|Dates||16 May - 7 June|
|Stages||22 + prologue|
|Distance||3,830 km (2,380 mi)|
|Winning time||98h 48' 32" (38.569 km/h or 23.966 mph)|
|Winner||Marco Pantani (ITA)||(Mercatone Uno-Bianchi)|
|Second||Pavel Tonkov (RUS)||(Mapei-Bricobi)|
|Third||Giuseppe Guerini (ITA)||(Team Polti)|
|Points||Mariano Piccoli (ITA)||(Brescialat-Liquigas)|
|Mountains||Marco Pantani (ITA)||(Mercatone Uno-Bianchi)|
|Intergiro||Gian Matteo Fagnini (ITA)||(Saeco Macchine per Caffè)|
|Team Points||Team Polti|
The 1998 Giro d'Italia was the 81st edition of the Giro d'Italia, one of cycling's Grand Tours. The Giro began on May 16 with a brief 8 km (5 mi) prologue that navigated through the streets of the French city Nice. The race came to a close on June 7 with a mass-start stage that ended in the Italian city of Milan. Eighteen teams entered the race that was won by the Italian Marco Pantani of the Mercatone Uno-Bianchi team. Second and third were the Russian rider Pavel Tonkov and Italian Giuseppe Guerini.
In the race's other classifications, overall winner Marco Pantani also won the mountains classification, Mariano Piccoli of the Brescialat-Liquigas team won the points classification, and Saeco Macchine per Caffè rider Gian Matteo Fagnini won the intergiro classification. Mapei-Bricobi 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 Team Polti.
A total of 18 teams were invited to participate in the 1998 Giro d'Italia. Each team sent a squad of nine riders, so the Giro began with a peloton of 162 cyclists. Out of the 162 riders that started this edition of the Giro d'Italia, a total of 94 riders made it to the finish in Milan.
The 18 teams that took part in the race were:
The official race route contained three individual time trial events. There were a total of four stages that held many high mountains, while there were eight hilly stages that contained climbs of lesser degree. The eight remaining stages were primarily flat.
There were a total of seven stages that started outside Italy. The 1998 Giro d'Italia began with a prologue around the French city of Nice, which also served as the start for the race's first stage. Stage 11 finished in San Marino and the twelfth stage began there as well. The Giro's twentieth stage ended in Mendrisio. Stage 21 began in Mendrisio ended in Lugano, which also served as the start for stage 22.
Of the mass-start stages that contained mountains, four contained summit finishes: stage 11 to San Marino, stage 14 to Piancavallo, stage 18 to Passo di Pampeago, and stage 19 to Plan di Montecampione.
|P||16 May||Nice (France)||8 km (5 mi)||Individual time trial||Alex Zülle (SUI)|
|1||17 May||Nice (France) to Cuneo||159 km (99 mi)||Intermediate stage||Mariano Piccoli (ITA)|
|2||18 May||Alba to Imperia||160 km (99 mi)||Intermediate stage||Ángel Edo (ESP)|
|3||19 May||Rapallo to Forte dei Marmi||196 km (122 mi)||Flat stage||Nicola Minali (ITA)|
|4||20 May||Viareggio to Monte Argentario||239 km (149 mi)||Intermediate stage||Nicola Miceli (ITA)|
|5||21 May||Orbetello to Frascati||206 km (128 mi)||Flat stage||Mario Cipollini (ITA)|
|6||22 May||Maddaloni to Lago Laceno||158 km (98 mi)||Mountain stage||Alex Zülle (SUI)|
|7||23 May||Montella to Matera||238 km (148 mi)||Intermediate stage||Mario Cipollini (ITA)|
|8||24 May||Matera to Lecce||191 km (119 mi)||Flat stage||Mario Cipollini (ITA)|
|9||25 May||Foggia to Vasto||167 km (104 mi)||Flat stage||Glenn Magnusson (SWE)|
|10||26 May||Vasto to Macerata||212 km (132 mi)||Flat stage||Mario Cipollini (ITA)|
|11||27 May||Macerata to San Marino (San Marino)||220 km (137 mi)||Intermediate stage||Andrea Noè (ITA)|
|12||28 May||San Marino (San Marino) to Carpi||202 km (126 mi)||Flat stage||Laurent Roux (FRA)|
|13||29 May||Carpi to Schio||166 km (103 mi)||Intermediate stage||Michele Bartoli (ITA)|
