1984 Giro d'Italia

1984 Giro d'Italia
Race details
Dates 17 May – 10 June
Stages 22 + Prologue
Distance 3,808 km (2,366 mi)
Winning time 98h 32' 20"
Winner  Francesco Moser (ITA) (Gis Gelati-Tuc Lu)
Second  Laurent Fignon (FRA) (Renault-Elf)
Third  Moreno Argentin (ITA) (Sammontana-Campagnolo)

Points  Urs Freuler (SUI) (Atala-Campagnolo)
Mountains  Laurent Fignon (FRA) (Renault-Elf)
Youth  Charly Mottet (FRA) (Renault-Elf)
Team Renault-Elf
Team Points Metauro Mobili-Pinarello

The 1984 Giro d'Italia was the 67th running of the Giro d'Italia, one of cycling's Grand Tours races. The Giro started in Lucca, on 17 May, with a 5 km (3.1 mi) prologue and concluded in Verona, on 10 June, with a 42 km (26.1 mi) individual time trial. A total of 171 riders from nineteen teams entered the 22-stage race, that was won by Italian Francesco Moser of the Gis Gelati-Tuc Lu team. The second and third places were taken by Frenchman Laurent Fignon and Italian Moreno Argentin, respectively.[1][2][3]

Amongst the other classifications that the race awarded, Urs Freuler of Atala-Campagnolo won the points classification, Fignon of Renault-Elf won the mountains classification, and Renault-Elf's Charly Mottet completed the Giro as the best neo-professional in the general classification, finishing twenty-first overall. Renault-Elf finishing as the winners of the team classification, ranking each of the twenty teams contesting the race by lowest cumulative time. The team points classification was won by Metauro Mobili-Pinarello.


A total of nineteen teams were invited to participate in the 1984 Giro d'Italia.[4][5] Each team sent a squad of nine riders, which meant that the race started with a peloton of 171 cyclists.[4][5][6][7] The presentation of the teams – where each team's roster and manager are introduced in front the media and local dignitaries – took place at the Piazza San Marco in Lucca on 16 May.[4] Robin Morton, the team manager of the Gianna-Motta-Linea MD team, was the first female team manager ever in the Giro d'Italia.[8] From the riders that began this edition, 143 made it to the finish in Merano.[7]

The teams entering the race were:

Route and stages

The route for the 1984 edition of the Giro d'Italia was revealed to the public by head organizer Vincenzo Torriani on 18 February 1984.[9][10][11] Covering a total of 3,808 km (2,366 mi), it included four time trials (three individual and one for teams), and eleven stages with categorized climbs that awarded mountains classification points. Five of these eleven stages had summit finishes: stage 3, to Madonna di San Luca; stage 5, to Blockhaus; stage 16, to Bardonecchia; stage 19, to Selva di Val Gardena; and stage 20, to Arabba.[5] The organizers chose to include two rest days. When compared to the previous year's race, the race was 114 km (71 mi) shorter and contained the same amount of time trials and rest days. In addition, this race contained the same amount of stages.

