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53rd Giro d'Italia 1970 (Italy)

 
   
 
By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian
 

Merckx Returns with a Vengeance

Eddy Merckx dominated the 1969 Giro d’Italia, but found controversy on stage 16.  While he was leading the race through 16 stages, Merckx was found positive at doping control (drug test) and expelled from the Giro.  Merckx steadfastly denies the charges.  The cycling official in charge of administrating the test also believed in his innocents.  However, the test was positive and action had to be taken.  Merckx was disqualified.

Merckx returned to the Giro in 1970 with a vengeance.  He had three stage wins and took the Maglia Rosa with a stage 7 breakaway win.  The inspired Belgian solidified his race lead with another stage win in the 56 km individual time trial in Treviso. 

Eddy Merckx dominated and rode across the finish line in Bolzano to gain his second Giro d’Italia victory.

SPECIAL NOTE: In 1970 the Red Points Jersey was change to the Maglia Ciclamino.

Stage and Distance

Stage Winner

Race Leader

Stage 1 San Pellegrino-Biandronno, 115 km

Franco Bitossi (Ita)

Franco Bitossi (Ita)

Stage 2 Comerio-St Vincent, 164 km

Eddy Merckx (Bel)

Franco Bitossi (Ita)

Stage 3 St Vincent-Aosta, 162 km

Franco Bitossi (Ita)

Franco Bitossi (Ita)

Stage 4 St Vincent-Lodi, 205 km

Marino Basso (Ita)

Franco Bitossi (Ita)

Stage 5 Lodi-Zingonia, 155 km

Patrick Sercu (Bel)

Franco Bitossi (Ita)

Stage 6 Zingonia-Malcesine, 212 km

Enrico Paolini (Ita)

Franco Bitossi (Ita)

Stage 7 Malcesine-Brentonico, 130 km

Eddy Merckx (Bel)

Eddy Merckx (Bel)

Stage 8 Rovereto-Bassano Grappa, 130 km

Walter Godefroot (Bel)

Eddy Merckx (Bel)

Stage 9 Bassano Grappa-Treviso, 56 km ITT

Eddy Merckx (Bel)

Eddy Merckx (Bel)

Stage 10 Terracina-Rivisondoli, 172 km

Italo Zilioli (Ita)

Eddy Merckx (Bel)

Stage 11 Rivisondoli-Francavilla, 180 km

Michele Dancelli (Ita)

Eddy Merckx (Bel)

Stage 12 Francavilla-Loreto, 175 km

Miguel-Maria Lasa (Spa)

Eddy Merckx (Bel)

Stage 13 Loreto-Faenza, 188 km

Michele Dancelli (Ita)

Eddy Merckx (Bel)

Stage 14 Faenza-Casciana Terme, 218 km

Michele Dancelli (Ita)

Eddy Merckx (Bel)

Stage 15 Casciana Terme-Mirandola, 215 km

Marino Basso (Ita)

Eddy Merckx (Bel)

Stage 16 Mirandola-Lido Jesolo, 195 km

Dino Zandegu (Ita)

Eddy Merckx (Bel)

Stage 17 Jesolo-Arta Terme, 165 km

Franco Bitossi (Ita)

Eddy Merckx (Bel)

Stage 18 Arta Terme-Marmolada, 180 km

Michele Dancelli (Ita)

Eddy Merckx (Bel)

Stage 19 Rocca Pietore-Dobbiaco, 120 km

Franco Bitossi (Ita)

Eddy Merckx (Bel)

Stage 20 Dobbiaco-Bolzano, 155 km

Luciano Armani (Ita)

Eddy Merckx (Bel)

Mountain Classification

Martin Van Den Bossche (Bel)

Point's Jersey

Franco Bitossi (Ita)



GdI May 18 - June 7, 1970

3,292 Km

1.Eddy MERCKX (Bel) 90h08'47"

2. Felice Gimondi (Ita) +3'14"
3. Martin Van Den Bossche (Bel) +4'59"
Starters: 130

Finishers: 97

Average Speed: 36.518 km/h

 

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