1983 Giro d'Italia
|Dates||12 May - 5 June|
|Stages||22 + Prologue, including one split stage|
|Distance||3,922 km (2,437 mi)|
|Winning time||100h 45' 30"|
|Winner||Giuseppe Saronni (ITA)||(Del Tongo-Colnago)|
|Second||Roberto Visentini (ITA)||(Inoxpran)|
|Third||Alberto Fernández (ESP)||(Zor)|
|Points||Giuseppe Saronni (ITA)||(Del Tongo-Colnago)|
|Mountains||Lucien Van Impe (BEL)||(Metauro Mobili-Pinarello)|
|Youth||Franco Chioccioli (ITA)||(Vivi-Benotto)|
The 1983 Giro d'Italia was the 66th running of the Giro d'Italia, one of cycling's Grand Tours races. The Giro started in Brescia, on 12 May, with a 8 km (5.0 mi) prologue and concluded in Udine, on 5 June, with a 40 km (24.9 mi) individual time trial. A total of 162 riders from eighteen teams entered the 22-stage race, that was won by Italian Giuseppe Saronni of the Del Tongo-Colnago team. The second and third places were taken by Italian Roberto Visentini and Spaniard Alberto Fernández, respectively.
Amongst the other classifications that the race awarded, Saronni won the points classification, Lucien Van Impe of Metauro Mobili won the mountains classification, and Vivi-Benotto's Franco Chioccioli completed the Giro as the best neo-professional in the general classification, finishing sixteenth overall. Renault-Elf finishing as the winners of the team classification, ranking each of the twenty teams contesting the race by lowest cumulative time. The team points classification was won by Zor-Gemeaz Cusin.
A total of eighteen teams were invited to participate in the 1983 Giro d'Italia. Each team sent a squad of nine riders, which meant that the race started with a peloton of 162 cyclists. The presentation of the teams – where each team's roster and manager are introduced in front the media and local dignitaries – took place at the Piazza della Loggia in Brescia on 10 May and was televised in Italy on Network 1. From the riders that began this edition, 140 made it to the finish in Udine.
Route and stages
The route for the 1983 edition of the Giro d'Italia was revealed to the public by head organizer Vincenzo Torriani on 19 February 1983. Covering a total of 3,922 km (2,437 mi), it included four time trials (three individual and one for teams), and fifteen stages with categorized climbs that awarded mountains classification points. Seven of these fifteen stages had summit finishes: stage 4, to Todi; stage 6, to Campitello Matese; stage 9, to Montefiascone; stage 10, to Bibbiena; stage 15, to Orta San Giulio; stage 17, to Colli di San Fermo; and stage 19, to Selva di Val Gardena. The organizers chose to include two rest days. When compared to the previous year's race, the race was 88.5 km (55 mi) shorter and contained one more time trial. In addition, this race contained one more set of split stages.
