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80th Giro d'Italia 1997 (Italy)

 
   
 
By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian
 

Gotti Ends a 6 Year Italian Drought

Defending champion Pavel Tonkov returned with great optimism but a left hand that he fractured twice in three months.  The Russian was cleared to race but must be careful for the first ten days.

After sprinter Mario Cipollini won the first two stages Tonkov began to display his good leg, winning the 18 km individual time trial on stage 3 and taking the Maglia Rosa. 

The mountainous stage 14 from Racconigi to Breiuil Cervinia saw Italian Ivan Gotti climb to the stage win and a 1’46” time gain on race leader Tonkov.  The Maglia Rosa passed to Gotti.

SPECIAL NOTE: at the start line Michel Riviere, the lead race official, ruled out Tonkov’s special time trial bike.  The problem stemmed from a “spoiler” on the frame.  Tonkov had to switch to one of the bikes used in warm-up.

On the stage 18 individual time trial Ivan Gotti lost only 14 seconds to main rival Pavel Tonkov, but the race lead was reduced to 37second with 4 stages remaining. 

Stage 19 was the first of three brutal stages in the Dolomites.  The 220 km stage featured 8 separate climbs including the Sella, Pordoi and Campolongo but the decisive climbs came in the final 50 km.  The finishing climb to Falze was short but after 15,000 feet of climbing the final effort to finish would be tough.

Spanish climber Jose Rubiera rode solo for more than 25 kilometers to take the stage win, but the action behind affected the Giro’s General Classification. 

A crash on the rain-soaked descent from the Passo di Campolongo set back Tonkov’s effort.  The Russian chased hard for some 90 kilometers and fought back to cut Gotti's advantage to 55 seconds at the finish.  His deficit in the GC was now 1’32” with 3 stages (2 mountain stages) to the finish in Milan. 

The long stage 21 would be Tonkov’s final chance to gain time on Gotti.  He Russian attacked on the 12.5 km Passo del Mortirolo but could not shake a president race leader.  Tonkov did sprint to the stage win but only managed a 1 second time gain on Gotti. 

Ivan Gotti rode into Milan and became the first Italian winner of the Giro d'Italia in six years.

Stage and Distance

Stage Winner

Race Leader

Stage 1 Venezia-Circuito Lido di Venezia, 128 km

Mario Cipollini (Ita)

Mario Cipollini (Ita)

Stage 2 Mestre-Cervia, 211 km

Mario Cipollini (Ita)

Mario Cipollini (Ita)

Stage 3 Santarcangelo-San Marino, 18 km ITT

Pavel Tonkov (Rus)

Pavel Tonkov (Rus)

Stage 4 San Marino-Arezzo, 156 km

Mario Cipollini (Ita)

Pavel Tonkov (Rus)

Stage 5 Arezzo-Terminillo, 215 km

Pavel Tonkov (Rus)

Pavel Tonkov (Rus)

Stage 6 Rieti-Lanciano, 210 km

Roberto Sgambelluri (Ita)

Pavel Tonkov (Rus)

Stage 7 Lanciano-Mondragone, 210 km

Marcel Wust (Ger)

Pavel Tonkov (Rus)

Stage 8 Mondragone-Cava dei Tirreni, 212 km

Mario Manzoni (Ita)

Pavel Tonkov (Rus)

Stage 9 Cava dei Tirreni-Castrovillari, 232 km

Dimitri Konyshev (Rus)

Pavel Tonkov (Rus)

Stage 10 Castrovillari-Taranto, 195 km

Mario Cipollini (Ita)

Pavel Tonkov (Rus)

Stage 11 Camaiore/Circuito della Versilia, 155 km

Gabriele Missaglia (Ita)

Pavel Tonkov (Rus)

Stage 12 La Spezia-Varazze, 214 km

Giuseppe Di Grande (Ita)

Pavel Tonkov (Rus)

Stage 13 Varazze-Cuneo, 150 km

Glenn Magnusson (Swe)

Pavel Tonkov (Rus)

Stage 14 Racconigi-Breuil Cervinia, 240 km

Ivan Gotti (Ita)

Ivan Gotti (Ita)

Stage 15 Verres-Borgomanero, 173 km

Alessandro Baronti (Ita)

Ivan Gotti (Ita)

Stage 16 Borgomanero-Dalmine, 158 km

Fabiano Fontanelli (Ita)

Ivan Gotti (Ita)

Stage 17 Dalmine-Verona, 200 km

Mirko Gualdi (Ita)

Ivan Gotti (Ita)

Stage 18 Baselga di Pine-Cavalese, 40 km ITT

Serguei Gontchar (Ukr)

Ivan Gotti (Ita)

Stage 19 Predazzo-Falzes, 222 km

Jose-Luis Rubiera (Spa)

Ivan Gotti (Ita)

Stage 20 Brunico-Passo Tonale, 176 km

J-J Gonzales-Pico (Col)

Ivan Gotti (Ita)

Stage 21 Male-Edolo, 238 km

Pavel Tonkov (Rus)

Ivan Gotti (Ita)

Stage 22 Boario Terme-Milan, 165 km

Mario Cipollini (Ita)

Ivan Gotti (Ita)

 

Mountain Jersey

* J-J Gonzales-Pico (Col)
 

Point's Jersey

Mario Cipollini (Ita)

 

GdI May 17 to June 08, 1997

3,889 Km

1. Ivan GOTTI (Ita) 102h53'58"

2. Pavel Tonkov (Rus) +1'27"
3. Giuseppe Guerini (Ita) +7'40"
Starters: 180

Finishers: 110

Average Speed: 38.074 km/h

 

 

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