1980 Giro d'Italia

The 1980 Giro d'Italia was the 63rd running of the Giro. It started in Genoa, on 15 May, with a 7 km (4.3 mi) prologue and concluded in Milan, on 8 June, with a 114 km (70.8 mi) mass-start stage. A total of 130 riders from thirteen teams entered the 22-stage race, that was won by Frenchman Bernard Hinault of the Renault–Gitane–Campagnolo team. The second and third places were taken by Italians Wladimiro Panizza and Giovanni Battaglin, respectively.[1][2][3][4][5]

1980 Giro d'Italia
Race details
Dates15 May – 7 June 1980
Stages22 + Prologue
Distance4,025 km (2,501 mi)
Winning time112h 08' 20"
Winner  Bernard Hinault (FRA) (Renault–Gitane–Campagnolo)
  Second  Wladimiro Panizza (ITA) (Gis Gelati)
  Third  Giovanni Battaglin (ITA) (Inoxpran)

Points  Giuseppe Saronni (ITA) (Gis Gelati)
Mountains  Claudio Bortolotto (ITA) (Mobilifico San Giacomo–Benotto)
  Youth  Tommy Prim (SWE) (Bianchi–Piaggio)
  Combination  Bernard Hinault (FRA) (Renault–Gitane–Campagnolo)
  Team Bianchi–Piaggio
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Amongst the other classifications that the race awarded, Gis Gelati's Giuseppe Saronni won the points classification, Claudio Bortolotto of Mobilifico San Giacomo–Benotto won the mountains classification, and Bianchi–Piaggio's Tommy Prim completed the Giro as the best rider aged 24 or under in the general classification, finishing fourth overall. Bianchi–Piaggio finishing as the winners of the team classification, ranking each of the twenty teams contesting the race by lowest cumulative time.[6]


A total of thirteen teams were invited to participate in the 1980 Giro d'Italia.[7][8] Each team sent a squad of ten riders, which meant that the race started with a peloton of 130 cyclists.[7][8][9] From the riders that began this edition, 89 made it to the finish in Milan.[9][10][11]

The teams entering the race were:[7][8]

  • Sanson–Campagnolo
  • Selle Italia–Zor–Vereco–Campagnolo
  • Studio Casa–Fin–Italcasa–Colnago

Route and stagesEdit

The route for the 1980 edition of the Giro d'Italia was revealed to the public by head organizer Vincenzo Torriani on 31 January 1980.[12][13][14] Covering a total of 4,025 km (2,501 mi), it included three individual time trials, and ten stages with categorized climbs that awarded mountains classification points.[15] Four of these ten stages had summit finishes: stage 8, to Fiuggi; stage 11, to Campotenese; stage 14, to Roccaraso; and stage 18, to Zoldo Alto.[16] In the case the Stelvio was not passable by bike, the nineteenth and twentieth stages had a back-up plan where that took an alternate route through the Pordoi Pass in stage nineteen and would be the new Cima Coppi.[12] The organizers chose to include two rest days. When compared to the previous year's race, the race was 724 km (450 mi) longer and contained two less time trials. In addition, this race contained three more stages.

