1965 Giro d'Italia

The 1965 Giro d'Italia was the 48th running of the Giro d'Italia, one of cycling's Grand Tour races. The Giro started in San Marino, on 15 May, with a 295 km (183.3 mi) stage and concluded in Florence, on 6 June, with a 136 km (84.5 mi) leg. A total of 100 riders from 10 teams entered the 22-stage race, which was won by Italian Vittorio Adorni of the Salvarani team. The second and third places were taken by Italian riders Italo Zilioli and Felice Gimondi, respectively.[1][2]

1965 Giro d'Italia
Race details
Dates15 May - 6 June
Distance4,051 km (2,517 mi)
Winning time121h 08' 18"
Winner  Vittorio Adorni (ITA) (Salvarani)
  Second  Italo Zilioli (ITA) (Sanson)
  Third  Felice Gimondi (ITA) (Salvarani)

  Mountains  Franco Bitossi (ITA) (Filotex)
  Team Salvarani
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Ten teams were invited by the race organizers to participate in the 1965 edition of the Giro d'Italia.[3] Each team sent a squad of ten riders, which meant that the race started with a peloton of 100 cyclists.[3] From the riders that began the race, 80 made it to the finish in Florence.[4]

The teams entering the race were:[3]

Route and stagesEdit

Vittorio Adorni wearing the pink jersey during the 20th stage
Aldo Moser navigating the snow atop the Stelvio Pass during the 20th stage

The race route was revealed to the public on 25 March 1965 by race director Vincenzo Torriani.[5] San Marino hosted the start of the race, which marked the first time in race history that the race began outside of Italy.[6] The small country only hosted the stage's start as the stage concluded in Perugia.[6]

Stage characteristics and winners[3][4]
Stage Date Course Distance Type Winner
1 15 May City of San Marino (San Marino) to Perugia 198 km (123 mi)   Stage with mountain(s)   Michele Dancelli (ITA)
2 16 May Perugia to L'Aquila 180 km (112 mi)   Stage with mountain(s)   Guido Carlesi (ITA)
3 17 May L'Aquila to Rocca di Cambio 199 km (124 mi)   Stage with mountain(s)   Luciano Galbo (ITA)
4 18 May Rocca di Cambio to Benevento 239 km (149 mi)   Stage with mountain(s)   Adriano Durante (ITA)
5 19 May Benevento to Avellino 175 km (109 mi)   Stage with mountain(s)   Michele Dancelli (ITA)
6 20 May Avellino to Potenza 161 km (100 mi)   Stage with mountain(s)   Vittorio Adorni (ITA)
7 21 May Potenza to Maratea 164 km (102 mi)   Plain stage   Luciano Armani (ITA)
8 22 May Maratea to Catanzaro 103 km (64 mi)   Plain stage   Frans Brands (BEL)
9 23 May Catanzaro to Reggio Calabria 161 km (100 mi)   Stage with mountain(s)   Adriano Durante (ITA)
10 24 May Messina to Palermo 260 km (162 mi)   Plain stage   Domenico Meldolesi (ITA)
11 25 May Palermo to Agrigento 146 km (91 mi)   Plain stage   Guido Carlesi (ITA)
12 26 May Agrigento to Siracusa 230 km (143 mi)   Plain stage   Raffaele Marcoli (ITA)
13 27 May Catania to Taormina 50 km (31 mi)   Individual time trial   Vittorio Adorni (ITA)
28 May Rest day
14 29 May Milan to Novi Ligure 100 km (62 mi)   Plain stage   Danilo Grassi (ITA)
15 30 May Novi Ligure to Diano Marina 223 km (139 mi)   Stage with mountain(s)   Bruno Mealli (ITA)
16 31 May Diano Marina to Turin 205 km (127 mi)   Stage with mountain(s)   Aldo Pifferi (ITA)
17 1 June Turin to Biandronno 163 km (101 mi)   Plain stage   Raffaele Marcoli (ITA)
18 2 June Biandronno to Saas Fee (Switzerland) 178 km (111 mi)   Stage with mountain(s)   Italo Zilioli (ITA)
19 3 June Saas Fee (Switzerland) to Madesimo 282 km (175 mi)   Stage with mountain(s)   Vittorio Adorni (ITA)
20 4 June Madesimo to Passo dello Stelvio 160 km (99 mi)   Stage with mountain(s)   Graziano Battistini (ITA)
21 5 June Bormio to Brescia 179 km (111 mi)   Stage with mountain(s)   Franco Bitossi (ITA)
22 6 June Brescia to Florence 295 km (183 mi)   Plain stage   René Binggeli (SUI)
Total 4,051 km (2,517 mi)