Stage characteristics and winners[7][12]
Stage Date Course Distance Type Winner
P 17 May Lucca 5 km (3 mi) Individual time trial  Francesco Moser (ITA)
1 18 May Lucca to Marina di Pietrasanta 55 km (34 mi) Team time trial Renault-Elf[N 1]
2 19 May Marina di Pietrasanta to Firenze 127 km (79 mi) Plain stage  Urs Freuler (SUI)
3 20 May Bologna to Madonna di San Luca 110 km (68 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Moreno Argentin (ITA)
4 21 May Bologna to Numana 238 km (148 mi) Plain stage  Stefan Mutter (SUI)
5 22 May Numana to Blockhaus 194 km (121 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Moreno Argentin (ITA)
6 23 May Chieti to Foggia 193 km (120 mi) Plain stage  Francesco Moser (ITA)
7 24 May Foggia to Marconia di Pisticci 226 km (140 mi) Plain stage  Urs Freuler (SUI)
8 25 May Policoro to Agropoli 228 km (142 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Urs Freuler (SUI)
9 26 May Agropoli to Cava de' Tirreni 104 km (65 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Dag Erik Pedersen (NOR)
10 27 May Cava de' Tirreni to Isernia 209 km (130 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Martial Gayant (FRA)
11 28 May Isernia to Rieti 243 km (151 mi) Plain stage  Urs Freuler (SUI)
29 May Rest day
12 30 May Rieti to Città di Castello 175 km (109 mi) Plain stage  Paolo Rosola (ITA)
13 31 May Città di Castello to Lerici 269 km (167 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Roberto Visentini (ITA)
14 1 June Lerici to Alessandria 204 km (127 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Sergio Santimaria (ITA)
15 2 June Certosa di Pavia to Milan 38 km (24 mi) Individual time trial  Francesco Moser (ITA)
16 3 June Alessandria to Bardonecchia 198 km (123 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Dag Erik Pedersen (NOR)
17 4 June Bardonecchia to Lecco 249 km (155 mi) Plain stage  Jürg Bruggmann (SUI)
18 5 June Lecco to Merano 252 km (157 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Bruno Leali (ITA)
6 June Rest day
19 7 June Merano to Selva di Val Gardena 74 km (46 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Marino Lejarreta (ESP)
20 8 June Selva di Val Gardena to Arabba 169 km (105 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Laurent Fignon (FRA)
21 9 June Arabba to Treviso 208 km (129 mi) Plain stage  Guido Bontempi (ITA)
22 10 June Soave to Verona 42 km (26 mi) Individual time trial  Francesco Moser (ITA)
Total 3,808 km (2,366 mi)

Classification Leadership

A picture of a mountain.
The Pordoi Pass was the Cima Coppi for the 1984 running of the Giro d'Italia.

Four different jerseys were worn during the 1984 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.[14]

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.[14] The Cima Coppi for this Giro was the originally the Passo dello Stelvio,[5] but it was changed to the Pordoi Pass. The first rider to cross the Pordoi Pass was French rider Laurent Fignon. The white jersey was worn by the leader of 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).[14]

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.[14] There was another team classification that awarded points to each team based off their riding's finishing position in every stage.[14] The team with the highest total of points was the leader of the classification.[14]

The rows in the following table correspond to the jerseys awarded after that stage was run.

Classification leadership by stage
Stage Winner General classification
Points classification
Mountains classification
Young rider classification
Team classification
P Francesco Moser Francesco Moser not awarded not awarded not awarded not awarded
1 Renault-Elf Laurent Fignon Renault-Elf
2 Urs Freuler Urs Freuler ? ?
3 Moreno Argentin Moreno Argentin
4 Stefan Mutter Urs Freuler
5 Moreno Argentin Francesco Moser Moreno Argentin Carrera–Inoxpran
6 Francesco Moser
7 Urs Freuler Urs Freuler
8 Urs Freuler
9 Dag Erik Pedersen
10 Martial Gayant
11 Urs Freuler
12 Paolo Rosola
13 Roberto Visentini
14 Sergio Santimaria
15 Francesco Moser
16 Dag Erik Pedersen
17 Jürg Bruggmann
18 Bruno Leali
19 Marino Lejarreta
20 Laurent Fignon Laurent Fignon Laurent Fignon Renault-Elf
21 Guido Bontempi Johan van der Velde
22 Francesco Moser Francesco Moser Urs Freuler
Final Francesco Moser Urs Freuler Laurent Fignon Charly Mottet Renault-Elf

Final standings

  Pink jersey   Denotes the winner of the General classification[7]   Green jersey   Denotes the winner of the Mountains classification[7]
  Purple jersey   Denotes the winner of the Points classification[7]   White jersey   Denotes the winner of the Young rider classification[7]

