1977 Giro d'Italia
|Dates||20 May – 12 June|
|Stages||22 + Prologue, including four split stages|
|Distance||3,968 km (2,466 mi)|
|Winning time||107h 27' 16"|
|Winner||Michel Pollentier (BEL)||(Flandria)|
|Second||Francesco Moser (ITA)||(Sanson)|
|Third||Gianbattista Baronchelli (ITA)||(Scic)|
|Points||Francesco Moser (ITA)||(Sanson)|
|Mountains||Faustino Fernandez Ovies (ESP)||(KAS)|
|Youth||Mario Beccia (ITA)||(Sanson)|
|Combination||Wilmo Francioni (ITA)||(Magniflex)|
The 1977 Giro d'Italia was the 60th running of the Giro d'Italia, one of cycling's Grand Tours races. The Giro started in Bacoli, on 20 May, with a 7 km (4.3 mi) prologue and concluded in Milan, on 13 June, with a 122 km (75.8 mi) mass-start stage. A total of 130 riders from thirteen teams entered the 22-stage race, that was won by Belgian Michel Pollentier of the Flandria team. The second and third places were taken by Italians Francesco Moser and Gianbattista Baronchelli, respectively.
Amongst the other classifications that the race awarded, Sanson's Moser won the points classification, Faustino Fernandez Ovies of KAS won the mountains classification, and Sanson's Mario Beccia completed the Giro as the best neo-professional in the general classification, finishing ninth overall. Flandria finishing as the winners of the team points classification.
A total of 14 teams were invited to participate in the 1977 Giro d'Italia. Each team sent a squad of ten riders, so the Giro began with a peloton of 140 cyclists. Out of the 140 riders that started this edition of the Giro d'Italia, a total of 121 riders made it to the finish in Milan.
The teams entering the race were:
Route and stages
|P||20 May||Bacoli to Monte di Procida||7 km (4 mi)||Individual time trial||Freddy Maertens (BEL)|
|1||21 May||Lago Miseno to Avellino||159 km (99 mi)||Plain stage||Freddy Maertens (BEL)|
|2a||22 May||Avellino to Foggia||118 km (73 mi)||Plain stage||Rik Van Linden (BEL)|
|2b||Foggia to Foggia||65 km (40 mi)||Plain stage||Luciano Borgognoni (ITA)|
|3||23 May||Foggia to Isernia||166 km (103 mi)||Plain stage||Simone Fraccaro (ITA)|
|4||24 May||Isernia to Pescara||228 km (142 mi)||Plain stage||Freddy Maertens (BEL)|
|5||25 May||Pescara to Monteluco di Spoleto||215 km (134 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Mario Beccia (ITA)|
|6a||26 May||Spoleto to Gabicce Mare||185 km (115 mi)||Plain stage||Freddy Maertens (BEL)|
|6b||Gabicce Mare to Gabicce Mare||70 km (43 mi)||Plain stage||Freddy Maertens (BEL)|
|7||27 May||Gabicce Mare to Forlì||163 km (101 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Freddy Maertens (BEL)|
|8a||28 May||Forlì to Circuito del Mugello||103 km (64 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Freddy Maertens (BEL)|
|8b||Circuito del Mugello to Circuito del Mugello||79 km (49 mi)||Plain stage||Marino Basso (ITA)|
|9||29 May||Lucca to Pisa||25 km (16 mi)||Individual time trial||Knut Knudsen (NOR)|
|10||30 May||Pisa to Salsomaggiore Terme||205 km (127 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Giacinto Santambrogio (ITA)|
|11||31 May||Salsomaggiore Terme to Santa Margherita Ligure||198 km (123 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Claudio Bortolotto (ITA)|
|1 June||Rest day|
|12||2 June||Santa Margherita Ligure-San Giacomo di Roburent||160 km (99 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Wilmo Francioni (ITA)|
|13||3 June||Mondovì to Varzi||192 km (119 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Giancarlo Tartoni (ITA)|
|14||4 June||Voghera to Vicenza||247 km (153 mi)||Plain stage||Marc Demeyer (BEL)|
|15||5 June||Vicenza to Trieste||223 km (139 mi)||Plain stage||Ercole Gualazzini (ITA)|
|16a||6 June||Trieste to Gemona del Friuli||107 km (66 mi)||Plain stage||Marc Demeyer (BEL)|
|16b||Gemona del Friuli to Conegliano||116 km (72 mi)||Plain stage||Pierino Gavazzi (ITA)|
