Curiosity

The 1959 Giro featured an extremely high quality foreign participation. Van Looy, Gaul, and above all Anquetil, an outstanding rouleur, for whom Torriani designed a Giro with four time trial.

Although the route was not favourable to him, Gaul, worked a miracle in the stage Aosta-Courmayeur, the stage that everybody was looking for, the stage of the Monte Bianco, the places that had elected him “The Mountains’ Angel”.

Gaul, very extravagant, not keen on public relations which was a duty for champions, began that day fighting with mechanics, journalists, common people and fans and refused to be grabbed for autographs.

During the stage he first climbed the Gran San Bernardo then also the Forclaz and the Piccolo San Bernardo, building one of the most important success of the history of cycling on the 296 kilometers of the neverending stage.

When everybody thought that he had lost, with only 50 kilometers left, he rode like he was fresh as a daisy and arrived in Courmayeur alone.

At the end of that stage he conquered the Maglia Rosa and next day he was the winner in Vigorelli in Milan.

He had his revenge after the Gito he had lost in 1957 because of body needs.

Planimetry

Riders

On the Piccolo San Bernardo
Passing Roseto d'Abruzzo
Armando Pellegrini

Statistics

STAGE
START- FINISH
WINNER
1 MILANO – SALSOMAGGIORE TERME
Belgium
Bel
VAN LOOY Rik
2 CIRCUITO DI SALSOMAGGIORE TERME
France
Fra
ANQUETIL Jacques
3 SALSOMAGGIORE TERME – ABETONE
Luxembourg
Lux
GAUL Charly
4 ABETONE – AREZZO
Italia
Ita
PELLEGRINI Armando
5 AREZZO – ROMA
Belgium
Bel
VAN LOOY Rik
6 ROMA – NAPOLI
Spain
Esp
POBLET ORRIOLS Miguel
7 CRONOSCALATA DEL VESUVIO
Luxembourg
Lux
GAUL Charly
8 CIRCUITO ISOLA D’ISCHIA
Italia
Ita
CATALANO Nino
9 NAPOLI – VASTO
Italia
Ita
NENCINI Gastone
10 VASTO – TERAMO
Italia
Ita
BENEDETTI Rino
11 ASCOLI PICENO – RIMINI
Belgium
Bel
VAN LOOY Rik
12 RIMINI – SAN MARINO
Italia
Ita
DEFILIPPIS Nino
13 RIMINI – VERONA
Spain
Esp
POBLET ORRIOLS Miguel
14 VERONA – ROVERETO
Belgium
Bel
VAN LOOY Rik
15 TRENTO – BOLZANO
Spain
Esp
POBLET ORRIOLS Miguel
16 BOLZANO – SAN PELLEGRINO TERME
Italia
Ita
FANTINI Alessandro
17 SAN PELLEGRINO TERME – GENOVA
Italia
Ita
PADOVAN Arrigo
18 GENOVA – TORINO
Italia
Ita
FAVERO Vito
19 CRONO VALLE SUSA
France
Fra
ANQUETIL Jacques
20 TORINO – ST. VINCENT
Italia
Ita
SABBADIN Alfredo
20 AOSTA – COURMAYEUR
Luxembourg
Lux
GAUL Charly
20 COURMAYEUR – MILANO
Switzerland
Che
GRAF Rolf

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