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1978 Giro d'Italia

61st edition: May 7 - May 28

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

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1978 Giro d'Italia map


1978 Giro Quick Facts:

3610.5 km raced at an average speed of 35.563 km/hr

130 starters and 90 classified finishers

After a Giro shamelessly made for Moser in 1977 (which Moser lost to Belgian upstart Michel Pollentier), the 1978 edition was designed to allow an-all-rounder win.

Johan de Muynck was allowed to escape in stage three. He was able to defend his narrow lead for the rest of the Giro, beating Giambattista Baronchelli by almost the same margin of his stage three win. His ride was rock-solid, ably assisted by teammate and gregario di lusso Felice Gimondi


1978 Giro d'Italia Complete Final General Classification:

  1. Johan de Muynck (Bianchi) 101hr 31min 22sec
  2. Giambattista Baronchelli (SCIC) @ 59sec
  3. Francesco Moser (Sanson) @ 2min 19sec
  4. Wladimiro Panizza (Vibor) @ 7min 57sec
  5. Giuseppe Saronni (SCIC) @ 8min 19sec
  6. Ronald de Witte (Sanson) @ 8min 19sec
  7. Alfio Vandi (Magniflex) @ 8min 24sec
  8. Claudio Bortolotto (Sanson) @ 9min 25sec
  9. Bernt Johansson (Fiorella) @ 12min 36sec
  10. Ueli Sutter (Zonca) @ 12min 38sec
  11. Felice Gimondi (Bianchi) @ 13min 35sec
  12. Giancarlo Bellini (Zonca) @ 13min 55sec
  13. Alfredo Chinetti (Selle Royal) @ 15min 45sec
  14. Fausto Bartoglio (Selle Royal) @ 17min 43sec
  15. Roberto Visentini (Vibor) @ 18min 55sec
  16. Pedro Torres (Teka) @ 21min 34sec
  17. Ottavio Crepaldi (Magniflex) @ 27min 5sec
  18. Luciano Loro (Mecap) @ 27min 28sec
  19. Valerio Lualdi (Bianchi) @ 37min 41sec
  20. Giuseppe Perletto (Magniflex) @ 38min 33sec
  21. Walter Riccomi (SCIC) @ 39min 33sec
  22. Dorino Vanzo (Fiorella) @ 53min 36sec
  23. Simone Fraccaro (Sanson) @ 59min 44sec
  24. Giancarlo Casiraghi (Intercontinentale Assicurazioni) @ 1hr 0min 28sec
  25. Bruno Wolfer (Zonca) @ 1hr 1min 39sec
  26. Fabrizio Fabbri (Sanson) @ 1hr 3min 24sec
  27. Ennio Vanotti (Zonca) @ 1hr 13min 34sec
  28. Leonardo Mazzantini (Zonca) @ 1hr 15min 22sec
  29. Glauco Santoni (Bianchi) @ 1hr 21min 19sec
  30. Claudio Corti (Zonca) @ 1hr 24min 15sec
  31. Giuseppe Martinelli (Magniflex) @ 1hr 24min46sec
  32. Carmello Barone (Fiorella) @ 1hr 25mi 26sec
  33. Aldo Donadello (Fiorella) @ 1hr 27min 38sec
  34. Bruce Biddle (Gis Gelati) @ 1hr 35min 52sec
  35. Vincenzo De Caro (Mecap) @ 1hr 38min 10sec
  36. Roberto Poggiali (Zonca) @ 1hr 38min 20sec
  37. Armando Lora (Magniflex) @ 1hr 38min 30sec
  38. Marino Amadori (Intercontinentale Assicurazioni) @ 1hr 39min 39sec
  39. Carlo Zoni (Selle Royal) @ 1hr 41min 43sec
  40. Alessio Antonini (Selle Royal) @ 1hr 39min 39sec
  41. Roggero Gialdini (Magniflex) @ 1hr 45min 8sec
  42. Alvaro Crespi (Mecap) @ 1hr 46min 3sec
  43. Renato Laghi (Vibor) @ 1hr 48min 11sec
  44. Roy Schuiten (SCIC) @ 1hr 49min 45sec
  45. Stefano D'Arcangelo (Intercontinentale Assicurazioni) @ 1hr 51min 4sec
  46. Luciano Conati (SCIC) @ 1hr 51min 59sec
  47. Gabriele Landoni (Gis Gelati) @ 1hr 53min 8sec
  48. Walter Dusi (Intercontinentale Assicurazioni) @ 1hr 54min 12sec
  49. Vittorio Algeri (Intercontinentale Assicurazioni) @ 1hr 54min 41sec
  50. Willy de Geest (Sanson) @ 1hr 56min 26sec
  51. Jurgen Kraft (Teka) @ 1hr 56min 43sec
  52. Giovanni Cavalcanti (Bianchi) @ 1hr 57min 22sec
  53. Pasquale Pugliese (Selle Royal) @ 1hr 58min 41sec
  54. Attilio Rota (Sanson) @ 2hr 0min 11sec
  55. Palmiro Masciarelli (Sanson) @ 2hr 0min 15sec
  56. Giacinto Santambrogio (Bianchi) @ 2hr 1min 49sec
  57. Luciano Borgognoni (Vibor) @ 2hr 1min 41sec
  58. Lucio De Federico (Gis Gelati) @ 2hr 2min 12sec
  59. Bruno Zanoni (Mecap) @ 2hr 2min 20sec
  60. Piero Spinelli (Zonca) @ 2hr 3min 47sec
  61. Remo Rocchia (Vibor) @ 2hr 6min 47sec
  62. Giancarlo Tartoni (Magniflex) @ 2hr 7min 3sec
  63. Pierino Gavazzi (Zonca) @ 2hr 9min 54sec
  64. Arnaldo Caverzasi (SCIC) @ 2hr 9min 54sec
  65. Angelo Tosoni (Mecap) @ 2hr 11min 16sec
  66. Paulino Martinez (Teka) @ 2hr 12min 47sec
  67. Silvano Cervato (Gis Gelati) @ 2hr 13min 14sec
  68. Enrico Paolini (SCIC) @ 2hr 15min 51sec
  69. Phil Edwards (Sanson) @ 2hr 16min 40sec
  70. Corrado Donadio (Vibor) @ 2hr 21min 53sec
  71. Gianluca Zuanel (Fiorella) @ 2hr 22min 10sec
  72. Luciano Rossignoli (Fiorella) @ 2hr 24min 1sec
  73. Sergio Parsani (Bianchi) @ 2hr 24min 41sec
  74. Davide Boifava (Vibor) @ 2hr 25min 40sec
  75. Osvaldo Bettoni (Intercontinentale Assicurazioni) @ 2hr 26min 7sec
  76. Pedro Vilardebo (Teka) @ 2hr 27min 49sec
  77. Fiorenzo Favero (Intercontinentale Assicurazioni) @ 2hr 29min 51sec
  78. Giuseppe Fatato (Magniflex) @ 2hr 29min 58sec
  79. Walter Polini (SCIC) @ 2hr 32min 40sec
  80. Wilhelm Singer (Bianchi) @ 2hr 34min 35sec
  81. Gaetano Baronchelli (SCIC) @ 2hr 35min 28sec
  82. Paolo Rosola (Intercontinentale Assicurazioni) @ 2hr 40min 57sec
  83. Hans-Peter Jakst (Selle Royal) @ 2hr 42min 12sec
  84. Sergio Santimaria (Mecap) @ 2hr 44min 10sec
  85. Gianfranco Foresti (Vibor) @ 2hr 47min 59sec
  86. Piero Falorni (Gis Gelati) @ 2hr 48min 18sec
  87. Antonio Menendez (Teka) @ 2hr 48min 46sec
  88. Mario Fraccaro (Mecap) @ 3hr 0min 12sec
  89. Bruno Vicino (Selle Royal) @ 3hr 14min 30sec
  90. Pietro Algeri (Intercontinentale Assicurazioni) @ 3hr 30min 2sec

