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72nd Giro d'Italia 1989 (Italy)

 
   
 
By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian
 

Stage 13!

Defending champion Any Hampsten returned to the 1989 Giro d’Italia to face very stiff completion.  A very fit Laurent Fignon and 1988 runner-up Eric Breukink headed the list of Challengers.

For the second year in a row horrible weather would affect the race.  Stage 13 (!) was a “survival of the fittest”.  Luis Herrera and Laurent Fignon broke away on the finishing climb of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo.  Herrera won the stage 1 second ahead of Fignon.  Race leader Breukink began to crack and lost over a minute to Fignon. 

The hard charging Frenchman distanced Breukink again on stage 14, 131 km from Misurina to Corvara Alta Badia.  Fignon gained over 3 minutes and put on his first Maglia Rosa of 1989.

The bad weather continued through the climbing stages.  The sixteenth stage was canceled because of snow.  The climb of the Gavia Pass, the dramatic weather stage from 1988, would be taken out of this year’s Giro. 

Laurent Fignon rolled across the finish line in Firenze to claim his first Giro d’Italia victory.

Stage and Distance

Stage Winner

Race Leader

Stage 1 Taormina-Catania, 123 km

Jean-Paul Van Poppel (Ned)

Jean-Paul Van Poppel (Ned)

Stage 2 Catania-Etna, 132 km

Acacio Da Silva (Por)

Acacio Da Silva (Por)

Stage 3 Villafranca Terme-Messina, 32.5 km TTT

CERAMICHE ARIOSTEA

Silvano Contini (Ita)

Stage 4 Scilla-Cosenza, 204 km

Rolf Jaermann (Sui)

Silvano Contini (Ita)

Stage 5 Cosenza-Potenza, 275 km

Stefano Giuliani (Ita)

Silvano Contini (Ita)

Stage 6 Potenza-Campobasso, 223 km

Stefan Joho (Sui)

Silvano Contini (Ita)

Stage 7 Isernia-Rome, 208 km

Urs Freuler (Sui)

Silvano Contini (Ita)

Stage 8 Rome-Gran Sasso d'Italia, 179 km

John Carlsen (Den)

Eric Breukink (Ned)

Stage 9 L'Aquila-Gubbio, 221 km

Bjarne Riis (Den)

Acacio Da Silva (Por)

Stage 10 Pesaro-Riccione, 36.8 km ITT

Lech Piasecki (Pol)

Eric Breukink (Ned)

Stage 11 Riccione-Mantova, 244 km

Urs Freuler (Sui)

Eric Breukink (Ned)

Stage 12 Mantova-Mira, 148 km

Mario Cipollini (Ita)

Eric Breukink (Ned)

Stage 13 Padova-Tre Cime di Lavaredo, 207 km

Luis Herrera (Col)

Eric Breukink (Ned)

Stage 14 Misurina-Corvara Alta Badia, 131 km

Flavio Giupponi (Ita)

Laurent Fignon (Fra)

Stage 15a Corvara Alta Badia-Trento, 131 km

Jean-Paul Van Poppel (Ned)

Laurent Fignon (Fra)

Stage 15b Trento, 83.2 km (girisprint)

Lech Piasecki (Pol)

Laurent Fignon (Fra)

Stage 16 Trento-Santa Caterina Valfurva, Canceled

Stage Canceled

Laurent Fignon (Fra)

Stage 17 Sondrio-Meda, 137 km

Phil Anderson (Aus)

Laurent Fignon (Fra)

Stage 18 Mendrisio-Monte Generoso, 10.7 km ITT

Luis Herrera (Col)

Laurent Fignon (Fra)

Stage 19 Meda-Tortona, 198 km

Jesper Skibby (Den)

Laurent Fignon (Fra)

Stage 20 Voghera-La Spezia, 220 km

Laurent Fignon (Fra)

Laurent Fignon (Fra)

Stage 21 La Spezia-Prato, 220 km

Gianni Bugno (Ita)

Laurent Fignon (Fra)

Stage 22 Prato-Firenze, 53.8 km ITT

Lech Piasecki (Pol)

Laurent Fignon (Fra)

Mountain Jersey

* Luis Herrera (Col)

Point's Jersey

Giovanni Fidanza (Ita)



GdI May 21 to June 11, 1989

3,418 Km

1. Laurent FIGNON (Fra) 93h30'16"

2. Flavio Giupponi (Ita) +1'15"
3. Andy Hampsten (USA) +2'46"
Starters: 197

Finishers: 141

Average Speed: 36.552 km/h

 

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