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1976 Giro d'Italia

59th edition: May 21 - June 9

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

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1976 Giro d'Italia race map


1976 Giro Quick Facts:

4161 km raced at an average speed of 34.683 km/hr

120 starters and 86 classified finishers

This was Eddy Merckx's last Giro.

Johan de Muynck would probably have won the 1976 Giro, but complex politics within his Brooklyn team deprived him of support. A crash while descending a mountain in the 21st stage left de Muynck unable to defend his slim lead in the final time trial. Felice Gimondi, enjoying a renaissance late in his career, had been staying close to de Muynck. With a good ride in the time trial, he won his third Giro.


1976 Giro d'Italia Complete Final General Classification:

  1. Felice Gimondi (Bianchi) 119hr 58min 15sec
  2. Johan de Muynck (Brooklyn) @ 19sec
  3. Fausto Bertoglio (Jolly Cermaica) @ 49sec
  4. Francesco Moser (Sanson) @ 1min 7sec
  5. Giambattista Baronchelli (SCIC) @ 1min 35sec
  6. Wladimiro Panizza (SCIC) @ 2min 35sec
  7. Alfio Vandi (Magniflex) @ 4min 7sec
  8. Eddy Merckx (Molteni) @ 7min 40sec
  9. Walter Riccomi (SCIC) @ 8min 49sec
  10. Juan Pujol (KAS) @ 8min 50sec
  11. Giancarlo Bellini (Brooklyn) @ 13min 52sec
  12. Roberto Poggiali (Sanson) @ 15min 19sec
  13. Fabrizio Fabbri (Bianchi) @ 17min 28sec
  14. Julian Andiano (Teka) @ 18min 1sec
  15. Antoon Houbrechts (Bianchi) @ 20min 18sec
  16. Italo Zilioli (Furzi-Vibor) @ 21min 33sec
  17. Fernando Mendes (Teka) @ 23min 29sec
  18. Francisco Galdós (KAS) @ 26min 16sec
  19. Arnaldo Caverzasi (SCIC) @ 29min 50sec
  20. Giuseppe Perletto (Magniflex) @ 32min 56sec
  21. Andrés Oliva (KAS) @ 34min 15sec
  22. Claudio Bortolotto (Sanson) @ 36min 9sec
  23. Giacinto Santambrogio (Bianchi) s.t.
  24. Ruggero Gialdini (Magniflex) @ 36min 39sec
  25. Enrico Guadrini (Zona-Santini) @ 37min 6sec
  26. Joseph Bruyère (Molteni) @ 44min 42sec
  27. Edward Janssens (Molteni) @ 48min 8sec
  28. Miguel-Maria Lasa (SCIC) @ 48min 54sec
  29. Jos De Schoenmaecker (Molteni) @ 48min 56sec
  30. Renato Marchetti (Sandon) @ 52min 10sec
  31. Armando Lora (Magniflex) @ 52min 13sec
  32. Carlos Ocana (KAS) @ 53min 41sec
  33. Simone Fraccaro (Jolly Ceramica) @ 53min 35sec
  34. Giovanni Cavalcanti (Bianchi) @ 55min 1sec
  35. Donato Giuliani (Jolly Ceramica) @ 55min 50sec
  36. Joseph Borguet (Molteni) @ 56min 29sec
  37. Jorgen Marcussen (Furzi-Vibor) @ 56min 33sec
  38. Ventura Diaz (Teka) @ 58min 27sec
  39. Leone Pizzini (G.B.C.) @ 59min 26sec
  40. Pasquale Pugliese (Zonca-Santini) @ 1hr 0min 2sec
  41. Glauco Santoni (Magniflex) @ 1hr 2min 18sec
  42. Antonio Prieto (Teka) @ 1hr 6min 48sec
  43. Wilmo Francioni (Magniflex) @ 1hr 9min 11sec
  44. Gary Clively (Magniflex) @ 1hr 9min 34sec
  45. Sigfrido Fontanelli (Sanson) @ 1hr 13min 42sec
  46. Attilio Rota (SCIC) @ 1hr 17min 42sec
  47. Davide Boifava (Furzi-Vibor) @ 1hr 17min 51sec
  48. Antonio Martos (KAS) @ 1hr 19min 32sec
  49. Manuel Esparza (Teka) @ 1hr 21min 52sec
  50. Ueli Sutter (Zonca-Santini) @ 1hr 23min 19sec
  51. Adriano Pella (Zonca-Santini) @ 1hr 27min 28sec
  52. Andrés Gandarias (Teka) @ 1hr 34min 31sec
  53. Ludo Delcroix (Molteni) @ 1hr 36min 55sec
  54. Luciano Rossignoli (Sanson) @ 1hr 50min 19sec
  55. Alessio Antonini (Jolly Ceramica) @ 1hr 50min 31sec
  56. Alfredo Chinetti (Jolly Ceramica) @ 1hr 52min 15sec
  57. Knut Knudsen (Jolly Ceramica) @ 1hr 54min 42sec
  58. Wilhelm Singer (Bianchi) @ 1hr 55min 17sec
  59. Sebastian Pozo (KAS) @ 1hr 58minn33sec
  60. Giancarlo Tartoni (Magniflex) @ 2hr 1min 15sec
  61. Giuseppe Rodella (Furzi-Vibor) @ 2hr 5min 45sec
  62. Roberto Sorlini (Sanson) @ 2hr 5min 50sec
  63. Luigi Venturato (Zonca-Santini) @ 2hr 7min 35sec
  64. Enrico Paolini (SCIC) @ 2hr 11min 56sec
  65. Marcello Osler (Brooklyn) @ 2hr 12min 47sec
  66. Willy De Geest (Brooklyn) @ 2hr 14min 9sec
  67. José Grande (SCIC) @ 2hr 14min 38sec
  68. Pierino Gavazzi (Jolly Ceramica) @ 2hr 15min 29sec
  69. Phil Edwards (Sanson) @ 2hr 21min 40sec
  70. Rocco Gatta (G.B.C.) @ 2hr 25min 5sec
  71. Frans van Looy (Molteni) @ 2hr 29min 57sec
  72. Mauro Simonetti (Sanson) @ 2hr 30min 3sec
  73. Aldo Parecchini (Brooklyn) @ 2hr 34min 18sec
  74. Alex van Linden (Bianchi) @ 2hr 36min 24sec
  75. Sandro Quintarelli (Jolly Ceramica) @ 2hr 44min 13sec
  76. Karel Rottiers (Molteni) @ 2hr 45min 54sec
  77. Piero Spinelli (Zonca-Santini) @ 2hr 48min 56sec
  78. Tullio Rossi (Furzi-Vibor) @ 2hr 50min 57sec
  79. Giancarlo Polidori (G.B.C.) @ 2hr 52min 7sec
  80. Alberto Caiumi (Zona-Santini) @ 2hr 57min 37sec
  81. Daniele Tinchella (Magniflex) @ 3hr 0min 21sec
  82. Cees Bal (Molteni) @ 3hr 1min 36sec
  83. Luigi Casteletti (Bianchi) @ 3hr 3min 15sec
  84. Marino Basso (Furzi-Vibor) @ 3hr 6min 49sec
  85. Pietro Algeri (Furzi-Vibor) @ 3hr 11min 35sec
  86. Antonio Colpo (Furzi-Vibor) @ 3hr 25min 26sec

