1946 Giro d'Italia

1946 Giro d'Italia
Race details
Dates 15 June - 7 July
Stages 16, including three split stages
Distance 3,039.5 km (1,889 mi)
Winning time 96h 32' 20"
Winner  Gino Bartali (ITA) (Legnano)
Second  Fausto Coppi (ITA) (Bianchi)
Third  Vito Ortelli (ITA) (Benotto)

Mountains  Gino Bartali (ITA) (Legnano)
Team Legnano

The 1946 Giro d'Italia was the 29th edition of the Giro d'Italia, a cycling race organized and sponsored by the newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport. The race began on 15 June in Milan with a stage that stretched 185 km (115 mi) to Turin, finishing back in Milan on 7 July after a 176 km (109 mi) stage and a total distance covered of 3,039.5 km (1,889 mi). The race was won by the Italian rider Gino Bartali of the Legnano team, with fellow Italians Fausto Coppi and Vito Ortelli coming in second and third respectively.


The 1946 Giro d'Italia was contested by seven teams and six groups.[1] The seven teams that entered the race were: Legnano, Bianchi, Viscontea, Benotto, Olmo, Welter, and Wilier-Triestina.[1] The six groups that started the race were: Milan-Gazzetta, V. C. Bustese, Fronte Della Gioventu'-Duluz, Azzini-Freni Universal, and Centro Sportivo Italiano.[1] Each team consisted of seven riders, while each group was made up of four cyclists.[1] This made the starting peloton total 79 riders.[1] Of the riders that began the race, only 40 were able to complete the race.[2]

Route and stages

Stage characteristics and results[2][3]
Stage Date Course Distance Type Winner
1 15 June Milan to Turin 185 km (115 mi) Plain stage  Giordano Cottur (ITA)
2 16 June Turin to Genoa 190 km (118 mi) Plain stage  Antonio Bevilacqua (ITA)
3 17 June Genoa to Montecatini Terme 222 km (138 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Adolfo Leoni (ITA)
18 June Rest day
4a 19 June Montecatini Terme to Prato 30 km (19 mi) Individual time trial  Antonio Bevilacqua (ITA)
4b Prato to Bologna 112 km (70 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Fausto Coppi (ITA)
5a 20 June Bologna to Cesena 80 km (50 mi) Plain stage  Olimpio Bizzi (ITA)
5b Cesena to Ancona 128 km (80 mi) Plain stage  Aldo Bini (ITA)
21 June Rest day
6 22 June Ancona to Chieti 170 km (106 mi) Plain stage  Vito Ortelli (ITA)
7 23 June Chieti to Naples 244 km (152 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Mario Ricci (ITA)
24 June Rest day
8 25 June Naples to Rome 226 km (140 mi) Plain stage  Elio Bertocchi (ITA)
9 26 June Rome to Perugia 191 km (119 mi) Plain stage  Aldo Baito (ITA)
10 27 June Perugia to Florence 165 km (103 mi) Plain stage  Renzo Zanazzi (ITA)
28 June Rest day
11 29 June Florence to Rovigo 245 km (152 mi) Plain stage  Oreste Conte (ITA)
12 30 June Rovigo to Trieste 132 km (82 mi) Plain stage Stage Cancelled
1 July Rest day
13 2 July Udine to Auronzo di Cadore 124.5 km (77 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Fausto Coppi (ITA)
14 3 July Auronzo di Cadore to Bassano del Grappa 203 km (126 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Fausto Coppi (ITA)
4 July Rest day
15 5 July Bassano del Grappa to Trento 186 km (116 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Aldo Ronconi (ITA)
16a 6 July Trento to Verona 90 km (56 mi) Plain stage  Oreste Conte (ITA)
16b Verona to Mantua 72 km (45 mi) Plain stage  Elio Bertocchi (ITA)
17 7 July Mantua to Milan 176 km (109 mi) Plain stage  Oreste Conte (ITA)
Total 3,039.5 km (1,889 mi)