Points Competition:

  1. Francesco Moser (Sanson): 231 points
  2. Giuseppe Saronni (SCIC): 201
  3. Giambattista Baronchelli (SCIC): 134
  4. Pierino Gavazzi (Zonca): 132
  5. Johan de Muynck (Bianchi): 110

Climbers' Competition:

  1. Ueli Sutter (Zonca): 830 Points
  2. Giambattis Baronchelli (SCIC): 520
  3. Claudio Bortolotto (Sanson): 345
  4. Pedro Torres (Teka): 345
  5. Johan de Muynck (Bianchi): 290

Young Rider:

  1. Roberto Visentini (Vibor) 101hr 50min 17sec
  2. Giancarlo Casiraghi (Intercontinentale Assicurazioni) @ 41min 33sec
  3. Ennio Vanotti (Zonca) @ 54min 39sec
  4. Claudio Corti (Zonca) @ 1hr 5min 20sec
  5. Vincenzo De Caro (Mecap) @ 1hr 19min 15sec

Team Classification:

  1. Bianchi: 15,540 points
  2. Sanson: 9,420
  3. SCIC: 8,107

1978 Giro stage results with running GC:

Sunday, May 7: Prologue, St. Vincent 2 km individual time trial.

Did not count towards GC.

  1. Dietrich Thurau: 3min 14sec
  2. Francesco Moser s.t.
  3. Giuseppe Saronni @ 3sec
  4. Roberto Visentini @ 4sec
  5. Vittorio or Pietro(?) Algeri s.t.
  6. Walter Santeroni s.t.
  7. Pedro Vilardebo @ 5sec
  8. Miguel-Maria Lasa @ 6sec
  9. Eric Van de Wiele s.t.
  10. Carmello Barone @ 7sec

Monday, May 8: Stage 1, St. Vincent - Novi Ligure, 175 km

  1. Rik van Linden: 4hr 23min 58sec
  2. Dietrich Thurau s.t.
  3. Alfons de Bal s.t.
  4. Marino Basso s.t.
  5. Luciano Borgognoni s.t.
  6. Giuseppe Saronni s.t.
  7. Roger de Vlaeminck s.t.
  8. Pierino Gavazzi s.t.
  9. Dino Porrini s.t.
  10. Alessio Antonini s.t.

