23sec
  3. Fausto Bertoglio @ 1min 24sec
  4. Miguel-Maria Lasa @ 1min 32sec
  5. Marcello Bergamo, Fabrizio Fabbri @ 1min 53sec
  6. Franco Bitossi, Giambattista Baronchelli, Felice Gimondi, Constantino Conti @ 1min 55sec

Saturday, May 24: Stage 8, Potenza - Sorrento, 220 km

Major ascents: Pietrastretta, Agerola, Faito

  1. Marcello Osler: 6hr 38min 35sec
  2. Giovanni Battaglin @ 8min 48sec
  3. Constantino Conti s.t.
  4. Fausto Bertoglio s.t.
  5. Francisco Galdós s.t.
  6. Giuseppe Perletto @ 9min 52sec
  7. Roger de Vlaeminck @ 10min 23sec
  8. Felice Gimondi s.t.
  9. Marcello Bergamo s.t.
  10. Giambattista Baronchelli s.t.

GC after Stage 8:

  1. Francisco Galdós: 48hr 21min 22sec
  2. Giovanni Battaglin @ 23sec
  3. Fausto Bertoglio @ 1min 24sec
  4. Constantino Conti @ 1min 55sec
  5. Miguel-Maria Lasa @ 3min 7sec
  6. Giuseppe Perletto @ 3min 11sec
  7. Marcello Bergamo, Fabrizio Fabbri @ 3min 28sec
  8. Giambattista Baronchelli, Felice Gimondi @ 3min 30sec

Sunday, May 25: Stage 9, Sorrento - Frosinone, 225 km

  1. Enrico Paolini: 6hr 49min 25sec
  2. Roger de Vlaeminck s.t.
  3. Javier Elorriaga s.t.
  4. Patrick Sercu @ 7sec
  5. Pierino Gavazzi s.t.
  6. Luciano Borgognoni s.t.
  7. Louis Pfenninger s.t.
  8. Marcello Bergamo s.t.
  9. Alfredo Chinetti s.t.
  10. Giacomo Bazzan s.t.

GC after Stage 9:

  1. Francisco Galdós: 55hr 10min 54sec
  2. Giovanni Battaglin @ 23sec
  3. Fausto Bertoglio @ 1min 24sec
  4. Constantino Conti @ 1min 55sec
  5. Miguel-Maria Lasa @ 3min 7sec
  6. Giuseppe Perletto @ 3mn 11sec
  7. Marcello Bergamo, Fabrizio Fabbri @ 3min 28sec
  8. Giambattista Baronchelli, Felice Gimonsi @ 3min 29sec

Monday, May 26: Stage 10, Frosinone - Tivoli, 176 km

  1. Roger de Vlaeminck: 4hr 48min 34sec
  2. Luciano Borgognoni s.t.
  3. Felice Gimondi s.t.
  4. Miguel-Maria Lasa s.t.
  5. Giovanni Battaglin s.t.
  6. Constantino Conti s.t.
  7. Ottavio Crepaldi s.t.
  8. Faustio Bertoglio s.t.
  9. Roland Salm s.t.
  10. Wladimiro Panizza s.t.

GC after Stage 10:

  1. Francisco Galdós: 59hr 59min 28sec
  2. Giovanni Battaglin @ 23sec
  3. Fausto Bertoglio @ 1min 24sec
  4. Constantino Conti @ 1min 55sec
  5. Miguel-Maria Lasa @ 3min 7sec
  6. Giambattista Baronchelli, Felice Gimondi @ 3min 30sec
  7. Walter Riccomi @ 3min 47sec
  8. Giuseppe Perletto @ 3min 49sec
  9. Wladimiro Panizza @ 3min 52sec

Tuesday, May 27: Stage 11, Roma - Orvieto, 158 km

  1. Roger de Vlaeminck: 3hr 55min 7sec
  2. Miguel-Maria Lasa @ 3sec
  3. Luciano Borgognoni s.t
  4. Felice Gimondi s.t.
  5. Rik van Linden s.t.
  6. Wilmo Francioni s.t.
  7. Giovanni Battaglin s.t.
  8. Fausto Bertoglio s.t.
  9. Giambattista Baronchelli s.t.
  10. Louis Pfenninger s.t.

