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1980 Giro d'Italia

63rd edition: May 15- June 7

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

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1980 Giro d'Italia map


1980 Giro Quick Facts:

4,025 km raced at an average speed of 35.897 km/hr

130 starters and 89 classified finishers

Bernard Hinault had won the Tour and the Vuelta but the only Frenchman to have won the Giro was Jacques Anquetil. Hinault found himself fighting the combined efforts of the Italian riders. The solution was magnificent set-piece in the 20th stage. He sent his strongest gregario, Jean-René Bernaudeau, ahead and on the Stelvio Pass, joined him. The two distanced the pack enough to give Hinault the lead for good.


1980 Giro d'Italia Complete Final General Classification:

  1. Bernard Hinault (Renault-Gitane): 112hr 8min 20sec
  2. Wladimiro Panizza (Gis Gelati) @ 5min 43sec
  3. Giovanni Battaglin (Inoxpran) @ 6min 3sec
  4. Tommy Prim (Bianchi) @ 7min 53sec
  5. Giambattista Baronchelli (Bianchi) @ 11min 49sec
  6. Mario Beccia (Hoonved) @ 12min 47sec
  7. Giuseppe Saronni (Gis Gelati) @ 12min 53sec
  8. Josef Fuchs (Gis Gelati) @ 20min 26sec
  9. Roberto Visentini (San Giacomo) @ 20min 37sec
  10. Leonardo Natale (Magniflex) @ 21min 30sec
  11. Faustino Ruperez (Selle Italia-Zor) @ 21min 33sec
  12. Jean-René Bernaudeau (Renault-Gitane) @ 28min 18sec
  13. Godi Schmutz (Cilo-Aufina) @ 29min 10sec
  14. Alessandro Pozzi (Bianchi) @ 30min 37sec
  15. Knut Knudsen (Bianchi) @ 42min 46sec
  16. Lucian Loro (Hoonved) @ 48min 27sec
  17. Roberto Ceruti (Gis Gelati) @ 48min 36sec
  18. Miguel-Maria Lasa (Selle Italia-Zor) @ 52min 14sec
  19. Ennio Vanotti (Bianchi) @ 53min 36sec
  20. Alfredo Chinetti (Inoxpran) @ 53min 44sec
  21. Ronald De Witte (Sanson) @ 54min 30sec
  22. Gregor Braun (Sanson) @ 58min 25sec
  23. Alfonso Dal Pian (Inoxpran) @ 59min 52sec
  24. Juan Fernandez (Selle Italia-Zor) @ 1hr 4min 45sec
  25. Claudio Bortolotto (San Giacomo) @ 1hr 6min 3sec
  26. Marino Amadori (Magniflex) @ 1hr 7min 0sec
  27. Sergio Parsani (Bianchi) @ 1hr 8min 27sec
  28. Giancarlo Casiraghi (Magniflex) @ 1hr 10min 5sec
  29. Angel Arroyo (Selle Italia-Zor) @ 1hr 12min 32sec
  30. Fausto Bertoglio (Sanson) @ 1hr 13min 49sec
  31. Carmelo Barone (Sanson) @ 1hr 14mi 9sec
  32. Alvaro Crespi (Hoonved) @ 1hr 16min 32sec
  33. Jörgen Marcussen (Inoxpran) @ 1hr 17min 6sec
  34. Claudio Corti (San Giacomo) @ 1hr 17min 51sec
  35. Giuseppe Fatato (Famcucine) @ 1hr 20min 36sec
  36. Aldo Donadello (Bianchi) @ 1hr 23min 59sec
  37. Simone Fraccaro (Gis Gelati) @ 1hr 26min 0sec
  38. Pierre-Raymond Villemiane (Renault-Gitane) @ 1hr 28min 29sec
  39. Giuseppe Passuello (Gis Gelati) @ 1hr 31min 0sec
  40. Franco Conti (San Giacomo) @ 1hr 31min 17sec
  41. Rafael Ladron De Guevara (Selle Italia-Zor) @ 1hr 34min 32sec
  42. Valerio Lualdi (Gis Gelati) @ 1hr 37min 52sec
  43. Leonardo Mazzantini (Sanson) @ 1hr 41min 42sec
  44. Attilio Rota (Sanson) @ 1hr 45min 0sec
  45. Lucien Didier (Renault-Gitane) @ 1hr 45min 23sec
  46. Palmiro Masciarelli (Sanson) @ 1hr 46min 32sec
  47. Gianluigi Zuanel (Gis Gelati) @ 1hr 49min 56sec
  48. Silvano Cervato (Gis Gelati) @ 1hr 52min 40sec
  49. Bernard Becaas (Renault-Gitane) @ 1hr 52min 45sec
  50. José-Luis Lopez Cerron (Selle Italia-Zor) @ 1hr 56min 48sec
  51. Corrado Donadio (Famcucine) @ 1hr 58min 37sec
  52. Gaetano Baronchelli (Bianchi) @ 2hr 1min 37sec
  53. Antonio D'Alonzo (Famcucine) @ 2hr 2min 6sec
  54. Tullio Bertacco (San Giacomo) @ 2hr 3min 11sec
  55. Maurice Le Guilloux (Renault-Gitane) @ 2hr 7min 0sec
  56. Pierino Gavazzi (Magniflex) @ 2hr 7min 0sec
  57. Giovanni Mantovani (Hoonved) @ 2hr 9min 20sec
  58. Annnunzio Colombo (Famcucine) @ 2hr 11min 12sec
  59. Tranquillo Andreetta (San Giacomo) @ 2hr 11min 12sec
  60. Alessio Antonini (San Giacomo) @ 2hr 15min 12sec
  61. Erwin Leinhard (Cilo-Aufina) @ 2hr 17min 0sec
  62. Josef Wehrli (Cilo-Aufina) @ 2hr 18min 9sec
  63. Graziano Salvietti (Famcucine) @ 2hr 19min 21sec
  64. Sergio Gerosa (Cilo-Aufina) @ 2hr 20min 28sec
  65. Bruno Leali (Inoxpran) @ 2hr 23min 8sec
  66. Pasquale Pugliese (Inoxpran) @ 2hr 23min 37sec
  67. Bernard Quilfen (Renault-Gitane) @ 2hr 25min 20sec
  68. Mario Noris (Magniflex) @ 2hr 25min 20sec
  69. Hubert Arbes (Renault-Gitane) @ 2hr 26min 20sec
  70. Vittorio Algeri (Magniflex) @ 2hr 29min 56sec
  71. Graziano Rossi (Famcucine) @ 2hr 30min 13sec
  72. Ignazio Paleari (Magniflex) @ 2hr 30min 50sec
  73. Claude Vincendeau (Renault-Gitane) @ 2hr 31min 17sec
  74. Angelo Tosoni (Famcucine) @ 2hr 38min 32sec
  75. Luciano Donati (Kondor) @ 2hr 40min 21sec
  76. Yvon Bertin (Renault-Gitane) @ 2hr 42min 45sec
  77. Giuseppe Martinelli (San Giacomo) @ 2hr 44min 41sec
  78. Dante Morandi (Hoonved) @ 2hr 47min 11sec
  79. Fiorenzo Favoro (Hoonved) @ 2hr 49min 37sec
  80. Nazzareno Berto (Inoxpran) @ 2hr 54min 52sec
  81. Roy Schuiten (Inoxpran) @ 2hr 56min 21sec
  82. Sergio Santimaria (Hoonved) @ 2hr 56min 42sec
  83. Georges Luthi (Cilo-Aufina) @ 3hr 0min 3sec
  84. Guido Amrhein (Cilo-Aufina) @ 3hr 1min 24sec
  85. Hans Hindelang (Kondor) @ 3hr 1min 30sec
  86. Manuel Martin-Conde (Selle Italia-Zor) @ 3hr 20min 32sec
  87. Daniele Tinchella (Kondor) @ 3hr 20min 32sec
  88. Heinz Betz (Kondor) @ 3hr 39min 20sec
  89. Giuliano Cazzolato (Hoonved) @ 3hr 44min 7sec

