1977 Giro d'Italia

1977 Giro d'Italia
Race details
Dates 20 May – 12 June
Stages 22 + Prologue, including four split stages
Distance 3,968 km (2,466 mi)
Winning time 107h 27' 16"
Winner  Michel Pollentier (BEL) (Flandria)
Second  Francesco Moser (ITA) (Sanson)
Third  Gianbattista Baronchelli (ITA) (Scic)

Points  Francesco Moser (ITA) (Sanson)
Mountains  Faustino Fernandez Ovies (ESP) (KAS)
Youth  Mario Beccia (ITA) (Sanson)
Combination  Wilmo Francioni (ITA) (Magniflex)
Team Flandria

The 1977 Giro d'Italia was the 60th running of the Giro d'Italia, one of cycling's Grand Tours races. The Giro started in Bacoli, on 20 May, with a 7 km (4.3 mi) prologue and concluded in Milan, on 13 June, with a 122 km (75.8 mi) mass-start stage. A total of 130 riders from thirteen teams entered the 22-stage race, that was won by Belgian Michel Pollentier of the Flandria team. The second and third places were taken by Italians Francesco Moser and Gianbattista Baronchelli, respectively.[1][2][3]

Amongst the other classifications that the race awarded, Sanson's Moser won the points classification, Faustino Fernandez Ovies of KAS won the mountains classification, and Sanson's Mario Beccia completed the Giro as the best neo-professional in the general classification, finishing ninth overall. Flandria finishing as the winners of the team points classification.


A total of 14 teams were invited to participate in the 1977 Giro d'Italia. Each team sent a squad of ten riders, so the Giro began with a peloton of 140 cyclists. Out of the 140 riders that started this edition of the Giro d'Italia, a total of 121 riders made it to the finish in Milan.[4]

The teams entering the race were:

  • Selle Royal
  • Teka
  • Vibor
  • Zonca

Pre-race favorites

The starting peloton did include the 1976 winner, Felice Gimondi. Freddy Maertens, Gianbattista Baronchelli, and Gimondi were seen by many news outlets to be the favorites to win the race.[5][6][7]

Route and stages

Stage characteristics and winners[4][8]
Stage Date Course Distance Type Winner
P 20 May Bacoli to Monte di Procida 7 km (4 mi) Individual time trial  Freddy Maertens (BEL)
1 21 May Lago Miseno to Avellino 159 km (99 mi) Plain stage  Freddy Maertens (BEL)
2a 22 May Avellino to Foggia 118 km (73 mi) Plain stage  Rik Van Linden (BEL)
2b Foggia to Foggia 65 km (40 mi) Plain stage  Luciano Borgognoni (ITA)
3 23 May Foggia to Isernia 166 km (103 mi) Plain stage  Simone Fraccaro (ITA)
4 24 May Isernia to Pescara 228 km (142 mi) Plain stage  Freddy Maertens (BEL)
5 25 May Pescara to Monteluco di Spoleto 215 km (134 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Mario Beccia (ITA)
6a 26 May Spoleto to Gabicce Mare 185 km (115 mi) Plain stage  Freddy Maertens (BEL)
6b Gabicce Mare to Gabicce Mare 70 km (43 mi) Plain stage  Freddy Maertens (BEL)
7 27 May Gabicce Mare to Forlì 163 km (101 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Freddy Maertens (BEL)
8a 28 May Forlì to Circuito del Mugello 103 km (64 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Freddy Maertens (BEL)
8b Circuito del Mugello to Circuito del Mugello 79 km (49 mi) Plain stage  Marino Basso (ITA)
9 29 May Lucca to Pisa 25 km (16 mi) Individual time trial  Knut Knudsen (NOR)
10 30 May Pisa to Salsomaggiore Terme 205 km (127 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Giacinto Santambrogio (ITA)
11 31 May Salsomaggiore Terme to Santa Margherita Ligure 198 km (123 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Claudio Bortolotto (ITA)
1 June Rest day
12 2 June Santa Margherita Ligure-San Giacomo di Roburent 160 km (99 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Wilmo Francioni (ITA)
13 3 June Mondovì to Varzi 192 km (119 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Giancarlo Tartoni (ITA)
14 4 June Voghera to Vicenza 247 km (153 mi) Plain stage  Marc Demeyer (BEL)
15 5 June Vicenza to Trieste 223 km (139 mi) Plain stage  Ercole Gualazzini (ITA)
16a 6 June Trieste to Gemona del Friuli 107 km (66 mi) Plain stage  Marc Demeyer (BEL)
16b Gemona del Friuli to Conegliano 116 km (72 mi) Plain stage  Pierino Gavazzi (ITA)
17 7 June Conegliano to Cortina d'Ampezzo 220 km (137 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Giuseppe Perletto (ITA)
18 8 June Cortina d'Ampezzo to Pinzolo 223 km (139 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Gianbattista Baronchelli (ITA)
19 9 June Pinzolo to San Pellegrino Terme 205 km (127 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Renato Laghi (ITA)
20 10 June San Pellegrino Terme to Varese 138 km (86 mi) Plain stage  Wilmo Francioni (ITA)
21 11 June Binago to Binago 29 km (18 mi) Individual time trial  Michel Pollentier (BEL)
22 12 June Milan to Milan 122 km (76 mi) Plain stage  Luciano Borgognoni (ITA)
Total 3,968 km (3,968 km)

Classification leadership

A picture of a mountain.
The Valparola Pass was the Cima Coppi for the 1977 running of the Giro d'Italia.

