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40th Giro d'Italia 1957 (Italy)

 
   
 
By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian
 

Nencini in Front of Bobet, Baldini, and Gaul

SPECIAL NOTE: Grand Champion Fausto Coppi crashed on Sardinia before the Giro and broke his femar.  He was not able to recover in time for the Giro.

French superstar Louison Bobet grabbed the Maglia Rosa (race leader’s Pink jersey) on the stage 2 individual time trial.  Bobet controlled the race until he faltered on the stage 16 finish at Campo dei Fiori. 

Defending champion Charly Gaul took a short lived race lead two stages later but the power of Gaston Nencini wrestled the Maglia Rosa away from Gaul with 3 stage to the finish in Milan. 

A late charge by Louison Bobet in the closing stages was matched pedal stroke for pedal stroke by Nencini and the Italian rode into Milan for the 1957 Giro d’Italia victory.  Louison Bobet finished second only 19 seconds behind Nencini.

 

Stage Winner

Race Leader

Stage 1 Milan-Verona, 191 km

Rik Van Steenbergen (Bel)

Rik Van Steenbergen (Bel)

Stage 2 Verona-Boscochiesa Nuova, 28 km ITT

Charly Gaul (Lux)

Louison Bobet (Fra)

Stage 3 Verona-Ferrara, 169 km

Miguel Poblet (Spa)

Louison Bobet (Fra)

Stage 4 Ferrare-Cattolica, 190 km

Andre Vlayen (Bel)

Louison Bobet (Fra)

Stage 5 Cattolica-Loretto, 235 km

Alessandro Fantini (Ita)

Louison Bobet (Fra)

Stage 6 Loretto-Terni, 175 km

Wout Wagtmans (Ned)

Louison Bobet (Fra)

Stage 7 Terni-Pescara, 221 km

Antonin Rolland (Fra)

Louison Bobet (Fra)

Stage 8 Pescara-Napoli, 250 km

Vito Favero (Ita)

Nino Defilippis (Ita)

Stage 9 Napoli-Frascati, 220 km

Miguel Poblet (Spa)

Nino Defilippis (Ita)

Stage 10 Rome-Siena, 227 km

Miguel Poblet (Spa)

Nino Defilippis (Ita)

Stage 11 Siena-Montecatini Terme, 230 km

Rik Van Steenbergen (Bel)

Nino Defilippis (Ita)

Stage 12 Montecatini-Forte Marmi, 58 km ITT

Ercole Baldini (Ita)

Louison Bobet (Fra)

Stage 13 Forte dei Marmi-Genova, 163 km

Bruno Monti (Ita)

Louison Bobet (Fra)

Stage 14 Genova-Saint Vincent, 235 km

Mario Baroni (Ita)

Antonin Rolland (Fra)

Stage 15 Saint Vincent-Sion, 134.2 km

Louison Bobet (Fra)

Louison Bobet (Fra)

Stage 16 Sion-Campo dei Fiori, 229 km

Alfredo Sabbadin (Ita)

Charly Gaul (Lux)

Stage 17a Varese-Como, 82 km

Alessandro Fantini (Ita)

Charly Gaul (Lux)

Stage 17b Como Circuito, 34 km

Rik Van Steenbergen (Bel)

Charly Gaul (Lux)

Stage 18 Como-Trento, 242 km

Miguel Poblet (Spa)

Gastone Nencini (Ita)

Stage 19 Trento-Levico Terme, 199 km

Charly Gaul (Lux)

Gastone Nencini (Ita)

Stage 20 Lv Terme-Abano Terme, 157 km

Rik Van Steenbergen (Bel)

Gastone Nencini (Ita)

Stage 21 Abano-Milan, 257 km

Rik Van Steenbergen (Bel)

Gastone Nencini (Ita)

Mountain Classification

Raphael Geminiani (Fra)



GdI May 18 - June 9, 1957

3,926 Km

1. Gastone NENCINI (Ita) 104h45'06"

2. Louison Bobet (Fra) +19"
3. Ercole Baldini (Ita) +5'59"
Starters: 119

Finishers: 79

Average Speed: 37.488 km/h

 

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