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1997 Giro d'Italia
|Dates||May 17 — June 8|
|Distance||3,912 km (2,431 mi)|
|Winning time||102h 53' 58"|
The 1997 Giro d'Italia was the 80th edition of the Giro d'Italia, one of cycling's Grand Tours. The Giro began on May 17 with a mass-start stage that began and ended in Venice. The race came to a close on June 8 with a mass-start stage that ended in the Italian city of Milan. Eighteen teams entered the race that was won by the Italian Ivan Gotti of the Saeco team. Second and third were the Russian rider Pavel Tonkov and Italian Giuseppe Guerini.
In the race's other classifications, Kelme–Costa Blanca rider Chepe González won the mountains classification, Mario Cipollini of the Saeco team won the points classification, and Roslotto–ZG Mobili rider Dimitri Konyshev won the intergiro classification. Kelme - Costa Blanca finished as the winners of the Trofeo Fast Team classification, ranking each of the eighteen teams contesting the race by lowest cumulative time. The other team classification, the Trofeo Super Team classification, where the teams' riders are awarded points for placing within the top twenty in each stage and the points are then totaled for each team was won by Saeco.
Eighteen teams were invited by the race organizers to participate in the 1997 edition of the Giro d'Italia. Each team sent a squad of ten riders, which meant that the race started with a peloton of 180 cyclists. From the riders that began the race, 110 made it to the finish in Milan.
The eighteen teams that took part in the race were:
Route and stages
The route for the 1997 Giro d'Italia was unveiled by race director Carmine Castellano on 9 November 1996 in Milan. It contained two time trial events, all of which were individual. There were ten stages containing high mountains, of which three had summit finishes: stage 5, to Monte Terminillo; stage 14, to Breuil-Cervinia; and stage 20, to Passo del Tonale. The organizers chose to include one rest day. When compared to the previous year's race, the race was 78 km (48 mi) shorter, contained the same amount of rest days and stages, as well as one more individual time trial.
|1||17 May||Venezia to Venezia||128 km (80 mi)||Plain stage||Mario Cipollini (ITA)|
|2||18 May||Mestre to Cervia||211 km (131 mi)||Plain stage||Mario Cipollini (ITA)|
|3||19 May||Santarcangelo di Romagna to San Marino (San Marino)||18 km (11 mi)||Individual time trial||Pavel Tonkov (RUS)|
|4||20 May||San Marino (San Marino) to Arezzo||156 km (97 mi)||Plain stage||Mario Cipollini (ITA)|
|5||21 May||Arezzo to Monte Terminillo||215 km (134 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Pavel Tonkov (RUS)|
|6||22 May||Rieti to Lanciano||210 km (130 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Roberto Sgambelluri (ITA)|
|7||23 May||Lanciano to Mondragone||210 km (130 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Marcel Wüst (GER)|
|8||24 May||Mondragone to Cava de' Tirreni||212 km (132 mi)||Plain stage||Mario Manzoni (ITA)|
|9||25 May||Cava de' Tirreni to Castrovillari||232 km (144 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Dimitri Konyshev (RUS)|
|10||26 May||Castrovillari to Taranto||195 km (121 mi)||Plain stage||Mario Cipollini (ITA)|
|27 May||Rest day|
|11||28 May||Lido di Camaiore to Lido di Camaiore||155 km (96 mi)||Plain stage||Gabriele Missaglia (ITA)|
|12||29 May||La Spezia to Varazze||214 km (133 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Giuseppe Di Grande (ITA)|
|13||30 May||Varazze to Cuneo||150 km (93 mi)||Plain stage||Glenn Magnusson (SWE)|
|14||31 May||Racconigi to Breuil-Cervinia||240 km (149 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Ivan Gotti (ITA)|
|15||1 June||Verrès to Borgomanero||173 km (107 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Alessandro Baronti (ITA)|
|16||2 June||Borgomanero to Dalmine||158 km (98 mi)||Plain stage||Fabiano Fontanelli (ITA)|
|17||3 June||Dalmine to Verona||200 km (124 mi)||Plain stage||Mirco Gualdi (ITA)|
|18||4 June||Baselga di Pinè to Cavalese||40 km (25 mi)||Individual time trial||Serhiy Honchar (UKR)|
|19||5 June||Predazzo to Pfalzen||222 km (138 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||José Luis Rubiera (ESP)|
|20||6 June||Bruneck to Passo del Tonale||176 km (109 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||José Jaime González (COL)|
|21||7 June||Malè to Edolo||238 km (148 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Pavel Tonkov (RUS)|
|22||8 June||Boario Terme to Milan||165 km (103 mi)||Plain stage||Mario Cipollini (ITA)|
|Total||3,889 km (2,417 mi)|
Four different jerseys were worn during the 1997 Giro d'Italia. The leader of the general classification – calculated by adding the stage finish times of each rider, and allowing time bonuses for the first three finishers on mass-start stages – wore a pink jersey. This classification is the most important of the race, and its winner is considered as the winner of the Giro.
For the points classification, which awarded a purple (or cyclamen) jersey to its leader, cyclists were given points for finishing a stage in the top 15; additional points could also be won in intermediate sprints. The green jersey was awarded to the mountains classification leader. In this ranking, points were won by reaching the summit of a climb ahead of other cyclists. Each climb was ranked as either first, second or third category, with more points available for higher category climbs. The Cima Coppi, the race's highest point of elevation, awarded more points than the other first category climbs. The Cima Coppi for this Giro was the Pordoi Pass and was first climbed by the Colombian José Jaime González. The intergiro classification was marked by a blue jersey. The calculation for the intergiro is similar to that of the general classification, in each stage there is a midway point that the riders pass through a point and where their time is stopped. As the race goes on, their times compiled and the person with the lowest time is the leader of the intergiro classification and wears the blue jersey. 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.
The rows in the following table correspond to the jerseys awarded after that stage was run.
||Trofeo Fast Team|
|1||Mario Cipollini||Mario Cipollini||Mario Cipollini||not awarded||Dimitri Konyshev||Saeco|
|3||Pavel Tonkov||Pavel Tonkov||Pavel Tonkov||Mapei-GB|
|8||Mario Manzoni||Mariano Piccoli||Asics-C.G.A.|
|12||Giuseppe Di Grande|
|14||Ivan Gotti||Ivan Gotti||José Jaime González||Team Polti|
|17||Mirco Gualdi||Team Polti|
|19||José Luis Rubiera||Kelme-Costa Blanca|
|20||José Jaime González|
|Final||Ivan Gotti||Mario Cipollini||José Jaime González||Dimitri Konyshev||Kelme-Costa Blanca|
|Denotes the winner of the General classification||Denotes the winner of the Mountains classification|
|Denotes the winner of the Points classification||Denotes the winner of the Intergiro classification|
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