Four different jerseys were worn during the 1977 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.[9]

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.[9] The Cima Coppi for this Giro was the Valparola Pass. The first rider to cross the Valparola Pass was Spanish rider Faustino Fernández Ovies. The white jersey was worn by the leader of young rider classification, a ranking decided the same way as the general classification, but considering only neo-professional cyclists (in their first three years of professional racing).[9] 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.[9]

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.[9]

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
Young rider classification Team classification
P Freddy Maertens Freddy Maertens Freddy Maertens not awarded not awarded Flandria
1 Freddy Maertens ?
2a Rik Van Linden
2b Luciano Borgognoni
3 Simone Fraccaro
4 Freddy Maertens
5 Mario Beccia Francesco Moser Mario Beccia & Faustino Fernandez Ovies
6a Freddy Maertens Mario Beccia
6b Freddy Maertens
7 Freddy Maertens Faustino Fernandez Ovies
8a Freddy Maertens
8b Marino Basso
9 Knut Knudsen Francesco Moser
10 Giacinto Santambrogio
11 Claudio Bortolotto
12 Wilmo Francioni
13 Gancarlo Tartoni
14 Marc Demeyer
15 Ercole Gualazzini
16a Marc Demeyer
16b Pierino Gavazzi
17 Giuseppe Perletto Michel Pollentier
18 Gianbattista Baronchelli
19 MRenato Laghi
20 Wilmo Francioni
21 Michel Pollentier
22 Luciano Borgognoni
Final Michel Pollentier Francesco Moser Faustino Fernandez Ovies Mario Beccia Flandria

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][10]
Rank Name Team Time
1  Michel Pollentier (BEL) Pink jersey Flandria 107h 27' 16"
2  Francesco Moser (ITA) Purple jersey Sanson + 2' 32"
3  Gianbattista Baronchelli (ITA) Scic + 4' 02"
4  Alfio Vandi (ITA) Magniflex + 7' 50"
5  Wladimiro Panizza (ITA) Scic + 7' 56"
6  Ronald De Witte (BEL) Brooklyn + 10' 04"
7  Walter Riccomi (ITA) Scic + 12' 28"
8  Claudio Bortolotto (ITA) Sanson + 13' 41"
9  Mario Beccia (ITA) Sanson + 13' 48"
10  Wilmo Francioni (ITA) Magniflex + 16' 11"

Points classification

Final points classification (1-9)[4][10]
Rider Team Points
1  Francesco Moser (ITA) Purple jersey Sanson 225
2  Pierino Gavazzi (ITA) Scic 183
3  Luciano Borgognoni (ITA) Scic
4  Michel Pollentier (ITA) Pink jersey Flandria 153
5  Wilmo Francioni (ITA) Magniflex 143
6  Marc Demeyer (BEL) Flandria 141
7  Enrico Paolini (ITA) Scic 133
8  Gianbattista Baronchelli (ITA) Scic 123
9  Miguel María Lasa (ESP) Teka 105
 Aldo Parecchini (ITA) Brooklyn

Mountains classification

Final mountains classification (1-10)[4][10]
Rider Team Points
1  Faustino Fernandez Ovies (ESP) Green jersey Zonca 675
2  Ueli Sutter (SUI) Scic 490
3  Michel Pollentier (BEL) Pink jersey Flandria 340
4  Mario Beccia (ITA) Sanson 220
5  Renato Laghi (ITA) Vibor 195
6  Gianbattista Baronchelli (ITA) Scic 175
7  Alfio Vandi (ITA) Magniflex 120
8  Giuseppe Perletto (ITA) Perletto 110
 José-Luis Viejo (ESP) KAS
10  Wladimiro Panizza (ITA) Scic 100

Young rider classification

Final young rider classification (1-5)[4][10]
Rider Team Time
1  Mario Beccia (ITA) Sanson 107h 41' 04"
2  Vittorio Algeri (ITA) G.B.C. + 7' 34"
3  Amilcare Sgalbazzi (ITA) Jolly Ceramica + 11' 27"
4  Bernt Johansson (SWE) Fiorella + 14' 13"
5  Carmelo Barone (ITA) Fiorella + 21' 28"

Campionato delle Regioni classification

Final Campionato delle Regioni classification (1-8)[10]
Rider Team Points
1  Wilmo Francioni (ITA) Magniflex 37
2  Gianfranco Foresti (ITA) Scic 12
3  Giacinto Santambrogio (ITA) Bianchi 10
4  Aldo Parecchini (ITA) Brooklyn
5  Pietro Algeri (ITA) G.B.C. 8
 Claudio Bortolotto (ITA) Sanson
 Marcello Osler (ITA) Brooklyn
8  Bruno Zanoni (ITA) G.B.C. 6

Traguardo Fiat 127 classification

Final Traguardo Fiat 127 classification (1-4)[10]
Rider Team Points
1  Jesús Suárez Cueva (ESP) Teka 33
2  Domingo Perurena (ESP) KAS 26
3  Adriano Pella (ITA) Selle Royal 18
4  Gianbattista Baronchelli (ITA) Scic 3
 Aldo Donadello (ITA) Sanson
 Miguel María Lasa (ESP) Teka
 Wladimiro Panizza (ITA) Scic
 Aldo Parecchini (ITA) Brooklyn
 Alfio Vandi (ITA) Magniflex

Team points classification

Final team points classification (1-10)[10]
Team Points
1 Flandria 11,886
2 Sanson 11,078
3 Scic 7,154
4 Flandria 5,633
5 Jolly Ceramica 4558?
6 Vibor 3443
7 Bianchi 3362
8 Brooklyn 3209
9 Selle Royal 3184
10 KAS 3070


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