1975 Giro d'Italia

1975 Giro d'Italia
Race details
Dates 17 May – 7 June
Stages 21, including two split stages
Distance 3,963 km (2,462 mi)
Winning time 111h 31' 24"
Winner  Fausto Bertoglio (ITA) (Jolly Ceramica)
Second  Francisco Galdós (ESP) (KAS)
Third  Felice Gimondi (ITA) (Bianchi-Campagnolo)

Points  Roger De Vlaeminck (BEL) (Brooklyn)
Mountains Two riders[N 1]
Team Points Brooklyn

The 1975 Giro d'Italia was the 59th running of the Giro d'Italia, one of cycling's Grand Tours races. The Giro started in Milan, on 17 May, with a set of split stages and concluded with a summit finish to the Passo dello Stelvio, on 7 June, with another split stage, consisting of an individual time trial and a mass-start stage. A total of 90 riders from nine teams entered the 22-stage race, that was won by Italian Fausto Bertoglio of the Jolly Ceramica team. The second and third places were taken by Spaniard Francisco Galdós and Italian Felice Gimondi, respectively.[1][2][3]

Amongst the other classifications that the race awarded, Brooklyn's Roger De Vlaeminck won the points classification and Andrés Oliva and Francisco Galdós of KAS won the mountains classification. Brooklyn finished as the winners of the team points classification.


A total of nine teams were invited to participate in the 1975 Giro d'Italia. Each team sent a squad of ten riders, which meant that the race started with a peloton of 90 cyclists.[4] From the riders that began this edition, 70 made it to the finish on the Passo dello Stelvio.[4]

The teams entering the race were:

  • KAS
  • Magniflex
  • Scic
  • Zonca

Route and stages

Stage characteristics and winners[4]
Stage Date Course Distance Type Winner
1 17 May Milan to Fiorano Modenese 177 km (110 mi) Plain stage  Knut Knudsen (NOR)
2 18 May Modena to Ancona 249 km (155 mi) Plain stage  Patrick Sercu (BEL)
3 19 May Ancona to Prati di Tivo 175 km (109 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Giovanni Battaglin (ITA)
4 20 May Teramo to Campobasso 258 km (160 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Roger De Vlaeminck (BEL)
5 21 May Campobasso to Bari 224 km (139 mi) Plain stage  Rik Van Linden (BEL)
6 22 May Bari to Castrovillari 213 km (132 mi) Plain stage  Roger De Vlaeminck (BEL)
7a 23 May Castrovillari to Padula 123 km (76 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Domingo Perurena (ESP)
7b Padula to Potenza 80 km (50 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Roger De Vlaeminck (BEL)
24 May Rest day
8 25 May Potenza to Sorrento 220 km (137 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Marcello Osler (ITA)
9 26 May Sorrento to Frosinone 222 km (138 mi) Plain stage  Enrico Paolini (ITA)
10 27 May Frosinone to Tivoli 176 km (109 mi) Plain stage  Roger De Vlaeminck (BEL)
11 28 May Rome to Orvieto 158 km (98 mi) Plain stage  Roger De Vlaeminck (BEL)
12 29 May Chianciano Terme to Forte dei Marmi 232 km (144 mi) Plain stage  Patrick Sercu (BEL)
13 30 May Forte dei Marmi to Forte dei Marmi 38 km (24 mi) Individual time trial  Giovanni Battaglin (ITA)
14 31 May Il Ciocco to Il Ciocco 13 km (8 mi) Individual time trial  Fausto Bertoglio (ITA)
15 1 June Il Ciocco to Arenzano 203 km (126 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Franco Bitossi (ITA)
16 2 June Arenzano to Orta San Giulio 193 km (120 mi) Plain stage  Fabrizio Fabbri (ITA)
17a 3 June Omegna to Pontoglio 167 km (104 mi) Plain stage  Patrick Sercu (BEL)
17b Pontoglio to Monte Maddalena 46 km (29 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Wladimiro Panizza (ITA)
18 4 June Brescia to Baselga di Piné 223 km (139 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Roger De Vlaeminck (BEL)
19 5 June Baselga di Piné to Pordenone 175 km (109 mi) Plain stage  Martín Emilio Rodríguez (COL)
20 6 June Pordenone to Alleghe 197 km (122 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Roger De Vlaeminck (BEL)
21 7 June Alleghe to Passo dello Stelvio 186 km (116 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Francisco Galdós (ESP)
Total 3,963 km (2,462 mi)

Classification leadership

A winding road on the slopes of a mountain.
A sample of the 48 hairpin turns near the top of the eastern ramp of the Stelvio Pass, the Cima Coppi (highest elevation point) of the 1975 Giro.

