Curiosity

In 1998 the RAI came back to the Giro.

To promote an agreement that had been endorsed at different levels between the Provinces of Nice, Cuneo and Imperia, the Giro accepted the invitation to start the stage race with a prologue on the renowned “Promenade des Anglais”. After a wonderful night at the Acropolis, the teams were presented in the Apollon Concert Hall with a show involving all the artists from the Casino Municipale.

The Swiss Alex Zülle was in the limelight immediately. He was the protagonist of actions that seemed to mark the destiny of the Maglia Rosa at Laceno Lake, but especially in the Trieste time trial.

In the meanwhile Cipollini was the undisputed show-stealer in the sprint finishes and Michele Bartoli did his best to wear the sought-after Maglia Rosa just for one day. In Frascati he actually pull it on.

Pantani started to move up the classification in Piancavallo, but the following day Zülle outclassed him in the time trial and passed him although he had started three minutes later.But in the Selva Valgardena stage, after the Malga Ciapela,  Pantani flew on the Fedaia and on the Sella passes and although threatened by a strong-willed Tonkov, he got the lead. He was superlative at the Plan di Montecampione (maybe the best Pantani ever) where he got the upper hand in a heated duel with the Russian, after making a dozen attacks. His defense in the Lugano time trial was superior to all expectation. Therefore, his win in Milan was undisputable.

With his victory of this Giro and his triumph in Paris on the Tour, Pantani created a favourable consensus about cycling that had disappeared since Coppi and Bartali’s golden age.

But times were about to change, and a strom was looming on the horizon.

Planimetry

Riders

Marco Pantani
Mario Cipollini
Marco Pantani
Marco Pantani
Marco Pantani
Marco Pantani
Marco Pantani

Statistics

STAGE
START – FINISH
WINNER
1 NIZZA (Prologue)
Switzerland
Che
ZÜLLE Alex
2 NIZZA – CUNEO
Italia
Ita
PICCOLI Mariano
3 ALBA – IMPERIA
Spain
Esp
EDO ALSINA Angel
4 RAPALLO – FORTE DEI MARMI
Italia
Ita
MINALI Nicola
5 VIAREGGIO – PORTO S. STEFANO
Italia
Ita
MICELI Nicola
6 ORBETELLO – FRASCATI
Italia
Ita
CIPOLLINI Mario
7 MADDALONI – LAGO LACENO
Switzerland
Che
ZÜLLE Alex
8 MONTELLA – MATERA
Italia
Ita
CIPOLLINI Mario
9 MATERA – LECCE
Italia
Ita
CIPOLLINI Mario
10 FOGGIA – VASTO
Sweden
Swe
MAGNUSSON Glen
11 VASTO – MACERATA
Italia
Ita
CIPOLLINI Mario
12 MACERATA – SAN MARINO
Italia
Ita
NOÉ Andrea
13 SAN MARINO – CARPI
France
Fra
ROUX Laurent
14 CARPI – SCHIO
Italia
Ita
BARTOLI Michele
15 SCHIO – PIANCAVALLO
Italia
Ita
PANTANI Marco
16 TRIESTE (Individual Time Trial)
Switzerland
Che
ZÜLLE Alex
17 UDINE – ASIAGO
Italia
Ita
FONTANELLI Fabiano
18 ASIAGO – SELVA DI VAL GARDENA
Italia
Ita
GUERINI Giuseppe
19 SELVA DI VAL GARDENA – ALPE DI PAMPEAGO
Russian Federation
Rus
TONKOV Pavel
20 CAVALESE – PLAN DI MONTECAMPIONE
Italia
Ita
PANTANI Marco
21 BOARIO  TERME – MENDRISIO
Italia
Ita
FAGNINI Gianmatteo
22 MENDRISIO – LUGANO (Individual Time Trial)
Ukraine
Ukr
HONTCHAR Serguej
23 LUGANO – MILANO
Italia
Ita
FAGNINI Gianmatteo

 

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