GC after Stage 11:

  1. Francisco Galdós: 63hr 54min 38sec
  2. Giovanni Battaglin @ 23sec
  3. Fausto Bertoglio @ 1min 24sec
  4. Constantino Conti @ 1min 55sec
  5. Miguel-Maria Lasa @ 3min 7sec
  6. Felice Gimondi, Giambattista Baronchelli @ 3min 30sec
  7. Walter Riccomi @ 3min 47sec
  8. Giuseppe Perletto @ 3min 49sec
  9. Wladimiro Panizza @ 3min 52sec

Wednesday, May 28: Stage 12, Chianciano - Forte dei Marmi, 232 km

  1. Patrick Sercu: 6hr 32min 8sec
  2. Rik van Linden s.t.
  3. Roger de Vlaeminck s.t.
  4. Marino Basso s.t.
  5. Javier Elorriaga s.t.
  6. Luciano Borgognoni s.t.
  7. Pierino Gavazzi s.t.
  8. Roland Salm s.t.
  9. Domingo Perurena s.t.
  10. Miguel-Maria Lasa s.t

GC after Stage 12:

  1. Francisco Galdós: 70hr 26min 46sec
  2. Giovanni Battaglin @ 23sec
  3. Fausto Bertoglio @ 1min 24sec
  4. Constantino Conti @ 1min 55sec
  5. Miguel-Maria Lasa @ 3min 7sec
  6. Felice Gimondi, Giambattista Baronchelli @ 3min 30sec
  7. Walter Riccomi @ 3min 42sec
  8. Giuseppe Perletto @ 3min 49sec
  9. Wladimiro Panizza @ 3min 52sec

Thursday, May 29: Stage 13, Forte dei Marmi 38 km individual time trial

  1. Giovanni Battaglin: 47min 4sec
  2. Felice Gimondi @ 13sec
  3. Luciano Borgognoni @ 16sec
  4. Roger de Vlaeminck @ 18sec
  5. Giambattista Baronchelli @ 36sec
  6. Fausto Bertoglio, Knut Knudsen @ 41sec
  7. Louis Pfenninger @ 1min 7sec
  8. Roland Salm @ 1min 36sec
  9. Martin "Cochise" Rodriguez @ 1min 38sec

GC after Stage 13:

  1. Giovanni Battaglin: 74hr 14min 13sec
  2. Fausto Bertoglio @ 1min 42sec
  3. Francisco Galdós @ 2min 40sec
  4. Felice Gimondi @ 3min 20sec
  5. Giambattista Baronchelli @ 3min 43sec
  6. Roger de Vlaeminck @ 4min 48sec
  7. Giuseppe Perletto @ 5min 9sec
  8. Walter Riccomi @ 5min 10sec
  9. Miguel-Maria Lasa @ 5mn 29sec
  10. Wladimiro Panizza @ 5min 37sec

Friday, May 30: Rest Day. Rest day may have occured on the 24th, after stage 7B

Saturday, May 31: Stage 14, Il Ciocco 28 km time hill climb

Major ascent: Il Ciocco

  1. Fausto Bertoglio: 28min 1sec
  2. Giuseppe Perletto @ 43sec
  3. Giambattista Baronchelli @ 59sec
  4. Francisco Galdós @ 1min 2sec
  5. Wladimiro Panizza @ 1min 9sec
  6. Felice Gimondi @ 1min 22sec
  7. Walter Riccomi @ 1min 28sec
  8. Roger de Vlaeminck @ 1min 40sec
  9. Giovanni Battaglin @ 1min 48sec
  10. Miguel-Maria Lasa @ 1min 50sec

GC after Stage 14:

  1. Fausto Bertoglio: 71hr 43min 56sec
  2. Giovanni Battaglin @ 6sec
  3. Francisco Galdós @ 2min 0sec
  4. Felice Gimondi, Giambattista Baronchelli @ 3min 0sec
  5. Giuseppe Perletto @ 4min 10sec
  6. Roger de Vlaeminck @ 4min 46sec
  7. Walter Riccomi @ 4min 56sec
  8. Waldimiro Panizza @ 5min 14sec
  9. Miguel-Maria Lasa @ 5min 30sec

Sunday, June 1: Stage 15, Il Ciocco - Arenzano, 203 km

Major ascent: Carpinelli

  1. Franco Bitossi: 5hr 0min 10sec
  2. Enrico Paolini s.t.
  3. Miguel-Maria Lasa s.t.
  4. Roger de Vlaeminck s.t.
  5. Louis Pfenninger s.t.
  6. Felice Gimondi s.t.
  7. Marcello Osler s.t.
  8. Fausto Bertoglio s.t.
  9. Constantino Conti s.t.
  10. Giacinto Santambrogio s.t.

