1954 Giro d'Italia
|Dates||21 May - 13 June|
|Distance||4,337 km (2,695 mi)|
|Winning time||129h 13' 07"|
|Winner||Carlo Clerici (SUI)||(Welter)|
|Second||Hugo Koblet (SUI)||(Cilo)|
|Third||Nino Assirelli (ITA)||(Arbos)|
|Mountains||Fausto Coppi (ITA)||(Bianchi)|
The 1954 Giro d'Italia was the 37th edition of the Giro d'Italia, one of cycling's Grand Tours. The Giro started off in Palermo on 21 May with a 36 km (22.4 mi) team time trial and concluded in Milan with a 222 km (137.9 mi) relatively flat mass-start stage on 13 June. Fifteen teams entered the race, which was won by Swiss Carlo Clerici of the Welter team. Second and third respectively were Swiss rider Hugo Koblet and Italian Nino Assirelli.
Fifteen teams were invited by the race organizers to participate in the 1954 edition of the Giro d'Italia. Each team sent a squad of seven riders, which meant that the race started with a peloton of 105 cyclists. From the riders that began the race, 67 made it to the finish in Milan.
In the sixth stage, Carlo Clerici escaped and took the lead with a big margin.
In the twentieth stage, Fausto Coppi won and took some time back. His fans were hoping that he would show more action on the twenty-first stage which included the Bernina Pass, but cyclists rode slowly as a form of protest against the racing conditions, taking almost ten hours to cover the 222 km stage; this event became known as the Bernina strike. When the race ended in Milan the next day, angry supporters whistled at the cyclists. For his leading role in the strike, Coppi was given a two-months suspension, although this was later revoked.
Route and stages
|1||21 May||Palermo||36 km (22 mi)||Team time trial||Bianchi||Fausto Coppi (ITA)|
|2||22 May||Palermo to Taormina||280 km (174 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Giuseppe Minardi (ITA)||Giuseppe Minardi (ITA)|
|3||23 May||Reggio Calabria to Catanzaro||172 km (107 mi)||Plain stage||Nino Defilippis (ITA)||Giuseppe Minardi (ITA)|
|4||24 May||Catanzaro to Bari||352 km (219 mi)||Plain stage||Angelo Conterno (ITA)||Giuseppe Minardi (ITA)|
|25 May||Rest day|
|5||26 May||Bari to Naples||279 km (173 mi)||Plain stage||Rik Van Steenbergen (BEL)||Gerrit Voorting (NED)|
|6||27 May||Naples to L'Aquila||252 km (157 mi)||Plain stage||Carlo Clerici (SUI)||Carlo Clerici (SUI)|
|7||28 May||L'Aquila to Rome||150 km (93 mi)||Plain stage||Giorgio Albani (ITA)||Carlo Clerici (SUI)|
|8||29 May||Rome to Chianciano Terme||195 km (121 mi)||Plain stage||Giovanni Pettinati (ITA)||Carlo Clerici (SUI)|
|9||30 May||Chianciano Terme to Florence||180 km (112 mi)||Plain stage||Giovanni Corrieri (ITA)||Carlo Clerici (SUI)|
|10||31 May||Florence to Cesenatico||211 km (131 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Pietro Giudici (ITA)||Carlo Clerici (SUI)|
|11||1 June||Cesenatico to Abetone||230 km (143 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Mauro Gianneschi (ITA)||Carlo Clerici (SUI)|
|12||2 June||Abetone to Genoa||251 km (156 mi)||Plain stage||Hilaire Couvreur (BEL)||Carlo Clerici (SUI)|
|13||3 June||Genoa to Turin||211 km (131 mi)||Plain stage||Wout Wagtmans (NED)||Carlo Clerici (SUI)|
|14||4 June||Turin to Brescia||240 km (149 mi)||Plain stage||Annibale Brasola (ITA)||Carlo Clerici (SUI)|
|5 June||Rest day|
|15||6 June||Gardone Riviera to Riva del Garda||42 km (26 mi)||Individual time trial||Hugo Koblet (SUI)||Carlo Clerici (SUI)|
|16||7 June||Riva del Garda to Abano Terme||131 km (81 mi)||Plain stage||Rik Van Steenbergen (BEL)||Carlo Clerici (SUI)|
|17||8 June||Abano Terme to Padua||105 km (65 mi)||Plain stage||Rik Van Steenbergen (BEL)||Carlo Clerici (SUI)|
|18||9 June||Padua to Grado||177 km (110 mi)||Plain stage||Adolfo Grosso (ITA)||Carlo Clerici (SUI)|
|19||10 June||Grado to San Martino di Castrozza||247 km (153 mi)||Plain stage||Wout Wagtmans (NED)||Carlo Clerici (SUI)|
|20||11 June||San Martino di Castrozza to Bolzano||152 km (94 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Fausto Coppi (ITA)||Carlo Clerici (SUI)|
|21||12 June||Bolzano to Saint Moritz (Switzerland)||222 km (138 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Hugo Koblet (SUI)||Carlo Clerici (SUI)|
|22||13 June||Saint Moritz (Switzerland) to Milan||222 km (138 mi)||Plain stage||Rik Van Steenbergen (BEL)||Carlo Clerici (SUI)|
|Total||4,337 km (2,695 mi)|
One jersey was worn during the 1954 Giro d'Italia. The leader of the general classification – calculated by adding the stage finish times of each rider – wore a pink jersey. This classification is the most important of the race, and its winner is considered as the winner of the Giro.
