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54th Giro d'Italia 1971 (Italy)

 
   
 
By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian
 

First Swede to Win the Giro

Gosta Pettersson became the first rider from Sweden to win the Giro d’Italia. 

The penultimate stage 18 from Lienz, Austria to Falcade had Pettersson joining a four rider breakaway with Felice Gimondi, Herman Van Springel, and Francisco Galdos.  Gimondi won the stage but the breakaway’s time gain distanced race leader Claudio Michelotto and put Pettersson in the Maglia Rosa.  Michelotto abandoned the Giro on stage 19.

Pride of Sweden’ Gosta Pettersson rode into Vigorelli Velodrome in Milan for the prestigious Giro d’Italia victory.

Stage and Distance

Stage Winner

Race Leader

Prologue Lecce-Brindisi, 10 km TTT

SALVARANI

Stage 1 Brindisi-Bari, 175 km

Marino Basso (Ita)

Marino Basso (Ita)

Stage 2 Bari-Potenza, 260 km

Enrico Paolini (Ita)

Enrico Paolini (Ita)

Stage 3 Potenza-Benevento, 177 km

Ercole Gualazzini (Ita)

Enrico Paolini (Ita)

Stage 4 Benevento-Pescasseroli, 203 km

Guerrino Tosello (Ita)

Enrico Paolini (Ita)

Stage 5 Pescas.-Gran Sasso d'Italia, 198 km

Vicente Lopez-Carril (Spa)

Ugo Colombo (Ita)

Stage 6 L'Aquila-Orvieto, 163 km

Domingo Perurena (Ita)

Ugo Colombo (Ita)

Stage 7 Orvieto-San Vincenzo, 220 km

Felice Gimondi (Ita)

Aldo Moser (Ita)

Stage 8 S Vincenzo-Casciana Terme, 203 km

Romeno Tumellero (Ita)

Claudio Michelotto (Ita)

Stage 9 Casc Terme-Forte dei Marmi, 141 km

Marino Basso (Ita)

Claudio Michelotto (Ita)

Stage 10 F Marmi-Sestola Pian del Falco, 123 km

Jose-Manuel Fuente (Spa)

Claudio Michelotto (Ita)

Stage 11 Sestola-Mantova/St Lubiam, 199 km

Marino Basso (Ita)

Claudio Michelotto (Ita)

Stage 12 Desenzano del Garda-Salo, 28 km ITT

Davide Boifava (Ita)

Claudio Michelotto (Ita)

Stage 13 Salo-Chiogga, 218 km

Patrick Sercu (Bel)

Claudio Michelotto (Ita)

Stage 14 Chiogga-Bibione, 170 km

Patrick Sercu (Bel)

Claudio Michelotto (Ita)

Stage 15 Bibione-Ljubljana (Slo), 201 km

Franco Bitossi (Ita)

Claudio Michelotto (Ita)

Stage 16 Ljubljana (Slo)-Tarvisio, 100 km

Dino Zandegu (Ita)

Claudio Michelotto (Ita)

Stage 17 Tarvi-Grossglockner (Aut), 206 km

Franco Vianelli (Ita)

Claudio Michelotto (Ita)

Stage 18 Lienz (Aut)-Falcade, 195 km

Felice Gimondi (Ita)

Gosta Pettersson (Swe)

Stage 19 Falcade-Ponte di Legno, 182 km

Lino Farisato (Ita)

Gosta Pettersson (Swe)

Stage 20a Ponte di Legno-Lainate, 185 km

Giacinto Santambrogio (Ita)

Gosta Pettersson (Swe)

Stage 20b Lainate-Milan, 20 km ITT

Ole Ritter (Den)

Gosta Pettersson (Swe)

Mountain Classification

José-Manuel Fuente (Spa)

Point's Jersey

Marino Basso (Ita)



GdI May 20 - June 10, 1971

3,567 Km

1.Gosta PETTERSSON (Swe) 97h24'03"

2. Herman Van Springel (Bel) +2'04"
3. Ugo Colombo (Ita) +2'35"
Starters: 100

Finishers: 75

Average Speed: 36.597 km/h

 

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