|Dates||May 17 — June 8|
|Distance||3,912 km (2,431 mi)|
|Winning time||102h 53' 58" (38.017 km/h or 23.623 mph)|
|Winner||Ivan Gotti (ITA)||(Saeco)|
|Second||Pavel Tonkov (RUS)||(Mapei-GB)|
|Third||Giuseppe Guerini (ITA)||(Team Polti)|
|Points||Mario Cipollini (ITA)||(Saeco)|
|Mountains||Chepe González (COL)||(Kelme-Costa Blanca)|
|Intergiro||Dimitri Konyshev (RUS)||(Roslotto-ZG Mobili)|
The 1997 Giro d'Italia was the 80th edition of the Giro d'Italia, one of cycling's Grand Tours. The Giro began on May 17 with a mass-start stage that began and ended in Venice. The race came to a close on June 8 with a mass-start stage that ended in the Italian city of Milan. Eighteen teams entered the race that was won by the Italian Ivan Gotti of the Saeco team. Second and third were the Russian rider Pavel Tonkov and Italian Giuseppe Guerini.
In the race's other classifications, Kelme-Costa Blanca rider Chepe González won the mountains classification, Mario Cipollini of the Saeco team won the points classification, and Roslotto-ZG Mobili rider Dimitri Konyshev won the intergiro classification. Kelme - Costa Blanca finished as the winners of the Trofeo Fast Team classification, ranking each of the eighteen teams contesting the race by lowest cumulative time. The other team classification, the Trofeo Super Team classification, where the teams' riders are awarded points for placing within the top twenty in each stage and the points are then totaled for each team was won by Saeco.
A total of 18 teams were invited to participate in the 1997 Giro d'Italia. Each team sent a squad of ten riders, so the Giro began with a peloton of 180 cyclists. Out of the 180 riders that started this edition of the Giro d'Italia, a total of 110 riders made it to the finish in Milan.
The 18 teams that took part in the race were:
In the 1997 Giro d'Italia, four different jerseys were awarded. For the general classification, calculated by adding each cyclist's finishing times on each stage, and allowing time bonuses for the first three finishers on mass-start stages, the leader received a pink jersey. This classification was considered the most important of the Giro d'Italia, and the winner was considered the winner of the Giro.
Additionally, there was a points classification, which awarded a purple, or cyclamen jersey. In the points classification, cyclists got points for finishing in the top 15 in a stage. In addition, points could be won in intermediate sprints.
There was also a mountains classification, the leadership of which was marked by a green jersey. In the mountains classifications, points were won by reaching the top of a climb before other cyclists. Each climb was categorized as either first, second, or third category, with more points available for the higher-categorized climbs. The Cima Coppi, the race's highest point of elevation, awarded still more points than the other first-category climbs.
The fourth jersey represented the intergiro classification, which was marked blue jersey. The calculation for the intergiro is similar to that of the general classification, in each stage there is a midway point that the riders pass through a point and where their time is stopped. As the race goes on, their times compiled and the person with the lowest time is the leader of the intergiro classification and wears the blue jersey.
There was also one classification for the teams. The classification was the Trofeo Fast Team. In this classification, the times of the best three cyclists per team on each stage were added; the leading team was the team with the lowest total time.
The rows in the following table correspond to the jerseys awarded after that stage was run.
||Trofeo Fast Team|
|1||Mario Cipollini||Mario Cipollini||Mario Cipollini||not awarded||Dimitri Konyshev||Saeco|
|3||Pavel Tonkov||Pavel Tonkov||Pavel Tonkov||Mapei-GB|
|8||Mario Manzoni||Mariano Piccoli||Asics-C.G.A.|
|12||Giuseppe Di Grande|
|14||Ivan Gotti||Ivan Gotti||José Jaime González||Team Polti|
|17||Mirco Gualdi||Team Polti|
|19||José Luis Rubiera||Kelme-Costa Blanca|
|20||José Jaime González|
|Final||Ivan Gotti||Mario Cipollini||José Jaime González||Dimitri Konyshev||Kelme-Costa Blanca|
|Denotes the winner of the General classification||Denotes the winner of the Mountains classification|
|Denotes the winner of the Points classification||Denotes the winner of the Intergiro classification|
|1||Ivan Gotti (ITA)||Saeco||102h 53' 58"|
|2||Pavel Tonkov (RUS)||Mapei-GB||+ 1' 27"|
|3||Giuseppe Guerini (ITA)||Team Polti||+ 7' 40"|
|4||Nicola Miceli (ITA)||Aki-Safi||+ 12' 20"|
|5||Serhiy Honchar (UKR)||Aki-Safi||+ 12' 44"|
|6||Wladimir Belli (ITA)||Brescialat-Oyster||+ 12' 48"|
|7||Giuseppe Di Grande (ITA)||Mapei-GB||+ 12' 54"|
|8||Marcos-Antonio Serrano (ESP)||Kelme-Costa Blanca||+ 16' 07"|
|9||Stefano Garzelli (ITA)||Mercatone Uno||+ 18' 08"|
|10||José Luis Rubiera (ESP)||Kelme-Costa Blanca||+ 18' 56"|
|1||Mario Cipollini (ITA)||Scrigno-Gaerne||202|
|2||Dimitri Konyshev (RUS)||Roslotto-ZG Mobili||146|
|3||Glenn Magnusson (SWE)||Amore & Vita-Forzacore||145|
|4||Pavel Tonkov (RUS)||Mapei-GB||121|
|5||Ivan Gotti (ITA)||Saeco||102|
|6||Mariano Piccoli (ITA)||Brescialat-Oyster||93|
|7||Marcel Wüst (GER)||Festina-Lotus||92|
|8||Chepe González (COL)||Kelme-Costa Blanca||81|
|9||Gabriele Missaglia (ITA)||Kelme-Costa Blanca|
|10||Evgeni Berzin (RUS)||Batik-Del Monte||74|
|1||Chepe González (COL)||Kelme-Costa Blanca||99|
|2||Mariano Piccoli (ITA)||Brescialat-Oyster||35|
|3||Roberto Conti (ITA)||Mercatone Uno||28|
|4||Pavel Tonkov (RUS)||Mapei-GB||24|
|5||Ivan Gotti (ITA)||Saeco||23|
|6||Dimitri Konyshev (RUS)||Roslotto-ZG Mobili||16|
|7||José Luis Rubiera (ESP)||Kelme-Costa Blanca|
|8||Andrea Noè (ITA)||Asics-C.G.A.||15|
|9||Martin Hvastija (SLO)||Cantina Tollo-Carrier|
|10||Paolo Savoldelli (ITA)||Roslotto-ZG Mobili||14|
|1||Kelme-Costa Blanca||309h 26' 09"|
|2||Mapei-GB||+ 14' 07"|
|3||Saeco||+ 33' 18"|
|4||Mercatone Uno||+ 36' 21"|
|5||Aki-Safi||+ 40' 12"|
|6||Team Polti||+ 45' 39"|
|7||Asics-C.G.A.||+ 1h 01' 25"|
|8||Roslotto-ZG Mobili||+ 1h 09' 24"|
|9||Brescialat-Oyster||+ 1h 19' 39"|
|10||Festina-Lotus||+ 1h 57' 47"|
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