Points Competition:

  1. Giuseppe Saronni (Gis Gelati): 301 points
  2. Giovanni Mantovani (Hoonved): 215
  3. Tommy Prim (Bianchi): 179
  4. Bernard Hinault (Renault-Gitane): 160
  5. Giuseppe Martinelli (San Giacomo): 151

Climbers' Competition:

  1. Claudio Bortolotto (San Giacomo): 670 points
  2. Wladimiro Panizza (Gis Gelati): 400
  3. Bernard Hinault (Renault-Gitane): 350
  4. Giovanni Battaglin (Inoxpran): 280
  5. Jean-René Bernaudeau (Renault-Gitane): 265

Young Rider:

  1. Tommy Prim (Bianchi) 112hr 16min 13sec
  2. Roberto Visentini (San Giacomo) @ 12min 44sec
  3. Leonardo Natale (Magniflex) @ 13min 37sec
  4. Faustino Ruperez (Selle Italia-Zor) @ 13min 40sec
  5. Jean-René Bernaudeau @ 20min 25sec

Team Classification:

  1. Bianchi
  2. Gis Gelati
  3. Inoxpran
  4. Renault-Gitane

1980 Giro stage results with running GC:

Thursday, May 15: Genova 7 km Prologue

  1. Francesco Moser: 9min 13sec
  2. Knut Knudsen @ 4sec
  3. Bernard Hinault @ 18sec
  4. Giovanni Battaglin @ 22sec
  5. Tommy Prim @ 24sec
  6. Roy Schuiten, Gregor Braun, Giambattista Baronchelli @ 25sec
  7. Claudio Torelli @ 28sec

Friday, May 16: Stage 1, Genova - Imperia, 123 km

  1. Giuseppe Saronni: 2hr 56min 23sec
  2. Giuseppe Martinelli s.t.
  3. Giovanni Mantovani s.t.
  4. Francesco Moser s.t.
  5. Pierino Gavazzi st.
  6. Tommy Prim s.t.
  7. Nazzareno Berto s.t.
  8. Dante Morandi s.t.
  9. Serge Demierre s.t.
  10. Simone Fraccaro s.t.

GC after Stage 1:

  1. Francesco Moser: 3hr 5min 36sec
  2. Knut Knudsen @ 4sec
  3. Bernard Hinault @ 6sec
  4. Giuseppe Saronni @ 18sec
  5. Giovanni Battaglin @ 22sec
  6. Tommy Prim @ 24sec
  7. Roy Schuiten, Giambattista Baronchelli, Gregor Braun @ 25sec
  8. Roberto Visentini @ 29sec

Saturday, May 17: Stage 2, Imperia - Torino, 179 km

Major ascents: San Bartolomeo, Nava, la Pedaggera

  1. Giuseppe Saronni: 4hr 45min 2sec
  2. Leonardo Mazzantini s.t.
  3. Eddy Van Haerens s.t.
  4. Francesco Moser s.t.
  5. Pierino Gavazzi s.t.
  6. Giovanni Mantovani s.t.
  7. Roger De Cnijf s.t.
  8. Peter Kehl s.t.
  9. Alfredo Chinetti s.t.
  10. Yvon Bertin s.t.

