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1966 Giro d'Italia

1966 Giro d'Italia
Race details
Dates18 May - 9 June 1966
Distance3,976 km (2,471 mi)
Winning time111h 10' 48"
Winner  Gianni Motta (ITA) (Molteni)
  Second  Italo Zilioli (ITA) (Sanson)
  Third  Jacques Anquetil (FRA) (Ford)

  Points  Gianni Motta (ITA) (Molteni)
  Mountains  Franco Bitossi (ITA) (Filotex)
  Team Molteni
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The 1966 Giro d'Italia was the 49th running of the Giro d'Italia, one of cycling's Grand Tour races. The Giro started in Monaco's Monte Carlo, on 18 May, with a 149 km (92.6 mi) stage and concluded in Trieste, on 8 June, with a 172 km (106.9 mi) leg. A total of 100 riders from 13 teams entered the 22-stage race, which was won by Italian Gianni Motta of the Molteni team. The second and third places were taken by Italian Italo Zilioli and Frenchman Jacques Anquetil, respectively.[1][2][3]

The points classification was introduced in this edition.


A total of 10 teams were invited to participate in the 1966 Giro d'Italia.[4] Each team sent a squad of ten riders, so the Giro began with a peloton of 100 cyclists.[4] Out of the 100 riders that started this edition of the Giro d'Italia, a total of 83 riders made it to the finish in Trieste.[5]

The 10 teams that took part in the race were:[4][6]

Route and stages

The race route was revealed to the public on 21 February 1966 by race director Vincenzo Torriani.[7][8][9][10] With Monaco hosting the Grande Partenza, it was the second consecutive year, and second time in race history, the race started in a foreign country.[11]

Stage results[5]
Stage Date Course Distance Type Winner
1 18 May Monte Carlo (Monaco) to Diano Marina 149 km (93 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Vito Taccone (ITA)
2 19 May Imperia to Monesi 60 km (37 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Julio Jiménez (ESP)
3 20 May Diano Marina to Genoa 120 km (75 mi) Plain stage  Severino Andreoli (ITA)
4 21 May Genoa to Viareggio 241 km (150 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Giovanni Knapp (ITA)
5 22 May Viareggio to Chianciano Terme 222 km (138 mi) Plain stage  Vendramino Bariviera (ITA)
6 23 May Chianciano Terme to Rome 226 km (140 mi) Plain stage  Raffaele Marcoli (ITA)
7 24 May Rome to Rocca di Cambio 158 km (98 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Rudi Altig (GER)
8 25 May Rocca di Cambio to Naples 238 km (148 mi) Plain stage  Marino Basso (ITA)
9 26 May Naples to Campobasso 210 km (130 mi) Plain stage  Vincent Denson (GBR)
10 27 May Campobasso to Giulianova 221 km (137 mi) Plain stage  Dino Zandegù (ITA)
11 28 May Giulianova to Cesenatico 229 km (142 mi) Plain stage  Rudi Altig (GER)
12 29 May Cesenatico to Reggio Emilia 206 km (128 mi) Plain stage  Dino Zandegù (ITA)
13 30 May Parma to Parma 46 km (29 mi) Individual time trial  Vittorio Adorni (ITA)
31 May Rest day
14 1 June Parma to Arona 267 km (166 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Franco Bitossi (ITA)
15 2 June Arona to Brescia 196 km (122 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Julio Jiménez (ESP)
16 3 June Brescia to Bezzecca 143 km (89 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Franco Bitossi (ITA)
17 4 June Riva del Garda to Levico Terme 239 km (149 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Gianni Motta (ITA)
18 5 June Levico Terme to Bolzano 137 km (85 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Michele Dancelli (ITA)
19 6 June Bolzano to Moena 100 km (62 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Gianni Motta (ITA)
20 7 June Moena to Belluno 215 km (134 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Felice Gimondi (ITA)
21 8 June Belluno to Vittorio Veneto 181 km (112 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Pietro Scandelli (ITA)
22 9 June Vittorio Veneto to Trieste 172 km (107 mi) Plain stage  Vendramino Bariviera (ITA)
Total 3,976 km (2,471 mi)

Classification leadership

One jersey was worn during the 1966 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.[12]

