1975 Giro d'Italia

The 1975 Giro d'Italia was the 58th running of the Giro d'Italia, one of cycling's Grand Tours races. The Giro started in Milan, on 17 May, with a set of split stages and concluded with a summit finish to the Passo dello Stelvio, on 7 June, with another split stage, consisting of an individual time trial and a mass-start stage. A total of 90 riders from nine teams entered the 22-stage race, that was won by Italian Fausto Bertoglio of the Jolly Ceramica team. The second and third places were taken by Spaniard Francisco Galdós and Italian Felice Gimondi, respectively.[1][2][3]

1975 Giro d'Italia
Race details
Dates17 May – 7 June
Stages21, including two split stages
Distance3,963 km (2,462 mi)
Winning time111h 31' 24"
Winner  Fausto Bertoglio (ITA) (Jolly Ceramica)
  Second  Francisco Galdós (ESP) (KAS)
  Third  Felice Gimondi (ITA) (Bianchi-Campagnolo)

Points  Roger De Vlaeminck (BEL) (Brooklyn)
Mountains Two riders[N 1]
  Team points Brooklyn
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Amongst the other classifications that the race awarded, Brooklyn's Roger De Vlaeminck won the points classification and Andrés Oliva and Francisco Galdós of KAS won the mountains classification. Brooklyn finished as the winners of the team points classification.


A total of nine teams were invited to participate in the 1975 Giro d'Italia. Each team sent a squad of ten riders, which meant that the race started with a peloton of 90 cyclists.[4] From the riders that began this edition, 70 made it to the finish on the Passo dello Stelvio.[4]

The teams entering the race were:

  • KAS
  • Magniflex
  • Scic
  • Zonca

Route and stagesEdit

The route for the race was revealed on 10 April 1975.[5][6][7]

Stage characteristics and winners[4]
Stage Date Course Distance Type Winner
1 17 May Milan to Fiorano Modenese 177 km (110 mi)   Plain stage   Knut Knudsen (NOR)
2 18 May Modena to Ancona 249 km (155 mi)   Plain stage   Patrick Sercu (BEL)
3 19 May Ancona to Prati di Tivo 175 km (109 mi)   Stage with mountain(s)   Giovanni Battaglin (ITA)
4 20 May Teramo to Campobasso 258 km (160 mi)   Stage with mountain(s)   Roger De Vlaeminck (BEL)
5 21 May Campobasso to Bari 224 km (139 mi)   Plain stage   Rik Van Linden (BEL)
6 22 May Bari to Castrovillari 213 km (132 mi)   Plain stage   Roger De Vlaeminck (BEL)
7a 23 May Castrovillari to Padula 123 km (76 mi)   Stage with mountain(s)   Domingo Perurena (ESP)
7b Padula to Potenza 80 km (50 mi)   Stage with mountain(s)   Roger De Vlaeminck (BEL)
8 24 May Potenza to Sorrento 220 km (137 mi)   Stage with mountain(s)   Marcello Osler (ITA)
9 25 May Sorrento to Frosinone 222 km (138 mi)   Plain stage   Enrico Paolini (ITA)
10 26 May Frosinone to Tivoli 176 km (109 mi)   Plain stage   Roger De Vlaeminck (BEL)
11 27 May Rome to Orvieto 158 km (98 mi)   Plain stage   Roger De Vlaeminck (BEL)
12 28 May Chianciano Terme to Forte dei Marmi 232 km (144 mi)   Plain stage   Patrick Sercu (BEL)
13 29 May Forte dei Marmi to Forte dei Marmi 38 km (24 mi)   Individual time trial   Giovanni Battaglin (ITA)
30 May Rest day
14 31 May Il Ciocco to Il Ciocco 13 km (8 mi)   Individual time trial   Fausto Bertoglio (ITA)
15 1 June Il Ciocco to Arenzano 203 km (126 mi)   Stage with mountain(s)   Franco Bitossi (ITA)
16 2 June Arenzano to Orta San Giulio 193 km (120 mi)   Plain stage   Fabrizio Fabbri (ITA)
17a 3 June Omegna to Pontoglio 167 km (104 mi)   Plain stage   Patrick Sercu (BEL)
17b Pontoglio to Monte Maddalena 46 km (29 mi)   Stage with mountain(s)   Wladimiro Panizza (ITA)
18 4 June Brescia to Baselga di Piné 223 km (139 mi)   Stage with mountain(s)   Roger De Vlaeminck (BEL)
19 5 June Baselga di Piné to Pordenone 175 km (109 mi)   Plain stage   Martín Emilio Rodríguez (COL)
20 6 June Pordenone to Alleghe 197 km (122 mi)   Stage with mountain(s)   Roger De Vlaeminck (BEL)
21 7 June Alleghe to Passo dello Stelvio 186 km (116 mi)   Stage with mountain(s)   Francisco Galdós (ESP)
Total 3,963 km (2,462 mi)

