The most popular entry responses in a survey of journalists by the Giro for best moments in Giro d'Italia history:
1. Which are the most dramatic moments in the history of the Giro d’Italia?
On 30th June 1946, during the 12th stage of the Giro from Rovigo to Trieste, some anti-Italian activists who wanted Trieste to be part of the newly formed Yugoslavia stopped the Giro 2km east of the village of Pieris, blocking the road with cement blocks and throwing stones and nails at the riders. The Giro organization had already decided to declare the stage end in Pieris and neutralised the general classification for the day, but some of the riders, lead by the Trieste born Giordano Cottur insisted on riding to Trieste anyway.
2. Which are the three best Giro d’Italia’s of all time?
3. Which are the three best stage victories of all time?
4. Which Champions have best represented the values of the Giro d’Italia?
5. Which are the biggest sporting rivalries in the Giro d’Italia?
6. What are the most iconic images (pictures) of the Giro d’Italia?
7. What are the most poignant gestures of sportsmanship during the Giro d’Italia?
8. What is the statement or quotation that best represent the spirit of the Giro?
9. What have been the biggest surprises of all time at the Giro d’Italia?
The Swiss rider Carlo Clerici, racing the Giro in 1954 as a domestique for Hugo Koblet, won the overall race after one of the most famous "fughe bidone" (Italian term meaning a fluke attack, invented by the Italian press after that specific occasion) in cycling history. Clerici attacked with other four riders during the 6th stage from Naples to L'Aquila, gaining more than half an hour on the peloton. No one was able to recover this entire margin over the remaining stages, despite the
fact Clerici was not a great climber.
10. Which are the most impressive sporting feats in more than 100 years of battles on the roads of
1968 from Gorizia to Tre Cime di Lavaredo.
Photos: Hampsten by Sirotti; Weylandt by LaPresse; all others by Gazzetta dello Sport
The 96th edition of the Giro d’Italia will start on May 4th in Naples and conclude on May 26th in Brescia.
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