GC after Stage 15:

  1. Fausto Bertoglio: 76hr 44min 6sec
  2. Francisco Galdós @ 2min 0sec
  3. Felice Gimondi, Giambattista Baronchelli @ 3min 0sec
  4. Giuseppe Perletto @ 4min 10sec
  5. Roger de Vlaeminck @ 4min 46sec
  6. Walter Riccomi @ 4min 56sec
  7. Wladimiro Panizza @ 5min 4sec
  8. Miguel-Maria Lasa @ 5min 37sec
  9. Constantino Conti @ 7min 8sec

Monday, June 2: Stage 16, Arenzano - Orta, 193 km

  1. Fabrizio Fabbri: 4hr 56min 3sec
  2. Valerio Lualdi s.t.
  3. Sebastian Pozo s.t.
  4. Rik van Linden @ 3sec
  5. Simone Fraccaro s.t.
  6. Enrico Paolini s.t.
  7. Roger de Vlaeminck s.t.
  8. Luciano Borgognoni s.t.
  9. Patrick Sercu s.t.
  10. Roland Salm s.t.

GC after Stage 16:

  1. Fausto Bertoglio: 81hr 40min 12sec
  2. Francisco Galdós @ 2min 0sec
  3. Felice Gimondi, Giambattista Baronchelli @ 3min 0sec
  4. Giuseppe Perletto @ 4min 10sec
  5. Roger de Vlaeminck @ 4min 46sec
  6. Walter Riccomi @ 4min 56sec
  7. Wladimiro Panizza @ 5min 4sec
  8. Miguel-Maria Lasa @ 5min 37sec
  9. Cosntantino Conti @ 7min 8sec

Tuesday, June 3: Stage 17A, Omegna - Pontoglio, 167 km

  1. Patrick Sercu: 4hr 32min 40sec
  2. Marino Basso s.t.
  3. Roger de Vlaeminck s.t.
  4. Franco Bitossi s.t.
  5. Bruno Vicino s.t.
  6. Giancarlo Tartoni s.t.
  7. Alessio Antonini s.t.
  8. Pierino Gavazzi s.t.
  9. Enrico Paolini s.t.
  10. Willy de Geest s.t.

GC after Stage 17A

  1. Fausto Bertoglio

Tuesday, June 3: Stage 17B, Pontoglio - La Maddalena, 46 km

Major ascent: La Maddalena

  1. Wladimiro Panizza: 1hr 12min 27sec
  2. Fausto Bertoglio @ 11sec
  3. Giambattista Baronchelli s.t.
  4. Francisco Galdós @ 15sec
  5. Giuseppe Perletto s.t.
  6. Andrés Oliva @ 24sec
  7. Felice Gimondi s.t.
  8. Roger de Vlaeminck @ 35sec
  9. Constantino Conti @ 49sec
  10. Miguel-Maria Lasa s.t.

GC after Stage 17B:

Wednesday, June 4: Stage 18, Brescia - Beselga di Piné, 223 km

Major ascent: Monte Bondone

  1. Roger de Vlaeminck: 6hr 54min 31sec
  2. Felice Gimondi s.t.
  3. Giacinto Santambrogio s.t.
  4. Miguel-Maria Lasa s.t.
  5. Fausto Bertoglio s.t.
  6. Walter Riccomi s.t.
  7. Giambattista Baronchelli s.t.
  8. Francisco Galdós s.t.
  9. Wladimiro Panizza s.t.
  10. Fabrizio Fabbri @ 1min 11sec

GC after Stage 18:

  1. Fausto Bertoglio: 94hr 20min 0sec
  2. Francisco Galdós @ 2min 4sec
  3. Giambattista Baronchelli @ 3min 0sec
  4. Felice Gimondi @ 3min 13sec
  5. Wladimiro Panizza @ 4min 53sec
  6. Roger de Vlaeminck @ 5min 10sec
  7. Walter Riccomi @ 5min 57sec
  8. Giuseppe Perletto @ 6min 3sec
  9. Miguel-Maria Lasa @ 6min 15sec
  10. Fabrizio Fabbri @ 10min 4sec