Classification leadershipEdit

A sample of the 48 hairpin turns near the top of the eastern ramp of the Stelvio Pass, the Cima Coppi (highest elevation point) of the 1975 Giro.

There were three main individual classifications contested in the 1975 Giro d'Italia, as well as a team competition. Three of them awarded jerseys to their leaders. The general classification was the most important and was calculated by adding each rider's finishing times on each stage.[8] The rider with the lowest cumulative time was the winner of the general classification and was considered the overall winner of the Giro.[8] The rider leading the classification wore a pink jersey to signify the classification's leadership.[8]

The second classification was the points classification. Riders received points for finishing in the top positions in a stage finish, with first place getting the most points, and lower placings getting successively fewer points.[8] The rider leading this classification wore a purple (or cyclamen) jersey.[8] The mountains classification was the third classification and its leader was denoted by the green jersey. In this ranking, points were won by reaching the summit of a climb ahead of other cyclists. Each climb was ranked as either first, second or third category, with more points available for higher category climbs. Most stages of the race included one or more categorized climbs, in which points were awarded to the riders that reached the summit first. The Cima Coppi, the race's highest point of elevation, awarded more points than the other first category climbs.[8] The Cima Coppi for this Giro was the Passo dello Stelvio. The first rider to cross the Stelvio was Spanish rider Francisco Galdós.

The final classification, the team classification, awarded no jersey to its leaders. This was calculated by adding together points earned by each rider on the team during each stage through the intermediate sprints, the categorized climbs, stage finishes, etc. The team with the most points led the classification.[8]

There were other minor classifications within the race, including the Campionato delle Regioni classification. This was a replacement for the "traguardi tricolore" classification that was calculated in previous years.[9] The leader wore a blue jersey with colored vertical stripes ("maglia azzurra con banda tricolore verticale").[9]

Classification leadership by stage
Stage Winner General classification
Points classification
Mountains classification
Team classification
1 Knut Knudsen Knut Knudsen Knut Knudsen not awarded not awarded
2 Patrick Sercu Rik Van Linden Jolly Ceramica
3 Giovanni Battaglin Giovanni Battaglin Giovanni Battaglin
4 Roger De Vlaeminck Francisco Galdós Roger De Vlaeminck & Pierino Gavazzi Andrés Oliva Brooklyn
5 Rik Van Linden Rik Van Linden
6 Roger De Vlaeminck Roger De Vlaeminck
7a Domingo Perurena
7b Roger De Vlaeminck
8 Marcello Osler
9 Enrico Paolini
10 Roger De Vlaeminck
11 Roger De Vlaeminck
12 Patrick Sercu
13 Giovanni Battaglin Giovanni Battaglin
14 Fausto Bertoglio Fausto Bertoglio Fausto Bertoglio & Andrés Oliva
15 Franco Bitossi Andrés Oliva
16 Fabrizio Fabbri
17a Patrick Sercu
17b Wladimiro Panizza Fausto Bertoglio
18 Roger De Vlaeminck Fausto Bertoglio & Andrés Oliva
19 Martín Emilio Rodríguez
20 Roger De Vlaeminck Andrés Oliva
21 Francisco Galdós Francisco Galdós & Andrés Oliva
Final Fausto Bertoglio Roger De Vlaeminck Francisco Galdós & Andrés Oliva Brooklyn

