1978 Giro d'Italia

1978 Giro d'Italia
Race details
Dates 7 May - 28 May
Stages 20 + Prologue, including one split stage
Distance 3,610.5 km (2,243 mi)
Winning time 101h 31' 22"
Winner  Johan De Muynck (BEL) (Bianchi)
Second  Gianbattista Baronchelli (ITA) (Scic)
Third  Francesco Moser (ITA) (Sanson)

Points  Francesco Moser (ITA) (Sanson)
Mountains  Ueli Sutter (SUI) (Zonca)
Youth  Roberto Visentini (ITA) (Vibor)
Combination  Giuseppe Saronni (ITA) (Scic)
Team Bianchi - Faema

The 1978 Giro d'Italia was the 61st running of the Giro d'Italia, one of cycling's Grand Tours races. The Giro started in Saint-Vincent, on 7 May, with a 2 km (1.2 mi) prologue and concluded in Milan, on 28 May, with a 220 km (136.7 mi) mass-start stage. A total of 130 riders from thirteen teams entered the 20-stage race, that was won by Belgian Johan de Muynck of the Bianchi team. The second and third places were taken by Italians Gianbattista Baronchelli and Francesco Moser, respectively.[1][2][3][4][5][6]

Amongst the other classifications that the race awarded, Sanson's Moser won the points classification, Ueli Sutter of Zonca won the mountains classification, and Vibor's Roberto Visentini completed the Giro as the best neo-professional in the general classification, finishing fifteenth overall. Bianchi finishing as the winners of the team points classification.


A total of 13 teams were invited to participate in the 1978 Giro d'Italia. Each team sent a squad of ten riders, so the Giro began with a peloton of 130 cyclists. Out of the 130 riders that started this edition of the Giro d'Italia, a total of 90 riders made it to the finish in Milan.[7]

The teams entering the race were:

  • Magniflex-Torpado
  • Mecap-Selle Italia
  • Sanson
  • Scic
  • Selle Royal-Inoxpran
  • Teka
  • Vibor
  • Zonca

Route and stages

Stage results[7]
Stage Date Course Distance Type Winner
P 7 May Saint-Vincent 2 km (1 mi) Individual time trial  Dietrich Thurau (GER)
1 8 May Saint-Vincent to Novi Ligure 175 km (109 mi) Plain stage  Rik Van Linden (BEL)
2 9 May Novi Ligure to La Spezia 195 km (121 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Giuseppe Saronni (ITA)
3 10 May La Spezia to Càscina 183 km (114 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Johan De Muynck (BEL)
4 11 May Larciano to Pistoia 25 km (16 mi) Individual time trial  Dietrich Thurau (GER)
5 12 May Prato to Cattolica 200 km (124 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Rik Van Linden (BEL)
6 13 May Cattolica to Silvi Marina 218 km (135 mi) Plain stage  Rik Van Linden (BEL)
7 14 May Silvi Marina to Benevento 242 km (150 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Giuseppe Saronni (ITA)
8 15 May Benevento to Ravello 175 km (109 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Giuseppe Saronni (ITA)
9 16 May Amalfi to Latina 248 km (154 mi) Plain stage  Enrico Paolini (ITA)
10 17 May Latina to Lago di Piediluco 220 km (137 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Giuseppe Martinelli (ITA)
11a 18 May Terni to Assisi 74 km (46 mi) Plain stage  Bruno Zanoni (ITA)
11b Assisi to Siena 145 km (90 mi) Plain stage  Francesco Moser (ITA)
12 19 May Poggibonsi to Monte Trebbio 204 km (127 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Giancarlo Bellini (ITA)
13 20 May Modigliana to Padua 183 km (114 mi) Plain stage  Francesco Moser (ITA)
14 21 May Venezia to Venezia 12 km (7 mi) Individual time trial  Francesco Moser (ITA)
22 May Rest day
15 23 May Treviso to Canazei 234 km (145 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Gianbattista Baronchelli (ITA)
16 24 May Mazzin to Cavalese 48 km (30 mi) Individual time trial  Francesco Moser (ITA)
17 25 May Cavalese to Monte Bondone 205 km (127 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Wladimiro Panizza (ITA)
18 26 May Mezzolombardo to Sarezzo 245 km (152 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Giuseppe Perletto (ITA)
19 27 May Brescia to Inverigo 175 km (109 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Vittorio Algeri (ITA)
20 28 May Inverigo to Milan 220 km (137 mi) Plain stage  Pierino Gavazzi (ITA)
Total 3,610 km (2,243 mi)

Classification leadership

A picture of a mountain village.
The Passo Valles was the Cima Coppi for the 1978 running of the Giro d'Italia.

