1954 Giro d'Italia

1954 Giro d'Italia
Race details
Dates 21 May - 13 June
Stages 22
Distance 4,337 km (2,695 mi)
Winning time 129h 13' 07"
Winner  Carlo Clerici (SUI) (Welter)
Second  Hugo Koblet (SUI) (Cilo)
Third  Nino Assirelli (ITA) (Arbos)

Mountains  Fausto Coppi (ITA) (Bianchi)
Team Girardengo

The 1954 Giro d'Italia was the 37th edition of the Giro d'Italia, one of cycling's Grand Tours. The Giro started off in Palermo on 21 May with a 36 km (22.4 mi) team time trial and concluded in Milan with a 222 km (137.9 mi) relatively flat mass-start stage on 13 June. Fifteen teams entered the race, which was won by Swiss Carlo Clerici of the Welter team. Second and third respectively were Swiss rider Hugo Koblet and Italian Nino Assirelli.[1][2]


Fifteen teams were invited by the race organizers to participate in the 1954 edition of the Giro d'Italia.[3] Each team sent a squad of seven riders, which meant that the race started with a peloton of 105 cyclists.[3] From the riders that began the race, 67 made it to the finish in Milan.[4]

The teams entering the race were:[3][4][5][6]

  • Arbos
  • Atala
  • Bartali
  • Bianchi
  • Bottecchia
  • Clement
  • Doniselli
  • Fréjus
  • Girardengo
  • Guerra
  • Ideor
  • Ignis
  • Legnano
  • Locomotif
  • Nivea
  • Torpado

Race details

In the sixth stage, Carlo Clerici escaped and took the lead with a big margin.[7]

In the twentieth stage, Fausto Coppi won and took some time back. His fans were hoping that he would show more action on the twenty-first stage which included the Bernina Pass, but cyclists rode slowly as a form of protest against the racing conditions, taking almost ten hours to cover the 222 km stage; this event became known as the Bernina strike.[7] When the race ended in Milan the next day, angry supporters whistled at the cyclists. For his leading role in the strike, Coppi was given a two-months suspension, although this was later revoked.[8]

Route and stages

Stage characteristics and results[4]
Stage Date Course Distance Type Winner Race Leader
1 21 May Palermo 36 km (22 mi) Team time trial Bianchi  Fausto Coppi (ITA)
2 22 May Palermo to Taormina 280 km (174 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Giuseppe Minardi (ITA)  Giuseppe Minardi (ITA)
3 23 May Reggio Calabria to Catanzaro 172 km (107 mi) Plain stage  Nino Defilippis (ITA)  Giuseppe Minardi (ITA)
4 24 May Catanzaro to Bari 352 km (219 mi) Plain stage  Angelo Conterno (ITA)  Giuseppe Minardi (ITA)
25 May Rest day
5 26 May Bari to Naples 279 km (173 mi) Plain stage  Rik Van Steenbergen (BEL)  Gerrit Voorting (NED)
6 27 May Naples to L'Aquila 252 km (157 mi) Plain stage  Carlo Clerici (SUI)  Carlo Clerici (SUI)
7 28 May L'Aquila to Rome 150 km (93 mi) Plain stage  Giorgio Albani (ITA)  Carlo Clerici (SUI)
8 29 May Rome to Chianciano Terme 195 km (121 mi) Plain stage  Giovanni Pettinati (ITA)  Carlo Clerici (SUI)
9 30 May Chianciano Terme to Florence 180 km (112 mi) Plain stage  Giovanni Corrieri (ITA)  Carlo Clerici (SUI)
10 31 May Florence to Cesenatico 211 km (131 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Pietro Giudici (ITA)  Carlo Clerici (SUI)
11 1 June Cesenatico to Abetone 230 km (143 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Mauro Gianneschi (ITA)  Carlo Clerici (SUI)
12 2 June Abetone to Genoa 251 km (156 mi) Plain stage  Hilaire Couvreur (BEL)  Carlo Clerici (SUI)
13 3 June Genoa to Turin 211 km (131 mi) Plain stage  Wout Wagtmans (NED)  Carlo Clerici (SUI)
14 4 June Turin to Brescia 240 km (149 mi) Plain stage  Annibale Brasola (ITA)  Carlo Clerici (SUI)
5 June Rest day
15 6 June Gardone Riviera to Riva del Garda 42 km (26 mi) Individual time trial  Hugo Koblet (SUI)  Carlo Clerici (SUI)
16 7 June Riva del Garda to Abano Terme 131 km (81 mi) Plain stage  Rik Van Steenbergen (BEL)  Carlo Clerici (SUI)
17 8 June Abano Terme to Padua 105 km (65 mi) Plain stage  Rik Van Steenbergen (BEL)  Carlo Clerici (SUI)
18 9 June Padua to Grado 177 km (110 mi) Plain stage  Adolfo Grosso (ITA)  Carlo Clerici (SUI)
19 10 June Grado to San Martino di Castrozza 247 km (153 mi) Plain stage  Wout Wagtmans (NED)  Carlo Clerici (SUI)
20 11 June San Martino di Castrozza to Bolzano 152 km (94 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Fausto Coppi (ITA)  Carlo Clerici (SUI)
21 12 June Bolzano to Saint Moritz (Switzerland) 222 km (138 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Hugo Koblet (SUI)  Carlo Clerici (SUI)
22 13 June Saint Moritz (Switzerland) to Milan 222 km (138 mi) Plain stage  Rik Van Steenbergen (BEL)  Carlo Clerici (SUI)
Total 4,337 km (2,695 mi)

