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55th Giro d'Italia 1972 (Italy)

 
   
 
By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian
 

The Cannibal Romps

Two time winner of the Giro d’Italia Eddy “the Cannibal” Merckx return to Italy in 1972. 

Merckx’s domination began on stage 7 from Cosenza to Catanzano, when he joined defending Giro champion Gosta Pettersson on a long breakaway that gained 4’15” on his main rivals.  Merckx didn’t look back.

Spanish climber Jose-Manuel Fuente attacked on every ascent but couldn’t shake a vigilant Merckx. 

Eddy Merckx cruised into Milan to take the 1972 Giro d’Italia victory.  Jose-Manuel Fuente finished second 5’30” behind Merckx.

Stage and Distance

Stage Winner

Race Leader

Stage 1 Venezia-Mestre, 196 km

Marino Basso (Ita)

Marino Basso (Ita)

Stage 2 Ravenna-Fermo, 212 km

Gianni Motta (Ita)

Marino Basso (Ita)

Stage 3 Porto San Giorgio-Francavilla, 205 km

Ugo Colombo (Ita)

Ugo Colombo (Ita)

Stage 4a Francavilla-Block Haus, 48 km

Jose-Manuel Fuente (Spa)

Jose-Manuel Fuente (Spa)

Stage 4b Blauck Haus-Foggia, 210 km

Wilmo Francioni (Ita)

Jose-Manuel Fuente (Spa)

Stage 5 Foggia-Montesano, 238 km

Fabrizio Fabbri (Ita)

Jose-Manuel Fuente (Spa)

Stage 6 Montesano-Cosenza, 190 km

Roger De Vlaeminck (Bel)

Jose-Manuel Fuente (Spa)

Stage 7 Cosenza-Catanzaro, 151 km

Gosta Pettersson (Swe)

Eddy Merckx (Bel)

Stage 8 Catanzaro-Reggio di Calabre, 160 km

Attilio Benfatto (Ita)

Eddy Merckx (Bel)

Stage 9 Messina-Circuito Peloritani, 110 km

Albert Van Vlierberghe (Bel)

Eddy Merckx (Bel)

Stage 10 Rome-Monte Argentario, 166 km

Italo Zilioli (Ita)

Eddy Merckx (Bel)

Stage 11 Mt Argentario-Forte d Marmi, 242 km

Miguel-Maria Lasa (Spa)

Eddy Merckx (Bel)

Stage 12 Forte dei Marmi, 40 km ITT

1st section Eddy Merckx (Bel)

Stage 12 Forte dei Marmi, 40 km ITT

2nd section Roger Swert (Bel)

Eddy Merckx (Bel)

Stage 13 Forte dei Marmi-Savona, 200 km

Wilmo Francioni (Ita)

Eddy Merckx (Bel)

Stage 14 Savona-Bardonecchia, 256 km

Eddy Merckx (Bel)

Eddy Merckx (Bel)

Stage 15 Circuito Parabiajo, 168 km

Roger De Vlaeminck (Bel)

Eddy Merckx (Bel)

Stage 16 Parabiajo-Livigno, 256 km

Eddy Merckx (Bel)

Eddy Merckx (Bel)

Stage 17 Livigno-Passo Stelvio, 88 km

Jose-Manuel Fuente (Spa)

Eddy Merckx (Bel)

Stage 18 Solda-Asiago, 223 km

Roger De Vlaeminck (Bel)

Eddy Merckx (Bel)

Stage 19a Asiago-Arco, 163 km

Roger De Vlaeminck (Bel)

Eddy Merckx (Bel)

Stage 19b Circuito Arco, 18 km ITT

Eddy Merckx (Bel)

Eddy Merckx (Bel)

Stage 20 Arco-Milan, 185 km

Enrico Paolini (Ita)

Eddy Merckx (Bel)

Mountain Classification

José-Manuel Fuente (Spa)

Point's Jersey

Roger De Vlaeminck (Bel)



GdI May 21 - June 11, 1972

3,725 Km

1. Eddy MERCKX (Bel) 103h04'04"

2. Jose-Manuel Fuente (Spa) +5'30"
3. Francisco Galdos (Spa) +10'39"
Starters: 100

Finishers: 69

Average Speed: 36.120 km/h

 

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