Three different jerseys were worn during the 1978 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.[8]

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.[8] The Cima Coppi for this Giro was the Passo Valles. The first rider to cross the Passo Valles was Italian rider Gianbattista Baronchelli. 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).[8]

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.[8]

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 Dietrich Thurau not awarded not awarded not awarded not awarded not awarded
1 Rik Van Linden Rik Van Linden Rik Van Linden ? ? ?
2 Giuseppe Saronni
3 Johan De Muynck Johan De Muynck
4 Dietrich Thurau Giuseppe Saronni
5 Rik Van Linden Francesco Moser
6 Rik Van Linden Rik Van Linden
7 Giuseppe Saronni Roger De Vlaeminck
8 Giuseppe Saronni Giuseppe Saronni
9 Enrico Paolini Roger De Vlaeminck
10 Giuseppe Martinelli Giuseppe Saronni
11a Bruno Zanoni
11b Francesco Moser Roger De Vlaeminck
12 Giancarlo Bellini Francesco Moser
13 Francesco Moser
14 Francesco Moser
15 Gianbattista Baronchelli
16 Francesco Moser
17 Wladimiro Panizza Ueli Sutter
18 Giuseppe Perletto
19 Vittorio Algeri
20 Pierino Gavazzi Roberto Visentini Bianchi
Final Johan De Muynck Francesco Moser Ueli Sutter Roberto Visentini Bianchi

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)[7][9][10]
Rank Name Team Time
1  Johan De Muynck (BEL) Pink jersey Bianchi 101h 31' 22"
2  Gianbattista Baronchelli (ITA) Scic + 59"
3  Francesco Moser (ITA) Purple jersey Sanson + 2' 19"
4  Wladimiro Panizza (ITA) Vibor + 7' 57"
5  Giuseppe Saronni (ITA) Scic + 8' 19"
6  Ronald De Witte (BEL) Sanson + 8' 24"
7  Alfio Vandi (ITA) Magniflex + 9' 04"
8  Claudio Bortolotto (ITA) Sanson + 9' 25"
9  Bernt Johansson (SWE) Fiorella + 12' 36"
10  Ueli Sutter (SUI) Green jersey Zonca + 12' 38"

Points classification

Final points classification (1-5)[7][9][11]
Rider Team Points
1  Francesco Moser (ITA) Purple jersey Sanson 275
2  Giuseppe Saronni (ITA) Scic 274
3  Gianbattista Baronchelli (ITA) Scic 260
4  Pierino Gavazzi (ITA) Zonca 130
5  Johan De Muynck (ITA) Pink jersey Bianchi 118

Mountains classification

Final mountains classification (1-5)[7][9]
Rider Team Points
1  Ueli Sutter (SUI) Green jersey Zonca 830
2  Gianbattista Baronchelli (ITA) Scic 520
3  Claudio Bortolotto (ITA) Sanson 345
4  Pedro Torres (ESP) Teka
5  Johan De Muynck (ITA) Pink jersey Bianchi 290

Young rider classification

Final young rider classification (1-5)[7][9]
Rider Team Time
1  Roberto Visentini (ITA) Vibor 101h 50' 17"
2  Giancarlo Casiraghi (ITA) Intercontinentale Assicurazioni + 41' 33"
3  Ennio Vanotti (ITA) Zonca + 54' 39"
4  Claudio Corti (ITA) Zonca + 1h 05' 20"
5  Vincenzo De Caro (ITA) Mecap + 1h 19' 15"

Campionato delle Regioni classification

Final Campionato delle Regioni classification (1-5)[9]
Rider Team Points
1  Fiorenzo Favero (SUI) Intercontinentale Assicurazioni 38
2  Alessio Antonini (ITA) Selle Royal-Inoxpran 27
3  Giuseppe Martinelli (ITA) Magniflex 19
4  Giuseppe Saronni (ITA) Scic 17
5  Giancarlo Tartoni (ITA) Magniflex 13

Traguardo Fiat Ritmo classification

Final Traguardo Fiat Ritmo classification (1-3)[9][10]
Rider Team Points
1  Luciano Rossignoli (ITA) Fiorella 37
2  Walter Dusi (ITA) Intercontinentale Assicurazioni 16
3  Ottavio Crepaldi (ITA) Magniflex 13

Team points classification

Final team points classification (1-3)[7]
Team Points
1 Bianchi 15,540
2 Sanson 9,420
3 Scic 8,107


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