31st Giro d'Italia 1948 (Italy)

 
   
 
By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian
 

Another Great Italian Cyclist Emerges

Fiorenzo Magni won the first of his three Giro d'Italia victories in 1948, but not without controversy.

Magni riding brilliantly into the Alps began to struggle under Fausto Coppi's relentless pressure. On the final climbing stage, featuring the famous Passo di Pordoi (always a famous Coppi launching pad) Magni began to slow. Relayed up the climb being pushed by the tofosi (Italian fans), Magni managed to limit his time loss to Coppi (+2'31”). In Trento Magni gained the Maglia Rosa.

Fausto Coppi and his Bianchi teammate were furious that no penalty was given. Team Bianchi withdrew from the Giro in protest of the rules infraction.

Over the final two stages Fiorenzo Magni maintained his slim 11 second lead over Ezio Cecchi and rode into Milan for the Giro victory.

SPECIAL NOTE: Fausto Coppi won the Mountain Classification despite abandoning on stage 17 in protest. The Giro rules of the time allowed the prize to be awarded without finishing the race.

Stage and Distance

Stage Winner

Race Leader

Stage 1 Milan-Torino, 190 km

Giordano Cottur (Ita)

Giordano Cottur (Ita)

Stage 2 Torino-Genova, 226 km

Mario Ricci (Ita)

Giordano Cottur (Ita)

Stage 3 Genova-Parma, 243 km

Luciano Maggini (Ita)

Giordano Cottur (Ita)

Stage 4 Parma-Viareggio, 166 km

Luigi Casola (Ita)

Giordano Cottur (Ita)

Stage 5 Viareggio-Siena, 165 km

Adolfo Leoni (Ita)

Giordano Cottur (Ita)

Stage 6 Siena-Rome, 256 km

Luigi Casola (Ita)

Giordano Cottur (Ita)

Stage 7 Rome-Pescara, 230 km

Antonio Bevilacqua (Ita)

Giordano Cottur (Ita)

Stage 8 Pescara-Bari, 347 km

Adolfo Leoni (Ita)

Giordano Cottur (Ita)

Stage 9 Bari-Napoli, 306 km

Nedo Logli (Ita)

Vito Ortelli (Ita)

Stage 10 Napoli-Fiuggi, 184 km

Italo De Zan (Ita)

Vito Ortelli (Ita)

Stage 11 Fiuggi-Perugia, 265 km

Desire Keteleer (Bel)

Vito Ortelli (Ita)

Stage 12 Perugia-Firenze, 164 km

Oreste Conte (Ita)

Vito Ortelli (Ita)

Stage 13 Firenze-Bologna, 194 km

Bruno Pasquini (Ita)

Vito Ortelli (Ita)

Stage 14 Bologna-Udine, 278 km

Oreste Conte (Ita)

Fiorenzo Magni (Ita)

Stage 15 Udine-Auronzo, 125 km

Vincenzo Rossello (Ita)

Ezio Cecchi (Ita)

Stage 16 Auronzo-Cortina d'Ampezzo, 90 km

Fausto Coppi (Ita)

Ezio Cecchi (Ita)

Stage 17 Cortina d'Ampezzo-Trento, 160 km

Fausto Coppi (Ita)

Fiorenzo Magni (Ita)

Stage 18 Trento-Brescia, 239 km

Elio Bertocchi (Ita)

Fiorenzo Magni (Ita)

Stage 19 Brescia-Milan, 231 km

Fiorenzo Magni (Ita)

Fiorenzo Magni (Ita)

 

Mountain Jersey

* Fausto Coppi (Ita)

 

GdI May 15 - June 6, 1948

4,164 Km

1. Fiorenzo MAGNI (Ita) 124h51'52"

2. Ezio Cecchi (Ita) +11"
3. Giordano Cottur (Ita) +2'37"
Starters: 77

Finishers: 41

Average Speed: 33.116 km/h

 

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