GC after Stage 2:

  1. Francesco Moser: 7hr 50min 38sec
  2. Knut Knudsen @ 4sec
  3. Bernard Hinault @ 6sec
  4. Giuseppe Saronni @ 16sec
  5. Giovanni Battaglin @ 22sec
  6. Tommy Prim @ 24sec
  7. Giambattista Baronchelli, Roy Schuiten, Gregor Braun @ 25sec
  8. Roberto Visentini @ 29sec

Sunday, May 18: Stage 3: Torino - Parma, 243 km

  1. Giuseppe Saronni: 6hr 10min 47sec
  2. Giovanni Mantovani s.t.
  3. Eddy Van Haerens s.t.
  4. Giuseppe Martinelli s.t.
  5. Peter Kehl s.t.
  6. Daniele Tinchella s.t.
  7. Yvon Bertin s.t.
  8. Serge Demierre s.t.
  9. Francesco Moser s.t.
  10. Luciano Borgognoni s.t.

GC after Stage 3:

  1. Francesco Moser: 14hr 1min 25sec
  2. Knut Knudsen @ 4sec
  3. Bernard Hinault @ 6sec
  4. Giuseppe Saronni @ 18sec
  5. Giovanni Battaglin @ 22sec
  6. Tommy Prim @ 24sec
  7. Gregor Braun, Giambattista Baronchelli, Roy Schuiten @ 25sec
  8. Roberto Visentini @ 29sec

Monday, May 19: Stage 4, Parma - Marina di Pisa, 193 km

Major ascent: Prato Spilla

  1. Dante Morandi: 4hr 57min 27sec
  2. Giuseppe Martinelli s.t.
  3. Eddy Van Haerens s.t.
  4. Roger De Cnijf s.t.
  5. Giovanni Mantovani s.t.
  6. Yvon Bertin s.t.
  7. Leonardo Mazantini s.t.
  8. Daniele Tinchella s.t.
  9. Peter Kehl s.t.
  10. Nazzareno Berto s.t.

GC after stage 4:

  1. Francesco Moser: 18hr 58min 52sec
  2. Knut Knudsen @ 4sec
  3. Bernard Hinault @ 6sec
  4. Giuseppe Saronni @ 18sec
  5. Giovanni Battaglin @ 22sec
  6. Tommy Prim @ 24sec
  7. Gregor Braun, Giambattista Baronchelli, Roy Schuiten @ 25sec
  8. Roberto Visentini @ 29sec

Tuesday, May 20: Stage 5, Pontedera - Pisa 36 km individual time trial

  1. Jörgen Marcussen: 45min 7sec
  2. Bernard Hinault @ 14sec
  3. Knut Knudsen @ 48sec
  4. Claudio Torelli @ 1min 4sec
  5. Roberto Visentini @ 1min 11sec
  6. Francesco Moser @ 1min 14sec
  7. Hans Hindelang @ 1min 16sec
  8. Bernard Quilfen @ 1min45sec
  9. Silvano Contini @ 2min 1sec
  10. Giuseppe Saronni @ 2min 5sec

GC after Stage 5:

  1. Bernard Hinault: 19hr 44min 19sec
  2. Knut Knudsen @ 32sec
  3. Francesco Moser @ 54sec
  4. Jogen Marcussen @ 1min 1sec
  5. Roberto Visentini @ 1min 20sec
  6. Claudio Torelli @ 1min 44sec
  7. Giuseppe Saronni @ 2min 3sec
  8. Silvano Contini @ 2min 15sec
  9. Giambattista Baronchelli @ 2min 21sec
  10. Gregor Braun @ 2min 35sec

Wednesday, May 21: Rest Day (giorno di riposo)

Thursday, May 22: Stage 6, Giro dell'Elba (Rio Marina - Portoferraio), 126 km

  1. Carmelo Barone: 3hr 13min 35sec
  2. Giambattista Baronchelli s.t.
  3. Bernt Johansson @ 1sec
  4. Mario Beccia s.t.
  5. Giovanni Mantovani @ 1min 18sec
  6. Francesco Moser s.t.
  7. Tommy Prim s.t.
  8. Pierino Gavazzi s.t.
  9. Giuseppe Fatato s.t.
  10. Alfredo Chinetti s.t.

GC after Stage 6:

  1. Bernard Hinault: 22hr 59min 12sec
  2. Knut Knudsen @ 32sec
  3. Francesco Moser @ 54sec
  4. Giambattista Baronchelli @ 1min 3sec
  5. Roberto Visentini @ 1min 20sec
  6. Claudio Torelli @ 1min 44sec
  7. Bernt Johansson @ 1min 53sec
  8. Giuseppe Saronni @ 2mn 3sec
  9. Mario Beccia @ 2min 8sec
  10. Silvano Contini @ 2min 15sec

Friday, May 23: Stage 7, Castiglion della Pescaia - Orvieto, 199 km

Major ascent: Monte Amiata

  1. Silvano Contini: 6hr 10min 46sec
  2. Juan Fernandez @ 1sec
  3. Faustino Ruperez @ 5sec
  4. Giovanni Battaglin @ 11sec
  5. Alfredo Chinetti s.t.
  6. Godi Schmutz s.t.
  7. Roberto Visentini s.t.
  8. Ronald de Witte @ 32sec
  9. Angel Arroyo @ 59sec
  10. Leonardo Natale @ 1min 19sec

GC after Stage 7:

  1. Roberto Visentini: 29hr 11min 29sec
  2. Silvano Contini @ 44sec
  3. Faustino Ruperez @ 1min 15sec
  4. Giovanni Battaglin @ 2min 13sec
  5. Wladimiro Panizza @ 2min 27sec
  6. Ronald de Witte @ 2min 31sec
  7. Godi Schmutz @ 2min 56sec
  8. Bernard Hinault @ 2min 58sec
  9. Juan Fernandez @ 3min 16sec
  10. Knut Knudsen @ 3min 30sec

Saturday, May 24: Stage 8, Orvieto - Fiuggi, 216 km

Major ascent: Poggio Nibbio

  1. Juan Fernandez: 5hr 35min 22sec
  2. Giovanni Mantovani @ 2sec
  3. Pierino Gavazzi s.t.
  4. Giuseppe Saronni s.t.
  5. Palmiro Masciarelli s.t.
  6. Miguel-Maria Lasa s.t.
  7. Alvaro Crespi s.t.
  8. Francesco Moser s.t.
  9. Tommy Prim s.t.
  10. Mario Beccia s.t.