Thursday, June 5: Stage 19, Baselga di Piné - Prodenone, 175 km

  1. Martin "Cochise" Rodriguez: 3hr 54min 36sec
  2. Adriano Pella s.t.
  3. Javier Elorriaga @ 6sec
  4. Bruno Vicino s.t.
  5. Marcello Osler s.t.
  6. Renato Laghi s.t.
  7. Davide Boifava @ 9sec
  8. Rik van Linden @ 11min 37sec
  9. Pierino Gavazzi s.t.
  10. Enrico Paolini s.t.

GC after Stage 19:

  1. Fausto Bertoglio: 98hr 26min 13sec
  2. Francisco Galdós @ 2min 9sec
  3. Giambattista Baronchelli @ 3min 0sec
  4. Felice Gimondi @ 3min 13sec
  5. Wladimiro Panizza @ 4min 53sec
  6. Roger de Vlaeminck @ 5min 10sec
  7. Davide Boifava @ 5min 15sec
  8. Walter Riccomi @ 5min 57sec
  9. Giuseppe Perletto @ 6min 3sec
  10. Miguel-Maria Lasa @ 6min 15sec

Friday, June 6: Stage 20, Pordenone - Alleghe, 179 km

Major ascents: Staulanza, San Lucia, Marmolada, Pordoi

  1. Roger de Vlaeminck: 6hr 18min 27sec
  2. Constantino Conti s.t.
  3. Francisco Galdós @ 3sec
  4. Felice Gimondi @ 1min 23sec
  5. Fausto Bertoglio @ 1min 26sec
  6. Giancarlo Polidori @ 2min 6sec
  7. Simone Fraccaro s.t.
  8. Walter Riccomi s.t.
  9. Giancarlo Bellini s.t.
  10. Miguel-Maria Lasa s.t.

GC after Stage 20:

  1. Fausto Bertoglio: 104hr 46min 6sec
  2. Francisco Galdós @ 41sec
  3. Felice Gimondi @ 3min 10sec
  4. Giambattista Baronchelli @ 3min 40sec
  5. Roger de Vlaeminck @ 3min 44sec
  6. Wladimiro Panizza @ 5min 33sec
  7. Walter Riccomi @ 6min 37sec
  8. Giuseppe Perletto @ 6min 43sec
  9. Miguel-Maria Lasa @ 6min 55sec
  10. Constantino Conti @ 6min 55sec

Saturday, June 7: 21st and Final Stage, Alleghe - Passo Dello Stelvio (hilltop finish)

Major ascents: San Pellegrino, Constalunga, Passo dello Stelvio

  1. Francisco Galdós: 6hr 45min 18sec
  2. Fausto Bertoglio s.t.
  3. Giuseppe perletto @ 1min 17sec
  4. Constantino Conti @ 2min 25sec
  5. Wladimiro Panizza @ 2min 40sec
  6. Felice Gimondi @ 3min 8sec
  7. Roger de Vlaeminck @ 3min 55sec
  8. Giancarlo Bellini s.t.
  9. Walter Riccomi s.t.
  10. Marcello Bergamo @ 4min 10sec

1975 Giro d'Italia complete final General Classification


The Story of the 1975 Giro d'Italia

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There were ten riders missing at the start line in Milan. Eddy Merckx got sick at the Tour of Romandie and at the last minute he and his entire team withdrew from the Giro. Backnumbers one through ten had been reserved for Merckx and his Molteni wrecking crew but they wouldn’t be needed this year, leaving a peloton of only 90 riders. For the Giro this probably wasn’t bad news. Races regularly improve with a dominant rider absent; with more riders in actual contention, the ferocity of the competition grows.

But de Vlaeminck was peeved. With Merckx absent, many Belgian journalists stayed home as well. Hating Merckx’s long shadow, de Vlaeminck vowed to make the Belgian sports writers regret missing the show he would put on.
Torriani’s 1975 route sent the race from Milan south to the arch of the boot and then returned all the way back up to the Alps and the Dolomites as it had in the past, but it was the last stage that he hoped would be his masterstroke. The Giro ended at the top of the Passo Stelvio. No trip into Bormio, no final time trial, no promenade into Milan. On the final day, after crossing the San Pellegrino and the Costalunga passes, the race shot up the north face of the Stelvio and when the riders reached the top, their Giro was over.

