1997 Giro d'Italia

The 1997 Giro d'Italia was the 80th edition of the Giro. It began on 17 May with a mass-start stage that began and ended in Venice. The race came to a close on 8 June with a mass-start stage that ended in the Italian city of Milan. Eighteen teams entered the race that was won by the Italian Ivan Gotti of the Saeco team.[1] Second and third were the Russian rider Pavel Tonkov and Italian Giuseppe Guerini.[1]

1997 Giro d'Italia
Race details
Dates17 May — 8 June 1997
Distance3,912 km (2,431 mi)
Winning time102h 53' 58"
Winner  Ivan Gotti (ITA) (Saeco)
  Second  Pavel Tonkov (RUS) (Mapei–GB)
  Third  Giuseppe Guerini (ITA) (Team Polti)

Points  Mario Cipollini (ITA) (Saeco)
Mountains  Chepe González (COL) (Kelme–Costa Blanca)
Intergiro  Dimitri Konyshev (RUS) (Roslotto–ZG Mobili)
  Team Kelme–Costa Blanca
  Team points Saeco
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In the race's other classifications, Kelme–Costa Blanca rider Chepe González won the mountains classification, Mario Cipollini of the Saeco team won the points classification, and Roslotto–ZG Mobili rider Dimitri Konyshev won the intergiro classification.[1] Kelme - Costa Blanca finished as the winners of the Trofeo Fast Team classification, ranking each of the eighteen teams contesting the race by lowest cumulative time.[1] The other team classification, the Trofeo Super Team classification, where the teams' riders are awarded points for placing within the top twenty in each stage and the points are then totaled for each team was won by Saeco.[1]


Eighteen teams were invited by the race organizers to participate in the 1997 edition of the Giro d'Italia.[2] Each team sent a squad of ten riders, which meant that the race started with a peloton of 180 cyclists.[2] From the riders that began the race, 110 made it to the finish in Milan.

The eighteen teams that took part in the race were:

Route and stagesEdit

The Passo del Tonale (pictured) was the finish for the 176 km (109 mi) stage 20.

The route for the 1997 Giro d'Italia was unveiled by race director Carmine Castellano on 9 November 1996 in Milan.[3] It contained two time trial events, all of which were individual. There were ten stages containing high mountains, of which three had summit finishes: stage 5, to Monte Terminillo;[4] stage 14, to Breuil-Cervinia;[5] and stage 20, to Passo del Tonale.[6] The organizers chose to include one rest day. When compared to the previous year's race, the race was 78 km (48 mi) shorter, contained the same amount of rest days and stages, as well as one more individual time trial.

List of stages[7][8]
Stage Date Course Distance Type Winner
1 17 May Venezia to Venezia 128 km (80 mi)   Plain stage   Mario Cipollini (ITA)
2 18 May Mestre to Cervia 211 km (131 mi)   Plain stage   Mario Cipollini (ITA)
3 19 May Santarcangelo di Romagna to San Marino (San Marino) 18 km (11 mi)   Individual time trial   Pavel Tonkov (RUS)
4 20 May San Marino (San Marino) to Arezzo 156 km (97 mi)   Plain stage   Mario Cipollini (ITA)
5 21 May Arezzo to Monte Terminillo 215 km (134 mi)   Stage with mountain(s)   Pavel Tonkov (RUS)
6 22 May Rieti to Lanciano 210 km (130 mi)   Stage with mountain(s)   Roberto Sgambelluri (ITA)
7 23 May Lanciano to Mondragone 210 km (130 mi)   Stage with mountain(s)   Marcel Wüst (GER)
8 24 May Mondragone to Cava de' Tirreni 212 km (132 mi)   Plain stage   Mario Manzoni (ITA)
9 25 May Cava de' Tirreni to Castrovillari 232 km (144 mi)   Stage with mountain(s)   Dimitri Konyshev (RUS)
10 26 May Castrovillari to Taranto 195 km (121 mi)   Plain stage   Mario Cipollini (ITA)
27 May Rest day
11 28 May Lido di Camaiore to Lido di Camaiore 155 km (96 mi)   Plain stage   Gabriele Missaglia (ITA)
12 29 May La Spezia to Varazze 214 km (133 mi)   Stage with mountain(s)   Giuseppe Di Grande (ITA)
13 30 May Varazze to Cuneo 150 km (93 mi)   Plain stage   Glenn Magnusson (SWE)
14 31 May Racconigi to Breuil-Cervinia 240 km (149 mi)   Stage with mountain(s)   Ivan Gotti (ITA)
15 1 June Verrès to Borgomanero 173 km (107 mi)   Stage with mountain(s)   Alessandro Baronti (ITA)
16 2 June Borgomanero to Dalmine 158 km (98 mi)   Plain stage   Fabiano Fontanelli (ITA)
17 3 June Dalmine to Verona 200 km (124 mi)   Plain stage   Mirco Gualdi (ITA)
18 4 June Baselga di Pinè to Cavalese 40 km (25 mi)   Individual time trial   Serhiy Honchar (UKR)
19 5 June Predazzo to Pfalzen 222 km (138 mi)   Stage with mountain(s)   José Luis Rubiera (ESP)
20 6 June Bruneck to Passo del Tonale 176 km (109 mi)   Stage with mountain(s)   José Jaime González (COL)
21 7 June Malè to Edolo 238 km (148 mi)   Stage with mountain(s)   Pavel Tonkov (RUS)
22 8 June Boario Terme to Milan 165 km (103 mi)   Plain stage   Mario Cipollini (ITA)
Total 3,889 km (2,417 mi)

Classification leadershipEdit

The Pordoi Pass was the Cima Coppi for the 1997 running of the Giro d'Italia.