GC after Stage 8:

  1. Roberto Visentini: 34hr 46min 53sec
  2. Silvano Contini @ 44sec
  3. Faustino Ruperez @ 1min 16sec
  4. Giovanni Battaglin @ 2min 13sec
  5. Wladimiro Panizza @ 2min 27sec
  6. Ronald de Witte @ 2min 31sec
  7. Godi Schmutz @ 2min 56sec
  8. Bernard Hinault @ 2min 58sec
  9. Juan Fernandez @ 2min 14sec
  10. Knut Knudsen @ 3min 30sec

Sunday, May 25: Stage 9, Fiuggi - Sorrento, 247 km

  1. Giovanni Mantovani: 6hr 49min 0sec
  2. Pierino Gavazzi s.t.
  3. Fiorenzo Favero s.t.
  4. Giuseppe Martinelli s.t.
  5. Francesco Moser s.t.
  6. Giuseppe Saronni s.t.
  7. Bernard Hinault s.t.
  8. Giuseppe Fatato s.t.
  9. Tommy Prim s.t.
  10. Jean-René Bernaudeau s.t.

GC after Stage 9:

  1. Roberto Visentini: 41hr 35min 53sec
  2. Silvano Contini @ 44sec
  3. Faustino Ruperez @ 1min 16sec
  4. Giovanni Battaglin @ 2min 13sec
  5. Wladimiro Panizza @ 2min 27sec
  6. Ronald de Witte @ 2min 31sec
  7. Godi Schmutz @ 2min 56sec
  8. Bernard Hinault @ 2min 58sec
  9. Juan Fernandez @ 3mn 14sec
  10. Knut Knudsen @ 3min 30sec

Monday, May 26: Stage 10, Sorrento - Palinuro, 177 km

  1. Giovanni Mantovani: 4hr 59min 33sec
  2. Tommy Prim s.t.
  3. Wladimiro Panizza s.t.
  4. Palmiro Masciarelli s.t.
  5. Knut Knudsen @ 4sec
  6. Giuseppe Saronni @ 16sec
  7. Francesco Moser s.t.
  8. Alfredo Chinetti @ 19sec
  9. Pierino Gavazzi s.t.
  10. Giambattista Baronchelli s.t.

GC after Stage 10:

  1. Roberto Visentini: 46hr 35min 57sec
  2. Silvano Contini @ 44sec
  3. Faustino Ruperez @ 1mn 22sec
  4. Wladimiro Panizza @ 2min 6sec
  5. Giovanni Battaglin @ 2min 13sec
  6. Ronald de Witte @ 2min 37sec
  7. Godi Schmutz @ 2min 56sec
  8. Bernard Hinault @ 2min 58sec
  9. Knut Knudsen 2 3min 13sec
  10. Juan Fernandez @ 3min 14sec

Tuesday, May 27: Stage 11, Palinuro - Campotenese, 145 km

Major ascents: Pietrastagliato, Passo la Colla, Monte Mormanno

  1. Giambattista Baronchelli: 4hr 16min 41sec
  2. Bernt Johansson s.t.
  3. Wladimiro Panizza s.t.
  4. Mario Beccia s.t.
  5. Francesco Moser s.t.
  6. Bernard Hinault s.t.
  7. Giuseppe Saronni s.t.
  8. Miguel-Maria Lasa s.t.
  9. Godi Schmutz s.t.
  10. Roberto Ceruti s.t.

GC after Stage 11:

  1. Robert Visentini: 50hr 52min 51sec
  2. Silvano Contini @ 44sec
  3. Faustino Ruperez @ 1min 22sec
  4. Wladimiro Panizza @ 1min 53sec
  5. Giovanni Battaglin @ 2min 13sec
  6. Godi Schmutz @ 2min 56sec
  7. Bernard Hinault @ 2min 58sec
  8. Knut Knudsen @ 3min 13sec
  9. Giambattista Baronchelli @ 3min 46sec
  10. Francesco Moser @ 3min 47sec

Wednesday, May 28: Stage 12, Villapiana Lido - Lecce, 203 km

  1. Yvon Bertin: 5hr 40min 29sec
  2. Francesco Moser s.t.
  3. Giovanni Mantovani s.t.
  4. Giuseppe Martinelli s.t.
  5. Dante Morandi s.t.
  6. Graziano Salvietti s.t.
  7. Nazzareno Berto s.t.
  8. Bernard Hinault s.t.
  9. Hans Hindelang s.t.
  10. Giuseppe Fatato s.t.

GC after Stage 12:

  1. Roberto Visentini: 56hr 33min 20sec
  2. Silvano Contini @ 44sec
  3. Faustino Ruperez @ 1min 22sec
  4. Wladimiro Panizza @ 1min 53sec
  5. Giovanni Battaglin @ 2min 13sec
  6. Godi Schmutz @ 2min 56sec
  7. Bernard Hinault @ 2min 58sec
  8. Knut Knudsen @ 3min 13sec
  9. Giambattista Baronchelli @ 3min 46sec
  10. Francesco Moser @ 3min 47sec

Thursday, May 29: Stage 13, Lecce - Barletta, 220 km

  1. Giuseppe Saronni: 6hr 22min 52sec
  2. Yvon Bertin s.t.
  3. Giuseppe Martinelli s.t.
  4. Pierino Gavazzi s.t.
  5. Giovanni Mantovani s.t.
  6. Francesco Moser s.t.
  7. Dante Morandi s.t.
  8. Pierre-Raymond Villemiane s.t.
  9. Hans Hindelang s.t.
  10. Angelo Tosoni s.t.