General classification

Final general classification (1–10)[7][15]
Rank Name Team Time
1  Francesco Moser (ITA) Pink jersey Gis Gelati-Tuc Lu 98h 32' 20"
2  Laurent Fignon (FRA) Green jersey Renault-Elf + 1' 03"
3  Moreno Argentin (ITA) Sammontana + 4' 26"
4  Marino Lejarreta (ESP) Alfa Lum-Olmo + 4' 33"
5  Johan van der Velde (NED) Metauro Mobili + 6' 56"
6  Gianbattista Baronchelli (ITA) Murella-Rossin + 7' 48"
7  Lucien van Impe (BEL) Metauro Mobili + 10' 19"
8  Beat Breu (SUI) Cilo-Aufina + 11' 39"
9  Mario Beccia (ITA) Malvor-Bottecchia + 11' 41"
10  Dag Erik Pedersen (NOR) Murella-Rossin + 13' 35"

Points classification

Final points classification (1-5)[7][15]
Rider Team Points
1  Urs Freuler (SUI) A purple jersey Carrera–Inoxpran 178
2  Johan van der Velde (NED) Metauro Mobili 172
3  Francesco Moser (ITA) Pink jersey Gis Gelati-Tuc Lu 166
4  Dag Erik Pedersen (NOR) Murella-Rossin 160
5  Laurent Fignon (FRA) Green jersey Renault-Elf 150

Mountains classification

Final mountains classification (1-5)[7][15]
Rider Team Points
1  Laurent Fignon (FRA) Green jersey Renault-Elf 53
2  Flavio Zappi (ITA) Metauro Mobili 40
3  Moreno Argentin (ITA) Sammontana 30
4  Johan van der Velde (NED) Metauro Mobili 29
5  Jesús Rodríguez Magro (ESP) Zor-Gemeaz Cusin 28

Young rider classification

Final young rider classification (1-5)[7][15]
Rider Team Time
1  Charly Mottet (FRA) A white jersey Renault-Elf 99h 02' 11"
2  Jens Veggerby (DEN) Fanini-Wührer + 3' 59"
3  Giocondo Dalla Rizza (ITA) Supermercati Brianzoli + 10' 19"
4  Elio Festa (ITA) Santini-Conti-Galli + 10' 52"
5  Jesús Ignacio Ibáñez Loyo (ESP) Zor-Gemeaz Cusin + 15' 47"

Team classification

Final team classification (1-5)[7][15]
Team Time
1 Renault-Elf 293h 48' 45"
2 Murella-Rossin + 2' 34"
3 Carrera-Inoxpran + 27' 41"
4 Del Tongo-Colnago + 40' 30"
5 Alfa Lum-Olmo + 40' 46"

Team points classification

Final team points classification (1-3)[7]
Team Points
1 Metauro Mobili 351
2 Atala-Campagnolo 336
3 Murella-Rossin 281


Since the race's conclusion, the race has been marred by accusations of race officials favoring Francesco Moser.[7][8] On several occasions, Moser was seen drafting behind team cars and being pushed up mountains which is not allowed in the race rules.[7] Moser was not penalized the times he committed the violations, but several other riders in the race were punished by officials when they committed the same infractions.[7] Another instance appeared when the race officials cancelled the crossing of the Stelvio Pass during the eighteenth stage.[7][8] Snow had fallen on the Stelvio and was thought to be able to be cleared by the day of the stage as race director Vincenzo Torriani had photos showing that it could be done.[7] However, the day before the stage, the snow had yet to be cleared.[7] There's speculation that a government official from Trent – Moser's hometown – would not allow the Giro to cross the Stelvio.[7] The race was re-routed to go over the Tonale Pass and Palade Pass.[7] The changes in the stage resulted in another collective finish of the general classification contenders, thus keeping the time gaps the same and playing into the hand of Moser.[16] 1986 race winner Roberto Visentini quit the race because he felt the it was being fixed.[7] In the final time trial, TV helicopters have been accused of flying low behind Moser in order to propel him forward, increasing his speed.[7][8] Fignon told the media that the helicopters were flying in front of him in order to slow his pace.[7]

In 2015, Moser was inducted to the Giro d’Italia Hall of Fame.[17] At the ceremony, he modern-day trophy for his victory in the race.[17] Moser spoke of how he and Fignon talked years after the race and he still blamed his victory on the helicopter, while Moser insisted that the cheering from the crowds is what motivated him to perform so well during the day.[17] He further commented on Fignon: "Poor Fignon! He lost two Grand Tours on the last day and in time trials, too. If either of those races had ended with a climb, it would have been a very different story."[17]