Climbers' Competition:

  1. Andrés Oliva (KAS): 535 points
  2. Andrés Gandarias (Teka) : 390
  3. Francesco Moser (Sanson): 270
  4. Fabrizio Fabbri (Bianchi): 210
  5. Wladimiro Panizza (SCIC): 195

Points Competition:

  1. Francesco Moser (Sanson): 272 points
  2. Eddy Merckx (Molteni): 149
  3. Felice Gimondi (Bianchi): 143
  4. Pierino Gavazzi (Jolly Ceramica): 122
  5. Enrico Paolini (SCIC): 110

Young Rider

  1. Alfio Vandi (Magniflex) 120hr 2min 22sec
  2. Juan Pujol (KAS) @ 4min 43sec
  3. Ruggero Gialdini (Magniflex) @ 32min 32sec

Team Classification winner: Brooklyn


1976 Giro stage results with running GC:

Friday, May 21: Prologue (sometimes called Stage 1A), 64-kilometer Giro di Catania

  1. Patrick Sercu: 1hr 34min 8sec
  2. Roger de Vlaeminck s.t.
  3. Frans van Looy s.t.
  4. Alessio Antonini s.t.
  5. Rik van Linden s.t.
  6. Francesco Moser s.t.
  7. Knut Knudsen s.t.
  8. Enrico Paolini s.t.
  9. Daniele Tinchella s.t.
  10. Giancarlo Polidori s.t.

Friday, May 21: Stage 1 (sometimes called Stage 1B) , Catania - Siracusa, 80 km

  1. Patrick Sercu: 2hr 27min 1sec
  2. Rik van Linden s.t.
  3. Roger de Vlaeminck s.t.
  4. Enrico Paolini s.t.
  5. Pierino Gavazzi s.t.
  6. Franco Bitossi s.t.
  7. Frans van Looy s.t.
  8. Francesco Moser s.t.
  9. Luciano Rossignoli s.t.
  10. Gabriele Mugnaini s.t.

GC after stage 1:

  1. Patrick Sercu: 4hr 1min 9sec
  2. Roger de Vlaeminck s.t.
  3. Rik van Linden s.t.
  4. Frans van Looy s.t.
  5. Enrico Paolini s.t.
  6. Francesco Moser s.t.
  7. Daniele Tinchella s.t.
  8. Gabriele Mugnaini s.t.
  9. Alfio Vandi s.t.
  10. Armando Lora s.t.

Saturday, May 22: Stage 2, Siracusa - Caltanissetta, 210 km

  1. Roger de Vlaeminck: 6hr 40min 38sec
  2. Pierino Gavazzi s.t.
  3. Francesco Moser s.t.
  4. Enrico Paolini s.t.
  5. Patrick Sercu s.t.
  6. Franco Bitossi s.t.
  7. Rik van Linden s.t.
  8. Eddy Merckx s.t.
  9. Sebastian Pozo s.t.
  10. Ole Ritter s.t.

GC after stage 2:

  1. Roger de Vlaeminck: 10hr 41min 47sec
  2. Patrick Sercu s.t.
  3. Rik van Linden s.t.
  4. Enrico Paolini s.t.
  5. Francesco Moser s.t.
  6. Alfio Vandi s.t.
  7. Frans van Looy s.t.
  8. Giambattista Baronchelli s.t.
  9. Sigfrido Fontanelli s.t.
  10. Felice Gimondi s.t.

Sunday, May 23: Stage 3, Caltanissetta - Palermo, 163 km

Major ascent: Pellegrino

  1. Rik van Linden: 5hr 11min 10sec
  2. Patrick Sercu s.t.
  3. Roger de Vlaeminck s.t.
  4. Enrico Paolini s.t.
  5. Pierino Gavazzi s.t.
  6. Francesco Moser s.t.
  7. Alessio Antonini s.t.
  8. Franco Bitossi s.t.
  9. Luciano Rossignoli s.t.
  10. Arnaldo Caverzasi s.t.

GC after Stage 3:

  1. Patrick Sercu: 15hr 52min 57sec
  2. Roger de Vlaeminck s.t.
  3. Rik van Linden s.t.
  4. Enrico Paolini s.t.
  5. Francesco Moser s.t.
  6. Frans van Looy s.t.
  7. Alfio Vandi s.t.
  8. Giambattista Baronchelli s.t.
  9. Sigfrido Fontanelli s.t.
  10. Armando Lora s.t.