GC after Stage 1:

  1. Rik van Linden

Tuesday, May 9: Stage 2, Novi Ligure - La Spezia, 195 km

Major ascents: Scoffera, Bracco

  1. Giuseppe Saronni: 5hr 3min 38sec
  2. Rik van Linden s.t.
  3. Francesco Moser s.t.
  4. Carmello Barone s.t.
  5. Alfons de Bal s.t.
  6. Roger de Vlaeminck s.t.
  7. Marino Basso s.t.
  8. Dietrich Thruau s.t.
  9. Carlo Zoni s.t.
  10. Luciano Borgognoni s.t.

GC after Stage 2:

  1. Rik van Linden: 9hr 27min 56sec
  2. Giuseppe Saronni s.t.
  3. Alfons de Bal s.t.
  4. Dietrich Thurau s.t.
  5. Marino Basso s.t.
  6. Roger de Vlaeminck s.t.

Wednesday, May 10: Stage 3, La Spezia - Càscina

Major ascents: Carpinelli, Serra

  1. Johan de Muynck: 5hr 13min 39sec
  2. Francesco Moser @ 52sec
  3. Alfredo Chinetti s.t.
  4. Roger de Vlaeminck s.t.
  5. Carlo Zoni s.t.
  6. Ludo Peeters s.t.
  7. Giuseppe Saronni s.t.
  8. Gabriele Landoni s.t.
  9. Giambattista Baronchelli s.t.
  10. Ottavio Crepaldi s.t.

GC after Stage 3:

  1. Johan de Muynck: 14hr 41min 35sec
  2. Giuseppe Saronni @ 52sec
  3. Roger de Vlaeminck s.t.
  4. Francesco Moser s.t.
  5. Dietrich Thurau s.t.
  6. Alfredo Chinetti s.t.
  7. Vittorio Algeri s.t.
  8. Alfio Vandi s.t.
  9. Ottavio Crepaldi s.t.
  10. Giambattista Baronchelli s.t.

Thursday, May 11: Stage 4, Larciano - Pistoia 25 km individual time trial

  1. Dietrich Thurau: 31min 28sec
  2. Francesco Moser @ 7sec
  3. Knut Knudsen @ 10sec
  4. Roger de Vlaeminck @ 25sec
  5. Giuseppe Saronni @ 37sec
  6. Johan de Muynck @ 44sec
  7. Roberto Visentini @ 39sec
  8. Fausto Bertoglio @ 58sec
  9. Roy Schuiten @ 1min 8sec
  10. Giovanni Battaglin @ 1min 13sec

GC after Stage 4:

  1. Johan de Muynck: 15hr 13min 47sec
  2. Dietrich Thruau @ 8sec
  3. Francesco Moser @ 15sec
  4. Knut Knudsen @ 18sec
  5. Roger de Vlaeminck @ 20sec
  6. Giuseppe Saronni @ 45sec
  7. Roberto Visentini @ 57sec
  8. Fausto Bertoglio @ 1min 17sec
  9. Giovanni Battaglin @ 1min 21sec
  10. Bernt Johansson @ 1min 26sec

Friday, May 12: Stage 5, Prato - Cattolica, 200 km

Major ascent: Muraglione

  1. Rik van Linden: 5hr 51min 4sec
  2. Francesco Moser s.t.
  3. Marino Basso s.t.
  4. Roger de Vlaeminck s.t.
  5. Alfons de Bal s.t.
  6. Enrico Paolini s.t.
  7. Pierino Gavazzi s.t.
  8. Miguel-Maria Lasa s.t.
  9. Dino Porrini s.t.
  10. Giuseppe Martinelli s.t.

GC after Stage 5:

  1. Johan de Muynck: 21hr 4min 51sec
  2. Dietrich Thurau @ 8sec
  3. Francesco Moser @ 15sec
  4. Knut Knudsen @ 18sec
  5. Roger de Vlaeminck @ 33sec
  6. Giuseppe Saronni @ 45sec
  7. Roberto Visentini @ 57sec
  8. Fausto Bertoglio @ 1min 7sec
  9. Giovanni Battaglin @ 1min 21sec
  10. Bernt Johansson @ 1min 26sec

Saturday, May 13: Stage 6, Cattolica - Silvi Marina, 218 km

  1. Rik van Linden: 5hr 41min 47sec
  2. Roger de Vlaeminck s.t.
  3. Alfons de Bal s.t.
  4. Marino Basso s.t.
  5. Pietro Algeri s.t.
  6. Pierino Gavazzi s.t.
  7. Guido van Sweevelt s.t.
  8. Franco Bitossi s.t.
  9. Palmiro Masciarelli s.t.
  10. Alessio Antonini s.t.