The first two stages were flat, made for the sprinters. Sercu probably would have won the first except Marino Basso grabbed his jersey. Sercu broke loose only to have the Italian grab hold again. So good was Sercu that after all the tugging and squabbling, he still managed fourth place while Basso was buried back in the pack. Sercu righted things the next day by winning stage two.

The third stage traveled from Ancona to the top of the 1,450-meter-high Prati di Tivo, located near the Gran Sasso, northeast of Rome. The day’s climbing amounted to a series of attacks by Spaniards followed by counter-strokes from the Italians. Near the top, Battaglin put in a hard acceleration and the Spaniards closed up to him. Battaglin had more where that came. Bam! He hit them again. No one could take it and the young rider beat Francisco Galdós to the finish by 21 seconds. Battaglin was the Pink Jersey.

De Vlaeminck, after having messed with his seat height the night before, couldn’t follow the pace and lost almost four minutes, killing his chances of owning the maglia rosa in 1975. He repaired things a bit in stage four. Ridden over the rolling countryside of Abruzzo, it had three highly rated climbs and a technical finish in the town of Campobasso. De Vlaeminck won the stage, while behind him Battaglin was furiously chasing the peloton after a badly timed flat tire. He never regained contact and lost the lead to Galdós.

The General Classification stood thus:
1. Francisco Galdós
2. Giovanni Battaglin @ 23 seconds
3. Miguel Lasa @ 1 minute 32 seconds
4. Marcello Bergamo @ 1 minute 53 seconds
5. Fabrizio Fabbri @ same time

The race careened south into the bottom of the peninsula and turned north. The lead remained with Galdós and the stages were almost all taken in bunch gallops.

De Vlaeminck wins stage 6

One of de Vlaeminck's seven stage wins, this one in Castrovillari at the end of stage 6

Before the start of stage eight, de Vlaeminck had a word with his gregario Marcello Osler. Telling him that he was as good as any of the other riders who were getting attention from the press, he asked Osler to perform an exploit: to do something big for the Brooklyn team’s morale. Osler more than fulfilled his team captain’s request. He escaped early in the stage and at one point had built up a 23-minute lead over a listless peloton. Not being a classification threat, he was allowed plenty of freedom. Even with a final climb over Monte Faito before coming into Sorrento, Osler was able to beat the pack by almost nine minutes after having been away for almost 160 kilometers.

The Monte Faito ascent split up Osler’s chasers and when Battaglin attacked the peloton, only Galdós, Fausto Bertoglio and Conti could answer, the quartet beating the pack led in by de Vlaeminck by about a minute and a half.

Now Bertoglio was in third place:
1. Francisco Galdós
2. Giovanni Battaglin @ 23 seconds
3. Fausto Bertoglio @ 1 minute 24 seconds
4. Tino Conti @ 1 minute 55 seconds
5. Miguel Lasa @ 3 minutes 7 seconds

Stage nine had a short climb before the finish in Frosinone, located southeast of Rome. Spaniard Javier Elorriaga flew away with de Vlaeminck and Paolini on his wheel. Elorriaga and de Vlaeminck worked together but Paolini (Italian Champion that year), confident that the trio would stay away, refused to help. When it came time for the sprint, Paolini sped away for the stage win, leaving de Vlaeminck livid. But before the reader feels too sorry for the Belgian, de Vlaeminck was guilty of using the same tactic himself when it suited him. Few riders in cycling history have been more ruthless than Roger de Vlaeminck.

Paolini’s stage win wasn’t important; it was how de Vlaeminck’s anger colored the next few stages and their outcome that mattered.

The next day’s stage was over the heavy (constantly climbing and descending) roads leading to Tivoli. Paolini was a good rider and tried valiantly to get away. After each of more than ten attacks, de Vlaeminck would pull the pack back up to him. After Paolini’s fruitless battering at the peloton, Baronchelli and Battaglin took advantage of a moment when the pack relaxed a bit to get away. They did so without Paolini, but they did pull Galdós, Panizza, Gimondi, Conti and de Vlaeminck with them. De Vlaeminck won the stage and Galdós kept his lead. That made four stage wins for de Vlaeminck.