GC after Stage 13:

  1. Roberto Visentini: 62hr 56min 12sec
  2. Silvano Contini @ 44sec
  3. Faustino Ruperez @ 1min 22sec
  4. Wladimiro Panizza @ 1min53sec
  5. Giovanni Battaglin @ 2min 13sec
  6. Godi Schmutz @ 2min 56sec
  7. Bernard Hinault @ 2min 58sec
  8. Knut Knudsen @ 3mn 13sec
  9. Giambattista Baronchelli @ 3min 46sec
  10. Francesco Moser @ 3min 47sec

Friday, May 30: Stage 14, Foggia - Roccaraso, 186 km

Major ascents: Crocella di Motta, Macerone, Rionero Sannitico, Roccaraso

  1. Bernard Hinault: 5hr 58min 15sec
  2. Wladimiro Panizza s.t.
  3. Giuseppe Saronni @ 42sec
  4. Giambattista Baronchelli s.t.
  5. Tommy Prim @ 51sec
  6. Francesco Moser @ 1min 36sec
  7. Joseph Fuchs @ 2min 3sec
  8. Leonardo Natale @ 2min13sec
  9. Jean-René Bernaudeau @ 2min 18sec
  10. Roberto Ceruti s.t.
  11. Roberto Visentini @ 6min 13sec

GC after Stage 14:

  1. Wladimiro Panizza 68hr 56min 20sec
  2. Bernard Hinault @ 1min 5sec
  3. Faustino Ruperez @ 1min 49sec
  4. Giambattista Baronchelli @ 2min 35sec
  5. Giovanni Battaglin @ 2min 40sec
  6. Francesco Moser @ 3min 30sec
  7. Roberto Visentini @ 4min 20sec
  8. Tommy Prim @ 4min 24sec
  9. Giuseppe Saronni @ 5min 1sec
  10. Godi Schmutz @ 5min 23sec

Saturday, May 31: Stage 15, Roccaraso - Teramo, 194 km

Major ascents: Starda di Svolte, Monte Capo di Serre, Vado del Sole

  1. Tommy Prim: 5hr 30min 52sec
  2. Juan Fernandez s.t.
  3. Giovanni Mantovani s.t.
  4. Giuseppe Saronni s.t.
  5. Giambattista Baronchelli s.t.
  6. Giuseppe Fatato s.t.
  7. Leonardo Natale s.t.
  8. Alessandro Pozzi s.t.
  9. Francesco Moser s.t.
  10. Leonardo Mazzantini s.t.

GC after Stage 15:

  1. Wladimiro Panizza: 74hr 27min 22sec
  2. Bernard Hinault @ 1min 5sec
  3. Faustino Ruperez @ 1min 49sec
  4. Giambattista Baronchelli @ 2min 35sec
  5. Giovanni Battaglin @ 2min 40sec
  6. Francesco Moser @ 3min 30sec
  7. Tommy Prim @ 4min 14sec
  8. Roberto Visentini @ 4min 20sec
  9. Giuseppe Saronni @ 5mn 1sec
  10. Godi Schmutz @ 5min 23sec

Sunday, June 1: Stage 16, Giulianova - Gatteo a Mare, 229 km

  1. Giuseppe Martinelli: 6hr 37min 1sec
  2. Giuseppe Saronni s.t.
  3. Pierino Gavazzi s.t.
  4. Yvon Bertin s.t.
  5. Gregor Braun s.t.
  6. Jean-René Bernaudeau s.t.
  7. Nazzareno Berto s.t.
  8. Dante Morandi s.t.
  9. Giovanni Montovani s.t.
  10. Daniele Tinchella s.t.

GC after Stage 16:

  1. Wladimiro Panizza: 81hr 4min 23sec
  2. Bernard Hinault @ 1min 5sec
  3. Faustino Ruperez @ 1min 49sec
  4. Giambattista Baronchelli @ 2min 35sec
  5. Giovanni Battaglin @ 2min 40sec
  6. Francesco Moser @ 3min 30sec
  7. Tommy Prim @ 4min 14sec
  8. Roberto Visentini @ 4min 20sec
  9. Giuseppe Saronni @ 5min 1sec
  10. Godi Schmutz @ 5min 23sec

Monday, June 2: Stage 17, Gatteo a Mare - Sermione, 237 km

  1. Giuseppe Saronni: 6hr 38min 54sec
  2. Yvon Bertin s.t.
  3. Pierino Gavazzi s.t.
  4. Giovanni Manotvani s.t.
  5. Dante Morandi s.t.
  6. Daniele Tinchella s.t.
  7. Francesco Moser s.t.
  8. Jean-René Bernaudeau s.t.
  9. Hans Hindelang s.t.
  10. Giuseppe Martinelli s.t.

GC afte Stage 17:

  1. Wladimiro Panizza: 87hr 43min 17sec
  2. Bernard Hinault @ 1min 5sec
  3. Faustino Ruperez @ 1min 49sec
  4. Giambattista Baronchelli @ 2min 35sec
  5. Giovanni Battaglin @ 2min 40sec
  6. Francesco Moser @ 3min 30sec
  7. Tommy Prim @ 4min 14sec
  8. Roberto Visentini @ 4min 20sec
  9. Giuseppe Saronni @ 5min 1sec
  10. Godi Schmutz @ 5min 23sec

Tuesday, June 3: Stage 18, Sirmione - Pecol, 239 km

Major ascents: Passo Duran, Pecol

  1. Giovanni Battaglin: 7hr 3min 41sec
  2. Wladimiro Panizza @ 1min 15sec
  3. Tommy Prim s.t.
  4. Bernard Hinault @ 1min 18sec
  5. Leonardo Natale @ 1min 40sec
  6. Giuseppe Saronni @ 1min 51sec
  7. Roberto Visentini @ 1min 57sec
  8. Mario Beccia @ 2min 8sec
  9. Joseph Fuchs @ 2min 32sec
  10. Francesco Moser 2 3min 49sec

