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44th Giro d'Italia 1961 (Italy)

 
   
 
By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian
 

Pambianco Celebrates Italian Independence Day

The Italian Republic celebrated its 100th anniversary in 1961 as the Giro d’Italia got underway in Milan. 

Arnaldo Pambianco (Ita) fought off the early challenge of defending champion Jacques Anquetil and gained the race lead on stage 14.  Pambianco took the Maglia Rosa from Anquetil on the 250 km stage 14 from Ancona to Florence with a surprise escape on the Passo del Magulione.  In Florence Pambianco’s breakaway group gained 2’44” and the Italian took over the race lead.

Arnaldo Pambianco survived the climb of the Stelvio on stage 20 and rode into Vigorelli Velodrome in Milan for the Giro victory, 3’45” ahead of Anquetil. 

SPECIAL NOTE: Greeting the riders at the finish was American actress Joan Crawford.

Stage and Distance

Stage Winner

Race Leader

Stage 1 Torino-Torino, 115 km

Miguel Poblet (Spa)

Miguel Poblet (Spa)

Stage 2 Torino-San Remo, 185 km

Miguel Poblet (Spa)

Miguel Poblet (Spa)

Stage 3 San Remo-Genova, 149 km

Willy Schroeders (Bel)

Miguel Poblet (Spa)

Stage 4 Cagliari-Cagliari, 118 km

Oreste Magni (Ita)

Miguel Poblet (Spa)

Stage 5 Marsala-Palermo, 144 km

Louis Proost (Bel)

Miguel Poblet (Spa)

Stage 6 Palermo-Milazzo, 224 km

Nino Defilippis (Ita)

Miguel Poblet (Spa)

Stage 7 Reggio Calabre-Cosenza, 221 km

Antonio Suarez (Spa)

Antonio Suarez (Spa)

Stage 8 Cosenza-Tarento, 237 km

Piet Van Est (Hol)

Guillaume van Tongerloo (Bel)

Stage 9 Castellana G.-Bari, 53 km ITT

Jacques Anquetil (Fra)

Guillaume van Tongerloo (Bel)

Stage 10 Bari-Potenza, 140 km

Vito Taccone (Ita)

Jacques Anquetil (Fra)

Stage 11 Potenza-Teano, 252 km

Pietro Chiodini (Ita)

Jacques Anquetil (Fra)

Stage 12 Gaeta-Rome, 149 km

Renato Giusti (Ita)

Jacques Anquetil (Fra)

Stage 13 Mentana-Castelfidardo, 279 km

Rik Van Looy (Bel)

Jacques Anquetil (Fra)

Stage 14 Ancona-Firenze, 250 km

Silvano Ciampi (Ita)

Arnaldo Pambianco (Ita)

Stage 15 Firenze-Modena, 178 km

Rik Van Looy (Bel)

Arnaldo Pambianco (Ita)

Stage 16 Modena-Vicenza, 207 km

Adriano Zamboni (Ita)

Arnaldo Pambianco (Ita)

Stage 17 Vicenza-Trieste, 204 km

Rik Van Looy (Bel)

Arnaldo Pambianco (Ita)

Stage 18 Trieste-Vittorio Veneto , 161 km

Renato Giusti (Ita)

Arnaldo Pambianco (Ita)

Stage 19 Vittorio Veneto-Trento, 249 km

Willy Schroeders (Bel)

Arnaldo Pambianco (Ita)

Stage 20 Trento-Bormio, 275 km

Charly Gaul (Lux)

Arnaldo Pambianco (Ita)

Stage 21 Bormio-Milan, 214 km

Miguel Poblet (Spa)

Arnaldo Pambianco (Ita)

 

Mountain Classification

Vito Taccone (Ita)



GdI May 20 - June 11, 1961

4,004 Km

1. Arnaldo PAMBIANCO (Ita) 111h25'28"

2. Jacques Anquetil (Fra) +3'45"
3. Antonio Suarez (Spa) +4'17"
Starters: 170

Finishers: 92

Average Speed: 35.934 km/h

 

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