Intergiro classification in the Giro d'Italia

The Intergiro was a competition in the annual multiple stage bicycle race the Giro d'Italia.[1][2] It was first introduced in 1989.[3] 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.[2][4] 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.[1][2]

Maglia Azzurra
Jersey blue.svg
SportRoad Cycling
CompetitionGiro d'Italia
Given forWinning the Intergiro
English nameBlue jersey
Local nameMaglia Azzurra (in Italian)
History
First award1989
Editions17
Final award2005
First winner Jure Pavlič (YUG)
Most wins Fabrizio Guidi (ITA)
(3 wins)
Most recent Stefano Zanini (ITA)

Somewhere in the middle of the stage there was a point where the time of the riders was measured, in the same way as is done at the finish of the stage.[2] The only difference was that the racers rode on after the intergiro point to the regular stage finish. Next to a time measurement, there were bonus seconds to earn just like in the regular stage finish.[2] That way, riders who were in a group in front of the bunch gained time in the intergiro classification, and riders who were often in this position would have a good position in the classification.[2]

The intergiro was a way for riders, who weren't sprinters or contenders for the GC, to fight for a jersey, and was in that way similar to a combativity award. There were racers that geared their whole Giro d'Italia to the intergiro classification, and calmly rode to the finish after the intergiro point was passed. However, the zest for the intergiro lessened over the years, to the point where there were only 2 to 3 racers contending the blue jersey during the last years. Therefore, the intergiro classification was replaced by a combination classification in the 2006 Giro d'Italia.

Intergiro StandingsEdit

List of Intergiro classification winners[5]
Year First Time Second Time Third Time Ref.
1989   Jure Pavlič (YUG) 49h 50' 00"   Laurent Fignon (FRA) + 4' 07"   Claude Criquielion (BEL) + 4' 24" [6]
1990   Phil Anderson (AUS) 47h 56' 08"   Massimo Ghirotto (ITA) + 39"   Luca Gelfi (ITA) + 3' 33" [7]
1991   Alberto Leanizbarrutia (ESP) 59h 34' 55"   Claudio Chiappucci (ITA) + 9' 36"   Franco Chioccioli (ITA) + 9' 39" [8][9]
1992   Miguel Indurain (ESP) 57h 38' 08"   Claudio Chiappucci (ITA) + 2' 03"   Laurent Bezault (FRA) + 2' 08" [10]
1993   Ján Svorada (SVK) 53h 10' 33"   Stefano Colagè (ITA) + 40"   Miguel Indurain (ESP) + 41" [11][12]
1994   Djamolidine Abdoujaparov (UZB) 62h 00' 39"   Evgeni Berzin (RUS) + 44"   Fabiano Fontanelli (ITA) + 1' 50" [13]
1995   Tony Rominger (SUI) 56h 04' 21"   Giovanni Fidanza (ITA) + 54"   Evgeni Berzin (RUS) + 1' 24" [14][15]
1996   Fabrizio Guidi (ITA) 59h 36' 45"   Fabrizio Bontempi (ITA) + 15"   Mauro Bettin (ITA) + 1' 37" [16]
1997   Dimitri Konyshev (RUS) 52h 48' 18"   Mario Cipollini (ITA) + 3' 01"   Glenn Magnusson (SWE) + 3' 15" [17][18]
1998   Gian Matteo Fagnini (ITA) 62h 32' 12"   Mariano Piccoli (ITA) + 55"   Nicola Loda (ITA) + 2' 29" [19][20]
1999   Fabrizio Guidi (ITA) 58h 47' 30"   Massimo Strazzer (ITA) + 2"   Gian Matteo Fagnini (ITA) + 24" [21]
2000   Fabrizio Guidi (ITA) 62h 50' 05"   Dimitri Konyshev (RUS) + 57"   Diego Ferrari (ITA) + 1' 38" [22]
2001   Massimo Strazzer (ITA) 51h 27' 14"   Stefano Zanini (ITA) + 2' 49"   Moreno Di Biase (ITA) + 2' 49" [23]
2002   Massimo Strazzer (ITA) 55h 05' 46"   Serhiy Honchar (UKR) + 4' 26"   Aitor González (ESP) + 4' 41" [24]
2003   Magnus Bäckstedt (SWE) 50h 20' 37"   Ján Svorada (CZE) + 2' 02"   Constantino Zaballa (ESP) + 2' 26" [25]
2004   Raffaele Illiano (ITA) 49h 38' 14"   Crescenzo D'Amore (ITA) + 13"   Mariano Piccoli (ITA) + 19" [26][27]
2005   Stefano Zanini (ITA) 54h 37' 01"   Paolo Bettini (ITA) + 27"   Sven Krauß (GER) + 30" [28][29]

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