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42nd Giro d'Italia 1959 (Italy)

 
   
 
By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian
 

Gaul Masters the Snow and Anquetil

Luxembourger Charly Gaul, Giro d’Italia champion in 1956, steadfastly battled young Frenchman Jacques Anquetil into the late stage in 1959.  Anquetil took the Maglia Rosa by winning the stage 2 individual time trial, 1’30” ahead of Gaul.  The Luxembourger battled back on stage 3 to Abetone, distancing Anquetil by over 2 minutes.

The Frenchman slowly chipped away at Gaul’s lead and broke clear of Gaul on stage 15 to Bolzano.  The time gain gave Anquetil the race lead.

With 2 stages remaining to the finish in Milan Anquetil held a 3’36” lead over Gaul.  Stage 21, 296 km from Aosta to Courmayeur, gave the Giro history books one of the great individual efforts of all time.  Little Charly Gaul climbed away from everyone through the three, snow covered mountain passes for the stage win.  He beat Anquetil by 9’48” and took back the Maglia Rosa.

Charly Gaul rode into Milan one stage later for the huge comeback victory in the 1959 Giro d’Italia.

Stage and Distance

Stage Winner

Race Leader

Stage 1 Milan-Salsomaggiore, 135 km

Rik Van Looy (Bel)

Rik Van Looy (Bel)

Stage 2 Crt d'Salsomaggiore Terme, 22 km ITT

Jacques Anquetil (Fra)

Jacques Anquetil (Fra)

Stage 3 Salsomaggiore-Abetone, 180 Km

Charly Gaul (Lux)

Charly Gaul (Lux)

Stage 4 Abetone-Arezzo, 178 km

Armando Pellegrini (Ita)

Charly Gaul (Lux)

Stage 5 Arezzo-Rome, 243 km

Rik Van Looy (Bel)

Charly Gaul (Lux)

Stage 6 Rome-Napoli, 213 km

Miguel Poblet (Spa)

Charly Gaul (Lux)

Stage 7 Scalata del Vesuvio, 8 km ITT

Charly Gaul (Lux)

Charly Gaul (Lux)

Stage 8 Circuito di Ischia, 31 km ITT

Antonino Catalano (Ita)

Charly Gaul (Lux)

Stage 9 Napoli-Vasto, 206 km

Gastone Nencini (Ita)

Charly Gaul (Lux)

Stage 10 Vasto-Teramo, 148 km

Rino Benedetti (Ita)

Charly Gaul (Lux)

Stage 11 Ascoli Piceno-Rimini, 245 km

Rik Van Looy (Bel)

Charly Gaul (Lux)

Stage 12 Circuito di San Marino , 141 km

Nino Defilippis (Ita)

Charly Gaul (Lux)

Stage 13 Rimini-Verona, 233 km

Miguel Poblet (Spa)

Charly Gaul (Lux)

Stage 14 Verona-Rovereto, 143 km

Rik Van Looy (Bel)

Charly Gaul (Lux)

Stage 15 Trento-Bolzano, 198 km

Miguel Poblet (Spa)

Jacques Anquetil (Fra)

Stage 16 Bolzano-San Pellegrino, 245 km

Alessandro Fantini (Ita)

Jacques Anquetil (Fra)

Stage 17 San Pellegrino-Genova, 241 km

Arrigo Padovan (Ita)

Jacques Anquetil (Fra)

Stage 18 Genova-Torino, 180 km

Vito Favero (Ita)

Jacques Anquetil (Fra)

Stage 19 Crono Valle Susa , 51 km ITT

Jacques Anquetil (Fra)

Jacques Anquetil (Fra)

Stage 20 Torino-St Vincent, 100 km

Alfredo Sabbadin (Ita)

Jacques Anquetil (Fra)

Stage 21 Aosta-Courmayeur, 296 km

Charly Gaul (Lux) ***

Charly Gaul (Lux)

Stage 22 Courmayeur-Milan, 220 km

Rolf Graf (Sui)

Charly Gaul (Lux)

Mountain Classification

Charly Gaul (Lux)



GdI May 16 - June 7, 1959

3,657 Km

1. Charly GAUL (Lux) 101h50'26"

2. Jacques Anquetil (Fra) +6'12"
3. Diego Ronchini (Ita) +6'16"
Starters: 130

Finishers: 86

Average Speed: 35.909 km/h

 

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