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46th Giro d'Italia 1963 (Italy)

 
   
 
By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian
 

Balmamion's Giro Victory with NO Stage Wins… Again

Defending champion Franco Balmamion again used consistently strong finishes to fight off all challenges and win his second Giro d’Italia.

During this edition of the Giro d’Italia two political factions of Italian cycling butted heads.  Bruno Mealli of the Italian Cycling Federation and Mario Fontana of the League of Professional Cyclists vied for control of the race.  Both parties left the race until the Italian government mediated the dispute and put the Giro back on track.

SPECIAL NOTE: Pope Giovanni XXIII received the Giro entourage in the yard of S. Damaso.  Sadly Pope Giovanni would pass away before the race finished.  Race leader Franco Balmamion leads the peloton in mourning with an arm band to honor the Pope.

SPECIAL NOTE: The specter of doping began to appear in 1963.  A rider is thought to have given himself an intravenous dose of an unknown substance.  Race doctor Frattini protests the riders and starts an investigation into the practice.

Stage and Distance

Stage Winner

Race Leader

Stage 1 Napoli-Potenza, 182 km

Vittorio Adorni (Ita)

Vittorio Adorni (Ita)

Stage 2 Potenza-Bari, 185 km

Pierino Baffi (Ita)

Vittorio Adorni (Ita)

Stage 3 Bari-Campobasso, 252 km

Jaime Alomar (Esp)

Vittorio Adorni (Ita)

Stage 4 Campobasso-Pescara, 213 km

Guido Carlesi (Ita)

Diego Ronchini (Ita)

Stage 5 Pescara-Viterbo, 263 km

Vendramino Bariviera (Ita)

Diego Ronchini (Ita)

Stage 6 Bolsena-Arezzo, 192 km

Vendramino Bariviera (Ita)

Diego Ronchini (Ita)

Stage 7 Arezzo-Rio Terme, 173 km

Nino Defilippis (Ita)

Diego Ronchini (Ita)

Stage 8 Riolo Terme-Salsomagg., 203 km

Adriano Durante (Ita)

Diego Ronchini (Ita)

Stage 9 Salsomaggiore-Spezia, 173 km

Giorgio Zancanaro (Ita)

Diego Ronchini (Ita)

Stage 10 La Spezia-Asti, 225 km

Vito Taccone (Ita)

Diego Ronchini (Ita)

Stage 11 Asti-Oropa, 130 km

Vito Taccone (Ita)

Diego Ronchini (Ita)

Stage 12 Biella-Leukerbad, 214 km

Vito Taccone (Ita)

Franco Balmamion (Ita)

Stage 13 Sierre-St Vincent, 152 km

Vito Taccone (Ita)

Franco Balmamion (Ita)

Stage 14 St Vincent-Cremona, 260 km

Marino Vigna (Ita)

Franco Balmamion (Ita)

Stage 15 Mantova-Treviso, 155 km

Franco Magnani (Ita)

Franco Balmamion (Ita)

Stage 16 Treviso , 56 km ITT

Vittorio Adorni (Ita)

Diego Ronchini (Ita)

Stage 17 Treviso-Gorizia, 213 km

Vendramino Bariviera (Ita)

Diego Ronchini (Ita)

Stage 18 Gorizia-Belluno/Nevegal, 248 km

Arnaldo Pambianco (Ita)

Vittorio Adorni (Ita)

Stage 19 Belluno-Moena, 198 km

Vito Taccone (Ita)

Franco Balmamion (Ita)

Stage 20 Moena-Lumezzane, 240 km

Guido Carlesi (Ita)

Franco Balmamion (Ita)

Stage 21 Brescia-Milan, 136 km

Antonio Bailetti (Ita)

Franco Balmamion (Ita)

Mountain Classification

Vito Taccone (Ita)



GdI May 18 - June 8, 1963

4,063 Km

1. Franco BALMAMION (Ita) 116h50'16"

2. Vittorio Adorni (Ita) +2'24"
3. Giorgio Zancanaro (Ita) +3'15"
Starters: 120

Finishers: 86

Average Speed: 34.774 km/h

 

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