Four different jerseys were worn during the 1997 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.[9] This classification is the most important of the race, and its winner is considered as the winner of the Giro.[10]

For the points classification, which awarded a purple (or cyclamen) jersey to its leader,[9] 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.[9] 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.[10] The Cima Coppi for this Giro was the Pordoi Pass and was first climbed by the Colombian José Jaime González. The intergiro classification was marked by a blue jersey.[9][10] The calculation for the intergiro is similar to that of the general classification, in each stage there is a midway point that the riders pass through a point and where their time is stopped. As the race goes on, their times compiled and the person with the lowest time is the leader of the intergiro classification and wears the blue jersey.[10] 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.[10]

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
Intergiro classification
Trofeo Fast Team
1 Mario Cipollini Mario Cipollini Mario Cipollini not awarded Dimitri Konyshev Saeco
2 Mario Cipollini
3 Pavel Tonkov Pavel Tonkov Pavel Tonkov Mapei-GB
4 Mario Cipollini
5 Pavel Tonkov Saeco
6 Roberto Sgambelluri
7 Marcel Wüst
8 Mario Manzoni Mariano Piccoli Asics-C.G.A.
9 Dimitri Konyshev
10 Mario Cipollini
11 Gabriele Missaglia
12 Giuseppe Di Grande
13 Glenn Magnusson
14 Ivan Gotti Ivan Gotti José Jaime González Team Polti
15 Alessandro Baronti Asics-C.G.A.
16 Fabiano Fontanelli
17 Mirco Gualdi Team Polti
18 Serhij Hončar
19 José Luis Rubiera Kelme-Costa Blanca
20 José Jaime González
21 Pavel Tonkov
22 Mario Cipollini
Final Ivan Gotti Mario Cipollini José Jaime González Dimitri Konyshev Kelme-Costa Blanca

Final standingsEdit

      Denotes the winner of the General classification[1][11]       Denotes the winner of the Mountains classification[1][11]
      Denotes the winner of the Points classification[1][11]       Denotes the winner of the Intergiro classification[1][11]

General classificationEdit

Rider Team Time
1   Ivan Gotti (ITA)   Saeco 102h 53' 58"
2   Pavel Tonkov (RUS) Mapei–GB + 1' 27"
3   Giuseppe Guerini (ITA) Team Polti + 7' 40"
4   Nicola Miceli (ITA) Aki–Safi + 12' 20"
5   Serhiy Honchar (UKR) Aki–Safi + 12' 44"
6   Wladimir Belli (ITA) Brescialat–Oyster + 12' 48"
7   Giuseppe Di Grande (ITA) Mapei–GB + 12' 54"
8   Marcos-Antonio Serrano (ESP) Kelme–Costa Blanca + 16' 07"
9   Stefano Garzelli (ITA) Mercatone Uno + 18' 08"
10   José Luis Rubiera (ESP) Kelme–Costa Blanca + 18' 56"

Points classificationEdit

Rider Team Points
1   Mario Cipollini (ITA)   Saeco 202
2   Dimitri Konyshev (RUS)   Roslotto–ZG Mobili 146
3   Glenn Magnusson (SWE) Amore & Vita–ForzArcore 145
4   Pavel Tonkov (RUS) Mapei–GB 121
5   Ivan Gotti (ITA)   Saeco 102
6   Mariano Piccoli (ITA) Brescialat–Oyster 93
7   Marcel Wüst (GER) Festina–Lotus 92
8   Chepe González (COL)   Kelme–Costa Blanca 81
9   Gabriele Missaglia (ITA) Kelme–Costa Blanca
10   Evgeni Berzin (RUS) Batik-Del Monte 74

Mountains classificationEdit

Rider Team Points
1   Chepe González (COL)   Kelme–Costa Blanca 99
2   Mariano Piccoli (ITA) Brescialat–Oyster 35
3   Roberto Conti (ITA) Mercatone Uno 28
4   Pavel Tonkov (RUS) Mapei–GB 24
5   Ivan Gotti (ITA)   Saeco 23
6   Dimitri Konyshev (RUS)   Roslotto–ZG Mobili 16
7   José Luis Rubiera (ESP) Kelme–Costa Blanca
8   Andrea Noè (ITA) Asics–CGA 15
9   Martin Hvastija (SLO) Cantina Tollo–Carrier
10   Paolo Savoldelli (ITA) Roslotto–ZG Mobili 14

Intergiro classificationEdit

Rider Team Time
1   Dimitri Konyshev (RUS)   Roslotto–ZG Mobili 52h 48' 18"
2   Mario Cipollini (ITA)   Saeco + 3' 01"
3   Glenn Magnusson (SWE) Amore & Vita–ForzArcore + 3' 15"
4   Serhiy Honchar (UKR) Aki–Safi + 3' 22"
5   Evgeni Berzin (RUS) Batik-Del Monte + 3' 41"

Trofeo Fast Team classificationEdit

Team Time
1 Kelme–Costa Blanca 309h 26' 09"
2 Mapei–GB + 14' 07"
3 Saeco + 33' 18"
4 Mercatone Uno + 36' 21"
5 Aki–Safi + 40' 12"
6 Team Polti + 45' 39"
7 Asics–CGA + 1h 01' 25"
8 Roslotto–ZG Mobili + 1h 09' 24"
9 Brescialat–Oyster + 1h 19' 39"
10 Festina–Lotus + 1h 57' 47"

Trofeo Super Team classificationEdit

Team Points
1 Saeco 399
2 Mapei–GB 391
3 Team Polti 367
4 Roslotto–ZG Mobili 365
5 Aki–Safi 306
6 Kelme–Costa Blanca 304
7 MG Maglificio–Technogym 284
8 Brescialat–Oyster 283
9 Asics–CGA 280
10 Amore & Vita–ForzArcore 244



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