Three different jerseys were worn during the 1975 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.[5]

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.[5] The Cima Coppi for this Giro was the Passo dello Stelvio. The first rider to cross the Stelvio was Spanish rider Francisco Galdós.

Although no jersey was awarded, there was also one classification for the teams, in which the awarded points to each team based off their riding's finishing position in every stage; the leading team was the one with the most points.[5]

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
Team classification
1 Knut Knudsen Knut Knudsen Knut Knudsen not awarded not awarded
2 Patrick Sercu Rik Van Linden Jolly Ceramica
3 Giovanni Battaglin Giovanni Battaglin Giovanni Battaglin
4 Roger De Vlaeminck Francisco Galdós Roger De Vlaeminck & Pierino Gavazzi Andrés Oliva Brooklyn
5 Rik Van Linden Rik Van Linden
6 Roger De Vlaeminck Roger De Vlaeminck
7a Domingo Perurena
7b Roger De Vlaeminck
8 Marcello Osler
9 Enrico Paolini
10 Roger De Vlaeminck
11 Roger De Vlaeminck
12 Patrick Sercu
13 Giovanni Battaglin Giovanni Battaglin
14 Fausto Bertoglio Fausto Bertoglio Fausto Bertoglio & Andrés Oliva
15 Franco Bitossi Andrés Oliva
16 Fabrizio Fabbri
17a Patrick Sercu
17b Wladimiro Panizza Fausto Bertoglio
18 Roger De Vlaeminck Fausto Bertoglio & Andrés Oliva
19 Martín Emilio Rodríguez
20 Roger De Vlaeminck Andrés Oliva
21 Francisco Galdós Francisco Galdós & Andrés Oliva
Final Fausto Bertoglio Roger De Vlaeminck Francisco Galdós & Andrés Oliva Brooklyn

Final standings

  Pink jersey   Denotes the winner of the General classification   Green jersey   Denotes the winner of the Mountains classification
  Purple jersey   Denotes the winner of the Points classification

General classification

Final general classification (1–10)[4][6][7]
Rank Name Team Time
1  Fausto Bertoglio (ITA) Pink jersey Jolly Ceramica 111h 31' 24"
2  Francisco Galdós (ESP) Green jersey KAS + 41"
3  Felice Gimondi (ITA) Bianchi-Campagnolo + 6' 18"
4  Roger De Vlaeminck (BEL) Purple jersey Brooklyn + 7' 39"
5  Giuseppe Perletto (ITA) Magniflex + 8' 00"
6  Wladimiro Panizza (ITA) Brooklyn + 8' 13"
7  Walter Riccomi (ITA) Scic + 10' 32"
8  Costantino Conti (ITA) Furzi + 13' 40"
9  Miguel María Lasa (ESP) KAS + 14' 48"
10  Gianbattista Baronchelli (ITA) Scic + 14' 48"

Points classification

Final points classification (1–5)[4][8]
Rider Team Points
1  Roger De Vlaeminck (BEL) Purple jersey Brooklyn 346
2  Fausto Bertoglio (ITA) Pink jersey Jolly Ceramica 159
3  Felice Gimondi (ITA) Bianchi-Campagnolo 154
4  Patrick Sercu (BEL) Brooklyn 148
5  Luciano Borgognoni (ITA) Zonca 123

Mountains classification

Final mountains classification (1–10)[4][6][7]
Rider Team Points
1  Francisco Galdós (ESP) Green jersey KAS 300
 Andrés Oliva (ESP) Green jersey KAS
3  Fausto Bertoglio (ITA) Pink jersey Jolly Ceramica 240
4  Giancarlo Polidori (ITA) Furzi 150
5  Roger De Vlaeminck (ITA) Purple jersey Brooklyn 130
6  Giuseppe Perletto (ITA) Magniflex 120
7  Marcello Osler (ITA) Brooklyn 110
 Giacinto Santambrogio (ITA) Bianchi-Campagnolo
 Wladimiro Panizza (ITA) Brooklyn
10  Giovanni Battaglin (ITA) Jolly Ceramica 80

Campionato delle Regioni classification

Final Campionato delle Regioni classification (1–3)[7]
Rider Team Points
1  Marcello Osler (ITA) Brooklyn 43
2  Giacinto Santambrogio (ITA) Bianchi-Campagnolo 31
3  Adriano Pella (ITA) Zonca 25

Team points classification

Final team points classification (1–3)[4]
Team Points
1 Brooklyn 11,270
2 Jolly Ceramica 6,720
3 KAS 6,200


  1. Francisco Galdós & Andrés Oliva, both Spanish riders from the KAS team, finished the race with the same amount of points in the mountains classification and were both winners.


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