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43rd Giro d'Italia 1960 (Italy)

 
   
 
By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian
 

Anquetil Nips Nencini

Frenchman Jacques Anquetil had already established himself as the man of the era and returned to The Giro d'Italia with unfinished business. For the main contenders the 1960 Giro had three major hurdles:

•  the Stage 12 climb of the Cervinia,

•  the Stage 14 68km time trial near Milan and

•  the long Dolomite Mountain Stage 20 with the mighty Passo de Gavia.

On the 15 mile climb up the Cervinia Gaul soared away from the base of the ascent. Unfortunately Gaul was suffering from a sore throat which clipped the “Angel's” wings. A small group including Anquetil caught the Luxembourger before the top. The GC status quo was maintained and Gaul simply stated that “this hill is not tough enough for me; I will do better in the Dolomites.”

For the 68 km time trial on Stage 14 Anquetil was in majestic form. He caught and dropped Gaul who had started six minutes ahead of him. Gastone Nencini rode a little better to claim second place on the day but he still lost a massive 4'26" to Anquetil. The Maglia Rosa of race leadership now moved to Anquetil 3'40" ahead of Nencini in second and 7'58" ahead of Gaul, who fell to 6th place.

SPECIAL NOTE: In those days most mountain passes in the Giro and Tour were on unmade dirt roads. The Passo de Gavia is the third highest pass in Europe and in 1960 was rarely used even for motor traffic due to its dangers. Reports of unprotected 2,000 feet precipices on the descent, incredibly steep inclines and brown bears inhabiting the upper slopes caused considerable trepidation with the race convoy. “It is just like a Tour de France pass 50 years ago in the days of Eugene Christophe,” reports said.

The stage was now set for the final act; drama on the Gavia. The Stage 20 climb of the Passo de Gavia provided the race leader a scare. Anquetil wearing the Maglia Rosa was attacked by Gastone Nencini, who had been pushed up the very steep sections of the climb by the Italian tifosi. Officials turned a “blind eye” to the incident and Nencini broke away from the race leader on the decent. He gained 2'34” to close his deficit to 28 seconds with one stage remaining.

SPECIAL NOTE : It should be said that Nencini was a good sportsman. Like all top riders then and now, he did not like getting pushed but there is not a lot one can do when a bunch of crazy fans get behind you. Even so the organizers claimed that had Nencini given Anquetil the slip into Milan and taken back those 28 seconds then he would have been disqualified for being pushed up the Gavia.

An aggressive Nencini finished 3rd on the final stage but with no time gain. Anquetil became the first French champion of the Giro d'Italia.

SPECIAL NOTE : 1960 marked the first inclusion of the Passo de Gavia on the Giro schedule.

SPECIAL NOTE : The Italian tifosi (passionate fans) were still mourning the premature death of Fausto Coppi earlier that year and wanted to see one of their own hero's honor the memory of the “Campionissimo”.

Stage and Distance

Stage Winner

Race Leader

Stage 1 Rome-Napoli, 212 km

Dino Bruni (Ita)

Dino Bruni (Ita)

Stage 2 Sorrento , 25 km ITT

Romeo Venturelli (Ita)

Romeo Venturelli (Ita)

Stage 3 Sorrento-Campobasso, 186 km

Miguel Poblet (Spa)

Jacques Anquetil (Fra)

Stage 4 Campobasso-Pescara, 192 km

Salvador Botella (Spa)

Jacques Anquetil (Fra)

Stage 5 Pescara-Rieti, 218 km

Gastone Nencini (Ita)

Jacques Anquetil (Fra)

Stage 6 Terni-Rimini, 230 km

Pierino Baffi (Ita)

Joseph Hoevenaers (Bel)

Stage 7a Igea Marina-Bellaria, 5 km ITT

Miguel Poblet (Spa)

Joseph Hoevenaers (Bel)

Stage 7b Bellaria-Forli, 81 km

Rik Van Looy (Bel)

Joseph Hoevenaers (Bel)

Stage 8 Forli-Livorno, 206 km

Rik Van Looy (Bel)

Joseph Hoevenaers (Bel)

Stage 9a Livorno-Carrara, 93 km

Emile Daems (Bel)

Joseph Hoevenaers (Bel)

Stage 9b Cave di Carrara, 2.2 km ITT

Jacques Anquetil (Fra)

Joseph Hoevenaers (Bel)

Stage 10 Carrara-Sestri Levante, 171 km

Gastone Nencini (Ita)

Joseph Hoevenaers (Bel)

Stage 11 Sestri Levante-Asti, 180 km

Rik Van Looy (Bel)

Joseph Hoevenaers (Bel)

Stage 12 Asti-Cervinia, 176 km

Aldo Kazianka (Ita)

Joseph Hoevenaers (Bel)

Stage 13 St Vincent d'Aoste- Milan , 225 km

Jean Stablinski (Fra)

Joseph Hoevenaers (Bel)

Stage 14 Seregno-Lecco, 68 km ITT

Jacques Anquetil (Fra)

Jacques Anquetil (Fra)

Stage 15 Lecco-Verona, 150 km

Andre Darrigade (Fra)

Jacques Anquetil (Fra)

Stage 16 Verona-Treviso, 110 km

Roberto Falaschi (Ita)

Jacques Anquetil (Fra)

Stage 17 Treviso-Trieste, 147 km

Dino Bruni (Ita)

Jacques Anquetil (Fra)

Stage 18 Trieste-Belluno, 240 km

Seamus Elliott (Ire)

Jacques Anquetil (Fra)

Stage 19 Belluno-Trento, 110 km

Emile Daems (Bel)

Jacques Anquetil (Fra)

Stage 20 Trento-Bormio, 229 km

Charly Gaul (Lux)

Jacques Anquetil (Fra)

Stage 21 Bormio-Milan, 225 km

Arrigo Padovan (Ita)

Jacques Anquetil (Fra)

Mountain Classification

Rik Van Looy (Bel)



GdI May 19 - June 9, 1960

3,481 Km

1. Jacques ANQUETIL (Fra) 94h03'54"

2. Gastone Nencini (Ita) +28"
3. Charly Gaul (Lux) +3'51"
Starters: 140

Finishers: 97

Average Speed: 37.006 km/h

 

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