Classification leadershipEdit

One jersey was worn during the 1965 Giro d'Italia. 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.[7]

The mountains classification leader. Certain climbs were given different categories based on their difficulty, which each awarded different levels of points for each category. The first riders to the top of the climbs were awarded points. Although no jersey was awarded, there was also one classification for the teams, in which the teams were awarded points for their rider's performance during the stages.[7]

Classification leadership by stage
Stage Winner General classification
Mountains classification Team classification
1 Michele Dancelli Michele Dancelli Michele Dancelli ?
2 Guido Carlesi Guido Carlesi ?
3 Luciano Galbo Luciano Galbo Vito Taccone & Antonio Bailetti
4 Adriano Durante Albano Negro Michele Dancelli
5 Michele Dancelli
6 Vittorio Adorni Vittorio Adorni
7 Luciano Armani
8 Frans Brands Bruno Mealli
9 Adriano Durante
10 Domenico Meldolesi ?
11 Guido Carlesi
12 Raffaele Marcoli
13 Vittorio Adorni Vittorio Adorni
14 Danilo Grassi
15 Bruno Mealli
16 Aldo Pifferi
17 Raffaele Marcoli
18 Italo Zilioli
19 Vittorio Adorni Franco Bitossi
20 Graziano Battistini
21 Franco Bitossi
22 René Binggeli
Final Vittorio Adorni Franco Bitossi Salvarani

Final standingsEdit

      Denotes the winner of the General classification

General classificationEdit

Final general classification (1–10)[4][8]
Rank Name Team Time
1   Vittorio Adorni (ITA)   Salvarani 121h 08' 18"
2   Italo Zilioli (ITA) Sanson + 11' 26"
3   Felice Gimondi (ITA) Salvarani + 12' 57"
4   Marcello Mugnaini (ITA) Maino + 14' 30"
5   Franco Balmamion (ITA) Sanson + 15' 05"
6   Vito Taccone (ITA) Salvarani + 15' 33"
7   Franco Bitossi (ITA) Filotex + 15' 37"
8   Roberto Poggiali (ITA) Ignis + 19' 22"
9   Imerio Massignan (ITA) Ignis + 19' 30"
10   Guido De Rosso (ITA) Molteni + 21' 03"

Mountains classificationEdit

Final mountains classification (1–10)[4][8]
Name Team Points
1   Franco Bitossi (ITA) Filotex 250
2   Vito Taccone (ITA) Salvarani 160
3   Vittorio Adorni (ITA)   Salvarani 140
4   Italo Zilioli (ITA) Sanson 110
5   Michele Dancelli (ITA) Molteni 90
  Marcello Mugnaini (ITA) Maino
7   Antonio Bailetti (ITA) Sanson 30
  Carlo Brugnami (ITA) Molteni
  Silvano Schiavon (ITA) Legnano
10   Franco Cribori (ITA) Ignis 20
  Roberto Poggiali (ITA) Ignis
  Angelo Ottaviani (ITA) Vittadello
  Giancarlo Ferretti (ITA) Legnano
  Imerio Massignan (ITA) Ignis



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