29th Giro d'Italia 1946 (Italy)

 
   
 
By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian
 

Bartali Beats Coppi… the Rivalry Continues to Grow

Following the War, defending champion (Giro 1940) Fausto Coppi had moved from Gino Bartali's Legnano team to the Bianchi team. Now riding for separate teams their rivalry would flourish.

The two giants of Italian cycling battled from the start in Milan, around Italy and back to the finish in Milan. Along the way, one of the two men won every major climb. Through the Alps Coppi went on a 3 stage rampage, but could only gain seconds on an ever-vigilant Bartali. Into Vigorelli Velodrome in Milan Gino Bartali held on for a 47 second victory over Fausto Coppi. Third place finished over 15 minutes behind the pair.

Cycling fans were witnessing one of the greatest rivalries in sports history. This rivalry would continue to flourish for a decade to come and entertain sports fans everywhere.

SPECIAL NOTE: Stage 13 from Rovigo to Trieste had to be stopped when turmoil hit the caravan. Stones were thrown and gunshots fired disrupting the race. The stage was cancelled and rider transported to Trieste on trucks.

Stage and Distance

Stage Winner

Race Leader

Stage 1 Milan-Torino, 185 km

Giordano Cottur (Ita)

Giordano Cottur (Ita)

Stage 2 Torino-Genova, 190 km

Ant. Bevilacqua (Ita)

Antonio Bevilacqua (Ita)

Stage 3 Genova-Montecatini, 222 km

Adolfo Leoni (Ita)

Antonio Bevilacqua (Ita)

Stage 4 Montecatini-Prato, 40 km ITT

Antonio Bevilacqua (Ita)

Antonio Bevilacqua (Ita)

Stage 5 Prato-Bologna, 112 km

Fausto Coppi (Ita)

Fermo Camellini (Ita)

Stage 6a Bologna-Cesena, 80 km

Olimpio Bizzi (Ita)

Fermo Camellini (Ita)

Stage 6b Cesena-Ancona, 128 km

Aldo Bini (Ita)

Fermo Camellini (Ita)

Stage 7 Ancona-Chieti, 170 km

Vito Ortelli (Ita)

Fermo Camellini (Ita)

Stage 8 Chieti-Napoli, 244 km

Mario Ricci (Ita)

Vito Ortelli (Ita)

Stage 9 Napoli-Rome, 226 km

Elio Bertocchi (Ita)

Vito Ortelli (Ita)

Stage 10 Rome-Perugia, 191 km

Aldo Baito (Ita)

Vito Ortelli (Ita)

Stage 11 Perugia-Firenze, 165 km

Renzo Zanazzi (Ita)

Vito Ortelli (Ita)

Stage 12 Firenze-Rovigo, 245 km

Oreste Conte (Ita)

Vito Ortelli (Ita)

Stage 13 Rovigo-Trieste * Canceled

* Stage Stopped

Vito Ortelli (Ita)

Stage 14 Udine-Auronzo, 124 km

Fausto Coppi (Ita)

Gino Bartali (Ita)

Stage 15 Auronzo-Bassano, 203 km

Fausto Coppi (Ita)

Gino Bartali (Ita)

Stage 16 Bassano-Trento, 186 km

Aldo Ronconi (Ita)

Gino Bartali (Ita)

Stage 17a Trento-Verona, 90 km

Oreste Conte (Ita)

Gino Bartali (Ita)

Stage 17b Verona-Mantova, 72 km

Elio Bertocchi (Ita)

Gino Bartali (Ita)

Stage 18 Mantova-Milan, 176 km

Oreste Conte (Ita)

Gino Bartali (Ita)

 

Mountain Jersey

* Gino Bartali (Ita)

 

GdI June 15 - July 7, 1946

3,039 Km

1. Gino BARTALI (Ita) 65h32'20"

2. Fausto Coppi (Ita) +47"
3. Vito Ortelli (Ita) +15'28"
Starters: 79

Finishers: 40

Average Speed: 33.948 km/h

 

Return to the Timeline ToC

Return to the Race Snippets ToC

 
       
         
         
   


All materials are property of CyclingRevealed and Copyright © 2012
unless otherwise noted

Advertising Information | Contact Us