Stage results[9][16]
Stage Date Course Distance Type Winner
P 15 May Genoa 7 km (4 mi)   Individual time trial   Francesco Moser
1 16 May Genova to Imperia 123 km (76 mi)   Plain stage   Giuseppe Saronni (ITA)
2 17 May Imperia to Turin 179 km (111 mi)   Stage with mountain(s)   Giuseppe Saronni (ITA)
3 18 May Turin to Parma 243 km (151 mi)   Plain stage   Giuseppe Saronni (ITA)
4 19 May Parma to Marina di Pisa 193 km (120 mi)   Stage with mountain(s)   Dante Morandi (ITA)
5 20 May Pontedera to Pisa 36 km (22 mi)   Individual time trial   Jørgen Marcussen (DEN)
21 May Rest day
6 22 May Rio Marina to Portoferraio 126 km (78 mi)   Plain stage   Carmelo Barone (ITA)
7 23 May Castiglione della Pescaia to Orvieto 200 km (124 mi)   Stage with mountain(s)   Silvano Contini (ITA)
8 24 May Orvieto to Fiuggi 216 km (134 mi)   Stage with mountain(s)   Juan Fernández Martín (ESP)
9 25 May Fiuggi to Sorrento 247 km (153 mi)   Plain stage   Giovanni Mantovani (ITA)
10 26 May Sorrento to Palinuro 177 km (110 mi)   Plain stage   Giovanni Mantovani (ITA)
11 27 May Palinuro to Campotenese 145 km (90 mi)   Stage with mountain(s)   Gianbattista Baronchelli (ITA)
12 28 May Villapiana Lido to Campi Salentina 203 km (126 mi)   Plain stage   Yvon Bertin (FRA)
13 29 May Campi Salentina to Barletta 220 km (137 mi)   Plain stage   Giuseppe Saronni (ITA)
14 30 May Foggia to Roccaraso 186 km (116 mi)   Stage with mountain(s)   Bernard Hinault (FRA)
15 31 May Roccaraso to Teramo 194 km (121 mi)   Stage with mountain(s)   Tommy Prim (SWE)
16 1 June Giulianova to Gatteo a Mare 229 km (142 mi)   Plain stage   Giuseppe Martinelli (ITA)
17 2 June Gatteo a Mare to Sirmione 237 km (147 mi)   Plain stage   Giuseppe Saronni (ITA)
18 3 June Sirmione to Zoldo Alto 239 km (149 mi)   Stage with mountain(s)   Giovanni Battaglin (ITA)
19 4 June Longarone to Cles 241 km (150 mi)   Stage with mountain(s)   Giuseppe Saronni (ITA)
20 5 June Cles to Sondrio 221 km (137 mi)   Stage with mountain(s)   Jean-René Bernaudeau (FRA)
21 6 June Saronno to Turbigo 50 km (31 mi)   Individual time trial   Giuseppe Saronni (ITA)
22 7 June Milan to Milan 114 km (71 mi)   Plain stage   Pierino Gavazzi (ITA)
Total 4,025 km (2,501 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 1980 Giro.

Three different jerseys were worn during the 1980 Giro d'Italia. The leader of the general classification – calculated by adding the stage finish times of each rider, and allowing time bonuses for the first three finishers on mass-start stages – wore a pink jersey. This classification is the most important of the race, and its winner is considered as the winner of the Giro.[17]

For the points classification, which awarded a purple (or cyclamen) jersey to its leader, cyclists were given points for finishing a stage in the top 15; additional points could also be won in intermediate sprints. The green jersey was awarded to the mountains classification leader. 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. The Cima Coppi, the race's highest point of elevation, awarded more points than the other first category climbs.[17] The Cima Coppi for this Giro was the Stelvio Pass. The first rider to cross the Stelvio was French rider Jean-René Bernaudeau. The white jersey was worn by the leader of young rider classification, a ranking decided the same way as the general classification, but considering only riders aged 24 and younger.[18]

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.[17]

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

Classification leadership by stage
Stage Winner General classification
Points classification
Mountains classification
Young rider classification Team classification
P Francesco Moser Francesco Moser Francesco Moser not awarded ? not awarded
1 Giuseppe Saronni Hoonved–Bottecchia
2 Giuseppe Saronni Giuseppe Saronni Claudio Bortolotto
3 Giuseppe Saronni
4 Dante Morandi
5 Jørgen Marcussen Bernard Hinault Bianchi–Piaggio
6 Carmelo Barone
7 Silvano Contini Roberto Visentini Faustino Rupérez ?
8 Juan Fernández Martín
9 Giovanni Mantovani
10 Giovanni Mantovani Giovanni Mantovani Bianchi–Piaggio
11 Gianbattista Baronchelli
12 Yvon Bertin
13 Giuseppe Saronni
14 Bernard Hinault Wladimiro Panizza Giuseppe Saronni
15 Tommy Prim
16 Giuseppe Martinelli
17 Giuseppe Saronni
18 Giovanni Battaglin Tommy Prim Gis Gelati
19 Giuseppe Saronni
20 Jean-René Bernaudeau Bernard Hinault Bianchi–Piaggio
21 Giuseppe Saronni
22 Pierino Gavazzi
Final Bernard Hinault Giuseppe Saronni Claudio Bortolotto Tommy Prim Bianchi–Piaggio