Monday, May 24: Stage 4, Cefalù - Messina, 192 km

Major ascent: San Rizzo

  1. Francesco Moser @ 4hr 57min 26sec
  2. Roger de Vlaeminck s.t.
  3. Miguel-Maria Lasa s.t.
  4. Giambattista Baronchelli s.t.
  5. Felice Gimondi s.t.
  6. Claudio Bortolotto s.t.
  7. Eddy Merckx s.t.
  8. Alfredi Chinetti s.t.
  9. Julian Andiano s.t.
  10. Alfio Vandi s.t.

GC after stage 4:

  1. Roger de Vlaeminck: 20hr 50min 23sec
  2. Francesco Moser s.t.
  3. Giambattista Baronchelli s.t.
  4. Alfio Vandi s.t.
  5. Felice Gimondi s.t.
  6. Alfredo Chinetti s.t.
  7. Claudio Bortolotto s.t.
  8. Joseph Bruyère s.t.
  9. Miguel-Maria Lasa, Roland Salm @ 16sec

Tuesday, May 25: Stage 5, Reggio Calabria - Cosenza, 220 km

Major ascent: Acquabona

  1. Roger de Vlaeminck: 6hr 34min 20sec
  2. Bruno Vicino s.t.
  3. Eddy Merckx s.t.
  4. Enrico Paolini s.t.
  5. Alfredo Chinetti s.t.
  6. Willy de Geest s.t.
  7. Roland Salm s.t.
  8. Alessio Antonini s.t.
  9. Claudio Bartolotto s.t.
  10. Joaquim Agostinho s.t.

GC after Stage 5:

  1. Roger de Vlaeminck: 27hr 24min 43sec
  2. Francesco Moser s.t.
  3. Giambattista Baronchelli s.t.
  4. Alfio Vandi s.t.
  5. Alfredo Chinetti s.t.
  6. Claudio Bortolotto s.t.
  7. Felice Gimondi s.t.
  8. Joseph Bruyère s.t.
  9. Roland Salm, Miguel-Maria Lasa @ 16sec

Wednesday, May 26: Stage 6, Cosenza - Matera, 207 km

  1. Johan de Muynck: 5hr 44min 2sec
  2. Roger de Vlaeminck @ 21sec
  3. Rik van Linden s.t.
  4. Frans van Looy s.t.
  5. Giacinto Santambrogio s.t.
  6. Sebastian Pozo s.t.
  7. Pierino Gavazzi s.t.
  8. Francesco Moser s.t.
  9. Claudio Bortolotto s.t.
  10. Bruno Vicino s.t.

GC after Stage 6:

  1. Johan de Muynck: 33hr 9min 1sec
  2. Roger de Vlaeminck, Francesco Moser, Alfio Vandi, Giambattista Baronchelli, Alfredo Chinetti, Claudio Bortolotto, Felice Gimondi, Joseph Bruyère @ 5sec
  3. Fausto Bertoglio @ 21sec

Thursday, May 27: Stage 7, Ostuni 37 km individual time trial

  1. Francesco Moser: 50min 19sec
  2. Felice Gimondi @ 7sec
  3. Knut Knudsen @ 25sec
  4. Ole Ritter @ 39sec
  5. Roland Salm @ 43sec
  6. Johan de Muynck @ 45sec
  7. Eddy Merckx @ 55sec
  8. Roger de Vlaeminck @ 1min 1sec
  9. Jorgen Marcussen s.t.
  10. Wladimiro Panizza @ 1min 13sec

GC after Stage 7:

  1. Francesco Moser: 33hr 59min 25sec
  2. Felice Gimondi @ 7sec
  3. Johan de Muynck @ 40sec
  4. Roland Salm @ 59sec
  5. Roger de Vlaeminck @ 1min 1sec
  6. Eddy Merckx @ 1min 11sec
  7. Wladimiro Panizza @ 1min 29sec
  8. Joseph Bruyère @ 1min 33sec
  9. Giancarlo Bellini @ 1min 38sec
  10. Giambattista Baronchelli @ 1min 41sec

Friday, May 28: Stage 8, Selva di Fasano - Lago di Laceno, 256 km

  1. Roger de Vlaeminck: 7hr 46min 52sec
  2. Eddy Merckx s.t.
  3. Felice Gimondi s.t.
  4. Fausto Bertoglio s.t.
  5. Giovanni Battaglin s.t.
  6. Alfio Vandi s.t.
  7. Andrés Oliva s.t.
  8. Wladimiro Panizza s.t.
  9. Giambattista Baronchelli s.t.
  10. Gary Clively s.t.

GC after Stage 8:

  1. Felice Gimondi: 41hr 46hr 24sec
  2. Johan de Muynck @ 33sec
  3. Francesco Moser @ 52sec
  4. Roger de Vlaeminck @ 53sec
  5. Eddy Merckx @ 1min 4sec
  6. Wladimiro Panizza @ 1min 22sec
  7. Giancarlo Bellini @ 1min 31sec
  8. Giambattista Baronchelli @ 1min 34sec
  9. Fausto Bertoglio, Joaquin Agostinho @ 1min 40sec

Saturday, May 29: Stage 9, Bagnoli Irpino - Roccaraso, 204 km

Major ascents: Macerone, Rionero Sannitico, Roccaraso

  1. Fabrizio Fabbri: 5hr 42min 43sec
  2. Arnaldo Caverzasi s.t.
  3. Jose de Schoenmaecker @ 1min 52sec
  4. Waldimiro Panizza @ 4min 17sec
  5. Eddy Merckx @ 4min 27sec
  6. Roger de Vlaeminck s.t.
  7. Giancarlo Bellini s.t.
  8. Giovanni Battaglin s.t.
  9. Felice Gimondi s.t.
  10. Francesco Moser s.t.