GC after Stage 6:

  1. Johan de Muynck: 26hr 46min 38sec
  2. Dietrich Thurau @ 8sec
  3. Francesco Moser @ 15sec
  4. Knut Knudsen s.t.
  5. Roger de Vlaeminck @ 33sec
  6. Giuseppe Saronni @ 45sec
  7. Roberto Visentini @ 57sec
  8. Fausto Bertoglio @ 1min 7sec
  9. Giovanni Battaglin @ 1min 21sec
  10. Bernt Johansson @ 1min 26sec

Sunday, May 14: Stage 7, Silvi Marina - Benevento, 237 km

Major ascents: Cinque Miglie, Sannitico, Macerone

  1. Giuseppe Saronni: 6hr 36min 56sec
  2. Roger de Vlaeminck s.t.
  3. Francesco Moser s.t.
  4. Giambattista Baronchelli s.t.
  5. Pedro Torres s.t.
  6. Alfio Vandi s.t.
  7. Bernt Johansson s.t.
  8. Knut Knudsen s.t.
  9. Wladimiro Panizza s.t.
  10. Giovanni Battaglin s.t.

GC after Stage 7:

  1. Johan de Muynck: 33hr 23min 34sec
  2. Francesco Moser @ 15sec
  3. Knut Knudsen @ 18sec
  4. Roger de Vlaeminck, Giuseppe Saronni @ 45sec
  5. Roberto Visentini @ 57sec
  6. Giovanni Battaglin @ 1min 21sec
  7. Bernt Johansson @ 1min 26sec
  8. Giambattista Baronchelli, Ueli Sutter @ 1min 30sec

Monday, May 15: Stage 8, Benevento - Ravello, 175 km

Major ascents: Faito, Agerola, Ravello

  1. Giuseppe Saronni: 5hr 10min 20sec
  2. Giambattista Baronchelli s.t.
  3. Alfio Vandi s.t.
  4. Pedro Torres s.t.
  5. Wladimiro Panizza s.t.
  6. Johan de Muynck s.t.
  7. Giovanni Battaglin s.t.
  8. Francesco Moser s.t.
  9. Fausto Bertoglio s.t.
  10. Ronald de Witte @ 26sec
  11. Bernt Johansson @ 28sec
  12. Roberto Visentini s.t.

GC after Stage 8:

  1. Johan de Muynck: 38hr 34min 13sec
  2. Francesco Moser @ 15sec
  3. Giuseppe Saronni @ 26sec
  4. Roberto Visentini @ 1min 8sec
  5. Giovanni Battaglin @ 1min 30sec
  6. Giambattista Baronchelli @ 1min 30sec
  7. Bernt Johansson @ 1min 37sec
  8. Roger de Vlaeminck @ 1min 38sec
  9. Wladimiro Panizza @ 1min 45sec
  10. Knut Knudsen @ 1min 49sec

Tuesday, May 16: Stage 9, Amalfi - Latina, 248 km

  1. Enrico Paolini: 7hr 1min 51sec
  2. Phil Edwards s.t.
  3. Wladimiro Panizza s.t.
  4. Carmello Barone s.t.
  5. Ronald de Witte s.t.
  6. Luciano Loro s.t.
  7. Piero Falorni @ 5sec
  8. Ludo Delcroix s.t.
  9. Ottavio Crepaldi s.t.
  10. Rik van Linden s.t.

GC after Stage 9:

  1. Johan de Muynck: 45hr 37min 15sec
  2. Francesco Moser @ 15sec
  3. Giuseppe Saronni @ 26sec
  4. Wladimiro Panizza @ 34sec
  5. Ronald de Witte @ 51sec
  6. Ottavio Crepaldi @ 56sec
  7. Roberto Visentini @ 1min 8sec
  8. Giovanni Battaglin @ 1min 21sec
  9. Giambattista Baronchelli @ 1min 30sec
  10. Bernt Johansson @ 1min 37sec

Wednesday, May 17: Stage 10, Latina - Piediluco, 220 km

Major ascent: Terminillo

  1. Giuseppe Martinelli: 6hr 13min 10sec
  2. Rudy Pevenage s.t.
  3. Carlo Zoni @ 3sec
  4. Walter Dusi @ 1min 34sec
  5. Aldo Parecchini s.t.
  6. Wladimiro Panizza @ 2min 37sec
  7. Giovanni Battaglin s.t.
  8. Giambattista Baronchelli s.t.
  9. Johan de Muynck s.t.
  10. Giuseppe Saronni @ 4min 22sec

GC after Stage 10:

  1. Johan de Muynck: 51hr 53min 2sec
  2. Wladimiro Panizza @ 34sec
  3. Giovanni Battaglin @ 1min 21sec
  4. Giambartista Baronchelli @ 1min 30sec
  5. Francesco Moser @ 2min 5sec
  6. Giuseppe Saronni @ 2min 16sec
  7. Ronald de Witte @ 2min 41sec
  8. Roberto Visentini @ 2min 58sec
  9. Bernt Johansson @ 3min 27sec
  10. Roger de Vlaeminck @ 3min 28sec

Thursday, May 18: Stage 11A, Terni - Assisi, 74 km

  1. Bruno Zanoni: 1hr 45min 26sec
  2. Roberto Visemtini s.t.
  3. Ottavio Crepaldi @ 7sec
  4. Francisco-Javier Cedena @ 10sec
  5. Bruno Wolfer @ 12sec
  6. Giuseppe Saronni s.t.
  7. Roger de Vlaeminck s.t.
  8. Rudy Pevenage s.t.
  9. Giuseppe Martinelli s.t.
  10. Pierinio Gavazzi s.t.