|14||30 May||Schio to Piancavallo||165 km (103 mi)||Flat stage||Marco Pantani (ITA)|
|15||31 May||Trieste||40 km (25 mi)||Individual time trial||Alex Zülle (SUI)|
|16||1 June||Udine to Asiago||227 km (141 mi)||Intermediate stage||Fabiano Fontanelli (ITA)|
|17||2 June||Asiago to Selva di Val Gardena||217 km (135 mi)||Mountain stage||Giuseppe Guerini (ITA)|
|18||3 June||Selva di Val Gardena to Passo di Pampeago||115 km (71 mi)||Mountain stage||Pavel Tonkov (RUS)|
|19||4 June||Cavalese to Plan di Montecampione||239 km (149 mi)||Mountain stage||Marco Pantani (ITA)|
|20||5 June||Darfo Boario Terme to Mendrisio (Switzerland)||137 km (85 mi)||Flat stage||Gian Matteo Fagnini (ITA)|
|21||6 June||Mendrisio (Switzerland) to Lugano (Switzerland)||34 km (21 mi)||Individual time trial||Serhiy Honchar (UKR)|
|22||7 June||Lugano (Switzerland) to Milan||173 km (107 mi)||Flat stage||Gian Matteo Fagnini (ITA)|
|Total||3,830 km (2,380 mi)|
In the 2005 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, marked by a 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 were also a 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|
|P||Alex Zülle||Alex Zülle||no award||no award||no award||Mapei-Bricobi|
|1||Mariano Piccoli||Mariano Piccoli||N/A||N/A|
|3||Nicola Minali||Serhiy Honchar|
|5||Mario Cipollini||Michele Bartoli||Michele Bartoli|
|6||Alex Zülle||Alex Zülle||Team Polti|
|12||Laurent Roux||Laurent Roux|
|13||Michele Bartoli||Andrea Noè|
|14||Marco Pantani||Alex Zülle|
|16||Fabiano Fontanelli||Team Polti|
|17||Giuseppe Guerini||Marco Pantani||Mariano Piccoli||Mercatone Uno-Bianchi|
|20||Gian Matteo Fagnini|
|22||Gian Matteo Fagnini|
|Final||Marco Pantani||Mariano Piccoli||Marco Pantani||Stefano Zanini||Mapei-Bricobi|
|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||Marco Pantani (ITA)||Mercatone Uno-Bianchi||98h 48' 32"|
|2||Pavel Tonkov (RUS)||Mapei-Bricobi||+ 1' 33"|
|3||Giuseppe Guerini (ITA)||Team Polti||+ 6' 51"|
|4||Oscar Camenzind (SUI)||Mapei-Bricobi||+ 12' 16"|
|5||Daniel Clavero (ESP)||Vitalicio Seguros||+ 18' 04"|
|6||Gianni Faresin (ITA)||Mapei-Bricobi||+ 18' 31"|
|7||Paolo Bettini (ITA)||Asics-C.G.A.||+ 21' 03"|
|8||Daniele De Paoli (ITA)||Ros Mary-Amica Chips||+ 21' 35"|
|9||Paolo Savoldelli (ITA)||Saeco Macchine per Caffè||+ 25' 54"|
|10||Serhiy Honchar (UKR)||Cantina Tollo-Alexia Alluminio||+ 25' 58"|
|1||Mariano Piccoli (ITA)||Brescialat-Liquigas||194|
|2||Fabrizio Guidi (ITA)||Mercatone Uno-Bianchi||158|
|3||Gian Matteo Fagnini (ITA)||Saeco Macchine per Caffè||156|
|4||Pavel Tonkov (RUS)||Mapei-Bricobi||140|
|5||Alex Zülle (SUI)||Festina-Lotus||117|
|6||Giuseppe Guerini (ITA)||Team Polti||107|
|7||Nicola Loda (ITA)||Ballan||90|
|8||Massimo Strazzer (ITA)||Cantina Tollo-Alexia Alluminio||76|
|9||Davide Rebellin (ITA)||Team Polti||72|
|10||Oscar Camenzind (SUI)||Mapei-Bricobi||70|
|1||Marco Pantani (ITA)||Mercatone Uno-Bianchi||89|
|2||Chepe González (COL)||Kelme-Costa Blanca||62|
|3||Pavel Tonkov (RUS)||Mapei-Bricobi||49|
|4||Alex Zülle (SUI)||Festina-Lotus||37|
|5||Paolo Bettini (ITA)||Asics-C.G.A.||30|
|6||Giuseppe Guerini (ITA)||Team Polti||23|
|7||Mariano Piccoli (ITA)||Brescialat-Liquigas||22|
|8||Andrea Noé (ITA)||Asics-C.G.A.||17|
|9||Leonardo Calzavara (ITA)||Vini Caldirola||15|
|10||Herman Buenahora (COL)||Vitalicio Seguros||10|
|1||Mapei-Bricobi||296h 17' 54"|
|2||Mercatone Uno-Bianchi||+ 17' 11"|
|3||Saeco Macchine per Caffè||+ 50' 22"|
|4||Team Polti||+ 1h 05' 41"|
|5||Vitalicio Seguros||+ 1h 10' 45"|
|6||Kelme-Costa Blanca||+ 1h 16' 45"|
|7||Asics-C.G.A.||+ 1h 29' 36"|
|8||Riso Scotti-MG Maglificio||+ 1h 48' 29"|
|9||Festina-Lotus||+ 1h 59' 48"|
|10||Cantina Tollo-Alexia Alluminio||+ 2h 04' 19"|
|5||Saeco Macchine per Caffè||325|
|8||Riso Scotti-MG Maglificio||274|
|9||Cantina Tollo-Alexia Alluminio||268|
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