La Gazzetta’s Rino Negri made a bet with de Vlaeminck. He asked de Vlaeminck if he would do better than Merckx had done in the Giro.
“That means seven stage wins. No, it’s impossible for me,” demurred de Vlaeminck.
“100,000 Lire?” persisted Negri. De Vlaeminck shook his hand and the bet was on.

Before the Giro started the next day in Rome, the riders went to the Quirinal palace to meet Italian president Giovanni Leone. Leone, like nearly all Italians, was following the Giro and asked de Vlaeminck if he were going to win the day’s short stage to Orvieto. De Vlaeminck promised to try. Orvieto sits atop an ancient tufa mound and the ascent to the city center is nasty, brutish and short.

Paolini was at it again, pummeling the pack and again, to no avail. Others tried to escape and each time de Vlaeminck personally did the work of policing the front and closing the gaps. Then, just at the right moment, with about a kilometer to go, de Vlaeminck was gone. The rest were helpless as the man called “The Gypsy” took stage win number five. Gimondi was irritated and chewed out his team’s sprinter, Rik van Linden, for coming off de Vlaeminck’s wheel. Van Linden defended himself with the truth when he told his team captain, “When Roger goes, it’s just like a hot bullet.”

The race transferred north to Tuscany. Stage thirteen was a 38-kilometer individual time trial at Forte dei Marmi, imperiling Galdós’ 23-second lead.
Galdós didn’t have to wait until the end of his ride to find out he had lost the lead. Just after leaving the start chute he crashed, while Battaglin surprised everyone with a ride that made him the leader. Many were astonished that a rider who had so far never shown a talent for time trials had done so well.

Panizza was particularly grumpy, accusing Battaglin of drafting a police motorbike for almost the entire distance. The race jury investigated and found that at times the dense crowds along the route had hindered the lead motorbike, forcing Battaglin to close in on the policeman. Panizza must have wondered why only Battaglin had this problem.

The General Classification was quite different now. The Jolliceramica squad had grabbed the top two places:
1. Giovanni Battaglin
2. Fausto Bertoglio @ 1 minute 42 seconds
3. Francisco Galdós @ 2 minutes 40 seconds
4. Felice Gimondi @ 3 minutes 20 seconds

Wounded by the accusations, Battaglin promised to prove that he had the chops the next day on the timed hill-climb up Monte Ciocco. Again, everyone was dumbfounded by the result. A third-year pro whose father was a fan of Fausto Coppi won. Fausto Bertoglio had not only won the stage, he had seized the maglia rosa from his team captain by six seconds.

The General Classification:
1. Fausto Bertoglio
2. Giovanni Battaglin @ 6 seconds
3. Francisco Galdós @ 2 minutes 0 seconds
4. Felice Gimondi and Giambattista Baronchelli @ 3 minutes 0 seconds

Battaglin understood the consequences of the stage and announced that he was still the number one rider on the team. The team director, Marino Fontana, didn’t see things quite the same way. He must have been reaching for some stomach antacids as he said his Jolliceramica team now had two protected riders. As Alfredo Binda noted many years ago when he managed Coppi and Bartali on the same national Tour de France team, having two ambitious leaders on one team can be like putting a cat and a dog in a sack.

Fontana didn’t have to worry too much about his abundance of riches. The next day took the race north and west up the hilly Ligurian coast where the weather turned ugly, very ugly.

On the ascent of the Foce Carpinelli, Felice Gimondi glanced at the man who said he was still Number One and saw a rider having a bad day. The man whose first name means “Happy” thought this would be a perfect time to ruin Battaglin’s day, it being much easier to kick a guy when he’s down. Gimondi and Bertoglio went full gas and took a lot of horsepower with them: Paolini and de Vlaeminck along with three other members of Paolini’s SCIC team. Missing this move were Battaglin, Galdós and Lasa. Galdós and Lasa figured that the Giro was riding away, so they took off with Bitossi (who had tarried a while to keep an eye on Battaglin) and after a few kilometers, connected with the maglia rosa group. With every pedal stroke Battaglin was losing ground.