GC after Stage 18:

  1. Wladimiro Panizza: 94hr 48min 13sec
  2. Bernard Hinault: 1min 8sec
  3. Giovanni Battaglin @ 1min 25sec
  4. Tommy Prim @ 4min 14sec
  5. Roberto Visentini @ 5min 2sec
  6. Giambattista Baronchelli @ 5min 11sec
  7. Giuseppe Saronni @ 5min 37sec
  8. Francesco Moser @ 6min 4sec
  9. Mario Beccia @ 6min 22sec
  10. Godi Schmutz @ 7min 59sec

Wednesday, June 4: Stage 19, Longarone - Cles, 241 km

Major ascents: Tre Croci, Mendola

  1. Giuseppe Saronni: 7hr 23min 18sec
  2. Bernard Hinault s.t.
  3. Wladimiro Panizza s.t.
  4. Tommy Prim s.t.
  5. Giambattista Baronchelli s.t.
  6. Giovanni Battaglin s.t.
  7. Mario Beccia s.t.
  8. Leonardo Natale s.t.
  9. Roberto Visentini @ 5sec
  10. Joseph Fuchs @ 6sec

GC after Stage 19:

  1. Wladimiro Panizza: 102hr 11min 31sec
  2. Bernard Hinault @ 1min 8sec
  3. Giovanni Battaglin @ 1min 25sec
  4. Tommy Prim @ 4min 14sec
  5. Roberto Visentini @ 5min 7sec
  6. Giambattista Baronchelli @ 5min 11sec
  7. Giuseppe Saronni @ 5min 37sec
  8. Mario Beccia @ 6min 22sec
  9. Francesco Moser @ 7min 43sec
  10. Joseph Fuchs @ 8min 27sec

Thursday, June 5: Stage 20, Cles - Sondrio, 221 km

Major ascents: Palade, Passo dello Stelvio

  1. Jean-René Bernaudeau: 6hr 24min 24sec
  2. Bernard Hinault @ 2sec
  3. Mario Beccia @ 4min 22sec
  4. Tommy Prim @ 4min 24sec
  5. Giovanni Battaglin s.t.
  6. Giambattista Baronchelli s.t.
  7. Wladimiro Panizza s.t.
  8. Leonardo Natale s.t.
  9. Giuseppe Fatato @ 8min 42sec
  10. Annunzio Colombo s.t.

GC after Stage 20:

  1. Bernard Hinault: 108hr 37min 5sec
  2. Wladimiro Panizza @ 3min 14sec
  3. Giovanni Battaglin @ 4min 39sec
  4. Tommy Prim @ 7min 28sec
  5. Giambattista Baronchelli @ 8min 25sec
  6. Mario Beccia @ 9min 34sec
  7. Giuseppe Saronni @ 13min 9sec
  8. Leonardo Natale @ 15min 24sec
  9. Joseph Fuchs @ 15min 59sec
  10. Faustino Ruperez @ 18min 5sec

Friday, June 6: Stage 21, Saronno - Turbigo 50 km individual time trial

  1. Giuseppe Saronni: 1hr 2min 32sec
  2. Gregor Braun @ 40sec
  3. Knut Knudsen @ 43sec
  4. Bernard Hinault @ 46sec
  5. Tommy Prim @ 1min 11sec
  6. Roberto Visentini @ 1min 55sec
  7. Giovanni Battaglin @ 2min 4sec
  8. Jean-René Bernaudeau @ 2min 41sec
  9. Hans Hindelang @ 2min 54sec
  10. Wladimiro Panizza @ 3min 13sec

GC after Stage 21:

  1. Bernard Hinault: 109hr 40min 23sec
  2. Wladimiro Panizza @ 5min 43sec
  3. Giovanni Battaglin @ 5min 57sec
  4. Tommy Prim @ 7min 53sec
  5. Giambattista Baronchelli @ 11min 43sec
  6. Mario Beccia @ 12min 47sec
  7. Giuseppe Saronni @ 12min 53sec
  8. Joseph Fuchs @ 20min 26sec
  9. Roberto Visentini @ 20min 37sec
  10. Leonardo Natale @ 21min 30sec

Saturday, June 7: 22nd and Final Stage, Giro di Milano, 114 km

  1. Pierino Gavazzi: 2hr 27mn 57sec
  2. Tommy Prim s.t.
  3. Giuseppe Martinelli s.t.
  4. Alfredo Chinetti s.t.
  5. Daniele Tinchella s.t.
  6. Giovanni Mantovani s.t.
  7. Angelo Tosoni s.t.
  8. Yvon Bertin s.t.
  9. Jean-René Bernaudeau s.t.
  10. Ignazio Paleari s.t.

1980 Giro d'Italia Complete Final General Classification


The Story of the 1980 Giro d'Italia

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Bernard Hinault had won the Tour twice and the Vuelta once but the Giro remained unconquered. Before him only Anquetil, Merckx and Gimondi had won all three Grand Tours and Anquetil remained the only French Giro winner. In the spring of 1980, Hinault, nicknamed “The Badger”, was in excellent form, having already won Liège–Bastogne–Liège and the Tour of Romandie. He was on track for another remarkable year, and for Hinault, unquestionably the finest rider alive at the time, the Giro was his to lose.

Not accepting that proposition were Saronni and Moser. Moser was the reigning World Road Champion and, by 1980, the winner of countless single-day as well as several shorter stage races. Also, his spring had been superb, with victories in Paris–Roubaix and Tirreno–Adriatico. But so far the big guy hadn’t been able to translate his remarkable cycling talent into a Grand Tour win.

