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38th Giro d'Italia 1955 (Italy)

 
   
 
By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian
 

Magni's Third Giro Victory

Fiorenzo Magni won his third Giro d’Italia Championship but it would not come easy.  Gastone Nencini rode a brilliant race only to be out foxed by two wily veterans. 

Magni took the early lead in his quest for a third overall victory.  When Magni lost the race lead in Rome (Circuit of Frascati *) on stage 10 Nencini began to shine.  The young Italian took his first Maglia Rosa on stage 16 and controlled the race through the mountains. 

Exiting the climbing stages, Magni regained the Maglia Rosa on stage 20 from Trente to San Pellegrino.  Fausto Coppi and Magni attacked the young race leader Gaston Nencini and broke free of the peloton with 160 km to go.  The alliance gave Coppi the stage win and Magni the race lead.

One stage later Fiorenzo Magni, Giro champion in 1948 and 1951, rode into Milan for his third victory.  Grand Italian Champion Fausto Coppi finished second on 13 second behind Magni.

* SPECIAL NOTE: The Frascati Circuit in Rome was a preview of the 1955 World Championship Road course.

 

Stage Winner

Race Leader

Stage 1 Milan-Torino, 163 km

Guido Messina (Ita)

Guido Messina (Ita)

Stage 2 Torino-Cannes, 243 km

Fiorenzo Magni (Ita)

Fiorenzo Magni (Ita)

Stage 3 Cannes-San Remo, 123 km

Nino Defilippis (Ita)

Fiorenzo Magni (Ita)

Stage 4 San Remo-Acqui Terme, 192 km

Alessandro Fantini (Ita)

Fiorenzo Magni (Ita)

Stage 5 Acqui Terme-Genoa, 170 km

Giancarlo Astrua (Ita)

Fiorenzo Magni (Ita)

Stage 6 Genoa/Lido d'Albaro, 18.4 km TTT

TORPADO

Fiorenzo Magni (Ita)

Stage 7 Genoa-Viareggio, 164 km

Giovanni Corrieri (Ita)

Fiorenzo Magni (Ita)

Stage 8 Viareggio-Perugia, 260 km

Rino Benedetti (Ita)

Fiorenzo Magni (Ita)

Stage 9 Perugia-Rome, 174 km

Gastone Nencini (Ita)

Fiorenzo Magni (Ita)

Stage 10 Rome/ Frascati Circuit, 207 km

Bernardo Ruiz (Spa)

Bruno Monti (Ita)

Stage 11 Rome-Napoli, 242 km

Vincenzo Zuconelli (Ita)

Bruno Monti (Ita)

Stage 12 Napoli-Scanno, 216 km

Gastone Nencini (Ita)

Raphael Geminiani (Fra)

Stage 13 Scanno-Ancona, 251 km

Giorgio Albani (Ita)

Raphael Geminiani (Fra)

Stage 14 Ancona-Cervia Pineta, 173 km

Giuseppe Minardi (Ita)

Raphael Geminiani (Fra)

Stage 15 Cervia Pineta-Ravenna, 50 km ITT

Pasquale Fornara (Ita)

Gastone Nencini (Ita)

Stage 16 Ravenna-Lido di Jesolo, 245 km

Rino Benedetti (Ita)

Gastone Nencini (Ita)

Stage 17 Lido di Jesolo-Trieste, 150 km

Alessandro Fantini (Ita)

Gastone Nencini (Ita)

Stage 18 Trieste-Cortina d'Ampzz, 236 km

Angelo Conterno (Ita)

Gastone Nencini (Ita)

Stage 19 Cort. d'Ampezzo-Trente, 227 km

Jean Dotto (Fra)

Gastone Nencini (Ita)

Stage 20 Trente-San Pellegrino, 216 km

Fausto Coppi (Ita)

Fiorenzo Magni (Ita)

Stage 21 San Pellegrino-Milan, 141 km

Hugo Koblet (Sui)

Fiorenzo Magni (Ita)

 

Mountain Classification

Gastone Nencini (Ita)



GdI May 14 - June 5, 1955

3,861.4 Km

1. Fiorenzo MAGNI (Ita) 108h56'13"

2. Fausto Coppi (Ita)+13"
3. Gastone Nencini (Ita)+4'08"
Starters: 98

Finishers: 86

Average Speed: 35.551 km/h

 

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