By the end of the day his catastrophe was complete. He came in almost 10 minutes after stage winner Bitossi.

The General Classification stood thus:
1. Fausto Bertoglio
2. Francisco Galdós @ 2 minutes 0 seconds
3. Felice Gimondi and Giambattista Baronchelli @ 3 minutes 0 seconds

A couple of stages moved the race across northern Italy to the Dolomites. With only four stages left, snowplows were hurriedly clearing the Stelvio for the grand finale. Torriani had “Plan B” in his hip pocket: if snow should fall on the newly cleared road the Giro would finish instead atop Tre Cime de Lavaredo.
Stage eighteen with its ascent of Monte Bondone changed nothing, the leaders finished together. The surprise was that de Vlaeminck won the stage. He voiced regret that moving his saddle before stage three had cost him so much time.
That left Bertoglio with only two stages where his lead could be in danger. Stage twenty, the penultimate day, was a classic Dolomite stage with four big passes: Staulanza, Santa Lucia, Marmolada and the Pordoi. Not unexpectedly the peloton fell to bits on the Marmolada: it’s a heartbreaking climb with long, straight uphill stretches that can seem endless. Here Bertoglio had only 12 riders with him, all of the contenders.

On the Pordoi the battle raged. Galdós attacked and de Vlaeminck countered. Oddly, Bertoglio, who had done such a fine job of monitoring the front and protecting his lead, mis-judged this move and let Galdós and de Vlaeminck, who was enjoying terrific form, move away with several others. On the descent Bertoglio, Gimondi and Giacinto Santambrogio closed to within 45 seconds, but then lost time from there to the finish. De Vlaeminck won the stage, his seventh for this Giro. With only the Stelvio stage left, Galdós’ savvy move had pulled him to within 41 seconds of Bertoglio. This was a race!

Neither Bertoglio nor Galdós slept well that night, both knowing how quickly 41 seconds could evaporate on the Stelvio’s 48 numbered switchbacks.
As the stage began, there was no action on either the San Pellegrino or the Passo di Costalunga, everyone was waiting for the Stelvio. A little after the town of Trafoi, well into the ascent, there were a few probing attacks that put Baronchelli out the back. Up the pass they went and with about eleven kilometers to go Galdós struck his first blow. Bertoglio and a few others were able to close up to him.

Galdós kept pouring it on and by six kilometers from the top it was Galdós off the front with Bertoglio on his wheel. Having the lead, Bertoglio needed only to stay with the Spaniard.

Over and over Galdós attacked and each time Bertoglio had no trouble matching the accelerations. Near the top Galdós tried again and this time Bertoglio counter-attacked. That was it. Galdós closed the gap and then attacked no more. Clearly Bertoglio was not going to lose the Giro on the Stelvio and he generously eased at the line to let his valiant opponent win the stage.

Italy was jubilant over Bertoglio’s being the first Italian to win since Gimondi in 1969. This was the high point of Bertoglio’s career. For all the brilliance of his Giro victory, he had only two other big career wins, the Tour of Catalonia and the Coppa Placci.

Fausto Bertoglio

Fausto Bertoglio in the maglia rosa with a Bianchi rider

This was the first Giro won on a Pinarello bicycle. Giovanni Pinarello won a cash prize for being the last rider (then called the maglia nera) in the 1951 edition and used that money to start his famous frame building operation.

De Vlaeminck won his bet with Negri with a Merckx-beating seven stage wins.

Final 1975 Giro d’Italia General Classification:
1. Fausto Bertoglio (Jolliceramica): 111 hours 31 minutes 34 seconds
2. Francisco Galdós (KAS) @ 41 seconds
3. Felice Gimondi (Bianchi) @ 6 minutes 18 seconds
4. Roger de Vlaeminck (Brooklyn) @ 7 minutes 39 seconds
5. Giuseppe Perletto (Magniflex) @ 8 minutes 0 seconds

Climbers’ Competition:
1. Francisco Galdós (KAS) and Andrés Oliva (KAS): 300 points
3. Fausto Bertoglio (Jolliceramica): 240

Points Competition:
1. Roger de Vlaeminck (Brooklyn): 346 points
2. Fausto Bertoglio (Jolliceramica): 159
3. Felice Gimondi (Bianchi): 154


Italian video of the final stage to the top of Passo dello Stelvio.