GC after Stage 11A:

  1. Johan de Muynck

Thursday, May 18: Stage 11B, Assisi - Siena, 145 km

  1. Francesco Moser: 3hr 48min 54sec
  2. Pierino Gavazzi @ 3sec
  3. Roger de Vlaeminck s.t.
  4. Rudy Pevenage s.t.
  5. Alfons de Bal s.t.
  6. Giambattista Baronchelli s.t.
  7. Joseph Fuchs s.t.
  8. Alfredo Chinetti s.t.
  9. Sergio Santimaria s.t.
  10. Marino Basso s.t.

GC after Stage 11B:

  1. Johan de Muynck: 57hr 27min 37sec
  2. Wladimiro Panizza @ 34sec
  3. Giovanni Battaglin @ 1min 21sec
  4. Giambattista Baronchelli @ 1min 30sec
  5. Francesco Moser @ 2min 2sec
  6. Giuseppe Saronni @ 2min 16sec
  7. Ronald de Witte @ 2min 41sec
  8. Roberto Visentini @ 2min 48sec
  9. Bernt Johansson @ 3min 27sec
  10. Roger de Vlaeminck @ 3min 28sec

Friday, May 19: Stage 12, Poggibonsi - Monte Trebbio, 204 km

Major ascents: Consuma, Al Carnaio, Cento Forche, Mandrioli, Forche, Monte Trebbio

  1. Giancarlo Bellini: 6hr 22min 13sec
  2. Claudio Bortolotto @ 8sec
  3. Alfredo Chinetti @ 10sec
  4. Ottavio Crepaldi @ 22sec
  5. Felice Gimondi @ 35sec
  6. Fabrizio Fabbri @ 41sec
  7. Rudy Pevenage @ 1min 7sec
  8. Giuseppe Saronni @ 1min 9sec
  9. Wladirmiro Panizza @ 1min 12sec
  10. Johan de Muynck s.t.

GC after Stage 12:

  1. Johan de Muynck: 63hr 51min 2sec
  2. Wladimiro Panizza @ 34sec
  3. Giovanni Battaglin @ 1min 21sec
  4. Giambattista Baronchelli @ 1min 30sec
  5. Francesco Moser @ 2min 7sec
  6. Giuseppe Saronni @ 2min 12sec
  7. Ronald de Witte @ 2min 54sec
  8. Roberto Visentini @ 3mn 4sec
  9. Bernt Johansson @ 3min 52sec
  10. Alfio Vandi @ 3min 53sec

Saturday, May 20: Stage 13, Modigliana - Padova, 183 km

  1. Francesco Moser: 4hr 45min 20sec
  2. Pierino Gavazzi s.t.
  3. Luciano Borgognoni s.t.
  4. Giuseppe Martinelli s.t.
  5. Fiorenzo Favero s.t.
  6. Alfons de Bal s.t.
  7. Claudio Torelli s.t.
  8. Rudy Pevenage s.t.
  9. Marino Basso s.t.
  10. Giancarlo Tartoni s.t.

GC after Stage 13:

  1. Johan de Muynck: 68hr 36min 22sec
  2. Wladimiro Panizza @ 34 sec
  3. Giovanni Battaglin @ 1min 21sec
  4. Giambattista Baronchelli @ 1min 30sec
  5. Francesco Moser @ 2min 7sec
  6. Giuseppe Saronni @ 2min 13sec
  7. Ronald de Witte @ 2min 54sec
  8. Roberto Visentini @ 3min 4sec
  9. Bernt Johansson @ 3min 52sec
  10. Alfio Vandi @ 3min 53sec

Sunday, May 21: Stage 14, Venezia 12 km individual time trial

  1. Francesco Moser: 16min 11sec
  2. Roberto Visentini @ 6sec
  3. Giuseppe Saronni @ 14sec
  4. Knut Knudsen @ 15sec
  5. Johan de Muynck @ 22sec
  6. Giambattista Baronchelli @ 25sec
  7. Roy Schuiten @ 30sec
  8. Simone Fraccaro @ 33sec
  9. Ueli Sutter @ 37sec
  10. Alfio Vandi @ 38sec
  11. Bernt Johansson @ 39sec
  12. Alfredo Chinetti @ 40sec
  13. Felice Gimondi @ 45sec
  14. Giancarlo Bellini @ 47sec
  15. Waldimiro Panizza @ 51sec

GC after Stage 14:

  1. Johan de Muynck: 68hr 52min 25sec
  2. Wladimiro Panizza @ 1min 3sec
  3. Giambattista Baronchelli @ 1min 33sec
  4. Francesco Moser @ 1min 45sec
  5. Giovanni Battaglin @ 2min 1sec
  6. Giuseppe Saronni @ 2min 5sec
  7. Roberto Visentini @ 2min 48sec
  8. Ronald de Witte @ 3min 32sec
  9. Alfio Vandi @ 4min 9sec
  10. Bernt Johansson s.t.