The other force to be reckoned with was climber Wladimiro Panizza. For a decade he had consistently placed in the top ten in the Tour and Giro, making it all the way to fourth once in each of them. Other contenders included Giovanni Battaglin, Tommy Prim and Giambattista Baronchelli.

The 1980 route was a perfect tough-guy race course. There were two hard mountaintop finishes and two others ending at less-severe hilltops. The Stelvio was defanged a bit by having the finish come well after the descent, in Sondrio. With 93.4 kilometers of time trialing, the pure climbers must have looked at the route map and shuddered. This was a race for a complete racer, one who could do it all.

The race opened in Genoa with a 7-kilometer prologue. Moser was the fastest rider on the port city’s wet, slippery streets, taking chances as he aggressively raced over the flat course. Hinault rode his specialty time trial bike with care, conceding six seconds to Moser in the interest of avoiding a crash.

Saronni’s sprinting legs were ready to race. He won the first three road stages, all in mass romps. While they were competing on the road, Saronni and Moser also fought a verbal battle in the press accusing each other of nothing of any particular importance, making an excellent polemica.

Again the weather turned wet in time for a time trial. Jørgen Marcussen, one of Battaglin’s gregari, won the stage five time trial in Pisa. But Hinault, at second, performed a vivisection on the rest of the contenders over the flat, 36-kilometer route finishing in Pisa. Hinault was now in pink.

The General Classification stood thus:
1. Bernard Hinault
2. Knut Knudsen @ 32 seconds
3. Francesco Moser @ 54 seconds
4. Jørgen Marcussen @ 1 minute 1 second
5. Roberto Visentini @ 1 minute 20 seconds
7. Giuseppe Saronni @ 2 minutes 3 seconds

The next day Moser announced that he and Saronni should ally themselves against Hinault. The surprise isn’t that riders would join forces against a dangerous rider, especially a powerful foreigner. Moser’s request was odd in that it was made so openly.

After a day of racing on the island of Elba, stage seven headed south to Umbria with a finish in ancient Orvieto. As the peloton raced over the Apennines, all the contenders took turns attacking Hinault. Having brought a weak team to Italy, Hinault was forced to do a lot of the neutralizing himself. He made sure Saronni and Moser were in sight or behind him the entire stage. Eventually a break with Visentini, Panizza and Battaglin got away, beating the Hinault group by 3 minutes 14 seconds. Visentini took over the lead and Hinault was now eighth, almost three minutes back. There were several able men sitting between Hinault and the maglia rosa, yet Hinault swore that even with the Italians combining against him, he would triumph in Milan.

The next day’s stage ending in Fiuggi showed that Hinault would have to dig deep if he wanted to defend himself against the combined efforts of the Italian riders. Six of his gregari were unable to finish with the leading group, the only rider on his team who had the strength to help him when the peloton was under severe stress was Jean-René Bernaudeau.

As the race headed for Italy’s instep with a hilltop finish in Campotenese, the façade of Italian unity against Hinault broke down and the Giro became a more open race. During this eleventh stage, a dangerous escape that included Baronchelli and Panizza scared the contenders enough to work together, the break being caught just at the line, resulting in no significant changes to the standings.

The next day’s racing was complicated enough to require a book of its own to tell the story completely. Halfway through the stage, as a result of an intermediate sprint, a break formed containing most of the big guns, but lacking race leader Visentini as well as Contini and Prim. Hoping to extract more than a pound of flesh from the three important missing riders, the break got itself organized and started motoring down the road. Contini buried himself and was able to claw his way up to the front group, but Saronni punctured. The sympathetic judges let one of the cars in the caravan motorpace Saronni back up to the peloton. Visentini and Prim finally made it up to the hard-charging Moser/Hinault break before the stage ended.

Contini crashed just 200 meters before the one-kilometer-to-go sign, meaning he would have to accept the time loss. The judges did some re-measuring and amazingly found that the sign had been placed 200 meters too close to the finish, allowing Contini to get the same time as the Moser/Hinault group and thus keep his second place in the General Classification. Finishing with the pack, Saronni lost 1 minute 16 seconds, dimming any hope of his gaining the maglia rosa.

During stage fourteen, Hinault decided to assert his sovereignty over the others. The stage had several major climbs including the final ascent to Roccaraso. Bernaudeau was sent off on the second climb, the Macerone. A racer of his ability could not be ignored, so the peloton was shredded trying to bring back the fast-moving Frenchman. After sitting in on the chase for a while, Hinault blasted off and only nine riders made it to the top of the Macerone with him. On the penultimate climb, the Rionero Sannitico, Hinault again hit hard and by the top he had Moser, Saronni, Prim, Baronchelli and Panizza for company. As the small lead group climbed to Roccaraso, Hinault was generous enough in handing out pain that all were dropped but Panizza. Hinault took the stage, and the surprising Panizza, a member of Saronni’s Gis team, found himself in pink. The day was a disaster for Visentini and Contini who both lost over lost six minutes.

The new General Classification:
1. Wladimiro Panizza
2. Bernard Hinault @ 1 minute 5 seconds
3. Faustino Rupérez @ 1 minute 49 seconds
4. Giambattista Baronchelli @ 2 minutes 35 seconds
5. Giovanni Battaglin @ 2 minutes 40 seconds

The standings stayed just that way during the flat stages that took the Giro to Sirmione, a city on a spit of land that protrudes about four kilometers into Lake Garda.

Next came the stages that would decide the Giro. Stage eighteen was the first, going over the Duran and landing at Pecól in the Val Zoldana.

Part way up the Duran, Battaglin did a testing attack to see what sort of stuff the others were made of. Whatever it was, it was not the stuff of chasers. With no one along for company, Battaglin decided to continue, the others probably thinking it was too early in the hilly, 239-kilometer stage to make a successful move. He maintained his lead on the descent and managed to grow it to a minute as he continued to Pecól.

