Giro d'Italia

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The leader of the race wears the maglia rosa, the pink jersey

The Giro d'Italia, or Tour of Italy, is a famous bicycle race held in Italy, every spring. It is one of the most famous, and best paid bicycle races. The first race was in 1909. It started because the editor of a newspaper called La Gazzetta dello Sport wanted more people to read his newspaper. He planned a race similar to the Tour de France, which had started in 1903.

The leader of the race wears a pink jersey called the ''maglia rosa''. This is because pink is the colour of La Gazzetta dello Sport. For many years, the leader of the mountain climbing competition wore a green jersey (called the maglia verde), but a change in the sponsor for that competition led to a jersey change in 2012. The mountains leader now wears a blue jersey (called the maglia azzurra). Similarly, the leader of the sprinters' competition wore a mauve jersey (called the maglia ciclamino) for many years. However, a sponsorship change in 2010 also led to a jersey change. The sprints leader now wears a red jersey (called maglia rosso passione). The leader of the young riders' competition, for riders under age 25, wears a white jersey (called the maglia bianca). This is the same as the young riders' competition in the Tour de France.

Winners of the Giro d'Italia[change | edit source]

Giro Year Winner Nationality Team
95 2012 Ryder Hesjedal  Canada Garmin-Barracuda
94 2011 Michele Scarponi  Italy Lampre-ISD
93 2010 Ivan Basso  Italy Liquigas
92 2009 Denis Menchov  Russia Rabobank
91 2008 Alberto Contador Velasco  Spain Astana
90 2007 Danilo Di Luca  Italy Liquigas
89 2006 Ivan Basso  Italy Team CSC
88 2005 Paolo Savoldelli (2)  Italy Discovery Channel
87 2004 Damiano Cunego  Italy Saeco
86 2003 Gilberto Simoni (2)  Italy Saeco
85 2002 Paolo Savoldelli  Italy Index-Alexia
84 2001 Gilberto Simoni  Italy Lampre-Daikin
83 2000 Stefano Garzelli  Italy Mercatone Uno
82 1999 Ivan Gotti (2)  Italy Polti
81 1998 Marco Pantani  Italy Mercatone Uno
80 1997 Ivan Gotti  Italy Saeco
79 1996 Pavel Tonkov  Russia Mapei-GB
78 1995 Tony Rominger  Switzerland Mapei-GB
77 1994 Eugeni Berzin  Russia Gewiss-Ballan
76 1993 Miguel Indurain (2)  Spain Banesto
75 1992 Miguel Indurain  Spain Banesto
74 1991 Franco Chioccioli  Italy del Tongo
73 1990 Gianni Bugno  Italy Chateau d'Ax
72 1989 Laurent Fignon  France Super U-Raleigh-Fiat
71 1988 Andrew Hampsten United States 7-Eleven
70 1987 Stephen Roche Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland Carrera-Vagabond
69 1986 Roberto Visentini  Italy Carrera-Inoxpran
68 1985 Bernard Hinault (3)  France La Vie Claire
67 1984 Francesco Moser  Italy Gis-Tuc Lu
66 1983 Giuseppe Saronni (2)  Italy Del Tongo
65 1982 Bernard Hinault (2)  France Renault-Elf-Gitane
64 1981 Giovanni Battaglin  Italy Inoxpran
63 1980 Bernard Hinault  France Renault-Elf-Gitane
62 1979 Giuseppe Saronni  Italy Scic
61 1978 Johan de Muynck  Belgium Bianchi-Faema
60 1977 Michel Pollentier  Belgium Flandria-Velda
59 1976 Felice Gimondi (3)  Italy Bianchi-Campagnolo
58 1975 Fausto Bertoglio  Italy Jollyceramica
57 1974 Eddy Merckx (5)  Belgium Molteni
56 1973 Eddy Merckx (4)  Belgium Molteni
55 1972 Eddy Merckx (3)  Belgium Molteni
54 1971 Gösta Pettersson  Sweden Ferretti
53 1970 Eddy Merckx (2)  Belgium Faema
52 1969 Felice Gimondi (2)  Italy Faema
51 1968 Eddy Merckx  Belgium Faema
50 1967 Felice Gimondi  Italy Salvarani
49 1966 Gianni Motta  Italy Molteni
48 1965 Vittorio Adorni  Italy Salvarani
47 1964 Jacques Anquetil (2)  France St.Raphael
46 1963 Franco Balmamion (2)  Italy Carpano
45 1962 Franco Balmamion  Italy Carpano
44 1961 Arnaldo Pambianco  Italy Fides
43 1960 Jacques Anquetil  France Fynsec
42 1959 Charly Gaul (2)  Luxembourg Emi G. S.
41 1958 Ercole Baldini  Italy Legnano
40 1957 Gastone Nencini  Italy Chlorodont
39 1956 Charly Gaul  Luxembourg Faema-Guerra
38 1955 Fiorenzo Magni (3)  Italy Nivea-Fuchs
37 1954 Carlo Clerici  Switzerland Faema-Guerra
36 1953 Fausto Coppi (5)  Italy Bianchi-Pirelli
35 1952 Fausto Coppi (4)  Italy Bianchi-Pirelli
34 1951 Fiorenzo Magni (2)  Italy Ganna
33 1950 Hugo Koblet  Switzerland Guerra
32 1949 Fausto Coppi (3)  Italy Bianchi-Ursus
31 1948 Fiorenzo Magni  Italy Willier Triestina
30 1947 Fausto Coppi (2)  Italy Bianchi
29 1946 Gino Bartali (3)  Italy Legnano
1941 to 1945: no race because of World War II
28 1940 Fausto Coppi Italy Italy Legnano
27 1939 Giovanni Valetti (2) Italy Italy France Sport-Wobler
26 1938 Giovanni Valetti Italy Italy Fresjus
25 1937 Gino Bartali (2) Italy Italy Legnano
24 1936 Gino Bartali Italy Italy Legnano
23 1935 Vasco Bergamaschi Italy Italy Maino-Girardengo
22 1934 Learco Guerra Italy Italy Maino-Clement
21 1933 Alfredo Binda (5) Italy Italy Legnano
20 1932 Antonio Pesenti Italy Italy Dei
19 1931 Francesco Camusso Italy Italy Gloria
18 1930 Luigi Marchisio Italy Italy Legnano
17 1929 Alfredo Binda (4) Italy Italy Legnano
16 1928 Alfredo Binda (3) Italy Italy Legnano
15 1927 Alfredo Binda (2) Italy Italy Legnano
14 1926 Giovanni Brunero (3) Italy Italy Legnano
13 1925 Alfredo Binda Italy Italy Legnano
12 1924 Giuseppe Enrici Italy Italy
11 1923 Costante Girardengo Italy Italy Maino
10 1922 Giovanni Brunero (2) Italy Italy Legnano
9 1921 Giovanni Brunero Italy Italy Legnano
8 1920 Gaetano Belloni Italy Italy Bianchi
7 1919 Costante Girardengo Italy Italy Stucchi
1915 to 1918: no race because of World War I
6 1914 Alfonso Calzolari Italy Italy Stucchi
5 1913 Carlo Oriani Italy Italy Maino
4 1912 Team Atala: Carlo Galetti (3),
Giovanni Micheletto,
Eberardo Pavesi
Italy Italy Team Atala
3 1911 Carlo Galetti (2) Italy Italy Bianchi
2 1910 Carlo Galetti Italy Italy Team Atala
1 1909 Luigi Ganna Italy Italy Team Atala