The mountains classification leader. The climbs all awarded three points to the first rider and one point to the second rider to cross the summit. Although no jersey was awarded, there was also a classification for the teams, in which the teams were awarded points for their rider's performance during the stages in the intermediate sprints.
In the gran premio traguardi volanti classification points were awarded at designated sprint locations throughout each stage's route and at the stage finishes. Points were awarded to the first three riders to pass through the assigned point: first received five points, second received three points, and third received one point.
||Mountains classification||Team classification|
|1||Bianchi||Fausto Coppi||not awarded||Bianchi|
|2||Giuseppe Minardi||Giuseppe Minardi||Giuseppe Minardi||Legnano|
|5||Rik Van Steenbergen||Gerrit Voorting|
|6||Carlo Clerici||Carlo Clerici|
|10||Pietro Giudici||Giuseppe Minardi & Primo Volpi|
|11||Mauro Gianneschi||Mauro Gianneschi, Giuseppe Minardi & Primo Volpi|
|16||Rik Van Steenbergen|
|17||Rik Van Steenbergen|
|20||Fausto Coppi||Fausto Coppi|
|22||Rik Van Steenbergen|
|Final||Carlo Clerici||Fausto Coppi||Girardengo|
|Denotes the winner of the General classification|
|1||Carlo Clerici (SUI)||Guerra||129h 13' 7"|
|2||Hugo Koblet (SUI)||Guerra||+ 24' 16"|
|3||Nino Assirelli (ITA)||Arbos||+ 26' 28"|
|4||Fausto Coppi (ITA)||Bianchi||+ 31' 17"|
|5||Giancarlo Astrua (ITA)||Atala||+ 33' 09"|
|6||Fiorenzo Magni (ITA)||Nivea||+ 34' 01"|
|7||Gerrit Voorting (NED)||Locomotief||+ 35' 05"|
|8||Pasquale Fornara (ITA)||Bottecchia||+ 36' 21"|
|9||Fritz Schär (SUI)||Guerra||+ 40' 51"|
|10||Angelo Conterno (ITA)||Fréjus||+ 41' 07"|
|1||Fausto Coppi (ITA)||Bianchi||6|
|2||Giancarlo Astrua (ITA)||Atala||5|
|3||Primo Volpi (ITA)||Arbos||3|
|Mauro Gianneschi (ITA)||Arbos|
|Vincenzo Rossello (ITA)||Nivea|
|Angelo Conterno (ITA)||Fréjus|
|7||Pasquale Fornara (ITA)||Bottecchia||2|
|8||Gerrit Voorting (NED)||Locomotief||1|
|Adolfo Grosso (ITA)||Atala|
|Nino Defilippis (ITA)||Torpado|
|Jesus Loroño (ESP)||Ideor|
Gran premio traguardi volanti
|1||Rik Van Steenbergen (BEL)||Girardengo||113|
|2||Rino Benedetti (ITA)||Legnano||45|
|3||Giorgio Albani (ITA)||Legnano||42|
|4||Guido De Santi (ITA)||Bottecchia||29|
|5||Adolfo Grosso (ITA)||Atala||25|
|6||Giovanni Pettinati (ITA)||Torpado||20|
|7||Giovanni Corrieri (ITA)||Bartali||19|
|8||Renzo Soldani (ITA)||Doniselli||18|
|Hilaire Couvreur (BEL)||Girardengo|
|Renato Ponzini (ITA)||Arbos|
Gran premio traguardi volanti team classification
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