The 1983 Giro d'Italia was the 66th running of the Giro. It started in Brescia, on 12 May, with an 8 km (5.0 mi) prologue and concluded in Udine, on 5 June, with a 40 km (24.9 mi) individual time trial. A total of 162 riders from eighteen teams entered the 22-stage race, that was won by Italian Giuseppe Saronni of the Del Tongo-Colnago team. The second and third places were taken by Italian Roberto Visentini and Spaniard Alberto Fernández, respectively.[1][2][3][4]

1983 Giro d'Italia
Race details
Dates12 May - 5 June 1983
Stages22 + Prologue, including one split stage
Distance3,922 km (2,437 mi)
Winning time100h 45' 30"
Winner  Giuseppe Saronni (ITA) (Del Tongo-Colnago)
  Second  Roberto Visentini (ITA) (Inoxpran)
  Third  Alberto Fernández (ESP) (Zor)

Points  Giuseppe Saronni (ITA) (Del Tongo-Colnago)
Mountains  Lucien Van Impe (BEL) (Metauro Mobili-Pinarello)
  Youth  Franco Chioccioli (ITA) (Vivi-Benotto)
  Team Zor-Gemeaz Cusin
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Amongst the other classifications that the race awarded, Saronni won the points classification, Lucien Van Impe of Metauro Mobili won the mountains classification, and Vivi-Benotto's Franco Chioccioli completed the Giro as the best neo-professional in the general classification, finishing sixteenth overall. Renault-Elf finishing as the winners of the team classification, ranking each of the twenty teams contesting the race by lowest cumulative time. The team points classification was won by Zor-Gemeaz Cusin.


The team presentation ceremony took place on 10 May at the Piazza della Loggia in Brescia.

A total of eighteen teams were invited to participate in the 1983 Giro d'Italia.[5] Each team sent a squad of nine riders, which meant that the race started with a peloton of 162 cyclists.[6][7] The presentation of the teams – where each team's roster and manager are introduced in front the media and local dignitaries – took place at the Piazza della Loggia in Brescia on 10 May and was televised in Italy on Network 1.[7] From the riders that began this edition, 140 made it to the finish in Udine.[1][6]

The teams entering the race were:[5]

  • Mareno-Wilier Triestina
  • Metauro Mobili
  • Sammontana-Campagnolo
  • Termolan-Galli
  • Vivi-Benotto
  • Wolber-Spidel

Route and stages

Colli di San Fermo hosted the end of the 91 km (57 mi) seventeenth stage.

The route for the 1983 edition of the Giro d'Italia was revealed to the public by head organizer Vincenzo Torriani on 19 February 1983.[8][9][10] Covering a total of 3,922 km (2,437 mi), it included four time trials (three individual and one for teams), and fifteen stages with categorized climbs that awarded mountains classification points.[6][10] Seven of these fifteen stages had summit finishes: stage 4, to Todi; stage 6, to Campitello Matese; stage 9, to Montefiascone; stage 10, to Bibbiena; stage 15, to Orta San Giulio; stage 17, to Colli di San Fermo; and stage 19, to Selva di Val Gardena.[9] The organizers chose to include two rest days. When compared to the previous year's race, the race was 88.5 km (55 mi) shorter and contained one more time trial. In addition, this race contained one more set of split stages.

Stage characteristics and winners[6][10]
Stage Date Course Distance Type Winner
P 12 May Brescia 8 km (5 mi)   Individual time trial Stage Cancelled
1 13 May Brescia to Mantua 70 km (43 mi)   Team time trial Bianchi-Piaggio
2 14 May Mantua to Comacchio 192 km (119 mi)   Plain stage   Guido Bontempi (ITA)
3 15 May Comacchio to Fano 148 km (92 mi)   Plain stage   Paolo Rosola (ITA)
4 16 May Pesaro to Todi 187 km (116 mi)   Stage with mountain(s)   Giuseppe Saronni (ITA)
5 17 May Terni to Vasto 269 km (167 mi)   Stage with mountain(s)   Eduardo Chozas (ESP)
6 18 May Vasto to Campitello Matese 145 km (90 mi)   Stage with mountain(s)   Alberto Fernández (ESP)
7 19 May Campitello Matese to Salerno 216 km (134 mi)   Stage with mountain(s)   Moreno Argentin (ITA)
8 20 May Salerno to Terracina 212 km (132 mi)   Plain stage   Guido Bontempi (ITA)
9 21 May Terracina to Montefiascone 225 km (140 mi)   Stage with mountain(s)   Riccardo Magrini (ITA)
10 22 May Montefiascone to Bibbiena 232 km (144 mi)   Stage with mountain(s)   Palmiro Masciarelli (ITA)
11 23 May Bibbiena to Pietrasanta 202 km (126 mi)   Stage with mountain(s)   Lucien Van Impe (BEL)
24 May Rest day
12 25 May Pietrasanta to Reggio Emilia 180 km (112 mi)   Stage with mountain(s)   Alf Segersäll (SWE)
13 26 May Reggio Emilia to Parma 38 km (24 mi)   Individual time trial   Giuseppe Saronni (ITA)
14 27 May Parma to Savona 243 km (151 mi)   Stage with mountain(s)   Gregor Braun (FRG)
15 28 May Savona to Orta San Giulio 219 km (136 mi)   Stage with mountain(s)   Paolo Rosola (ITA)
16a 29 May Orta San Giulio to Milan 110 km (68 mi)   Plain stage   Frank Hoste (BEL)
16b Milan to Bergamo 100 km (62 mi)   Stage with mountain(s)   Giuseppe Saronni (ITA)
17 30 May Bergamo to Colli di San Fermo 91 km (57 mi)   Stage with mountain(s)   Alberto Fernández (ESP)
18 31 May Sarnico to Vicenza 178 km (111 mi)   Stage with mountain(s)   Paolo Rosola (ITA)
1 June Rest day
19 2 June Vicenza to Selva di Val Gardena 224 km (139 mi)   Stage with mountain(s)   Mario Beccia (ITA)
20 3 June Selva di Val Gardena to Arabba 169 km (105 mi)   Stage with mountain(s)   Alessandro Paganessi (ITA)
21 4 June Arabba to Gorizia 232 km (144 mi)   Plain stage   Moreno Argentin (ITA)
22 5 June Gorizia to Udine 40 km (25 mi)   Individual time trial   Roberto Visentini (ITA)
Total 3,922 km (2,437 mi)