GC after stage 9:

  1. Felice Gimondi: 47hr 33min 34sec
  2. Johan de Muynck @ 44sec
  3. Francesco Moser @ 52sec
  4. Roger de Vlaeminck @ 54sec
  5. Eddy Merckx @ 1min 4sec
  6. Wladimiro Panizza @ 1min 12sec
  7. Giancarlo Bellini @ 1min 31sec
  8. Giambattista Baronchelli @ 1min 24sec
  9. Faustoi Bertoglio @ 1min 40sec
  10. Giovanni Battaglin @ 1min 43sec

Sunday, May 30: Stage 10, Roccaraso - Terni, 203 km

  1. Patrick Sercu: 5hr 21min 7sec
  2. Marino Basso s.t.
  3. Rik van Linden s.t.
  4. Roger de Vlaeminck s.t.
  5. Bruno Vicino s.t.
  6. Pierino Gavazzi s.t.
  7. Giancarlo Polidori s.t.
  8. Daniele Tinchella s.t.
  9. Alessio Antonini s.t.
  10. Enrico Paolini s.t.

GC after Stage 10:

  1. Felice Gimondi: 52hr 54min 41sec
  2. Johan de Muynck @ 44sec
  3. Francesco Moser @ 52sec
  4. Roger de Vlaeminck @ 54sec
  5. Eddy Merckx @ 1min 4sec
  6. Waldimiro Panizza @ 1min 12sec
  7. Giancarlo Bellini @ 1min 31sec
  8. Giambattista Baroncheli @ 1min 34sec
  9. Fausto Bertoglio @ 1min 40sec
  10. Giovanni Battaglin @ 1min 43sec

Monday, May 31: Stage 11, Terni - Gabicce, 222 km

  1. Antonio Menendez: 5hr 35min 47sec
  2. Rik van Linden @ 12min 47sec
  3. Roger de Vlaeminck s.t.
  4. Enrico Paolini s.t.
  5. Eddy Merckx s.t.
  6. Tullio Rossi s.t.
  7. Pierino Gavazzi s.t.
  8. Bruno Vicino s.t.
  9. Roland Salm s.t.
  10. Francesco Moser s.t.

GC after Stage 11:

  1. Felice Gimondi: 58hr 43min 15sec
  2. Johan de Muynck 2 44sec
  3. Francesco Moser @ 52sec
  4. Roger de Vlaeminck @ 43sec
  5. Eddy Merckx @ 1min 4sec
  6. Wladimiro Panizza @ 1min 12sec
  7. Giancarlo Bellini @ 1min 31sec
  8. Giambattista Baronchelli @ 1min 34sec
  9. Fausto Bertoglio @ 1min 34sec
  10. Giovanni Battaglin @ 1min 43sec

Tuesday, June 1: Stage 12, Gabicce - Poretta Terme, 215 km

Major ascent: Futa

  1. Sigfrido Fontanelli, 6hr 37min 29sec
  2. Wilmo Francioni @ 16sec
  3. Francesco Moser @ 2min 10sec
  4. Roger de Vlaeminck s.t.
  5. Bruno Vicino s.t.
  6. Ronald de Witte s.t.
  7. Luciano Rossignoli s.t.
  8. Fabrizio Fabbri s.t.
  9. Bernard Draux s.t.
  10. Giambattista Baronchelli s.t.

GC after Stage 12:

  1. Felice Gimondi: 65hr 22min 54sec
  2. Johan de Muynck @ 44sec
  3. Francesco Moser @ 52sec
  4. Roger de Vlaeminck @ 54sec
  5. Eddy Merckx @ 1min 4sec
  6. Wladimiro Panizza @ 1min 12sec
  7. Giancarlo Bellini @ 1min 31sec
  8. Giambattista Baronchelli @ 1min 34sec
  9. Fausto Bertoglio @ 1min 40sec
  10. Giovanni Battaglin @ 1min 43sec

Wednesday, June 2: Stage 13, Porretta Terme - Il Ciocco, 146 km

Major ascents: Prunetta, Abetone, Radici, Il Ciocco

  1. Ronald de Witte: 4hr 29min 5sec
  2. Wladimiro Panizza @ 2sec
  3. Giambattista Baronchelli s.t.
  4. Fausto Bertoglio @ 3sec
  5. Johan de Muynck @ 9sec
  6. José Nazabal s.t.
  7. Giuseppe Perletto @ 33sec
  8. Juan Pujol s.t.
  9. Roger de Vlaeminck @ 37sec
  10. Felice Gimondi s.t.

GC after Stage 13:

  1. Felice Gimondi: 69hr 52min 36sec
  2. Johan de Muynck @ 16sec
  3. Wladimiro Panizza @ 37sec
  4. Roger de Vlaeminck @ 54sec
  5. Giambattista Baronchelli @ 59sec
  6. Fausto Bertoglio @ 1min 6sec
  7. Francesco Moser 2 1min 9sec
  8. Ronald de Witte @ 1min 16sec
  9. Eddy Merckx @ 1min 23sec
  10. Giancarlo Bellini @ 1min 39sec

Thursday, June 3: Stage 14, Il Ciocco - Varazze, 227 km

Major ascents: Carpinelli, Bracco

  1. Francesco Moser: 6hr 29min 5sec
  2. Miguel-Maria Lasa @ 2sec
  3. Patrick Sercu @ 4sec
  4. Marino Basso s.t.
  5. Rik van Linden s.t.
  6. Alessio Antonini s.t.
  7. Roger de Vlaeminck s.t.
  8. Frans van Looy s.t.
  9. Bruno Vicino s.t.
  10. Pierino Gavazzi s.t.

GC after Stage 14:

  1. Felice Gimondi: 76hr 21min 45sec
  2. Johan de Muynck @ 16sec
  3. Wladimiro Panizza @ 37sec
  4. Roger de Vlaeminck @ 54sec
  5. Giambattista Baronchelli 2 59sec
  6. Francesco Moser @ 1min 5sec
  7. Fausto Bertoglio 2 1min 6sec
  8. Ronald de Witte @ 1min 16sec
  9. Eddy Merckx @ 1min 23sec
  10. Giancarlo Bellini @ 1min 39sec

Friday, June 4: Rest Day (giorno di riposo)

Saturday, June 5: Stage 15, Varazze - Ozegna, 216 km

Major ascent: Cadibona

  1. Rik van Linden: 6hr 4min 24sec
  2. Patrick Sercu s.t.
  3. Marino Basso s.t.
  4. Pierino Gavazzi s.t.
  5. Roger de Vlaeminck s.t.
  6. Francesco Moser s.t.
  7. Giancarlo Polidori s.t.
  8. Aldo Parecchini s.t.
  9. Enrico Paolini s.t.
  10. Marcello Osler s.t.

