Curiosity

Bertoglio and Galdos: the Stelvio fighters

An astounding news upsets everybody at the 1975 Giro’s eve: Eddy Merckx, who aspires to reach the record of 6 triumphs at the Giro, quits because of a flu attack that leaves him too weak. As the undisputed leader is out of the loop, the scenario changes and the favourite riders are Galdos, Baronchelli, Panizza, Battaglin and Gimondi.

But the Ciocco mountain time trial brings out Fausto Bertoglio, while his captain Battaglin loses 1’48” and the Maglia Rosa for 6”. The next day is even worse for Battaglin: near Arenzano he loses 9’41” and leaves the first places of the classification.

7 stages left to the end of the Giro and everything can happen: the 26-years rider from Brescia who started as an assistant and found himself to be a leader doesn’t make concessions, even if on the Pordoi he suffers while Galdos is in very ggod condition.

The 48 hairpin turns, representing the neverending climb of the Stelvio, become the turning point of the Giro.

It’a hand-to-hand combat between Galdos and Bertoglio: the Spaniard tries his best but the guy from Brescia doesn’t back down. Galdos has him at his heels. Bertoglio leaves the stage victory to Galdos but wins the Giro.

Planimetry

Riders

The start from Milano
Baselga di Pinè
Fausto Bertoglio
Galdos and Battaglin
Galdos and Battaglin

Statistics

STAGE
START – FINISH
WINNER
1 MILANO – FIORANO MODENESE
Norway
Nor
KNUDSEN Knut
2 MODENA – ANCONA
Belgium
Bel
SERCU Patrick
3 ANCONA – PRATI DI TIVO
Italia
Ita
BATTAGLIN Giovanni
4 TERAMO – CAMPOBASSO
Belgium
Bel
DE VLAEMINCK Roger
5 CAMPOBASSO – BARI
Belgium
Bel
VAN LINDEN Rik
6 BARI – CASTROVILLARI
Belgium
Bel
DE VLAEMINCK Roger
7 CASTROVILLARI – PADULA
Spain
Esp
PERURENA Domingo
8 PADULA – POTENZA
Belgium
Bel
DE VLAEMINCK Roger
9 POTENZA – SORRENTO
Italia
Ita
OSLER Marcello
10 SORRENTO – FROSINONE
Italia
Ita
PAOLINI Enrico
11 FROSINONE – TIVOLI
Belgium
Bel
DE VLAEMINCK Roger
12 ROMA – ORVIETO
Belgium
Bel
DE VLAEMINCK Roger
13 CHIANCIANO TERME – FORTE DEI MARMI
Belgium
Bel
SERCU Patrick
14 FORTE DEI MARMI (Crono ind.)
Italia
Ita
BATTAGLIN Giovanni
15 IL CIOCCO (Cronoscalata)
Italia
Ita
BERTOGLIO Fausto
16 IL CIOCCO – ARENZANO
Italia
Ita
BITOSSI Franco
17 ARENZANO – ORTA SAN GIULIO
Italia
Ita
FABBRI Fabrizio
18 OMEGNA – PONTOGLIO
Belgium
Bel
SERCU Patrick
19 PONTOGLIO – BRESCIA (Monte Maddalena)
Italia
Ita
PANIZZA Wladimiro
20 BRESCIA – BASSELGA DI PINE’
Belgium
Bel
DE VLAEMINCK Roger
21 BASSELGA DI PINE’ – PORDENONE
Colombia
Col
RODRIGUEZ Martín Emilio
22 PORDENONE – ALLEGHE
Belgium
Bel
DE VLAEMINCK Roger
23 ALLEGHE – PASSO DELLO STELVIO
Spain
Esp
GALDOS Francisco

 

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