Curiosity

Saronni and the laxative mystery

1983, June, 4th: it’s a Saturday and it’s the final stage eve. The riders are in Gorizia and Saronni has taken accomodation at the Hotel Internazionale, in Viale Trieste.

The manager od the hotel’s restaurant is a nice, moustached men from Naples, back in Italy after many years of hard work in Germany.

Somebody, later identified as a businessman of the cycling industry, doesn’t wan Saronni to reach Udine wearing the Maglia Rosa.

He ask the waiters to put a massive dose of Guttalax, a laxative, in Saronni’s dinner, offering money to do that.

But the staff switches the alarm on and reports the attempt to the police.

Saronni is safe and sound and can start the last stage of the Giro.

Till the end of the last stage it’s Visentini (and not the laxative) that attempts to prevent him from winning. Visentini wins with 49” over Saronni and the last one arrives in Udine with just 67” over Visentini.

Saronni can finally celebrate his second triumph at the Giro.

Planimetry

Riders

Moser and Saronni
Giuseppe Saronni
Giuseppe Saronni

Statistics

STAGE
START – FINISH
WINNER
Prologue BRESCIA CANCELLED
1 BRESCIA – MANTOVA (Team Time Trial)
Italia
Ita
BIANCHI – PIAGGIO
2 MANTOVA – LIDO DI SPINA
Italia
Ita
BONTEMPI Guido
3 COMACCHIO – FANO
Italia
Ita
ROSOLA Paolo
4 PESARO – TODI
Italia
Ita
SARONNI Giuseppe
5 TERNI – VASTO
Spain
Esp
CHOZAS Eduardo
6 VASTO – CAMPITELLO MATESE
Spain
Esp
FERNANDEZ Alberto
7 SAN MASSIMO – SALERNO
Italia
Ita
ARGENTIN Moreno
8 SALERNO – TERRACINA
Italia
Ita
BONTEMPI Guido
9 TERRACINA – MONTEFIASCONE
Italia
Ita
MAGRINI Riccardo
10 MONTEFIASCONE – BIBBIENA
Italia
Ita
MASCIARELLI Palmiro
11 POPPI – NARINA DI PIETRASANTA
Belgium
Bel
VAN IMPE Lucien
12 PIETRASANTA – REGGIO EMILIA
Sweden
Swe
SEGERSALL Alf
13 REGGIO EMILIA – PARMA (Time Trial)
Italia
Ita
SARONNI Giuseppe
14 PARMA – SAVONA
Germany
Deu
BRAUN Gregor
15 SAVONA – ORTA SAN GIULIO
Italia
Ita
ROSOLA Paolo
16 ARMENO – MILANO
Belgium
Bel
HOSTE Frank
17 MILANO DUE – BERGAMO
Italia
Ita
SARONNI Giuseppe
18 BERGAMO – SAN FERMO
Spain
Esp
FERNANDEZ Alberto
19 SARNICO – VICENZA
Italia
Ita
ROSOLA Paolo
20 VICENZA – SELVA DI VAL GARDENA
Italia
Ita
BECCIA Mario
21 SELVA DI VAL GARDENA – ARABBA
Italia
Ita
PAGANESSI Alessandro
22 ARABBA – GORIZIA
Italia
Ita
ARGENTIN Moreno
23 GORIZIA – UDINE (Time Trial)
Italia
Ita
VISENTINI Roberto

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