Monday, May 22: Rest Day (giorno di riposo)

Tuesday, May 23: Stage 15, Treviso - Canazei, 220 km

Major ascents: Consiglio, Rolle, Valles, San Pellegrino

  1. Giambattista Baronchelli: 7hr 34min 30sec
  2. Alfio Vandi s.t.
  3. Johan de Muynck s.t.
  4. Francesco Moser @ 1min 9sec
  5. Claudio Bortolotto @ 2min 14sec
  6. Ronald de Witte s.t.
  7. Bernt Johansson @ 4min 41sec
  8. Felice Gimondi @ 5min 11sec
  9. Alfredo Chinetti s.t.
  10. Giuseppe Saronni s.t.

GC after Stage 15:

  1. Johan de Muynck: 76hr 27min 25sec
  2. Giambattista Baronchelli @ 1min 33sec
  3. Francesco Moser @ 2min 54sec
  4. Alfio Vandi @ 4min 9sec
  5. Ronald de Witte @ 5min 46sec
  6. Waldimiro Panizza @ 6min 14sec
  7. Claudio Bortolotto @ 6min 58sec
  8. Giuseppe Saronni @ 7min 16sec
  9. Bernt Johansson @ 8min 50sec
  10. Ueli Sutter @ 9min 25sec

Wednesday, May 24: Stage 16, Solaria - Cavalese 45 km individual time trial

  1. Francesco Moser: 57min 57sec
  2. Knut Knudsen @ 1min 15sec
  3. Felice Gimondi @ 1min 37sec
  4. Giambattista Baronchelli @ 1min 42sec
  5. Giuseppe Saronni @ 2min 12sec
  6. Bernt Johansson @ 2min 17sec
  7. Johan de Muynck @ 2min 18sec
  8. Roy Schuiten @ 2min 19sec
  9. Ronald de Witte @ 3min 1sec
  10. Roberto Visentini @ 3min 12sec
  11. Giancarlo Bellini @ 3min 24sec
  12. Claudio Bortolotto @ 3min 39sec

GC after Stage 16:

  1. Johan de Muynck: 77hr 27min 40sec
  2. Francesco Moser @ 45sec
  3. Giambattista Baronchelli @ 52sec
  4. Alfio Vandi @ 6min 11sec
  5. Ronald de Witte @ 6min 29sec
  6. Giuseppe Saronni @ 7min 10sec
  7. Claudio Bortolotto @ 8min 19sec
  8. Bernt Johansson @ 8min 49sec
  9. Wladimiro Panizza @ 9min 0sec
  10. Ueli Sutter @ 11min 43sec

Thursday, May 25: Stage 17, Cavalese - Monte Bondone, 205 km

Major ascents: Palade, Mendola, Bondone

  1. Wladimrio Panizza: 5hr 41min 49sec
  2. Roberto Visentini @ 1min 1sec
  3. Felice Gimondi @ 1min 3sec
  4. Fausto Bertoglio s.t.
  5. Johan de Muynck s.t.
  6. Giambatista Baronchelli @ 1min 5sec
  7. Giancarlo Bellini @ 1min 17sec
  8. Giuseppe Saronni @ 1min 57sec
  9. Ueli Sutter @ 1min 58sec
  10. Alfredo Chinetti s.t.

GC after Stage 17:

  1. Johan de Muynck: 83hr 10min 32sec
  2. Giambattista Baronchelli @ 59sec
  3. Francesco Moser @ 2min 19sec
  4. Wladimiro Panizza @ 7min 57sec
  5. Giuseppe Saronni @ 8min 4sec
  6. Ronald de Witte @ 8min 24sec
  7. Alfio Vandi @ 9min 4sec
  8. Claudio Bortolotto @ 9min 25sec
  9. Bernt Johansson @ 12min 36sec
  10. Ueli Sutter @ 12min 38sec

Friday, May 26: Stage 18, Mezzo Lombardo - Sarezzo, 245 km

Major ascents: Tonale, Presolana, Tre Termini

  1. Giuseppe Perletto: 7hr 28min 49sec
  2. Pierino Gavazzi @ 18sec
  3. Francesco Moser s.t.
  4. Alfredo Chinetti s.t.
  5. Bernt Johansson s.t.
  6. Ronald de Witte s.t.
  7. Felice Gimondi s.t.
  8. Giambattista Baronchelli s.t.
  9. Bruno Wolfer s.t.
  10. Alfio Vandi s.t.