Classification leadership

The Pordoi Pass was the Cima Coppi for the 1983 running of the Giro d'Italia.

Four different jerseys were worn during the 1983 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.[11]

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.[11] The Cima Coppi for this Giro was the Pordoi Pass. The first rider to cross the Pordoi Pass was Spanish rider Marino Lejarreta. 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 neo-professional cyclists (in their first three years of professional racing).[11] 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.[11]

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 Stage Cancelled not awarded not awarded not awarded not awarded not awarded
1 Bianchi-Piaggio Tommy Prim Bianchi-Piaggio
2 Guido Bontempi Urs Freuler Guido Bontempi ?
3 Paolo Rosola Paolo Rosola Paolo Rosola
4 Giuseppe Saronni Harald Maier
5 Eduardo Chozas Silvano Contini Giuseppe Saronni Lucien Van Impe Fabrizio Verza
6 Alberto Fernández Alberto Fernández Metauro Mobili-Pinarello
7 Moreno Argentin Giuseppe Saronni Lucien Van Impe
8 Guido Bontempi
9 Riccardo Magrini
10 Palmiro Masciarelli
11 Lucien Van Impe
12 Alf Segersäll
13 Giuseppe Saronni Franco Chioccioli
14 Gregor Braun
15 Paolo Rosola
16a Frank Hoste
16b Giuseppe Saronni
17 Alberto Fernández Zor-Gemeaz Cusin
18 Paolo Rosola
19 Mario Beccia
20 Alessandro Paganessi
21 Moreno Argentin
22 Roberto Visentini
Final Giuseppe Saronni Giuseppe Saronni Lucien Van Impe Franco Chioccioli Zor-Gemeaz Cusin

Final standings

      Denotes the winner of the General classification[6]       Denotes the winner of the Mountains classification[6]
      Denotes the winner of the Points classification[6]       Denotes the winner of the Young rider classification[6]

General classification

Final general classification (1–10)[6]
Rank Name Team Time
1   Giuseppe Saronni (ITA)     Del Tongo-Colnago 100h 45' 30"
2   Roberto Visentini (ITA) Inoxpran-Lumenflon + 1' 07"
3   Alberto Fernández (ESP) Zor-Gemeaz Cusin + 3' 40"
4   Mario Beccia (ITA) Malvor-Bottecchia + 5' 55"
5   Dietrich Thurau (FRG) Del Tongo-Colnago + 7' 44"
6   Marino Lejarreta (ESP) Alfa Lum-Olmo + 7' 47"
7   Faustino Rupérez Rincón (ESP) Zor-Gemeaz Cusin + 8' 24"
8   Eduardo Chozas Olmo (ESP) Zor-Gemeaz Cusin + 9' 41"
9   Lucien Van Impe (BEL)   Metauro Mobili + 10' 54"
10   Wladimiro Panizza (ITA) Atala-Campagnolo + 12' 00"

Points classification

Final points classification (1-5)[6]
Rider Team Points
1   Giuseppe Saronni (ITA)     Del Tongo-Colnago 223
2   Moreno Argentin (ITA) Sammontana 149
3   Frank Hoste (BEL) Europ Decor-Dries 139
4   Pierino Gavazzi (ITA) Atala-Campagnolo 120
5   Stefan Mutter (SUI) Eorotex-Magniflex 111

Mountains classification

Final mountains classification (1-5)[6][12]
Rider Team Points
1   Lucien Van Impe (BEL)   Metauro Mobili 70
2   Alberto Fernández (ESP) Zor-Gemeaz Cusin 43
3   Marino Lejarreta (ESP) Alfa Lum-Olmo 27
  Faustino Rupérez (ESP) Zor-Gemeaz Cusin
5   Alessandro Paganessi (ITA) Bianchi-Piaggio 23

Young rider classification

Final young rider classification (1-5)[6]
Rider Team Time
1   Franco Chioccioli (ITA)   Vivi-Benotto 101h 00" 52"
2   Fabrizio Verza (ITA) Gis Gelati-Campagnolo + 12' 16"
3   Harald Maier (AUT) Eorotex-Magniflex + 20' 32"
4   Davide Cassani (ITA) Termolan-Galli + 30' 27"
5   Czesław Lang (POL) Gis Gelati-Campagnolo + 35' 13"

Team classification

Final team classification (1-3)[6]
Team Time
1 Zor-Gemeaz Cusin 300h 05' 39"
2 Inoxpran-Lumenflon + 10' 45"
3 Del Tongo-Colnago + 17' 30"




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