1966 Giro d'Italia
The 1966 Giro d'Italia was the 49th running of the Giro d'Italia, one of cycling's Grand Tour races. The Giro started in Monaco's Monte Carlo, on 18 May, with a 149 km (92.6 mi) stage and concluded in Trieste, on 8 June, with a 172 km (106.9 mi) leg. A total of 100 riders from 13 teams entered the 22-stage race, which was won by Italian Gianni Motta of the Molteni team. The second and third places were taken by Italian Italo Zilioli and Frenchman Jacques Anquetil, respectively.
|Dates||18 May - 9 June|
|Distance||3,976 km (2,471 mi)|
|Winning time||111h 10' 48"|
The points classification was introduced in this edition.
A total of 10 teams were invited to participate in the 1966 Giro d'Italia. Each team sent a squad of ten riders, so the Giro began with a peloton of 100 cyclists. Out of the 100 riders that started this edition of the Giro d'Italia, a total of 83 riders made it to the finish in Trieste.
Route and stagesEdit
The race route was revealed to the public on 21 February 1966 by race director Vincenzo Torriani. With Monaco hosting the Grande Partenza, it was the second consecutive year, and second time in race history, the race started in a foreign country.
|1||18 May||Monte Carlo (Monaco) to Diano Marina||149 km (93 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Vito Taccone (ITA)|
|2||19 May||Imperia to Monesi||60 km (37 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Julio Jiménez (ESP)|
|3||20 May||Diano Marina to Genoa||120 km (75 mi)||Plain stage||Severino Andreoli (ITA)|
|4||21 May||Genoa to Viareggio||241 km (150 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Giovanni Knapp (ITA)|
|5||22 May||Viareggio to Chianciano Terme||222 km (138 mi)||Plain stage||Vendramino Bariviera (ITA)|
|6||23 May||Chianciano Terme to Rome||226 km (140 mi)||Plain stage||Raffaele Marcoli (ITA)|
|7||24 May||Rome to Rocca di Cambio||158 km (98 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Rudi Altig (GER)|
|8||25 May||Rocca di Cambio to Naples||238 km (148 mi)||Plain stage||Marino Basso (ITA)|
|9||26 May||Naples to Campobasso||210 km (130 mi)||Plain stage||Vincent Denson (GBR)|
|10||27 May||Campobasso to Giulianova||221 km (137 mi)||Plain stage||Dino Zandegù (ITA)|
|11||28 May||Giulianova to Cesenatico||229 km (142 mi)||Plain stage||Rudi Altig (GER)|
|12||29 May||Cesenatico to Reggio Emilia||206 km (128 mi)||Plain stage||Dino Zandegù (ITA)|
|13||30 May||Parma to Parma||46 km (29 mi)||Individual time trial||Vittorio Adorni (ITA)|
|31 May||Rest day|
|14||1 June||Parma to Arona||267 km (166 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Franco Bitossi (ITA)|
|15||2 June||Arona to Brescia||196 km (122 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Julio Jiménez (ESP)|
|16||3 June||Brescia to Bezzecca||143 km (89 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Franco Bitossi (ITA)|
|17||4 June||Riva del Garda to Levico Terme||239 km (149 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Gianni Motta (ITA)|
|18||5 June||Levico Terme to Bolzano||137 km (85 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Michele Dancelli (ITA)|
|19||6 June||Bolzano to Moena||100 km (62 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Gianni Motta (ITA)|
|20||7 June||Moena to Belluno||215 km (134 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Felice Gimondi (ITA)|
|21||8 June||Belluno to Vittorio Veneto||181 km (112 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Pietro Scandelli (ITA)|
|22||9 June||Vittorio Veneto to Trieste||172 km (107 mi)||Plain stage||Vendramino Bariviera (ITA)|
|Total||3,976 km (2,471 mi)|
One jersey was worn during the 1966 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.
For the points classification, which awarded no jersey to its leader, cyclists were given points for finishing a stage in the top 15. The classification was also known as the Trofeo Uomo Dreher. The mountains classification leader. The climbs were ranked in first and second categories. In this ranking, points were won by reaching the summit of a climb ahead of other cyclists. Although no jersey was awarded, there was also one classification for the teams, in which the stage finish times of the best three cyclists per team were added; the leading team was the one with the lowest total time.
||Points classification||Mountains classification||Team classification|
|1||Vito Taccone||Vito Taccone||Vito Taccone||not awarded||Bianchi|
|2||Julio Jiménez||Julio Jiménez||Felice Gimondi||Julio Jiménez||Ford France|
|4||Giovanni Knapp||Gianni Motta||Vittadello|
|5||Vendramino Bariviera||Vito Taccone|
|9||Vincent Denson||Gianni Motta||Ford France|
|10||Dino Zandegù||Vito Taccone|
|11||Rudi Altig||Rudi Altig||Molteni|
|13||Vittorio Adorni||Vittorio Adorni|
|15||Julio Jiménez||Gianni Motta||Gianni Motta|
|20||Felice Gimondi||Franco Bitossi|
|Final||Gianni Motta||Gianni Motta||Franco Bitossi||Molteni|
|1||Gianni Motta (ITA)||Molteni||111h 10' 48"|
|2||Italo Zilioli (ITA)||Sanson||+ 3' 57"|
|3||Jacques Anquetil (FRA)||Ford France||+ 4' 40"|
|4||Julio Jiménez (ESP)||Ford France||+ 5' 44"|
|5||Felice Gimondi (ITA)||Salvarani||+ 6' 47"|
|6||Franco Balmamion (ITA)||Sanson||+ 7' 27"|
|7||Vittorio Adorni (ITA)||Salvarani||+ 8' 00"|
|8||Franco Bitossi (ITA)||Filotex||+ 9' 24"|
|9||Vito Taccone (ITA)||Vittadello||+ 11' 42"|
|10||Rolf Maurer (SUI)||Filotex||+ 20' 28"|
|1||Franco Bitossi (ITA)||Filotex||490|
|2||Julio Jiménez (ESP)||Ford France||320|
|3||Gianni Motta (ITA)||Molteni||160|
|4||Italo Zilioli (ITA)||Sanson||150|
|5||Silvano Schiavon (ITA)||Legnano||120|
|6||Ambrogio Portalupi (ITA)||Vittadello||110|
|7||Graziano Battistini (ITA)||Vittadello||80|
|Marcello Mugnaini (ITA)||Filotex|
|9||Rudi Altig (FRG)||Molteni||70|
|10||Flaviano Vicentini (ITA)||Legnano||60|
|Jacques Anquetil (FRA)||Ford France|
|1||Gianni Motta (ITA)||Molteni||228|
|2||Rudi Altig (FRG)||Molteni||162|
|3||Vito Taccone (ITA)||Vittadello||152|
|4||Franco Bitossi (ITA)||Filotex||147|
|5||Dino Zandegù (ITA)||Bianchi||134|
|6||Jacques Anquetil (FRA)||Ford France||133|
|7||Felice Gimondi (ITA)||Salvarani||130|
|8||Jos Huysmans (BEL)||Mann||119|
|9||Italo Zilioli (ITA)||Sanson||114|
|10||Vittorio Adorni (ITA)||Salvarani||106|
|Michele Dancelli (ITA)||Molteni|
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