GC after Stage 15:

  1. Felice Gimondi: 82hr 26min 9sec
  2. Johan de Muynck 2 16sec
  3. Wladimiro Panizza @ 37sec
  4. Roger de Vlaeminck @ 54sec
  5. Giambattista Baronchelli @ 59sec
  6. Francesco Moser @ 1min 5sec
  7. Fausto Bertoglio @ 1min 6sec
  8. Ronald de Witte @ 1min 16sec
  9. Eddy Merckx @ 1min 23sec
  10. Giancarlo Bellini @ 1min 39sec

Sunday, June 6: Stage 16, Castellamonte - Arosio, 258 km

Major ascent: Ghisallo x 2

  1. Roger de Vlaeminck: 7hr 16min 5sec
  2. Felice Gimondi s.t.
  3. Francesco Moser s.t.
  4. Gary Clively s.t.
  5. Marcello Bergamo s.t.
  6. Eddy Merckx s.t.
  7. Giambattista Baronchelli s.t.
  8. Caudio Bortolotto s.t.
  9. Wladimiro Panizza s.t.
  10. Simone Fraccaro s.t.

GC after Stage 16:

  1. Felice Gimondi: 89hr 42min 14sec
  2. Johan de Muynck @ 16sec
  3. Wladimiro Panizza @ 37sec
  4. Roger de Vlaeminck @ 54sec
  5. Giambattista Baronchelli @ 59sec
  6. Francesco moser @ 1min 5sec
  7. Fausto Bertoglio @ 1min 6sec
  8. Ronald de Witte @ 1min 16sec
  9. Eddy Merckx @ 1min 23sec
  10. Giancarlo Bellini @ 1min 39sec

Monday, June 7: Stage 17, Ariosio - Verona, 196 km

  1. Ercole Gualazzini: 4hr 52min 16sec
  2. Daniele Tinchella s.t.
  3. Rik van Linden s.t.
  4. Alessio Antonini s.t.
  5. Francesco Moser s.t.
  6. Frans van Looy s.t.
  7. Pietro Algeri s.t.
  8. Phil Edwards s.t.
  9. Sandro Quintarelli s.t.
  10. Tullio Rossi s.t.

GC after Stage 17:

  1. Felice Gimondi: 94hr 34min 30sec
  2. Johan de Muynck @ 16sec
  3. Wladimiro Panizza @ 37sec
  4. Roger de Vlaeminck @ 54sec
  5. Giambattista Baronchelli @ 58sec
  6. Francesco Moser @ 1min 5sec
  7. Fausto Bertoglio @ 1min 6sec
  8. Ronald de Witte @ 1min 16sec
  9. Eddy Merckx @ 1min 23sec
  10. Giancarlo Bellini @ 2min 45sec

Tuesday, June 8: Stage 18, Verona - Longarone, 174 km

  1. Simone Fraccaro: 4hr 59min 8sec
  2. Miguel-Maria Lasa @ 13sec
  3. Marino Basso s.t.
  4. Roger de Vlaeminck s.t.
  5. Pierino Gavazzi s.t.
  6. Enrico Paolini s.t.
  7. Alex van Linden s.t.
  8. Alessio Antonini s.t.
  9. Daniele Tinchella s.t.
  10. Giancarlo Polidori s.t.

GC after Stage 18:

  1. Felice Gimondi: 99hr 33min 51sec
  2. Johan de Muynck @ 16sec
  3. Wladimiro Panizza @ 37sec
  4. Roger de Vlaeminck @ 54sec
  5. Giambattista Baronchelli @ 59sec
  6. Francesco Moser @ 1min 5sec
  7. Fausto Bertoglio @ 1min 6sec
  8. Ronald de Witte @ 1min 16sec
  9. Eddy Merckx @ 1min 23sec
  10. Giancarlo Bellini @ 2min 45sec

Wednesday, June 9: Stage 19, Longarone - Torri del Vajolet, 132 km

Major ascents: Staulanza, Santa Lucia, Falzarego, Gardena, Sella, Torri del Vajolet

  1. Andrés Gandarias: 4hr 25min 59sec
  2. Fausto Bertoglio @ 1min 7sec
  3. Johan de Muynck @ 1min 25sec
  4. Felice Gimondi @ 2min4sec
  5. Walter Riccomi @ 2in 10sec
  6. Ronald de Witte @ 2min 13sec
  7. Enrico Guadrini @ 2min 15sec
  8. José Nazabal s.t.
  9. Francesco Moser @ 2min 29sec
  10. Eddy Merckx @ 2min 44sec

GC after Stage 19:

  1. Johan de Muynck: 104hr 1min 31sec
  2. Felice Gimondi @ 25sec
  3. Fausto Bertoglio @ 32sec
  4. Ronald de Witte @ 1min 48sec
  5. Francesco Moser @ 1min 53sec
  6. Giambattista Baronchelli @ 2min 2sec
  7. Eddy Merckx @ 2min 26sec
  8. Wladimiro Panizza @ 2min 52sec
  9. José Nazabal @ 3min 28sec
  10. Alfio Vandi @ 4min 19sec

Thursday, June 10: Stage 20, Vigo di Fassa - Terme di Comano, 170 km

Major ascents: Manghen, Bondone

  1. Luciano Conati: 5hr 13min 38sec
  2. Enrico Guadrini @ 1sec
  3. Arnaldo Caverzasi @ 1min 58sec
  4. Francesco Moser s.t.
  5. Felice Gimondi s.t.
  6. Johan de Muynck s.t.
  7. Giacinto Santambrogio s.t.
  8. Alfio Vandi s.t.
  9. Fausto Bertoglio s.t.
  10. Walter Riccomi s.t.