Final standingsEdit

      Denotes the winner of the General classification[18]       Denotes the winner of the Mountains classification[18]
      Denotes the winner of the Points classification

General classificationEdit

Final general classification (1–10)[9][18]
Rank Name Team Time
1   Bernard Hinault (FRA)   Renault–Gitane–Campagnolo 112h 08' 20"
2   Wladimiro Panizza (ITA) Gis Gelati + 5' 43"
3   Giovanni Battaglin (ITA) Inoxpran + 6' 30"
4   Tommy Prim (SWE) Bianchi–Piaggio + 7' 53"
5   Gianbattista Baronchelli (ITA) Bianchi–Piaggio + 11' 49"
6   Mario Beccia (ITA) Hoonved–Bottecchia + 12' 47"
7   Giuseppe Saronni (ITA)   Gis Gelati + 12' 53"
8   Josef Fuchs (SUI) Gis Gelati + 20' 26"
9   Roberto Visentini (ITA) Mobilifico San Giacomo–Benotto + 20' 37"
10   Leonardo Natale (ITA) Magniflex–Olmo + 21' 30"

Points classificationEdit

Final points classification (1–5)[9]
Rider Team Points
1   Giuseppe Saronni (ITA)   Gis Gelati 301
2   Giovanni Mantovani (ITA) Hoonved–Bottecchia 215
3   Tommy Prim (SWE) Bianchi–Piaggio 179
4   Bernard Hinault (FRA)   Renault–Gitane–Campagnolo 160
5   Giuseppe Martinelli (ITA) Mobilifico San Giacomo–Benotto 151

Mountains classificationEdit

Final mountains classification (1–8)[9][18]
Rider Team Points
1   Claudio Bortolotto (ITA)   Mobilifico San Giacomo–Benotto 670
2   Wladimiro Panizza (ITA) Gis Gelati 400
3   Bernard Hinault (FRA)   Renault–Gitane–Campagnolo 350
4   Giovanni Battaglin (ITA) Inoxpran 280
5   Jean-René Bernaudeau (FRA) Renault–Gitane–Campagnolo 265
6   Tommy Prim (SWE) Bianchi–Piaggio 255
7   Faustino Rupérez (ESP) Selle Italia–Zor–Vereco–Campagnolo 170
8   Ángel Arroyo (ESP) Selle Italia–Zor–Vereco–Campagnolo 155

Young rider classificationEdit

Final young rider classification (1–5)[9][18]
Rider Team Time
1   Tommy Prim (SWE) Bianchi–Piaggio 112h 16' 13"
2   Roberto Visentini (ITA) Mobilifico San Giacomo–Benotto + 12' 44"
3   Leonardo Natale (ITA) Magniflex–Olmo + 13' 37"
4   Faustino Rupérez (ESP) Selle Italia–Zor–Vereco–Campagnolo + 13' 40"
5   Jean-René Bernaudeau (FRA) Renault–Gitane–Campagnolo + 20' 25"

Combination classificationEdit

Final combination classification (1–3)[9][18]
Rider Team Points
1   Bernard Hinault (FRA)   Renault–Gitane–Campagnolo 8
2   Wladimiro Panizza (ITA) Gis Gelati 11
3   Tommy Prim (SWE) Bianchi–Piaggio 12

Team classificationEdit

Final team classification (1–5)[9][18]
Team Time
1 Bianchi–Piaggio 336h 28' 31"
2 Gis Gelati + 5' 21"
3 Inoxpran + 46' 59"
4 Renault–Gitane–Campagnolo + 52' 18"
5 Selle Italia–Zor–Vereco–Campagnolo + 1h 17' 40"



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