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81st Giro d'Italia 1998 (Italy)

 
   
 
By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian
 

Il Pirate” Climbs to Victory

This year’s Giro d’Italia is not for the faint-of-heart.  The course is designed for climbers and has only 5 flat stage for the sprinters.  The favorites for the overall victory include defending champion Ivan Gotti, 1996 winner Pavel Tonkov, young Swiss rider Alex Zulle (riding his first Giro) and Italian climber Marco “Il Pirate” Pantani. 

Prologue Time Trial winner Alex Zulle controlled the race through 16 stage when the brutally tough climbing began.  Marco Pantani took the race leader’s Maglia Rosa from Zulle with an impressive display of climbing.  The brutal Stage 17 peaked four massive climbs: Passo Duran, Forcella Staulanza, Passo Fedaia-Marmolada, and the Passo Sella.  Pantani finished second on the stage but gained 4’37” on the race leader and donned the Maglia Rosa for the first time.

The race was not over.  Pantani held a slim 30 second lead on Tonkov and 1’01” on Zulle.  A tough Stage 18 continued in the Dolomites and allowed Pantani to extend his lead in the GC, but with the final individual time trial still to come Zulle was still a threat.  Marco Pantani finished second and conceded only one second to Tonkov. Swiss Alex Zulle finished 4th at 58 seconds and now trial Pantani by 2’08” in the GC.

On the final stage in the mountains the dominative Italian climber “put paid” on this year’s Giro.  Over the second summit of the stage Pantani had 7’30” on a fading Zulle.  By the finish at the summit of the Plan di Monte Campione “Il Pirate” had eliminated the Swiss rider.  Zulle lost 30’03” on the stage. 

SPECIAL NOTE: Two riders were eliminated after a blood test showed both had hematocrit levels above 51%.

Marco “Il Pirate” Pantani rode into Milan to claim the first major stage race of his career, an impressive victory in the Giro d’Italia.

Stage and Distance

Stage Winner

Race Leader

Prologue  Nice (Fra), 7 km ITT

Alex Zulle (Sui)

Alex Zulle (Sui)

Stage 1 Nice (Fra)-Cuneo, 162 km

Mariano Piccoli (Ita)

Alex Zulle (Sui)

Stage 2 Alba-Imperia, 160 km

Angel Edo (Esp)

Alex Zulle (Sui)

Stage 3 Rapallo-Forte dei Marmi, 196 km

Nicola Minali (Ita)

Serguei Gontchar (Ukr)

Stage 4 Viareggio-Monte Argentario, 239 km

Nicola Miceli (Ita)

Serguei Gontchar (Ukr)

Stage 5 Orbetello-Frascati, 206 km

Mario Cipollini (Ita)

Michele Bartoli (Ita)

Stage 6 Maddaloni-Lago Laceno, 160 km

Alex Zulle (Sui)

Alex Zulle (Sui)

Stage 7 Lago Laceno-Matera, 235 km

Mario Cipollini (Ita)

Alex Zulle (Sui)

Stage 8 Matera-Lecce, 191 km

Mario Cipollini (Ita)

Alex Zulle (Sui)

Stage 9 Foggia-Vasto, 169 km

Glenn Magnusson (Swe)

Alex Zulle (Sui)

Stage 10 Vasto-Macerata, 212 km

Mario Cipollini (Ita)

Alex Zulle (Sui)

Stage 11 Macerata-San Marino, 214 km

Andrea Noe (Ita)

Alex Zulle (Sui)

Stage 12 San Marino-Carpi, 202 km

Laurent Roux (Fra)

Laurent Roux (Fra)

Stage 13 Carpi-Schio, 168 km

Michele Bartoli (Ita)

Andrea Noe (Ita)

Stage 14 Schio-Piancavallo, 165 km

Marco Pantani (Ita)

Alex Zulle (Sui)

Stage 15 Trieste-Trieste, 40 km ITT

Alex Zulle (Sui)

Alex Zulle (Sui)

Stage 16 Udine-Asiago, 236 km

Fabiano Fontanelli (Ita)

Alex Zulle (Sui)

Stage 17 Asiago-Selva Val Gardena, 215 km

Giuseppe Guerini (Ita)

Marco Pantani (Ita)

Stage 18 Selva Val Gardena-Pampeago, 115 km

Pavel Tonkov (Rus)

Marco Pantani (Ita)

Stage 19 Cavalese-Monte Campione, 243 km

Marco Pantani (Ita)

Marco Pantani (Ita)

Stage 20 Boario Terme-Mendrisio (Sui), 143 km

Gian-Matteo Fagnini (Ita)

Marco Pantani (Ita)

Stage 21 Mendrisio (Sui)-Lugano (Sui), 34 km ITT

Serguei Gontchar (Ukr)

Marco Pantani (Ita)

Stage 22 Lugano (Sui)-Milan, 102 km

Gian-Matteo Fagnini (Ita)

Marco Pantani (Ita)

 

Mountain Jersey

* Marco Pantani (Ita)
 

Point's Jersey

Mariano Piccoli (Ita)

 

GdI May 17 to June 07, 1998

3,811 Km

1. Marco PANTANI (Ita) 98h48'32"

2. Pavel Tonkov (Rus) +1'33"
3. Giuseppe Guerini (Ita) +6'51"
Starters: 162

Finishers: 94

Average Speed: 38.571 km/h

 

 

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