28th Giro d'Italia 1940 (Italy)

 
   
 
By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian
 

A Youthful Coppi Wins Before the War

A young Fausto Coppi came to his first Giro as part of the powerful Legnano team of Gino Bartali. An early crash on stage 3 injured Bartali.

When he began to struggle on stage 5 Coppi gained permission to join a breakaway. After bridging to the break Coppi crashed and broke his bike, losing significant time. Coppi battled steadily back until a solo breakaway on stage 11 gained the Maglia Rosa. With the help of Gino Bartali Coppi held the race leader for the remainder of the race.

In Milan Fausto Coppi gained the first Giro d'Italia victory of his career.

Stage and Distance

Stage Winner

Race Leader

Stage 1 Milan-Torino, 180 km

Olimpio Bizzi (Ita)

Olimpio Bizzi (Ita)

Stage 2 Torino-Genova, 226 km

Pierino Favalli (Ita)

Osvaldo Bailo (Ita)

Stage 3 Genova-Pisa, 188 km

Diego Marabelli (Ita)

Osvaldo Bailo (Ita)

Stage 4 Pisa-Grosseto, 154 km

Adolfo Leoni (Ita)

Pierino Favalli (Ita)

Stage 5 Grosseto-Rome, 224 km

Adolfo Leoni (Ita)

Pierino Favalli (Ita)

Stage 6 Rome-Napoli, 238 km

Glauco Servadei (Ita)

Pierino Favalli (Ita)

Stage 7 Napoli-Fiuggi, 178 km

Walter Generati (Ita)

Pierino Favalli (Ita)

Stage 8 Fiuggi-Terni, 183 km

Olimpio Bizzi (Ita)

Enrico Mollo (Ita)

Stage 9 Terni-Arezzo, 183 km

Primo Volpi (Ita)

Enrico Mollo (Ita)

Stage 10 Arezzo-Firenze, 91 km

Olimpio Bizzi (Ita)

Enrico Mollo (Ita)

Stage 11 Firenze-Modena, 184 km

Fausto Coppi (Ita)

Fausto Coppi (Ita)

Stage 12 Modena-Ferrara, 199 km

Adolfo Leoni (Ita)

Fausto Coppi (Ita)

Stage 13 Ferrara-Treviso, 125 km

Olimpio Bizzi (Ita)

Fausto Coppi (Ita)

Stage 14 Treviso-Abbazia, 215 km

Glauco Servadei (Ita)

Fausto Coppi (Ita)

Stage 15 Abbazia-Trieste, 179 km

Mario Vicini (Ita)

Fausto Coppi (Ita)

Stage 16 Trieste-Pieve di Cadore, 202 km

Mario Vicini (Ita)

Fausto Coppi (Ita)

Stage 17 Pieve di Cadore-Ortisei, 110 km

Gino Bartali (Ita)

Fausto Coppi (Ita)

Stage 18 Ortisei-Trento, 186 km

Glauco Servadei (Ita)

Fausto Coppi (Ita)

Stage 19 Trento-Verona, 149 km

Gino Bartali (Ita)

Fausto Coppi (Ita)

Stage 20 Verona-Milan, 180 km

Adolfo Leoni (Ita)

Fausto Coppi (Ita)

 

Mountain Jersey

* Gino Bartali (Ita)

 

GdI May 17 - June 9, 1940

3,574 Km

1. Fausto COPPI (Ita) 107h31'10"

2. Enrico Mollo (Ita) +2'40"
3. Giordano Cottur (Ita) +11'45"
Starters: 91

Finishers: 47

Average Speed: 33.240 km/h

 

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