GC after Stage 20:

  1. Johan de Muynck: 109hr 17min 7sec
  2. Felice Gimondi @ 25sec
  3. Fausto Bertoglio @ 32sec
  4. Francesco Moser @ 1min 53sec
  5. Giambattista Baronchelli @ 2min 2sec
  6. Wladimiro Panizza @ 2min 52sec
  7. Alfio Vandi @ 4min 19sec
  8. Walter Riccomi @ 7min 40sec
  9. Juan Pujol @ 8min 13sec
  10. Eddy Merckx @ 8min 25sec

Friday, June 11: Stage 21, Terme di Comano - Bergamo, 238 km

Major ascents: Croce Domini, Gallo, Zambla, Selvino

  1. Felice Gimondi: 7hr 44min 53sec
  2. Eddy Merckx s.t.
  3. Giambattista Baronchelli s.t.
  4. Francesco Moser s.t.
  5. Waldimiro Panizza s.t.
  6. Manuel Esparza s.t.
  7. Italo Zilioli s.t.
  8. Alfio Vandi s.t.
  9. Johan de Muynck s.t.
  10. Fabrizio Fabbri s.t.

GC after Stage 21:

  1. Johan de Muynck: 117hr 2min 0sec
  2. Felice Gimondi @ 25sec
  3. Fausto Bertoglio @ 32sec
  4. Francesco Moser @ 1min 53sec
  5. Giambattista Baronchelli @ 2min 2sec
  6. Wladimiro Panizza @ 2min 52sec
  7. Alfio Vandi @ 4min 19sec
  8. Walter Riccomi @ 7min 40sec
  9. Juan Pujol @ 8min 13sec
  10. Eddy Merckx @ 8min 25sec

Saturday, June 12: Stage 22 (sometimes called stage 22A), Brianza 28 km individual time trial

  1. Joseph Bruyère 35min 21sec
  2. Jogen Marcussen @ 19sec
  3. Francesco Moser @ 22sec
  4. Eddy Merckx @ 23sec
  5. Giambattista Baronchelli @ 41sec
  6. Felice Gimondi @ 43sec
  7. Wladimiro Panizza @ 51sec
  8. Alfio Vandi @ 56sec
  9. Davide Boifava @ 1min 11sec
  10. Karel Rottiers @ 1min 16sec
  11. Fausto Bertoglio @ 1min 25sec
  12. Johan de Muynck @ 1min 27sec

GC after Stage 22:

  1. Felice Gimondi: 117hr 38min 59sec
  2. Johan de Muynck @ 19sec
  3. Fausto Bertoglio @ 49sec
  4. Francesco Moser @ 1min 7sec
  5. Giambattista Baronchelli @ 1min 35sec
  6. Waldimiro Panizza @ 2min 35sec
  7. Alfio Vandi @ 4min 7sec
  8. Eddy Merckx @ 7min 40sec
  9. Walter Riccomi @ 8min 49sec
  10. Juan Pujol @ 8min 50sec

Saturday, June 12: Epilogue (sometimes called stage 22B), 106 km Giro di Milano

  1. Daniele Tinchella: 2hr 19min 46sec
  2. Francesco Moser s.t.
  3. Marino Basso s.t.
  4. Pierino Gavazzi s.t.
  5. Frans van Looy s.t.
  6. Giancarlo Polidori s.t.
  7. Eddy Merckx s.t.
  8. Alfredo Chinetti s.t.
  9. Enrico Paolini s.t.
  10. Aldo Parecchini s.t.

1976 Giro d'Italia complete final General Classification


The Story of the 1976 Giro d'Italia

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After failing to televise one of the most exciting races in Giro history, RAI brought its cameras back for the 1976 edition. There was so much to love about the 1976 Giro. It was contested by most of the great riders of the era and to list them brings to mind hand-built steel bikes equipped with Campagnolo Super Record components, silk tubulars and racers in wool jerseys and cloth caps. On the starting line at Catania in Sicily were Merckx, Gimondi, Bertoglio, de Vlaeminck, Panizza, de Muynck, Moser, Sercu, Basso, Galdós, Baronchelli, Joaquim Agostinho and Bitossi.

By the time the 1975 Tour had reached Paris, Merckx was a battered but defiant lion. A crash had broken bones in his face so that he could consume only liquid food and he had been viciously punched by a spectator, forcing him to take blood thinners and painkillers. Still, Bernard Thévenet was only able to beat him by 2 minutes 47 seconds. After that Tour Merckx was never the same rider. As the 1976 season began, he did win Milan–San Remo for a record seventh time as well as the Catalonian week. But that was it in the win column for the spring. He was second in Tirreno–Adriatico and sixth in both Paris–Roubaix and Liège–Bastogne–Liège. Coming to the Giro he was suffering from a nasty saddle sore.

As for Gimondi, the other giant, there was nothing in his spring to suggest that he was going to ride the Giro with exceptional form. Johan De Muynck probably looked the best, having just won the Tour of Romandie.

The route itself was suitable for a good all-rounder. It started in Sicily and wiggle-waggled up the peninsula, landing in the Alps before heading across to the Dolomites.

The Sicilian start was tragic. Juan Manuel Santisteban was helping his KAS teammate José Linares González rejoin the peloton after a puncture when he mis-judged a corner and ran headfirst into a steel guard rail. Santisteban was dead before he reached the hospital. When Sercu won the sprint and the year’s first Pink Jersey he had no idea that there had been an accident.

The day after Tom Simpson died in the 1967 Tour, an Englishman was allowed to win the next stage. Torriani promised the Spaniards a similar neutral stage to commemorate their countryman, but no Spaniard was given an opportunity to roll across the finish alone immediately after Santisteban’s death because the Classification times of nearly all of the peloton were separated by mere seconds. Letting a Spanish rider win a stage and gain the bonus time would mean giving up the Pink Jersey. The stage was contested with vigor, and won by the speedy Sercu for his second win on that split-stage day.