Back in the peloton, everyone seemed frozen, afraid working might help a rival. Prim and then Panizza finally decided to bring back the fleeing and dangerous Battaglin, but it was too little, too late. Battaglin won the stage by 1 minute 15 seconds over Panizza and had done himself a world of good, moving up to third place at 1 minute 25 seconds. It was a magnificent ride.

The day’s hard racing ruined the hopes for two more contenders. Rupérez, exhausted after winning the Vuelta a few weeks earlier, struggled in eight and a half minutes after Battaglin. Moser, who had been looking tired during the last few stages, lost 2 minutes 34 seconds to Panizza. He announced his intention to quit the Giro and rest up for the coming Tour in July. Neither Moser nor his team were in Frankfurt for the Tour’s start in July.

Even though Battaglin tried his disappearing act again the next day with the Tre Croci and Mendola passes, the pack finished together. Status quo ante bellum.

Hinault’s director Cyrille Guimard had planned his set-piece assault on the Giro for the twentieth stage with the Passo Palade followed by an ascent of the north face of the Stelvio.

The pack went over the Palade together. At Merano, 50 kilometers east of the start of the Stelvio climb, several riders escaped after an intermediate sprint, three of them from Hinault’s Renault team. Why the pack let them go when everyone had to know Guimard would try something is a mystery, but escape they did and it was game on. At Spondigna the route turned left for the road that would become the Stelvio pass. The break was still away, now by six and a half minutes.

The Stelvio climb proper is generally considered to start at Prato allo Stelvio and here Bernaudeau was able to ride away from the others in the break. Back in the pack, Hinault was chasing down any escape attempts, keeping things together. The six-man break, less Bernaudeau, was soon caught by the fast moving peloton.

Wladimiro Panizza on the Stelvio

Wladimiro Panizza following Giovanni Battaglin up the Stelvio Pass

When his group arrived at Prato allo Stelvio, Hinault just about ripped the bars out of the stem in an attack that dropped everyone but Panizza, Prim and Battaglin. As the four raced up the mountain, Hinault put in three more hard attacks. The third was more than Prim and Battaglin could take, but pink-clad Panizza, 37 and in the twilight of his career, hung on like grim death.
Again, Hinault was out of the saddle attacking the maglia rosa. The last hammer blow was too much for even Panizza, and Hinault took off to catch Bernaudeau, now only three minutes up the pass. The catch was made and they raced for the finish.

Stelvio stages that don’t end at the top usually finish in Bormio, the city at the bottom of the south face. Not this time: the French pair had to ride about 80 kilometers further to Sondrio. The Renault riders did a two-man time trial and extended their lead with every pedal stroke, arriving in Sondrio four and a half minutes before Panizza, Prim, Baronchelli and Battaglin. Hinault let Bernaudeau take the stage while Hinault took the lead. With only a time trial in the way of Hinault’s march to victory, it looked like Guimard’s guidance had allowed Hinault to use his strength to maximum advantage.

The new General Classification:
1. Bernard Hinault
2. Wladimiro Panizza @ 3 minutes 14 seconds
3. Giovanni Battaglin @ 4 minutes 39 seconds
4. Tommy Prim @ 7 minutes 28 seconds
5. Giambattista Baronchelli @ 8 minutes 25 seconds

The 50.4-kilometer time trial at Saronno on the outskirts of Milan was the penultimate stage and the last one that could affect the outcome. Normally Hinault was almost unbeatable in a time trial and he was certainly superior to any of the riders close to him in the General Classification.

Hinault didn’t win the time trial. But he didn’t have to. Saronni, Gregor Braun and Knut Knudsen were the day’s podium while those high in the standings lost still more time to the Badger.

Hinault became the second Frenchman after Anquetil to win the Giro, and the first racer in history to win all three Grand Tours on the first attempt. Partial credit has to be given to Hinault’s director, Guimard, who might be cycling’s greatest-ever tactician. As Lucien van Impe, whom Guimard directed to victory in 1976 Tour said, “Cyrille was one of the best directeurs sportifs that I ever met…he always knew when to go after a break or to let it go. And everything he predicted at the morning briefing came true later in the race.”

Bernard Hinault in pink

1980 Giro winner Bernard Hinault. Note how he loops his toe strap through the back of the pedal. This way the strap is behind the wide part of the foot, making it very difficult to pull out of the pedal

Final 1980 Giro d’Italia General Classification:
1. Bernard Hinault (Renault-Gitane) 112 hours 8 minutes 20 seconds
2. Wladimiro Panizza (Gis Gelati) @ 5 minutes 43 seconds
3. Giovanni Battaglin (Inoxpran) @ 6 minutes 3 seconds
4. Tommy Prim (Bianchi-Piaggio) @ 7 minutes 53 seconds
5. Giambattista Baronchelli (Bianchi-Piaggio) @ 11 minutes 49 seconds

Climbers’ Competition:
1. Claudio Bortolotto (Mobilificio San Giacomo-Benotto): 670 points
2. Wladimiro Panizza (Gis Gelati): 400
3. Bernard Hinault (Renault-Gitane): 350

Points Competition:
1. Giuseppe Saronni (Gis Gelati): 301 points
2. Giovanni Mantovani (Hoonved-Bottecchia): 215
3. Tommy Prim (Bianchi-Piaggio): 179

Hinault had planned to make 1980 the year of his Giro/Tour double. As the Tour progressed he began to suffer terrible knee pain and after stage twelve, abandoned, allowing Joop Zoetemelk to win the Tour on his tenth attempt. Hinault recovered from his bout of tendinitis in time to win the World Road Championship that fall.


Italian video of Stage 20, Cles - Sondrio