36th Giro d'Italia 1953 (Italy)

 
   
 
By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian
 

Late Heroics Gained the Victory for Coppi

A star studded field started the 1953 Giro d'Italia. Through the middle stages Suisse Hugo Kobler seemed well on his way to the victory. Italian Fausto Coppi entered stage 19 1'59” behind with only 3 stages until the finish in Milan .

On the climb of the Passo de Pordoi Coppi attacked and moved away. An attentive Koblet managed to stay with Coppi and the two entered the finishing cinder track in Bolzano together. Coppi took the stage win but Koblet held onto the Maglia Rosa.

The race was thought to be decided, but Coppi's heroics were not over. The following day Coppi remained on the attack and on the climb of the legendary Passo de Stelvio he managed to crack the race leader. In Bormio Coppi gained a 3'28” stage win and took the race lead.

Fausto Coppi rolled into Milan for his fifth and final Giro d'Italia victory.

SPECIAL NOTE: 1953 marked the first inclusion of the Passo de Stelvio on the Giro schedule.

Stage and Distance

Stage Winner

Race Leader

Stage 1 Milan-Albano, 263 km

Wim Van Est (Ned)

Wim Van Est (Ned)

Stage 2 Albano-Rimini, 278 km

Pasquale Fornara (Ita)

Guido De Santi (Ita)

Stage 3 Rimini-San Benedetto d Tronto, 182 km

Albino Crespi (Ita)

Guido De Santi (Ita)

Stage 4 San Bene dTronto-Roccaraso, 171 km

Fausto Coppi (Ita)

Pasquale Fornara (Ita)

Stage 5 Roccaraso-Napoli, 149 km

Ettore Milan (Ita)

Pasquale Fornara (Ita)

Stage 6 Napoli-Rome, 285 km

Giuseppe Minardi (Ita)

Guido De Santi (Ita)

Stage 7 Rome-Grossetto, 178 km

Giovanni Corrieri (Ita)

Giovanni Corrieri (Ita)

Stage 8 Grossetto-Follonica, 48.5 km ITT

Hugo Koblet (Sui)

Hugo Koblet (Sui)

Stage 9 Follonica-Pisa, 114 km

Rik Van Steenbergen (Bel)

Hugo Koblet (Sui)

Stage 10 Pisa-Modena, 189 km

Fiorenzo Magni (Ita)

Hugo Koblet (Sui)

Stage 11 Modena Autodrome, 30 km TTT

BIANCHI

Hugo Koblet (Sui)

Stage 12 Modena-Genova, 278 km

Giorgio Albani (Ita)

Hugo Koblet (Sui)

Stage 13 Genova-Bordighera, 256 km

Oreste Conte (Ita)

Hugo Koblet (Sui)

Stage 14 Bordighera-Torino, 242 km

Pietro Giudici (Ita)

Hugo Koblet (Sui)

Stage 15 Torino-San Pellegrino, 232 km

Nino Assirelli (Ita)

Hugo Koblet (Sui)

Stage 16 San Pelleg.-Riva Garda, 279 km

Fiorenzo Magni (Ita)

Hugo Koblet (Sui)

Stage 17 Riga Garda-Vicenza, 166 km

Bruno Monti (Ita)

Hugo Koblet (Sui)

Stage 18 Vicenza-Auronzo, 186 km

Bruno Monti (Ita)

Hugo Koblet (Sui)

Stage 19 Auronzo-Bolzano, 164 km

Fausto Coppi (Ita)

Hugo Koblet (Sui)

Stage 20 Bolzano-Bormio, 125 km

Fausto Coppi (Ita)

Fausto Coppi (Ita)

Stage 21 Bormio-Milan, 220 km

Fiorenzo Magni (Ita)

Fausto Coppi (Ita)

Mountain Jersey

* Pasquale Fornara (Ita)

 

GdI May 12 - June 2, 1953

4,035 Km

1. Fausto COPPI (Ita) 118h37'26"

2. Hugo Koblet (Sui) +1'29"
3. Pasquale Fornara (Ita) +6'55"
Starters: 112

Finishers: 72

Average Speed: 34.021 km/h

 

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