1976 Giro d'Italia
|Dates||21 May – 12 June|
|Distance||4,161 km (2,586 mi)|
|Winning time||119h 58' 15"|
|Winner||Felice Gimondi (ITA)||(Bianchi-Campagnolo)|
|Second||Johan De Muynck (BEL)||(Brooklyn)|
|Third||Fausto Bertoglio (ITA)||(Jolly Ceramica)|
|Points||Francesco Moser (ITA)||(Sanson)|
|Mountains||Andrés Oliva (ESP)||(KAS)|
|Youth||Alfio Vandi (ITA)||(Magniflex)|
|Combination||Francesco Moser (ITA)||(Sanson)|
The 1976 Giro d'Italia was the 59th running of the Giro d'Italia, one of cycling's Grand Tours races. The Giro started in Catania, on 21 May, with a set of split stages and concluded in Milan, on 12 June, with another split stage, consisting of an individual time trial and a mass-start stage. A total of 120 riders from twelve teams entered the 22-stage race, that was won by Italian Felice Gimondi of the Bianchi-Campagnolo team. The second and third places were taken by Belgian Johan De Muynck and Italian Fausto Bertoglio, respectively.
Amongst the other classifications that the race awarded, Sanson's Francesco Moser won the points classification, Andrés Oliva of KAS won the mountains classification, and Magniflex's Alfio Vandi completed the Giro as the best neo-professional in the general classification, finishing seventh overall. Brooklyn finishing as the winners of the team points classification.
A total of twelve teams were invited to participate in the 1976 Giro d'Italia. Each team sent a squad of ten riders, which meant that the race started with a peloton of 120 cyclists. From the riders that began this edition, 86 made it to the finish in Milan.
Route and stages
|1a||21 May||Catania to Catania||64 km (40 mi)||Plain stage||Patrick Sercu (BEL)|
|1b||Catania to Siracusa||78 km (48 mi)||Plain stage||Patrick Sercu (BEL)|
|2||22 May||Siracusa to Caltanissetta||210 km (130 mi)||Plain stage||Roger De Vlaeminck (BEL)|
|3||23 May||Caltanissetta to Palermo||163 km (101 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Rik Van Linden (BEL)|
|4||24 May||Cefalù to Messina||192 km (119 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Francesco Moser (ITA)|
|5||25 May||Reggio Calabria to Cosenza||220 km (137 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Roger De Vlaeminck (BEL)|
|6||26 May||Cosenza to Matera||207 km (129 mi)||Plain stage||Johan De Muynck (BEL)|
|7||27 May||Ostuni to Ostuni||37 km (23 mi)||Individual time trial||Francesco Moser (ITA)|
|8||28 May||Selva di Fasano to Lago Laceno||256 km (159 mi)||Plain stage||Roger De Vlaeminck (BEL)|
|9||29 May||Bagnoli Irpino to Roccaraso||204 km (127 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Fabrizio Fabbri (ITA)|
|10||30 May||Roccaraso to Terni||203 km (126 mi)||Plain stage||Patrick Sercu (BEL)|
|11||31 May||Terni to Gabicce Mare||222 km (138 mi)||Plain stage||Antonio Menéndez (ESP)|
|12||1 June||Gabicce Mare to Porretta Terme||215 km (134 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Sigfrido Fontanelli (ITA)|
|13||2 June||Porretta Terme to Il Ciocco||146 km (91 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Ronny De Witte (BEL)|
|14||3 June||Il Ciocco to Varazze||227 km (141 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Francesco Moser (ITA)|
|4 June||Rest day|
|15||5 June||Varazze to Ozegna||216 km (134 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Rik Van Linden (BEL)|
|16||6 June||Castellamonte to Arosio||258 km (160 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Roger De Vlaeminck (BEL)|
|17||7 June||Arosio to Verona||196 km (122 mi)||Plain stage||Ercole Gualazzini (ITA)|
|18||8 June||Verona to Longarone||174 km (108 mi)||Plain stage||Simone Fraccaro (ITA)|
|19||9 June||Longarone to Torri del Vajolet||132 km (82 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Andrés Gandarias (ESP)|
|20||10 June||Vigo di Fassa to Terme di Comano||170 km (106 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Luciano Conati (ITA)|
|21||11 June||Terme di Comano to Bergamo||238 km (148 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Felice Gimondi (ITA)|
|22a||12 June||Arcore to Arcore||28 km (17 mi)||Individual time trial||Joseph Bruyère (BEL)|
|22b||Milan to Milan||106 km (66 mi)||Plain stage||Daniele Tinchella (ITA)|
|Total||4,161 km (4,161 km)|
Four different jerseys were worn during the 1976 Giro d'Italia. The leader of the general classification – calculated by adding the stage finish times of each rider, and allowing time bonuses for the first three finishers on mass-start stages – wore a pink jersey. This classification is the most important of the race, and its winner is considered as the winner of the Giro.