  1. The teams that placed in the top 15 of the stage were awarded time bonuses.[7][13] First place was given a two-minute-and-thirty-second time bonus to be split amongst its riders, second place was given a two-minute-and-twenty-second bonus, and each subsequent place received ten second less of a bonus than the team before, until the fifteenth place received only ten seconds.[7][13]
  1. Moser: Giro's mountains to decide race outcome
  2. "Moser: La Fuerza Destino" [Moser: The Target Strength] (PDF) (in Spanish). Verona, Italy: El Mundo Deportivo. 11 June 1984. p. 28. Archived from the original on 2013-07-02. Retrieved 27 May 2012.
  3. http://hemeroteca.mundodeportivo.com/preview/1984/06/11/pagina-29/1103580/pdf.html
  4. 1 2 3 Gian Paolo Ormezzano (16 May 1984). "Moser, 23 giorni di agguati" [Moser, 23 days ambushes]. La Stampa (in Italian). Editrice La Stampa. p. 23. Retrieved 27 May 2012.
  5. 1 2 3 4 Gino Sala (17 May 1984). "Tanti piccoli re verso lo Stelvio" [But small kings up the Stelvio] (PDF). l'Unità (in Italian). PCI. p. 20. Archived (PDF) from the original on 7 February 2015. Retrieved 27 May 2012.
  6. Gian Paolo Ormezzano (17 May 1984). "E' la volta buona per Moser?" [And 'the right time to Moser?]. La Stampa (in Italian). Editrice La Stampa. p. 27. Retrieved 27 May 2012.
  7. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 Bill and Carol McGann. "1984 Giro d'Italia". Bike Race Info. Dog Ear Publishing. Retrieved 2012-08-06.
  8. 1 2 3 4 Susan Westemeyer (29 May 2009). "Sister in cycling: Morton at the 1984 Giro". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. Archived from the original on 28 April 2016. Retrieved 13 July 2013.
  9. "Il Giro '84 partira da Lucca" [The Tour '84 will start from Lucca]. La Stampa (in Italian). Editrice La Stampa. 17 February 1984. p. 25. Retrieved 27 May 2012.
  10. Gian Paolo Ormezzano (19 February 1984). "Fatto per Moser, con salite truccate" [Done for Moser, with climbs rigged]. La Stampa (in Italian). Editrice La Stampa. p. 25. Retrieved 27 May 2012.
  11. ""Giro 84": Mas Para Moser Que Para Saronni" [The "Giro-85" Want to Fignon] (PDF). El Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo S.A. 19 February 1984. p. 21. Archived (PDF) from the original on 19 January 2015. Retrieved 27 May 2012.
  12. "Queste Le Ventidue Tappe" [Twenty-two of these the Stages]. Stampa Sera (in Italian). Editrice La Stampa. 16 May 1984. p. 15. Retrieved 27 May 2012.
  13. 1 2 http://hemeroteca-paginas.mundodeportivo.com/EMD01/HEM/1984/05/19/MD19840519-027.pdf
  14. 1 2 3 4 5 6 Laura Weislo (13 May 2008). "Giro d'Italia classifications demystified". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. Archived from the original on 17 June 2014. Retrieved 13 July 2013.
  15. 1 2 3 4 5 "Cosi lo scorso anno nel regno di Moser" [So last year in the reign of Moser] (PDF). l'Unità (in Italian). PCI. 13 May 1985. p. 12. Archived (PDF) from the original on 9 March 2015. Retrieved 27 May 2012.
  16. "Fignon critica el trazado "indigno" del Giro" [Fignon criticizes the "unworthy" route of the Giro]. El País (in Spanish). Ediciones El País. EFE. 7 June 1984. Archived from the original on 11 May 2016. Retrieved 27 May 2012.
  17. 1 2 3 4 Stephen Farrand (20 March 2015). "Francesco Moser inducted into the Giro d'Italia Hall of Fame". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. Archived from the original on 7 September 2015. Retrieved 13 July 2015.
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