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61st Giro d'Italia 1978 (Italy)

 
   
 
By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian
 

Grand Italian’s Final Giro

The 1978 marked the final Giro d’Italia for a grand Italian champion.  The 36 year old Felice Gimondi, a three time Giro champion handed the torch of Italian cycling to a new generation.  Gimondi finished 11th 3’35” behind 1976 runner-up Johan De Muynck. 

Giuseppe Saronni, Francesco Moser and Belgian Rik Van Linden battle through the flat stages before De Muynck made the decisive move of the race on stage 3.  De Muynck soloed into Cascina for the stage win and a 52 second time gain on all the contenders. 

Over the next 18 stages De Muynck controlled every contender’s attack and rode into Milan for a 59 second victory over Italian Gianbattista Baronchelli.

Stage and Distance

Stage Winner

Race Leader

Prologue Saint Vincent, 2 km ITT

Dietrich Thurau (Ger)

* Prol. time didn't count on the GC

Stage 1 St Vincent-Novi Ligure, 175 km

Rik Van Linden (Bel)

Rik Van Linden (Bel)

Stage 2 Novi Ligure-La Spezia, 195 km

Giuseppe Saronni (Ita)

Rik Van Linden (Bel)

Stage 3 La Spezia-Cascina, 183 km

Johan De Muynck (Bel)

Johan De Muynck (Bel)

Stage 4 Larciano-Pistoia, 25 km ITT

Dietrich Thurau (Ger)

Johan De Muynck (Bel)

Stage 5 Prato-Cattolica, 200 km

Rik Van Linden (Bel)

Johan De Muynck (Bel)

Stage 6 Cattolica-Silvi Marina, 218 km

Rik Van Linden (Bel)

Johan De Muynck (Bel)

Stage 7 Silvi Marina-Benevento, 237 km

Giuseppe Saronni (Ita)

Johan De Muynck (Bel)

Stage 8 Bevenento-Ravello, 175 km

Giuseppe Saronni (Ita)

Johan De Muynck (Bel)

Stage 9 Amalfi-Latina, 248 km

Enrico Paolini (Ita)

Johan De Muynck (Bel)

Stage 10 Latina-Lago di Piediluco, 220 km

Giuseppe Martinelli (Ita)

Johan De Muynck (Bel)

Stage 11a Terni-Assisi, 74 km

Bruno Zanoni (Ita)

Johan De Muynck (Bel)

Stage 11b Assisi-Siena, 145 km

Francesco Moser (Ita)

Johan De Muynck (Bel)

Stage 12 Poggibonsi-Monte Trebbio, 204 km

Giancarlo Bellini (Ita)

Johan De Muynck (Bel)

Stage 13 Modigliano-Padova, 183 km

Francesco Moser (Ita)

Johan De Muynck (Bel)

Stage 14 Venezia-San Marco, 12 km ITT

Francesco Moser (Ita)

Johan De Muynck (Bel)

Stage 15 Treviso-Canazei, 220 km

Gianbattista Baronchelli (Ita)

Johan De Muynck (Bel)

Stage 16 Solaria-Cavalese, 45.5 km ITT

Francesco Moser (Ita)

Johan De Muynck (Bel)

Stage 17 Cavalese-Monte Bondone, 205 km

Wladimiro Panizza (Ita)

Johan De Muynck (Bel)

Stage 18 Mezzo Lombardo-Sarezzo, 245 km

Giuseppe Perletto (Ita)

Johan De Muynck (Bel)

Stage 19 Brescia-Inverigo, 175 km

Vittorio Algeri (Ita)

Johan De Muynck (Bel)

Stage 20 Inverigo-Milan, 226 km

Pierino Gavazzi (Ita)

Johan De Muynck (Bel)

 

Mountain Jersey

* Ueli Sutter (Sui)

 

Point's Jersey

Francesco Moser (Ita)



GdI May 07 to May 28, 1978

3.610.5 Km

1. Johan DE MUYNCK (Bel) 101h31'22"

2. Gianbattista Baronchelli (Ita) +59"
3. Francesco Moser (Ita) +2'19"
Starters: 130

Finishers: 90

Average Speed: 35.563 km/h

 

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