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79th Giro d'Italia 1996 (Italy)

 
   
 
By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian
 

From Athens to Milan

SPECIAL NOTE: the 1996 Giro d'Italia started in Athens, Greece. After three days of racing around Greece the Giro returned to Ostuni, Italy.

The Giro began to take life after two weeks of boring racing on the very hilly 13th stage from Loano to Pratonevoso.  The stage climbed over the Colle San Bernardo, Colla di Casotto, San Giacomo di Roburent, and Pratonevoso. Russian Pavel Tonkov won the stage and gained enough time to take the Maglia Rosa.

A bit of drama came to the race on stages 19, 20, and 21. Tonkov lost significant time to his main rivals on the 62 km ITT on stage 19, but managed to hold the race lead by 1 second. He lost additional time on the mountainous stage 20. The race lead went to Abraham Olano.

The next day again in the mountains (climbing the Passo Mendola, Passo Tonale, Passo di Gavia, Passo di Mortirolo, and Aprica) Tonkov finished second on the stage and retook the race lead for good.

Pavel Tonkov rode into Milan to win the Giro and gain his first Grand Tour victory. He was the second Russian to win the Giro d’Italia.

Stage and Distance

Stage Winner

Race Leader

Stage 1 Athenes (Gre), 170 km

Silvio Martinello (Ita)

Silvio Martinello (Ita)

Stage 2 Elefsina (Gre)-Nafpaktos (Gre), 235 km

Glenn Magnusson (Swe)

Silvio Martinello (Ita)

Stage 3 Messolongi (Gre)-Ioanina (Gre), 199 km

Giovanni Lombardi (Ita)

Stefano Zanini (Ita)

Stage 4 Ostuni-Ostuni, 147 km

Mario Cipollini (Ita)

Silvio Martinello (Ita)

Stage 5 Metaponto-Crotone, 196 km

Angel Edo (Spa)

Silvio Martinello (Ita)

Stage 6 Crotone-Catanzaro, 179 km

Pascal Herve (Fra)

Pascal Herve (Fra)

Stage 7 Amatea-Monte Sirino, 164 km

Davide Rebellin (Ita)

Davide Rebellin (Ita)

Stage 8 Polla-Napoli, 135 km

Mario Cipollini (Ita)

Davide Rebellin (Ita)

Stage 9 Napoli-Fiuggi, 184 km

Enrico Zaina (Ita)

Davide Rebellin (Ita)

Stage 10 Arezzo-Prato, 164 km

Rodolfo Massi (Ita)

Davide Rebellin (Ita)

Stage 11 Prato-Marina di Massa, 130 km

Mario Cipollini (Ita)

Davide Rebellin (Ita)

Stage 12 Aulla-Loano, 195 km

Fabiano Fontanelli (Ita)

Davide Rebellin (Ita)

Stage 13 Loano-Pratonevoso, 115 km

Pavel Tonkov (Rus)

Pavel Tonkov (Rus)

Stage 14 Santuario di Vicoforte-Briancon (Fra), 202 km

Pascal Richard (Sui)

Pavel Tonkov (Rus)

Stage 15 Briancon (Ita)-Aoste, 235 km

Gianni Bugno (Ita)

Pavel Tonkov (Rus)

Stage 16 Aoste-Lausanne (Sui), 180 km

Alexandre Gontchenkov (Rus)

Pavel Tonkov (Rus)

Stage 17 Lausanne (Sui)-Biella, 236 km

Nicolai Bo Larsen (Den)

Pavel Tonkov (Rus)

Stage 18 Meda-Vicenza, 216 km

Mario Cipollini (Ita)

Pavel Tonkov (Rus)

Stage 19 Vicenza-Marostica, 62 km ITT

Evgueni Berzin (Rus)

Pavel Tonkov (Rus)

Stage 20 Marostica-Passo Pordoi, 220 km

Enrico Zaina (Ita)

Abraham Olano (Spa)

Stage 21 Cavalese-Aprica, 250 km

Ivan Gotti (Ita)

Pavel Tonkov (Rus)

Stage 22 Sondrio-Milan, 176 km

Serguei Outschakov (Ukr)

Pavel Tonkov (Rus)

 

Mountain Jersey

* Mariano Piccoli (Ita)
 

Point's Jersey

Fabrizio Guidi (Ita)

 

GdI May 18 to June 09, 1996

3,990 Km

1. Pavel TONKOV (Rus) 105h20'23"

2. Enrico Zaina (Ita) +2'43"
3. Abraham Olano (Spa) +2'57"
Starters: 162

Finishers: 98

Average Speed: 37.880 km/h

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