The Belgians continued to have their way with the Giro over the remaining Sicilian stages. Francesco Moser managed to win stage four, but it was a Pyrrhic victory for the Italians because the big prize, the maglia rosa, went over to Roger de Vlaeminck. Before crossing the Strait of Messina the General Classification stood thus:
1. Roger de Vlaeminck
2. Francesco Moser @ same time
3. Giambattista Baronchelli @ same time
4. Alfio Vandi @ same time
5. Felice Gimondi @ same time

De Vlaeminck was also the points leader while Merckx made the Belgian domination complete by carrying the Climber’s Jersey over to the mainland.
After Francesco Moser had taken the stage four sprint from de Vlaeminck, Moser indulged himself in a little public gloating. De Vlaeminck told the young Italian that he would be waiting for Moser at the finish line in Cosenza.

The prediction came true, but not quite the way anyone wanted it to come out. As the sprint was winding up, Moser bumped Sercu, sending both flying. De Vlaeminck said he was sorry to win that way and looked forward to another chance to beat Moser in a clean sprint.

Stage six ended in Matera, an ancient city in the arch of the Italian boot. Originally Matera was a city of caves carved into the ancient rock 9,000 years ago and has been almost continuously occupied ever since. Being one of the oldest occupied sites in the world, the streets are narrow and none of them are straight. The Brooklyn team of de Vlaeminck and Johan de Muynck felt that the treacherous, hilly city had trouble written all over it. Their director told them to be sure to be at the front of the peloton when the pack reached the town.

Sure enough, they were at the pointy part of the pack as they blasted through Matera. But as de Muynck was negotiating a difficult descent, two non-Brooklyn riders on his wheel crashed, blocking the way and making a hash of everything. De Muynck won the stage and a fuming de Vlaeminck came in 21 seconds later. De Muynck was in pink and de Vlaeminck was miffed because he felt his teammates should have waited to help him win the stage. De Vlaeminck, already stiff-jawed over de Muynck’s beating him in the Tour de Romandie, was so angry with his young gregario, that he decided to punish him, refusing him the team’s support the rest of the race.

The first time trial at Ostuni in the heel of the Italian boot changed things. Merckx was thinking that a dead-flat time trial would be the perfect place for him to take the lead. He selected a 54 x 13 and ended up losing almost a minute because his gear was too small! Moser learned that a monster gear would be needed when his teammate Ole Ritter finished in time to tell him that even a 55 would be inadequate. Moser had his mechanic hurriedly mount a monster 56. Gimondi spotted Moser’s mechanic racing to put on the big meat and had his wrench do likewise. Moser won the time trial with Gimondi only 7 seconds slower. The rest of the field lost a minimum of a half-minute. On such things great victories can rest.

The new General Classification:
1. Francesco Moser
2. Felice Gimondi @ 7 seconds
3. Johan de Muynck @ 40 seconds
4. Roland Salm @ 59 seconds
5. Roger de Vlaeminck @ 1 minute 1 second

When the next day dawned, Moser’s gregari knew they would be in for a day of hard work defending his slim lead as the race hit the hills of Irpino, northeast of Naples. Their job would be doubly difficult because Moser’s gut was acting up and the Belgians had not come to Italy for the sights, they came to win. As soon as the peloton reached the mountains, de Vlaeminck started breaking legs. He jumped away from the pack. He was brought back. Again he attacked and again he was brought back; each time Moser’s men pulled the pack up to de Vlaeminck. Then de Muynck went. Again Moser’s gregari dug deep and closed the gap. With this attack, the riders could see Moser was in trouble. Then one after another of de Vlaeminck’s Brooklyn boys took turns slapping Moser around. First Ronny de Witte, then Willy de Geest hit the field and then finally Patrick Sercu got away.

Sercu was probably gone but De Vlaeminck was a hungry shark who could smell blood in the water and the blood was Moser’s. Rather than let teammate Sercu take the stage win he had de Muynck deliver the coup de grace. De Muynck’s hammer-blow was it. Moser couldn’t take anymore. Others, sensing that the moment had arrived, piled on. Merckx, Gimondi, de Vlaeminck and Bertoglio bridged up to de Muynck. De Vlaeminck won the stage and Gimondi was now in pink, the first time since 1969, with de Muynck in second place, 33 seconds back. Moser was third at 52 seconds.

Felice Gimondi in pink

Felice Gimondi in pink

Nothing changed as the race went north to Tuscany. Now that the gesture was without cost, it was decided to let a Spaniard win a stage in memory of Santisteban. The peloton was happy to have a true piano day while Antonio Menéndez was allowed to take a solo flyer that began the moment the starting flag was dropped. The pack finished over twelve minutes after Menéndez, who was no threat in any of the classifications.

Stage thirteen presented the riders with a series of climbs in the hills near Lucca and Pistoia, the hilltop finish at Il Ciocco coming after the Prunetta, Abetone and the Radici ascents. The first three climbs whittled the pack down for the final selection, which started when de Muynck jumped with Panizza coming along for the ride. Up the little road they soared, but others were having a good day as well and it came down to six riders for the sprint. With Gimondi and Merckx a half-minute back down the hill, de Witte tried to lead out de Muynck but de Muynck’s chain jammed. De Witte won the stage then crashed into a spectator who wandered onto the course. Even with his mechanical troubles, de Muynck had closed to within 16 seconds of Gimondi while Moser lost 17 seconds. Merckx claimed his saddle sores were so bad he could barely sit on the saddle and sleep was almost impossible.

De Muynck, in second place, was in a difficult position. He hinted, but would not state outright that his team was not behind him and that he felt he could be betrayed. De Muynck must have been walking on eggs because de Vlaeminck had already made that clear after the Matera stage.