Classification leadership

The leader of the general classification – calculated by adding the stage finish times of each rider – wore a pink jersey. This classification is the most important of the race, and its winner is considered as the winner of the Giro.[4]

In the mountains classification, the race organizers selected different mountains that the route crossed and awarded points to the riders who crossed them first.[4]

The winner of the team classification was determined by adding the finish times of the best three cyclists per team together and the team with the lowest total time was the winner.[2][5] If a team had fewer than three riders finish, they were not eligible for the classification.[2][5] The group classification was decided in the same manner, but the classification was exclusive to the competing groups.[5]

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

Stage Winner General classification
Mountains classification Team classification Group classification
1 Giordano Cottur Giordano Cottur not awarded ? ?
2 Antonio Bevilacqua Antonio Bevilacqua
3 Adolfo Leoni Serse Coppi
4a Antonio Bevilacqu
4b Fausto Coppi Fermo Camellini Gino Bartali
5a Olimpio Bizzi Legnano ENAL-Campari
5b Aldo Bini
6 Vito Ortelli
7 Mario Ricci Vito Ortelli
8 Elio Bertocchi
9 Aldo Baito
10 Renzo Zanazzi
11 Oreste Conte
12 Stage Cancelled
13 Fausto Coppi Gino Bartali
14 Fausto Coppi
15 Aldo Ronconi
16a Oreste Conte
16b Elio Bertocchi
17 Oreste Conte
Final Gino Bartali Gino Bartali Legnano ?

Final standings

  A pink jersey   Denotes the winner of the General classification

General classification

Final general classification (1–10)[2]
Rank Name Team Time
1  Gino Bartali (ITA) Pink jersey Legnano 65h 32' 20"
2  Fausto Coppi (ITA) Bianchi + 47"
3  Vito Ortelli (ITA) Benotto + 15' 28"
4  Salvatore Crippa (ITA) ENAL-Campari + 15' 31"
5  Aldo Ronconi (ITA) Benotto + 24' 31"
6  Giulio Bresci (ITA) Welter + 27' 35"
7  Ezio Cecchi (ITA) Centro Sportivo Italiano + 37' 58"
8  Giordano Cottur (ITA) Wilier Triestina + 38' 28"
9  Alfredo Martini (ITA) Welter + 39' 54"
10  Primo Volpi (ITA) Velo Club Bustese + 43' 12"

Mountains classification

Final mountains classification (1–6)[2][6]
Name Team Points
1  Gino Bartali (ITA) Legnano 27
2  Fausto Coppi (ITA) Bianchi 20
3  Vito Ortelli (ITA) Benotto 17
4  Aldo Ronconi (ITA) Benotto 8
5  Serse Coppi (ITA) Bianchi 5
 Ezio Cecchi (ITA) Centro Sportivo Italiano
6  Giordano Cottur (ITA) Wilier Triestina 4

Team classification

Final team classification (1)[2]
Team Time
1 Benotto ?


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  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Bill and Carol McGann. "1946 Giro d'Italia". Bike Race Info. Dog Ear Publishing. Archived from the original on 2013-07-11. Retrieved 2012-07-10.
  3. http://archiviostorico.unita.it/cgi-bin/highlightPdf.cgi?t=ebook&file=/archivio/uni_1946_06/19460614_0002.pdf
  4. 1 2 Laura Weislo (13 May 2008). "Giro d'Italia classifications demystified". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. Archived from the original on 17 June 2014. Retrieved 13 July 2013.
  5. 1 2 3 "L'ultima tappa in una immensa cornice di folla e la vittoria di Leoni" [The final step in a huge frame of the crowd and the victory of Leoni]. Il Littoriale (in Italian). Milan, Italy. 10 June 1940. p. 2. Archived from the original on 14 July 2013. Retrieved 7 July 2013.
  6. "Aspra lotta sui monti e appassionante finale di gara" [Bitter struggle over the mountains and exciting final race]. La Stampa (in Italian). Editrice La Stampa. 6 July 1946. p. 1. Retrieved 22 June 2012.
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