1947 Giro d'Italia

The 1947 Giro d'Italia was the 30th edition of the Giro d'Italia, organized and sponsored by the newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport. The race began on 24 May in Milan with a stage that stretched 190 km (118 mi) to Turin, finishing back in Milan on 15 June after a 278 km (173 mi) stage and a total distance covered of 3,843 km (2,388 mi).

1947 Giro d'Italia
Race details
Dates24 May - 15 June 1947
Distance3,843 km (2,388 mi)
Winning time115h 55' 07"
Winner  Fausto Coppi (ITA) (Bianchi)
  Second  Gino Bartali (ITA) (Legnano)
  Third  Giulio Bresci (ITA) (Welter)

  Mountains  Gino Bartali (ITA) (Legnano)
  Team Welter
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The Giro was won by Fausto Coppi of the Bianchi team, with fellow Italians Gino Bartali and Giulio Bresci coming in second and third respectively.


A total of twelve teams entered the 1947 Giro d'Italia.[1] Each team sent a squad of seven riders, so the Giro began with a peloton of 84 cyclists.[1] Out of the 84 riders that started this edition of the Giro d'Italia, a total of 50 riders made it to the finish in Milan.[1][2]

The teams entering the race were:[1]

Route and stagesEdit

Stage characteristics and results[2]
Stage Date Course Distance Type Winner
1 24 May Milan to Turin 190 km (118 mi)   Plain stage   Renzo Zanazzi (ITA)
2 25 May Turin to Genoa 206 km (128 mi)   Plain stage   Gino Bartali (ITA)
3 26 May Genoa to Reggio Emilia 220 km (137 mi)   Stage with mountain(s)   Luciano Maggini (ITA)
4 27 May Reggio Emilia to Prato 190 km (118 mi)   Stage with mountain(s)   Fausto Coppi (ITA)
28 May Rest day
5a 29 May Prato to Bagni di Casciana Terme 84 km (52 mi)   Plain stage   Luciano Maggini (ITA)
5b Bagni di Casciana Terme to Florence 141 km (88 mi)   Plain stage   Renzo Zanazzi (ITA)
6 30 May Florence to Perugia 161 km (100 mi)   Plain stage   Giordano Cottur (ITA)
7 31 May Perugia to Rome 240 km (149 mi)   Stage with mountain(s)   Oreste Conte (ITA)
8 1 June Rome to Naples 231 km (144 mi)   Plain stage   Fausto Coppi (ITA)
2 June Rest day
9 3 June Naples to Bari 288 km (179 mi)   Stage with mountain(s)   Elio Bertocchi (ITA)
10 4 June Bari to Foggia 129 km (80 mi)   Plain stage   Mario Ricci (ITA)
11 5 June Foggia to Pescara 223 km (139 mi)   Plain stage   Oreste Conte (ITA)
6 June Rest day
12 7 June Pescara to Cesenatico 267 km (166 mi)   Plain stage   Giovanni Corrieri (ITA)
13 8 June Cesenatico to Padua 175 km (109 mi)   Plain stage   Antonio Bevilacqua (ITA)
14 9 June Padua to Vittorio Veneto 132 km (82 mi)   Plain stage   Adolfo Leoni (ITA)
15 10 June Vittorio Veneto to Pieve di Cadore 200 km (124 mi)   Stage with mountain(s)   Gino Bartali (ITA)
11 June Rest day
16 12 June Pieve di Cadore to Trento 194 km (121 mi)   Stage with mountain(s)   Fausto Coppi (ITA)
17 13 June Trento to Brescia Sant'Eufemia 114 km (71 mi)   Plain stage   Adolfo Leoni (ITA)
18 14 June Brescia Sant'Eufemia to Lugano (Switzerland) 180 km (112 mi)   Plain stage   Giulio Bresci (ITA)
19 15 June Lugano (Switzerland) to Milan 278 km (173 mi)   Stage with mountain(s)   Adolfo Leoni (ITA)
Total 3,843 km (2,388 mi)

Race overviewEdit

In the fifteenth stage, Bartali dismounted his bike to punch a spectator who shouted an anti-Catholic slur at him.[3] He then continued to win the stage.[3]

Classification leadershipEdit

The leader of the general classification – calculated by adding the stage finish times of each rider – wore a pink jersey. This classification is the most important of the race, and its winner is considered as the winner of the Giro.[4]

In the mountains classification, the race organizers selected different mountains that the route crossed and awarded points to the riders who crossed them first.[4]

There was a black jersey (maglia nera) awarded to the rider placed last in the general classification. The classification was calculated in the same manner as the general classification.

The winner of the team classification was determined by adding the finish times of the best three cyclists per team together and the team with the lowest total time was the winner.[2][5] If a team had fewer than three riders finish, they were not eligible for the classification.[2][5]

The rows in the following table correspond to the jerseys awarded after that stage was run.