Final standingsEdit

      Denotes the winner of the General classification       Denotes the winner of the Mountains classification
      Denotes the winner of the Points classification

General classificationEdit

Final general classification (1–10)[10][11]
Rank Name Team Time
1   Fausto Bertoglio (ITA)   Jolly Ceramica 111h 31' 24"
2   Francisco Galdós (ESP)   KAS + 41"
3   Felice Gimondi (ITA) Bianchi-Campagnolo + 6' 18"
4   Roger De Vlaeminck (BEL)   Brooklyn + 7' 39"
5   Giuseppe Perletto (ITA) Magniflex + 8' 00"
6   Wladimiro Panizza (ITA) Brooklyn + 8' 13"
7   Walter Riccomi (ITA) Scic + 10' 32"
8   Costantino Conti (ITA) Furzi + 13' 40"
9   Miguel María Lasa (ESP) KAS + 14' 48"
10   Gianbattista Baronchelli (ITA) Scic + 14' 48"

Points classificationEdit

Final points classification (1–5)[12]
Rider Team Points
1   Roger De Vlaeminck (BEL)   Brooklyn 346
2   Fausto Bertoglio (ITA)   Jolly Ceramica 159
3   Felice Gimondi (ITA) Bianchi-Campagnolo 154
4   Patrick Sercu (BEL) Brooklyn 148
5   Luciano Borgognoni (ITA) Zonca 123

Mountains classificationEdit

Final mountains classification (1–10)[10][11][12]
Rider Team Points
1   Francisco Galdós (ESP)   KAS 300
  Andrés Oliva (ESP)   KAS
3   Fausto Bertoglio (ITA)   Jolly Ceramica 240
4   Giancarlo Polidori (ITA) Furzi 150
5   Roger De Vlaeminck (BEL)   Brooklyn 130
6   Giuseppe Perletto (ITA) Magniflex 120
7   Marcello Osler (ITA) Brooklyn 110
  Giacinto Santambrogio (ITA) Bianchi-Campagnolo
  Wladimiro Panizza (ITA) Brooklyn
10   Giovanni Battaglin (ITA) Jolly Ceramica 80

Campionato delle Regioni classificationEdit

Final Campionato delle Regioni classification (1–5)[11][12]
Rider Team Points
1   Marcello Osler (ITA) Brooklyn 43
2   Giacinto Santambrogio (ITA) Bianchi-Campagnolo 31
3   Adriano Pella (ITA) Zonca 25
4   Giancarlo Polidori (ITA) Furzi 23
5   Patrick Sercu (BEL) Brooklyn 10

Combination classificationEdit

Final Combination classification (1–5)[12]
Rider Team Points
1   Roger De Vlaeminck (BEL)   Brooklyn ?
2   Fabrizio Fabbri (ITA) Bianchi-Campagnolo ?
3   Giacinto Santambrogio (ITA) Bianchi-Campagnolo ?
4   Marcello Osler (ITA) Brooklyn ?
5   Andrés Oliva (ESP)   KAS ?

Team points classificationEdit

Final team points classification (1–5)[12]
Team Points
1 Brooklyn 11,270
2 Jolly Ceramica 6,720
3 KAS 6,200
4 Bianchi-Campagnolo 5,895
5 Scic 3,485



  1. ^ Francisco Galdós & Andrés Oliva, both Spanish riders from the KAS team, finished the race with the same number of points in the mountains classification and were both winners.


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