|17||7 June||Conegliano to Cortina d'Ampezzo||220 km (137 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Giuseppe Perletto (ITA)|
|18||8 June||Cortina d'Ampezzo to Pinzolo||223 km (139 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Gianbattista Baronchelli (ITA)|
|19||9 June||Pinzolo to San Pellegrino Terme||205 km (127 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Renato Laghi (ITA)|
|20||10 June||San Pellegrino Terme to Varese||138 km (86 mi)||Plain stage||Wilmo Francioni (ITA)|
|21||11 June||Binago to Binago||29 km (18 mi)||Individual time trial||Michel Pollentier (BEL)|
|22||12 June||Milan to Milan||122 km (76 mi)||Plain stage||Luciano Borgognoni (ITA)|
|Total||3,968 km (3,968 km)|
Four different jerseys were worn during the 1977 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 Valparola Pass. The first rider to cross the Valparola Pass was Spanish rider Faustino Fernández Ovies. 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). 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||Team classification|
|P||Freddy Maertens||Freddy Maertens||Freddy Maertens||not awarded||not awarded||Flandria|
|2a||Rik Van Linden|
|5||Mario Beccia||Francesco Moser||Mario Beccia & Faustino Fernandez Ovies|
|6a||Freddy Maertens||Mario Beccia|
|7||Freddy Maertens||Faustino Fernandez Ovies|
|9||Knut Knudsen||Francesco Moser|
|17||Giuseppe Perletto||Michel Pollentier|
|Final||Michel Pollentier||Francesco Moser||Faustino Fernandez Ovies||Mario Beccia||Flandria|
|Denotes the winner of the General classification||Denotes the winner of the Mountains classification|
|Denotes the winner of the Points classification|
|1||Michel Pollentier (BEL)||Flandria||107h 27' 16"|
|2||Francesco Moser (ITA)||Sanson||+ 2' 32"|
|3||Gianbattista Baronchelli (ITA)||Scic||+ 4' 02"|
|4||Alfio Vandi (ITA)||Magniflex||+ 7' 50"|
|5||Wladimiro Panizza (ITA)||Scic||+ 7' 56"|
|6||Ronald De Witte (BEL)||Brooklyn||+ 10' 04"|
|7||Walter Riccomi (ITA)||Scic||+ 12' 28"|
|8||Claudio Bortolotto (ITA)||Sanson||+ 13' 41"|
|9||Mario Beccia (ITA)||Sanson||+ 13' 48"|
|10||Wilmo Francioni (ITA)||Magniflex||+ 16' 11"|
|1||Francesco Moser (ITA)||Sanson||225|
|2||Pierino Gavazzi (ITA)||Scic||183|
|3||Luciano Borgognoni (ITA)||Scic|
|4||Michel Pollentier (ITA)||Flandria||153|
|5||Wilmo Francioni (ITA)||Magniflex||143|
|6||Marc Demeyer (BEL)||Flandria||141|
|7||Enrico Paolini (ITA)||Scic||133|
|8||Gianbattista Baronchelli (ITA)||Scic||123|
|9||Miguel María Lasa (ESP)||Teka||105|
|Aldo Parecchini (ITA)||Brooklyn|
|1||Faustino Fernandez Ovies (ESP)||Zonca||675|
|2||Ueli Sutter (SUI)||Scic||490|
|3||Michel Pollentier (BEL)||Flandria||340|
|4||Mario Beccia (ITA)||Sanson||220|
|5||Renato Laghi (ITA)||Vibor||195|
|6||Gianbattista Baronchelli (ITA)||Scic||175|
|7||Alfio Vandi (ITA)||Magniflex||120|
|8||Giuseppe Perletto (ITA)||Perletto||110|
|José-Luis Viejo (ESP)||KAS|
|10||Wladimiro Panizza (ITA)||Scic||100|
Young rider classification
|1||Mario Beccia (ITA)||Sanson||107h 41' 04"|
|2||Vittorio Algeri (ITA)||G.B.C.||+ 7' 34"|
|3||Amilcare Sgalbazzi (ITA)||Jolly Ceramica||+ 11' 27"|
|4||Bernt Johansson (SWE)||Fiorella||+ 14' 13"|
|5||Carmelo Barone (ITA)||Fiorella||+ 21' 28"|
Campionato delle Regioni classification
|1||Wilmo Francioni (ITA)||Magniflex||37|
|2||Gianfranco Foresti (ITA)||Scic||12|
|3||Giacinto Santambrogio (ITA)||Bianchi||10|
|4||Aldo Parecchini (ITA)||Brooklyn|
|5||Pietro Algeri (ITA)||G.B.C.||8|
|Claudio Bortolotto (ITA)||Sanson|
|Marcello Osler (ITA)||Brooklyn|
|8||Bruno Zanoni (ITA)||G.B.C.||6|
Traguardo Fiat 127 classification
|1||Jesús Suárez Cueva (ESP)||Teka||33|
|2||Domingo Perurena (ESP)||KAS||26|
|3||Adriano Pella (ITA)||Selle Royal||18|
|4||Gianbattista Baronchelli (ITA)||Scic||3|
|Aldo Donadello (ITA)||Sanson|
|Miguel María Lasa (ESP)||Teka|
|Wladimiro Panizza (ITA)||Scic|
|Aldo Parecchini (ITA)||Brooklyn|
|Alfio Vandi (ITA)||Magniflex|
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