Up to Piedmont and eastward to Veneto the race headed. Even though Gimondi had crashed hard twice, his second fall knocking him out for three minutes, the delicate sixteen-second balance between de Muynck and Gimondi remained. The reason? Both times the pack rode slowly and let the maglia rosa regain contact.
Stage nineteen had six rated climbs in only 132 kilometers: Staulanza, Santa Lucia, Falzarego, Gardena, Sella and a finish at the top of the Torri del Vajolet.

One could reasonably expect this stage to disturb the equipoise that existed between De Muynck and Gimondi. Gimondi feared the steep, unpaved portion of the final climb, thinking the smaller climbers like De Muynck might scoot away from him.

De Vlaeminck had crashed in stage seventeen and was showing the effects on the Falzarego when he wasn’t able to stay with the small group of Classification riders. Up ahead Spaniard Andrés Gandarias, who was too far down the standings to worry about, was having a brilliant day and eventually won the stage with a wonderful and mostly solo effort.

Behind Gandarias and unworried about him, de Muynck, Gimondi, Moser, Bertoglio and a few others crested the Sella. They then started the Vajolet climb which was so narrow and crowded with insane tifosi the follow cars couldn’t accompany the riders. Both Bertoglio and de Muynck attacked and Gimondi grimly closed back up. They went again and this time Gimondi could not respond. Finally Bertoglio dropped de Muynck and beat him to the top by 18 seconds, with Gimondi 39 seconds behind de Muynck. De Witte was just 9 seconds slower than Gimondi.

Felice Gimondi in stage 19

Stage 19, Felice Gimondi climbs the Torri del Vajolet

Roger de Vlaeminck

Behind Gimondi is Roger de Vlaeminck

De Muynck was the Giro’s leader:
1. Johan de Muynck
2. Felice Gimondi @ 25 seconds
3. Fausto Bertoglio @ 32 seconds
4. Ronny de Witte @ 1 minute 48 seconds

The next day had more climbing. Stage twenty went over a climb new to the Giro, the Passo Manghen, a dirt road with a stretch of eighteen percent gradient, followed by Monte Bondone. When de Muynck asked de Vlaeminck and his sidekick de Witte for assurance of their help if he came into difficulty, de Muynck said the two just laughed. On the Manghen, de Vlaeminck, still wearing the purple of the points leader, abandoned. Actually, he threw down his bike and ran into the woods. His gregario Ercole Gualazzini said he ran after him, fruitlessly calling the fast-running cyclocross champion back to the race. Later in the stage de Witte also quit. The Classification leaders all finished the stage together.

Eddy Merckx

Eddy Merckx at the start of a mountain stage

This left only a final mountain stage into Bergamo and a last time trial before the ride into Milan.

The next to last climb in the twenty-first stage was the Colle Zambla. Everyone was watching everyone else as they went over the top, and as the descent began, the pack ran into gravel where the road was being repaired. In an instant de Muynck was down. A few seconds later, groggy from the effects of the fall and all cut up, he screamed for his bike and remounted. Who should be coming down the road at that point? Eddy Merckx, one of the finest descenders to have ever turned a pedal. “Get on my wheel, Johan”, he shouted to the wounded Pink Jersey. Before the descent was completed Merckx had de Muynck back up to the Gimondi group, which had taken it easy upon learning of de Muynck’s fall. No one could get away on the final climb, the Selvino, so they came into Bergamo together.

De Muynck’s hands were shredded from the crash. While de Muynck’s director was trying to tell others that he would be fine for the time trial, Merckx thought otherwise. “With his hands as they are, he will not sleep more than an hour.”
Writer Jan Cornand says that when de Muynck came to the line the next day for the time trial, he looked a wreck. As Merckx predicted, the pain from his wounds kept him up all night, killing his time trial. Merckx gregario Joseph Bruyère won the stage while Gimondi was able to beat de Muynck by 44 seconds. De Muynck lost the Giro by only 19 seconds and Gimondi had won his third Giro.

Belgian fans were so outraged at the lack of support given to de Muynck that angry protestors gathered outside de Vlaeminck’s house. They felt that if de Muynck had received even a little help he would have won the Giro.

Final 1976 Giro d’Italia General Classification:
1. Felice Gimondi (Bianchi): 119 hours 58 minutes 15 seconds
2. Johan de Muynck (Brooklyn) @ 19 seconds
3. Fausto Bertoglio (Jolliceramica) @ 49 seconds
4. Francesco Moser (Sanson) @ 1 minute 7 seconds
5. Giambattista Baronchelli (SCIC) @ 1 minute 35 seconds
8. Eddy Merckx (Molteni) @ 7 minutes 40 seconds

Climbers’ Competition:
1. Andrés Oliva (KAS): 535 points
2. Andrés Gandarias (Teka): 390
3. Francesco Moser (Sanson): 270

Points Competition:
1. Francesco Moser (Sanson): 272 points
2. Eddy Merckx (Molteni): 149
3. Felice Gimondi (Bianchi): 143

* * *
This was Eddy Merckx’s last Giro. He admitted that his during his 1974 season there were signs of wear and tear and by 1975 he was unmistakably in decline. In 1971, his best season, he won 54 out of 120 races, a fantastic 45 percent. Driving himself ever harder he contested more races during the following four years but his winning percentage declined in two-year plateaus. In ’72 it was 39 and in ’73 it was 37 percent. Then in 1974, his brilliant banner year, he won 27 percent and in 1975 it was 25 percent. In 1976 he was about done, winning only (by Merckx standards) 15 races, a paltry 13.5 percent of those he entered. He wanted to go out with the same dramatic winning power he showed when he entered pro racing, but the insane drive to win probably accelerated his decline.
He would go on to ride the Tour in 1977, getting sixth place. He would never again win a major race. Merckx contested over 1800 road races and won 525 of them, almost a third, winning an average of one race a week for six years. He had flogged his magnificent body mercilessly, year round, and it had finally had enough. After riding only five races in 1978, he retired.


Italian video of Stage 21 ending in Bergamo