GC after Stage 18:

  1. Johan de Muynck: 90hr 39min 39sec
  2. Giambattista Baronchelli @ 59sec
  3. Francesco Moser @ 2min 19sec
  4. Wladimiro Panizza @ 7min 57sec
  5. Giuseppe Saronni @ 8min 4sec
  6. Ronald de Witte @ 8min 24sec
  7. Alfio Vandi @ 9min 4sec
  8. Claudio Bortolotto @ 9min 25sec
  9. Bernt Johansson @ 12min 36sec
  10. Ueli Sutter @ 12min 38sec

Saturday, May 27: Stage 19, Brescia - Inverigo, 175 km

Major ascent: Sormano

  1. Vittorio Algeri: 5hr 11min 0sec
  2. Giuseppe Martinelli s.t.
  3. Vincenzo De Caro s.t.
  4. Pierino Gavazzi s.t.
  5. Giuseppe Saronni s.t.
  6. Willy de Geest s.t.
  7. Francesco Moser s.t.
  8. Carlo Zoni s.t.
  9. Gabriele Landoni s.t.
  10. Carmello Barone s.t.

GC after Stage 19:

  1. Johan de Muynck: 95hr 50min 41sec
  2. Giambattista Baronchelli @ 59sec
  3. Francesco Moser @ 2min 19sec
  4. Wladimiro Panizza @ 7min 57sec
  5. Giuseppe Saronni @ 8min 19sec
  6. Ronald de Witte @ 8min 24sec
  7. Alfio Vandi @ 9min 4sec
  8. Claudio Bortolotto @ 9min 25sec
  9. Bernt Johansson @ 12min 36sec
  10. Ueli Sutter @ 12min 38sec

Sunday, May 28: 20th and Final Stage, Inverigo - Milano, 266 km

  1. Pierino Gavazzi: 5hr 40min 41sec
  2. Giuseppe Martinelli s.t.
  3. Giuseppe Saronni s.t.
  4. Fiorenzo Favero s.t.
  5. Alfredo Chinetti s.t.
  6. Angelo Tosoni s.t.
  7. Luciano Borgognoni s.t.
  8. Luciano Rossignoli s.t.
  9. Jurgen Kraft s.t.
  10. Paolo Rosola s.t.

1978 Giro d'Italia complete final General Classification


The Story of the 1978 Giro d'Italia

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The 1978 route was laid out in a 3,610.5-kilometer figure eight with an average stage length of 180 kilometers. Starting in Aosta, it crossed to the east, just north of the Arno and went only as far south as Ravello before turning north, taking seven stages to get to the Dolomites. With plenty of climbing and three individual time trials totaling 82.5 kilometers (not counting the prologue), a good all-rounder should triumph again in Milan.

To avoid a conflict with soccer’s World Cup, the Giro start was moved up two weeks, running into the end of the Vuelta. Because of this, only the Teka squad represented Spain. Not a single French rider came to contest what the French saw as an Italian race jiggered to allow Italians to win (they should have asked Pollentier). The Belgians were the only other nationality represented in any number to break up the Italian party.

Dietrich “Didi” Thurau won the two-kilometer prologue with Moser second at almost the same time. Since the prologue didn’t count towards the General Classification, it mattered only for show and to award a first Pink Jersey.
It was stage three, ridden in Tuscany from La Spezia on the coast to Cascina, that may have decided the Giro. On the final climb, before the descent into Cascina, the contenders seemed to be content to mark each other. While Moser, Thurau, Giuseppe Saronni and the others were comfortable knowing that each had the other in sight, Johan de Muynck, now riding for Bianchi with Gimondi as gregario di lusso, motored off the front. Although de Muynck had placed second and nearly won the 1976 Giro, he didn’t seem to worry the others. De Muynck cruised across the finish line with a 52-second lead over the Moser-led pack.

The slightly built Belgian was just barely able defend his lead the next day in a 25-kilometer time trial. Thurau was his usual superb self when it came to riding against the clock but he could only beat de Muynck by 44 seconds, leaving de Muynck in pink.

The General Classification stood thus:
1. Johan de Muynck
2. Didi Thurau @ 8 seconds
3. Francesco Moser @ 15 seconds
4. Knut Knudsen @ 18 seconds
5. Roger de Vlaeminck @ 20 seconds

After stage seven was finished rolling through the hills of Campania, the list of contenders was reduced by one. Thurau tried to escape early in the stage and ran out of gas. Completely. He finished 4 minutes 17 seconds after Giuseppe Saronni led in a twenty-man group that included de Vlaeminck, Moser, de Muynck, Baronchelli and Battaglin. Thurau’s quest for victory was over and after crashing in stage ten, he abandoned.

Stage eight ended on the Sorrento Peninsula south of Naples and revealed a new dimension to Italy’s young wonder Giuseppe Saronni. On the climb to the finish line in Ravello, the 20-year-old racer attacked and got clear, showing that he was more than a sprinter.

