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52nd Giro d'Italia 1969 (Italy)

 
   
 
By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian
 

Merckx DQ'd, Gimondi Wins

Again in 1969 defending champion Eddy Merckx dominated the Giro d'Italia. But he found controversy on stage 16. While leading the race through 16 stages, Merckx was found positive at doping control (drug test) and expelled from the Giro. Merckx steadfastly denies the charges. The cycling official in charge of administrating the test believed in his innocents. However, the test was positive and action had to be taken.

The controversy began to swirl when his test results were not handled in the ordinary manner. The positive doping control was released to the press before all parties (Merckx and team officials) involved were notified. The damage was done and it was too late to recover. The handling of the affair by Italian officials was described as shameful. Curiously, the night before the random drug test, an Italian rival offered to pay Merckx to throw the race. Merckx adamantly refused to purposefully lose the race. The very next day, the positive doping control was administered.

With Merckx out of the race Felice Gimondi inherited the race lead on stage 16. Gimondi rode consistently for the remainder of the Giro to gain his second Giro victory.

Stage and Distance

Stage Winner

Race Leader

Stage 1 Circuito Garda-Brescia, 142 km

Giancarlo Polidori (Ita)

Giancarlo Polidori (Ita)

Stage 2 Brescia-Mirandola, 180 km

Davide Boifava (Ita)

Davide Boifava (Ita)

Stage 3 Mirandola-Montecatini, 188 km

Eddy Merckx (Bel)

Giancarlo Polidori (Ita)

Stage 4 Montecatini-Circuito, 21 km ITT

Eddy Merckx (Bel)

Giancarlo Polidori (Ita)

Stage 5 Montecatini-Follonica, 194 km

Al Van Vlierberghe (Bel)

Giancarlo Polidori (Ita)

Stage 6 Follonica-Viterbo, 198 km

Franco Cortinovis (Ita)

Giancarlo Polidori (Ita)

Stage 7 Viterbo-Terracina, 206 km

Eddy Merckx (Bel)

Giancarlo Polidori (Ita)

Stage 8 Terracina-Napoli, 133 km

Marino Basso (Ita)

Giancarlo Polidori (Ita)

Stage 9 Napoli-Potenza, 173 km

Michele Dancelli (Ita)

Eddy Merckx (Bel)

Stage 10 Potza-Campitello Matese, 254 km

Carlo Chiappano (Ita)

Eddy Merckx (Bel)

Stage 11 Campobasso-Scanno, 165 km

Franco Bitossi (Ita)

Eddy Merckx (Bel)

Stage 12 Scanno-Silvi Marina , 180 km

Ugo Colombo (Ita)

Silvano Schiavon (Ita)

Stage 13 Silvi Marina-Senigalia, 166 km

Marino Basso (Ita)

Silvano Schiavon (Ita)

Stage 14 Senigallia-San Marino, 185 km

Franco Bitossi (Ita)

Eddy Merckx (Bel)

Stage 15 Cesenatico-San Marino, 49km ITT

Eddy Merckx (Bel) DQ'd

Eddy Merckx (Bel)

Stage 16 Parma-Savona, 234 km

Roberto Ballini (Ita)

Felice Gimondi (Ita)

Stage 17 Celle Ligure-Pavia, 182 km

Ole Ritter (Den)

Felice Gimondi (Ita)

Stage 18a Pavia-Zingonia, 115 km

Marino Basso (Ita)

Felice Gimondi (Ita)

Stage 18b Zingonia-San Pellegrino, 100 km

Marino Basso (Ita)

Felice Gimondi (Ita)

Stage 19 San Pellegrino-Folgaria, 248 km

Italo Zilioli (Ita)

Felice Gimondi (Ita)

Stage 20 Trento-Marmolada * Canceled

Stage Canceled

Felice Gimondi (Ita)

Stage 21 Rocca Pietore-Cavalese, 131 km

Claudio Michelotto (Ita)

Felice Gimondi (Ita)

Stage 22 Cavalese-Folgarida, 150 km

Vittorio Adorni (Ita)

Felice Gimondi (Ita)

Stage 23 Folgarida-Milan, 257 km

Attilio Benfatto (Ita)

Felice Gimondi (Ita)

Mountain Classification

Claudio Michelotto (Ita)

Points Jersey

Franco Bitossi (Ita)



GdI May 16 - June 8, 1969

3,851.3 Km

1. Felice GIMONDI (Ita) 106h47'03"

2. Claudio Michelotto (Ita) +3'35"
3. Italo Zilioli (Ita) +4'48"
Starters: 130

Finishers: 81

Average Speed: 34.942 km/h

 

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