Stage Winner General classification
Mountains classification Last in General classification
Team classification
1 Renzo Zanazzi Renzo Zanazzi not awarded Ernesto Ciardossino ?
2 Gino Bartali Armando Peverelli
3 Luciano Maggini Giovanni Corrieri ?
4 Fausto Coppi Gino Bartali Gino Bartali Antonio Ausenda Benotto
5a Luciano Maggini ?
5b Renzo Zanazzi
6 Giordano Cottur Antonio Ausenda
7 Oreste Conte
8 Fausto Coppi
9 Elio Bertocchi Luigi Malabrocca Welter
10 Mario Ricci
11 Oreste Conte
12 Giovanni Corrieri
13 Antonio Bevilacqua Riccardo Sarti
14 Adolfo Leoni Luigi Malabrocca
15 Gino Bartali Riccardo Sarti Welter
16 Fausto Coppi Fausto Coppi ?
17 Adolfo Leoni
18 Giulio Bresci
19 Adolfo Leoni Luigi Malabrocca
Final Fausto Coppi Gino Bartali Luigi Malabrocca Welter

Final standingsEdit

      Denotes the winner of the General classification

General classificationEdit

Final general classification (1–10)[2]
Rank Name Team Time
1   Fausto Coppi (ITA)   Bianchi 115h 55' 07"
2   Gino Bartali (ITA) Legnano + 1' 43"
3   Giulio Bresci (ITA) Welter + 5' 54"
4   Ezio Cecchi (ITA) Welter + 15' 01"
5   Sylvère Maes (BEL) Olmo + 15' 06"
6   Alfredo Martini (ITA) Welter + 19' 00"
7   Mario Vicini (ITA) Bianchi + 30' 46"
8   Salvatore Crippa (ITA) Lygie + 31' 05"
9   Fiorenzo Magni (ITA) Viscontea + 34' 07"
10   Angelo Menon (ITA) Lygie + 35' 49"

Mountains classificationEdit

Final mountains classification (1–10)[6]
Name Team Points
1   Gino Bartali (ITA) Legnano 24
2   Fausto Coppi (ITA) Bianchi 21
3   Giulio Bresci (ITA) Welter 13
4   Giovanni Corrieri (ITA) Viscontea 7
  Sylvère Maes (BEL) Olmo
6   Oreste Conte (ITA) Benotto 5
  Alfredo Martini (ITA) Welter
  Ezio Cecchi (ITA) Welter
  Luigi Casola (ITA) Bianchi
10   Sergio Pagliazzi (ITA) Cozzi-Silger 4
  Adolfo Leoni (ITA) Bianchi
  Antonio Bevilacqua (ITA) Lygie

Team classificationEdit

Final team classification (1-9)[7]
Team Time
1 Welter 348h 25' 36"
2 Bianchi + 1h 10' 35"
3 Legnano + 1h 15' 14"
4 Viscontea + 1h 28' 23"
5 Lygie + 2h 15' 17"
6 Wally + 3h 38' 13"
7 Benotto + 3h 44' 28"
8 Arbos-Talbot + 4h 00' 41"
9 Wilier-Triestina + 5h 14' 43"

Minor awardsEdit

Coppi won the blue bracelet for winning the stage with the greatest time between the second placed rider.[6] He managed to achieve a gap of 4' 24" during the stage from Pieve di Cadore to Trento, where he won by a margin of 4' 24".[6] Coppi and Adolfo Leoni split the "premato veloce" classification which was given to the rider with the most stage wins.[6] Leoni and Coppi both won three stages, while four riders won two stages.[6]



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  2. ^ a b c d e Bill and Carol McGann. "1947 Giro d'Italia". Bike Race Info. Dog Ear Publishing. Retrieved 2012-07-10.
  3. ^ a b McConnon & McConnon 2012, p. 174.
  4. ^ a b Laura Weislo (13 May 2008). "Giro d'Italia classifications demystified". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. Archived from the original on 8 May 2013. Retrieved 13 July 2013.
  5. ^ a b "L'ultima tappa in una immensa cornice di folla e la vittoria di Leoni" [The final step in a huge frame of the crowd and the victory of Leoni]. Il Littoriale (in Italian). Milan, Italy. 10 June 1940. p. 2. Archived from the original on 14 May 2014. Retrieved 7 July 2013.
  6. ^ a b c d e "Gino Bartali vince il G.P. della Montagna" [Gino Bartali wins the Mountains Classification]. Corriere dello Sport (in Italian). 16 June 1947. p. 2. Archived from the original on 22 December 2014. Retrieved 7 July 2013.
  7. ^ "Classifica a squadre" [Team classification]. Corriere dello Sport (in Italian). 16 June 1947. p. 2. Archived from the original on 22 December 2014. Retrieved 7 July 2013.