||Individual time trial||Stage Cancelled|
|1||13 May||Brescia to Mantua||70 km (43 mi)||Team time trial||Bianchi-Piaggio|
|2||14 May||Mantua to Comacchio||192 km (119 mi)||Plain stage||Guido Bontempi (ITA)|
|3||15 May||Comacchio to Fano||148 km (92 mi)||Plain stage||Paolo Rosola (ITA)|
|4||16 May||Pesaro to Todi||187 km (116 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Giuseppe Saronni (ITA)|
|5||17 May||Terni to Vasto||269 km (167 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Eduardo Chozas (ESP)|
|6||18 May||Vasto to Campitello Matese||145 km (90 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Alberto Fernández (ESP)|
|7||19 May||Campitello Matese to Salerno||216 km (134 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Moreno Argentin (ITA)|
|8||20 May||Salerno to Terracina||212 km (132 mi)||Plain stage||Guido Bontempi (ITA)|
|9||21 May||Terracina to Montefiascone||225 km (140 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Riccardo Magrini (ITA)|
|10||22 May||Montefiascone to Bibbiena||232 km (144 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Palmiro Masciarelli (ITA)|
|11||23 May||Bibbiena to Pietrasanta||202 km (126 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Lucien Van Impe (BEL)|
|24 May||Rest day|
|12||25 May||Pietrasanta to Reggio Emilia||180 km (112 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Alf Segersäll (SWE)|
|13||26 May||Reggio Emilia to Parma||38 km (24 mi)||Individual time trial||Giuseppe Saronni (ITA)|
|14||27 May||Parma to Savona||243 km (151 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Gregor Braun (FRG)|
|15||28 May||Savona to Orta San Giulio||219 km (136 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Paolo Rosola (ITA)|
|16a||29 May||Orta San Giulio to Milan||110 km (68 mi)||Plain stage||Frank Hoste (BEL)|
|16b||Milan to Bergamo||100 km (62 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Giuseppe Saronni (ITA)|
|17||30 May||Bergamo to Colli di San Fermo||91 km (57 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Alberto Fernández (ESP)|
|18||31 May||Sarnico to Vicenza||178 km (111 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Paolo Rosola (ITA)|
|1 June||Rest day|
|19||2 June||Vicenza to Selva di Val Gardena||224 km (139 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Mario Beccia (ITA)|
|20||3 June||Selva di Val Gardena to Arabba||169 km (105 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Alessandro Paganessi (ITA)|
|21||4 June||Arabba to Gorizia||232 km (144 mi)||Plain stage||Moreno Argentin (ITA)|
|22||5 June||Gorizia to Udine||40 km (25 mi)||Individual time trial||Roberto Visentini (ITA)|
|Total||3,922 km (2,437 mi)|
Four different jerseys were worn during the 1983 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.
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. The Cima Coppi for this Giro was the Pordoi Pass. The first rider to cross the Pordoi Pass was Spanish rider Marino Lejarreta. 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). 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.
The rows in the following table correspond to the jerseys awarded after that stage was run.
|Denotes the winner of the General classification||Denotes the winner of the Mountains classification|
|Denotes the winner of the Points classification||Denotes the winner of the Young rider classification|
|1||Giuseppe Saronni (ITA)||Del Tongo-Colnago||100h 45' 30"|
|2||Roberto Visentini (ITA)||Inoxpran-Lumenflon||+ 1' 07"|
|3||Alberto Fernández (ESP)||Zor-Gemeaz Cusin||+ 3' 40"|
|4||Mario Beccia (ITA)||Malvor-Bottecchia||+ 5' 55"|
|5||Dietrich Thurau (FRG)||Del Tongo-Colnago||+ 7' 44"|
|6||Marino Lejarreta (ESP)||Alfa Lum-Olmo||+ 7' 47"|
|7||Faustino Rupérez Rincón (ESP)||Zor-Gemeaz Cusin||+ 8' 24"|
|8||Eduardo Chozas Olmo (ESP)||Zor-Gemeaz Cusin||+ 9' 41"|
|9||Lucien Van Impe (BEL)||Metauro Mobili||+ 10' 54"|
|10||Wladimiro Panizza (ITA)||Atala-Campagnolo||+ 12' 00"|
|1||Giuseppe Saronni (ITA)||Del Tongo-Colnago||223|
|2||Moreno Argentin (ITA)||Sammontana||149|
|3||Frank Hoste (BEL)||Europ Decor-Dries||139|
|4||Pierino Gavazzi (ITA)||Atala-Campagnolo||120|
|5||Stefan Mutter (SUI)||Eorotex-Magniflex||111|
Young rider classification
|1||Franco Chioccioli (ITA)||Vivi-Benotto||101h 00" 52"|
|2||Fabrizio Verza (ITA)||Gis Gelati-Campagnolo||+ 12' 16"|
|3||Harald Maier (AUT)||Eorotex-Magniflex||+ 20' 32"|
|4||Davide Cassani (ITA)||Termolan-Galli||+ 30' 27"|
|5||Czesław Lang (POL)||Gis Gelati-Campagnolo||+ 35' 13"|
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