Marino Basso

Marino Basso making his way through the tifosi on a climb

With Thurau out of contention and Saronni’s abilities visible, the General Classification after stage eight stood thus:
1. Johan de Muynck
2. Francesco Moser @ 15 seconds
3. Giuseppe Saronni @ 26 seconds
4. Roberto Visentini @ 1 minute 8 seconds

As the race headed north through Umbria, Tuscany, and Le Marche to Veneto for the start of the real climbing, Wladimiro Panizza, Baronchelli and Battaglin were able to move up in the classification while de Muynck steadfastly maintained his narrow lead.

Now came the Venice time trial, which required the construction of a floating bridge so that the riders could cross the Grand Canal and finish in St. Mark’s Square. Moser won the stage. Panizza, who had been sitting in second place in the General Classification, a half-minute behind de Muynck, lost another half-minute. With a rest day before the Dolomites stages, de Muynck’s position was looking a little bit more comfortable:
1. Johan de Muynck
2. Wladimiro Panizza @ 1 minute 3 seconds
3. Giambattista Baronchelli @ 1 minute 33 seconds
4. Francesco Moser @ 1 minute 45 seconds

The riders were lashed by nasty snowy weather during their days in the Dolomites. Stage fifteen had the year’s Cima Coppi, the Passo Valles, where Baronchelli attacked with Moser and de Muynck on his wheel. There was some regroupment before the final climb, the San Pellegrino, where Moser cracked and lost over a minute to the lead trio of Baronchelli, Alfio Vandi and de Muynck. Though the tifosi had generously pushed Moser up the hill, the judges gave him only a nominal penalty of a few seconds. Baronchelli’s stage win moved him up to second in the Overall, but de Muynck remained as steady as a rock, holding on to what was now a 93-second lead.

A 45-kilometer individual time trial at Cavalese, near Trent, over a highly technical course that included a hard climb, presented a serious danger to de Muynck. Moser, the hometown boy, won the day, beating de Muynck by 2 minutes 18 seconds. Baronchelli closed in as well.

Johan de Muynck

The race was now a three-man fight:
1. Johan de Muynck
2. Francesco Moser @ 45 seconds
3. Giambattista Baronchelli @ 52 seconds
4. Alfio Vandi @ 6 minutes 11 seconds

Still in the Dolomites, stage seventeen finished at the top of Monte Bondone. It was too much for Moser—probably still tired from his time trial effort—he lost about two and a half minutes. Panizza won the stage alone, but about a minute behind him, de Muynck finished with the rest of the good climbers and two seconds ahead of Baronchelli.

Stage eighteen was the last day of climbing and things didn’t change, except the grudge between Moser and Baronchelli deteriorated into a fistfight. The grand old man of the peloton, Felice Gimondi, intervened.

The organizers had tried to keep the racing challenging up until the penultimate stage, but bad weather and resignation kept the peloton from seriously contesting the minor climb into the city of Como. With de Muynck’s (pictured at right) unshakable racing combined with his powerful team’s ability to protect his lead, the others probably thought there was no point in attacking the capable Belgian. The 1978 Giro was his.

For a second time Baronchelli had lost the Giro to a Belgian by less than a minute. Baronchelli may not have won the Giro but he expressed satisfaction that he had at least come ahead of Moser, whom he detested.

Final 1978 Giro d’Italia General Classification:
1. Johan de Muynck (Bianchi) 101 hours 31 minutes 22 seconds
2. Giambattista Baronchelli (SCIC) @ 59 seconds
3. Francesco Moser (Sanson) @ 2 minutes 19 seconds
4. Wladimiro Panizza (Vibor) @ 7 minutes 57 seconds
5. Giuseppe Saronni (SCIC) @ 8 minutes 19 seconds

Climbers’ Competition:
1. Ueli Sutter (Zonca-Santini): 830 points
2. Giambattista Baronchelli (SCIC): 520
3. Claudio Bortolotto (Sanson) and Pedro Torres (Teka): 345

Points Competition:
1. Francesco Moser (Sanson): 229 points
2. Giuseppe Saronni (SCIC): 209
3. Giambattista Baronchelli (SCIC): 134

* * *
It was 118 kilometers into the Tour of Emilia on October 4 that Felice Gimondi and his good friend Franco Bitossi undid their toe straps together and climbed off their bikes. Bitossi remembered, “I was 38 years, 1 month, and 3 days old. I started my career at the Tour of Emilia of 1961, the 4th of October and I finished my career at the Tour of Emilia of 1978, the 4th of October. After 17 years one has to know when to say, ‘Basta.’” The two of them ended their careers on the spot.

Bitossi had won 147 races including the Tour’s Points Jersey and the Giro’s Climbers’ and Points Jerseys. Gimondi had won the Tour, the Giro, the Vuelta, the World Road Championship, Paris–Roubaix, Milan–San Remo and a host of other races totaling 135 professional victories. Both men could win almost any race on a given day and raced the whole professional calendar year after year. Theirs was a dying breed.