For the points classification, which awarded a purple (or cyclamen) jersey to its leader, cyclists were given points for finishing a stage in the top 15; additional points could also be won in intermediate sprints. The green jersey was awarded to the mountains classification leader. In this ranking, points were won by reaching the summit of a climb ahead of other cyclists. Each climb was ranked as either first, second or third category, with more points available for higher category climbs. The Cima Coppi, the race's highest point of elevation, awarded more points than the other first category climbs. The Cima Coppi for this Giro was the Vajolet Towers. The first rider to cross the Vajolet Towers was Spanish rider Andrés Gandarias. There was no jersey awarded to the leader of the young rider classification, a ranking decided the same way as the general classification, but considering only neo-professional cyclists (in their first three years of professional racing). Although no jersey was awarded, there was also one classification for the teams, in which the stage finish times of the best three cyclists per team were added; the leading team was the one with the lowest total time.
Although no jersey was awarded, there was also one classification for the teams, in which the awarded points to each team based off their riding's finishing position in every stage; the leading team was the one with the most points.
The rows in the following table correspond to the jerseys awarded after that stage was run.
||Young rider classification
|1a||Patrick Sercu||Patrick Sercu||not awarded||not awarded||?||not awarded|
|1b||Patrick Sercu||Patrick Sercu||Brooklyn|
|2||Roger De Vlaeminck||Roger De Vlaeminck|
|3||Rik Van Linden||Patrick Sercu||Eddy Merckx|
|4||Francesco Moser||Roger De Vlaeminck||Roger De Vlaeminck|
|5||Roger De Vlaeminck|
|6||Johan De Muynck|
|7||Francesco Moser||Francesco Moser|
|8||Roger De Vlaeminck||Felice Gimondi|
|9||Fabrizio Fabbri||Fabrizio Fabbri|
|13||Ronny De Witte|
|14||Francesco Moser||Andrés Oliva|
|15||Rik Van Linden|
|16||Roger De Vlaeminck|
|19||Andrés Gandarias||Johan De Muynck||Alfio Vandi|
|20||Luciano Conati||Francesco Moser|
|22a||Joseph Bruyère||Felice Gimondi|
|Final||Felice Gimondi||Francesco Moser||Andrés Oliva||Alfio Vandi||Brooklyn|
|Denotes the winner of the General classification||Denotes the winner of the Mountains classification|
|Denotes the winner of the Points classification|
|1||Felice Gimondi (ITA)||Bianchi-Campagnolo||119 h 58' 16"|
|2||Johan de Muynck (BEL)||Brooklyn||+ 19"|
|3||Fausto Bertoglio (ITA)||Jolly Ceramica||+ 49"|
|4||Francesco Moser (ITA)||Sanson||+ 1' 07"|
|5||Gianbattista Baronchelli (ITA)||Scic||+ 1' 35"|
|6||Wladimiro Panizza (ITA)||Scic||+ 2' 35"|
|7||Alfio Vandi (ITA)||Magniflex||+ 4' 07"|
|8||Eddy Merckx (BEL)||Molteni||+ 7' 40"|
|9||Walter Riccomi (ITA)||Scic||+ 8' 49"|
|10||Juan Pujol Pagés (ESP)||KAS||+ 8' 50"|
|1||Francesco Moser (ITA)||Sanson||272|
|2||Eddy Merckx (BEL)||Molteni||149|
|3||Felice Gimondi (ITA)||Bianchi-Campagnolo||143|
|4||Pierino Gavazzi (ITA)||Jolly Ceramica||122|
|5||Enrico Paolini (ITA)||Scic||110|
Young rider classification
|1||Alfio Vandi (ITA)||Magniflex||120h 02' 22"|
|2||Juan Pujol Pagés (ESP)||KAS||+ 4' 43"|
|3||Ruggero Gialdini (ITA)||Magniflex||+ 32' 32"|
Campionato delle Regioni classification
|1||Giacinto Santambrogio (ITA)||Bianchi-Campagnolo||35|
|2||Arnaldo Caverzasi (ITA)||Scic||33|
|3||Frans van Looy (BEL)||Molteni||28|
Team points classification
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- "Giro-cifre" [Tour-digits] (PDF). La Stampa (in Italian). Editrice La Stampa. 13 June 1976. p. 16. Retrieved 27 May 2012.
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