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51st Giro d'Italia 1968 (Italy)

 
   
 
By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian
 

MERCKX !

A young Eddy Merckx raced in his first Giro d'Italia in 1967. Merckx scored 2 stage wins, finished 9th overall and 2nd in the Points Competition. In 1968 he moved to the next level.

Merckx was impressive throughout, but his most dominating was on stage 12's finishing climb of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo. "That win was my most memorable," he reflected. "It is hard to make parallels back to my day but this was truly a difficult day," said Merckx. The +40 stage win gave Merckx his first Maglia Rosa (race leader's jersey).

Eddy Merckx rolled across the finish line in Napoli and gained his first Grand National Tour. The young Belgian completed his dominating performance by also winning the Points Jersey and the Mountain Jersey.

Stage and Distance

Stage Winner

Race Leader

Prologue Campione d'Italia, 5.7 km ITT

Charly Grosskost (Fra)

Charly Grosskost (Fra)

Stage 1 Campione-Novara, 128 km

Eddy Merckx (Bel)

Eddy Merckx (Bel)

Stage 2 Novara-St Vincent, 189 km

Gianni Motta (Ita)

Eddy Merckx (Bel)

Stage 3 St Vincent-Alba, 168 km

Guido Reybrouck (Bel)

Michele Dancelli (Ita)

Stage 4 Alba-San Remo, 162 km

Edward Sels (Bel)

Michele Dancelli (Ita)

Stage 5 Circuito San Remo , 149 km

Italo Zilioli (Ita)

Michele Dancelli (Ita)

Stage 6 San Remo-Alessandria, 223 km

Jose Momene (Spa)

Michele Dancelli (Ita)

Stage 7 Alessandria-Piacenza, 174 km

Guerrino Tosello (Ita)

Michele Dancelli (Ita)

Stage 8 San Giorgio-Brescia, 225 km

Eddy Merckx (Bel)

Michele Dancelli (Ita)

Stage 9 Brescia-Lido di Caldonazzo, 210 km

Julio Jimenez (Spa)

Michele Dancelli (Ita)

Stage 10 Trento-Monte Grappa, 136 km

Emilio Casalini (Ita)

Michele Dancelli (Ita)

Stage 11 Bassano del Grap.-Trieste, 197 km

Guido Reybrouck (Bel)

Michele Dancelli (Ita)

Stage 12 Goriza-Tre C. Lavaredo, 213 km

Eddy Merckx (Bel)

Eddy Merckx (Bel)

Stage 13 C d'Ampezzo-Vitt. Veneto , 163 km

Lino Farisato (Ita)

Eddy Merckx (Bel)

Stage 14 Vitt Veneto-Marina Romea, 199 km

Luigi Sgarbozza (Ita)

Eddy Merckx (Bel)

Stage 15 Ravenna-Imola, 141 km

Marino Basso (Ita)

Eddy Merckx (Bel)

Stage 16 Cesenatico-San Marino, 43.9 km ITT

Felice Gimondi (Ita)

Eddy Merckx (Bel)

Stage 17 San Marino-Foligno, 196 km

Franco Bitossi (Ita)

Eddy Merckx (Bel)

Stage 18 Foligno-Abbadia S Salvatore, 166 km

Julio Jimenez (Spa)

Eddy Merckx (Bel)

Stage 19 Abbadia S Salvatore-Rome, 181 km

Lucciano Dalla-Bona (Ita)

Eddy Merckx (Bel)

Stage 20 Rome-Rocca di Cambio, 215 km

Pedro Santamarina (Ita)

Eddy Merckx (Bel)

Stage 21 Rocca Cambio-Blauk Haus, 198 km

Franco Bodrero (Ita)

Eddy Merckx (Bel)

Stage 22 Chieti-Napoli, 235 km

Guido Reybrouck (Bel)

Eddy Merckx (Bel)

Mountain Classification

Eddy Merckx (Bel)

Points Jersey

Eddy Merckx (Bel)



GdI May 21 - June 12, 1968

3,917 Km

1. Eddy MERCKX (Bel) 108h42'27"

2. Vittorio Adorni (Ita) +5'01"
3. Felice Gimondi (Ita) +9'05"
Starters: 130

Finishers: 90

Average Speed: 36.031 km/h

 

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