Classification leadership

One jersey was worn during the 1954 Giro d'Italia. 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.[9]

The mountains classification leader. The climbs all awarded three points to the first rider and one point to the second rider to cross the summit.[10] Although no jersey was awarded, there was also a classification for the teams, in which the teams were awarded points for their rider's performance during the stages in the intermediate sprints.

In the gran premio traguardi volanti classification points were awarded at designated sprint locations throughout each stage's route and at the stage finishes.[11] Points were awarded to the first three riders to pass through the assigned point: first received five points, second received three points, and third received one point.[11]

Classification leadership by stage
Stage Winner General classification
A pink jersey
Mountains classification Team classification
1 Bianchi Fausto Coppi not awarded Bianchi
2 Giuseppe Minardi Giuseppe Minardi Giuseppe Minardi Legnano
3 Nino Defilippis Guerra
4 Angelo Conterno Girardengo
5 Rik Van Steenbergen Gerrit Voorting
6 Carlo Clerici Carlo Clerici
7 Giorgio Albani
8 Giovanni Pettinati
9 Giovanni Corrieri
10 Pietro Giudici Giuseppe Minardi & Primo Volpi
11 Mauro Gianneschi Mauro Gianneschi, Giuseppe Minardi & Primo Volpi
12 Hilaire Couvreur
13 Wout Wagtmans
14 Annibale Brasola
15 Hugo Koblet
16 Rik Van Steenbergen
17 Rik Van Steenbergen
18 Adolfo Grosso
19 Wout Wagtmans
20 Fausto Coppi Fausto Coppi
21 Hugo Koblet
22 Rik Van Steenbergen
Final Carlo Clerici Fausto Coppi Girardengo

Final standings

  Pink jersey   Denotes the winner of the General classification

General classification

Final general classification (1–10)[4][11][12]
Rank Name Team Time
1  Carlo Clerici (SUI) Pink jersey Guerra 129h 13' 7"
2  Hugo Koblet (SUI) Guerra + 24' 16"
3  Nino Assirelli (ITA) Arbos + 26' 28"
4  Fausto Coppi (ITA) Bianchi + 31' 17"
5  Giancarlo Astrua (ITA) Atala + 33' 09"
6  Fiorenzo Magni (ITA) Nivea + 34' 01"
7  Gerrit Voorting (NED) Locomotief + 35' 05"
8  Pasquale Fornara (ITA) Bottecchia + 36' 21"
9  Fritz Schär (SUI) Guerra + 40' 51"
10  Angelo Conterno (ITA) Fréjus + 41' 07"

Mountains classification

Final mountains classification (1–8)[4][10]
Name Team Points
1  Fausto Coppi (ITA) Bianchi 6
2  Giancarlo Astrua (ITA) Atala 5
3  Primo Volpi (ITA) Arbos 3
 Mauro Gianneschi (ITA) Arbos
 Vincenzo Rossello (ITA) Nivea
 Angelo Conterno (ITA) Fréjus
7  Pasquale Fornara (ITA) Bottecchia 2
8  Gerrit Voorting (NED) Locomotief 1
 Adolfo Grosso (ITA) Atala
 Nino Defilippis (ITA) Torpado
 Jesus Loroño (ESP) Ideor

Gran premio traguardi volanti

Final Gran premio traguardi volanti classification (1–8)[11][12][13]
Name Team Points
1  Rik Van Steenbergen (BEL) Girardengo 113
2  Rino Benedetti (ITA) Legnano 45
3  Giorgio Albani (ITA) Legnano 42
4  Guido De Santi (ITA) Bottecchia 29
5  Adolfo Grosso (ITA) Atala 25
6  Giovanni Pettinati (ITA) Torpado 20
7  Giovanni Corrieri (ITA) Bartali 19
8  Renzo Soldani (ITA) Doniselli 18
 Hilaire Couvreur (BEL) Girardengo
 Renato Ponzini (ITA) Arbos

Gran premio traguardi volanti team classification

Final Gran premio traguardi volanti team classification (1–10)[12][14]
Team Points
1 Girardengo 152
2 Legnano 101
3 Bottecchia 71
4 Arbos 61
5 Torpado 47
6 Bianchi 45
7 Atala 43
8 Locomotif 40
9 Doniselli-Lansetina 34
10 Nivea-Fuchs 30


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