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77th Giro d'Italia 1994 (Italy)

 
   
 
By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian
 

Russian Domination

Defending champion Miguel Indurain returned to the Giro d’Italia in 1994 as the prohibitive favorite. However the Spaniard’s racing season was limited and his race-fitness may be less than optimal? Russian Evgeni Berzin came with top form. He would test Indurain all the way to Milan. Young Italian Marco Pantani raced his first Giro and used his climbing ability to pressure Berzin and Indurain.

Berzin made his charge to the race lead on the mountain to finish on stage 4. Oscar Pelliccioli attacked early on the final climb. Berzin easily bridged the gap to Pelliccioli and sprinted past the Italian for the stage win. The Russian’s time gain put him in the Maglia Rosa. Indurain now trailed by 1’05”. 

Berzin delivered a death-blow to the defending champion on the 44 km individual time trial on stage 8. Usually an Indurain specialty, Berzin took the stage win and gained an additional 2’34” on the fourth place Indurain.

Evgeni Berzin and his powerful Gewiss-Ballan team control the race all the way to Milan. Berzin became the first Russian to win the Giro d’Italia. 

Stage and Distance

Stage Winner

Race Leader

Stage 1a Bologna, 86 km

Endrio Leoni (Ita)

Endrio Leoni (Ita)

Stage 1b Bologna, 7 km ITT

Armand De las Cuevas (Fra)

Armand De las Cuevas (Fra)

Stage 2 Bologna-Osimo, 232 km

Moreno Argentin (Ita)

Moreno Argentin (Ita)

Stage 3 Osimo-Loreto Aprutino, 185 km

Gianni Bugno (Ita)

Moreno Argentin (Ita)

Stage 4 Montesilvano-Campitello Matese, 204 km

Evgueni Berzin (Rus)

Evgueni Berzin (Rus)

Stage 5 Campobasso-Melfi, 158 km

Endrio Leoni (Ita)

Evgueni Berzin (Rus)

Stage 6 Potenza-Caserta, 215 km

Marco Saligari (Ita)

Evgueni Berzin (Rus)

Stage 7 Fiuggi-Fiuggi, 119 km

Laudelino Cubino (Esp)

Evgueni Berzin (Rus)

Stage 8 Grosseto-Follonica, 44 km ITT

Evgueni Berzin (Rus)

Evgueni Berzin (Rus)

Stage 9 Castiglione-Pontedera, 153 km

Jan Svorada (Cze)

Evgueni Berzin (Rus)

Stage 10 Circuito Marostica, 115 km

Djamolidine Abdoujaparov (Uzb)

Evgueni Berzin (Rus)

Stage 11 Marostica-Bibione, 165 km

Jan Svorada (Cze)

Evgueni Berzin (Rus)

Stage 12 Bibione-Kranj (Slo), 204 km

Andrea Ferrigato (Ita)

Evgueni Berzin (Rus)

Stage 13 Kranj (Slo)-Lienz (Aut), 231 km

Michele Bartoli (Ita)

Evgueni Berzin (Rus)

Stage 14 Lienz (Aut)-Merano, 235 km

Marco Pantani (Ita)

Evgueni Berzin (Rus)

Stage 15 Merano-Aprica, 188 km

Marco Pantani (Ita)

Evgueni Berzin (Rus)

Stage 16 Sondrio-Stradella, 220 km

Maximilian Sciandri (GBr)

Evgueni Berzin (Rus)

Stage 17 Santa Maria La Versa-Lavagna, 200 km

Jan Svorada (Cze)

Evgueni Berzin (Rus)

Stage 18 Chiavari-Passo del Bocco, 35 km ITT

Evgueni Berzin (Rus)

Evgueni Berzin (Rus)

Stage 19 Lavagna-Bra, 212 km

Massimo Ghirotto (Ita)

Evgueni Berzin (Rus)

Stage 20 Cuneo-Les Deux Alpes (Fra), 201 km

Vladimir Poulnikov (Rus)

Evgueni Berzin (Rus)

Stage 21 Les Deux Alpes-Sestriere, 121 km

Pascal Richard (Sui)

Evgueni Berzin (Rus)

Stage 22 Torino-Milan, 198 km

Stefano Zanini (Ita)

Evgueni Berzin (Rus)

Mountain Jersey

* Pascal Richard (Sui)

Point's Jersey

Djamolidine Abdoujaparov (Uzb)


GdI May 22 to June 12, 1994

3,721 Km

1. Evgueni BERZIN (Rus) 100h41'21"

2. Marco Pantani (Ita) +2'51"
3. Miguel Indurain (Spa) +3'23"
Starters: 153

Finishers: 99

Average Speed: 37.150 km/h

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