The 1991 Giro dItalia was the 74th edition of the Giro dItalia, one of cyclings Grand Tours. The Giro began on May 26 with a stage that began. The race came to a close in Milan on June 16, twenty teams entered the race, which was won by the Italian Franco Chioccioli of the Del Tongo-MG Boys Maglificio team. Second and third respectively were the Italians Claudio Chiappucci and Massimiliano Lelli, the race was first led by Frenchman Philippe Casado who won the first stage into Olbia. Casado lost the race leaders maglia rosa after stage 2a that contained a mountainous course, Éric Boyer took the race lead from Chioccioli after winning the events fourth stage. However, he lost the back to Chioccioli the following day. Chioccioli protected his lead and built upon his advantage by winning three stages of the race before the races finish, Carrera Jeans-Tassoni finished as the winners of the team classification. Twenty teams were invited by the organizers to participate in the 1991 edition of the Giro dItalia. Each team sent a squad of nine riders, which meant that the race started with a peloton of 180 cyclists, the presentation of the teams – where each teams roster and manager were introduced in front the media and local dignitaries – took place on 25 May. From the riders began the race,133 made it to the finish in Milan. The teams entering the race were, The starting peloton did include the years winner Gianni Bugno. He also stated that Claudio Chiappucci would likely contend for the crown due to his good form coming into the race. According to Paolo Viberti of El País, Bugno came in as the odds on favorite to win the race, eugenio Capodacqua of La Repubblica and La Stampas Gianni Ranieri believed that the race was going be won by either Chiappucci or Bugno. Despite being favored to win the race, Bugno entered the race with no victories to his name that season, american Greg LeMond told the press he planned to be more competitive at this Giro than he had in years past. Other favorites to win the race were Laurent Fignon, Pedro Delgado, the route for the 1991 edition of the Giro dItalia was revealed to the public on television by head organizer Vincenzo Torriani, on 1 December 1990. It contained three time trial events, all of which were individual, the organizers chose to include one rest day, which was used to transfer the riders from Cagliari to Sorrento. When compared to the years race, the race was 265 km shorter, contained one more rest day. In addition, this race contained one more stage, Capodacqua of La Repubblica believed that the route favored a rider that could defend well and put in a good time during the uphill time trial
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The autobus climbing Sestriere during the thirteenth stage that saw the Alpine mountain crossed twice.
The Pordoi Pass was the Cima Coppi for the 1991 running of the Giro d'Italia.