For the points classification, which awarded no jersey to its leader, cyclists were given points for finishing a stage in the top 15.[13] The classification was also known as the Trofeo Uomo Dreher.[13] The mountains classification leader. The climbs were ranked in first and second categories. In this ranking, points were won by reaching the summit of a climb ahead of other cyclists. Although no jersey was awarded, there was also one classification for the teams, in which the stage finish times of the best three cyclists per team were added; the leading team was the one with the lowest total time.[12]

Classification leadership by stage
Stage Winner General classification
A pink jersey
Points classification Mountains classification Team classification
1 Vito Taccone Vito Taccone Vito Taccone not awarded Bianchi
2 Julio Jiménez Julio Jiménez Felice Gimondi Julio Jiménez Ford France
3 Severino Andreoli
4 Giovanni Knapp Gianni Motta Vittadello
5 Vendramino Bariviera Vito Taccone
6 Raffaele Marcoli
7 Rudi Altig Molteni
8 Marino Basso
9 Vincent Denson Gianni Motta Ford France
10 Dino Zandegù Vito Taccone
11 Rudi Altig Rudi Altig Molteni
12 Dino Zandegù
13 Vittorio Adorni Vittorio Adorni
14 Franco Bitossi
15 Julio Jiménez Gianni Motta Gianni Motta
16 Franco Bitossi
17 Gianni Motta
18 Michele Dancelli
19 Gianni Motta
20 Felice Gimondi Franco Bitossi
21 Pietro Scandelli
22 Vendramino Bariviera
Final Gianni Motta Gianni Motta Franco Bitossi Molteni

Final standings

General classification

Final general classification (1–10)[5][14]
Rank Name Team Time
1  Gianni Motta (ITA) Pink jersey Molteni 111h 10' 48"
2  Italo Zilioli (ITA) Sanson + 3' 57"
3  Jacques Anquetil (FRA) Ford France + 4' 40"
4  Julio Jiménez (ESP) Ford France + 5' 44"
5  Felice Gimondi (ITA) Salvarani + 6' 47"
6  Franco Balmamion (ITA) Sanson + 7' 27"
7  Vittorio Adorni (ITA) Salvarani + 8' 00"
8  Franco Bitossi (ITA) Filotex + 9' 24"
9  Vito Taccone (ITA) Vittadello + 11' 42"
10  Rolf Maurer (SUI) Filotex + 20' 28"

Mountains classification[edit]

Final mountains classification (1–10)[5][14]
Rank Name Team Points
1  Franco Bitossi (ITA) Filotex 490
2  Julio Jiménez (ESP) Ford France 320
3  Gianni Motta (ITA) Pink jersey Molteni 160
4  Italo Zilioli (ITA) Sanson 150
5  Silvano Schiavon (ITA) Legnano 120
6  Ambrogio Portalupi (ITA) Vittadello 110
7  Graziano Battistini (ITA) Vittadello 80
 Marcello Mugnaini (ITA) Filotex
9  Rudi Altig (FRG) Molteni 70
10  Flaviano Vicentini (ITA) Legnano 60
 Jacques Anquetil (FRA) Ford France

Points classification[edit]

Final points classification (1–10)[5][14]
Rank Name Team Points
1  Gianni Motta (ITA) Pink jersey Molteni 228
2  Rudi Altig (FRG) Molteni 162
3  Vito Taccone (ITA) Vittadello 152
4  Franco Bitossi (ITA) Filotex 147
5  Dino Zandegù (ITA) Bianchi 134
6  Jacques Anquetil (FRA) Ford France 133
7  Felice Gimondi (ITA) Salvarani 130
8  Jos Huysmans (BEL) Mann 119
9  Italo Zilioli (ITA) Sanson 114
10  Vittorio Adorni (ITA) Salvarani 106
 Michele Dancelli (ITA) Molteni

Teams classification

Final team classification (1–10)[14]
Rank Team Points
1 Molteni 3276
2 Ford France 2469
3 Filotex 1752
4 Sanson 1732
5 Bianchi 1722
6 Vittadello 1623
7 Salvarani 1496
8 Mann 1242
9 Mainetti 921
10 Legnano 777



  1. ^ Ford France was also known as G.P. Cynar.[4]


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