The 1947 Milan-San Remo

 

Wednesday 19 March 1947 - 135 men started out from Milan in the rain - Over eight and a half hours and 285 km later 39 wet and muddy riders reached Sanremo still in the rain. The great Italian champion Gino Bartali led them home. Of his four victories in the Milan-San Remo this was the only one Bartali won by a distance, the other three (1939,1940 and 1950) being decided in sprint finishes. 1947 would also see Bartali win the Tour de Suisse (including two stage victories) and come second in the Giro d'Italia. This was after leading the Giro d'Italia from the end of stage four until stage seventeen.

Winner the previous year in Sanremo and also the 1947 Giro d'Italia victor, Fausto Coppi, started the race but would not see Sanremo.

Revelation of the race was to be the Italian Ezio Cecchi. Cecchi was placed second in the 1938 Giro d'Italia and would do the same in 1948.

   
The race going through Novi Ligure. Bartali covered in black mud is in a break.They have a lead of 8' 40". The 1935 Paris-Nice winner René Vietto, with Brambilla on his wheel, rejoin after the first crash.
   
Valeriano Zanazzi leads with 200 km remaining. The route is muddy with pot holes full of water. Toccacelli, Croci-Torti, Cecchi, Bellini, Scrivanti and Bresci, a group of six that escaped before Pavia seen here on the Turchino. It is very wet with snow at the side of the stony road.
   
The Tuscan Ezio Cecchi has dropped the rest of the escapers and arrives at the summit of the Turchino in first place. Nine minutes after Cecchi, Gino Bartali, Lucien Teisseire and René Vietto enter the tunnel. Luciano Maggini is not far behind.
   
Fausto Coppi arrives at the summit of the Turchino with his bicycle clogged with mud. He abandons at Voltri. The dramatic abandon of René Vietto on the descent of the Turchino. He is cold, wet, tired and has a mechanical problem. His helper covers him with a sheet and gives him sugar and alcohol!
   
Ezio Cecchi still in the lead on the Capo Mele. Just after Savona, when he was 8' 30" behind, Gino Bartali began a fantastic chase and gradually closed in on Cecchi. Cecchi on the Capo Berta. The spectators however can see him about to be joined by Bartali. Bartali would attack and leave the brave Cecchi at San Lorenzo al Mare after one of the longest lone breaks.
   
Gino Bartali wins the 38th Milano-Sanremo. He arrives 3' 57" ahead of the second placed rider Ezio Cecchi after riding the last 18km alone.

 

1. Gino Bartali (Ita) in 8h 33'
2. Ezio Cecchi (Ita) à 3'57"
3. Sergio Maggini (Ita) à 9'00"
4. Luciano Maggini (Ita)
5. Osvaldo Bailo (Ita)
6. Olimpio Bizzi (Ita)
7. Fiorenzo Magni (Ita)
8. Vito Ortelli (Ita)
9. Albert Sercu (Bel) à 15'00"
10. Giordano Cottur (Ita)
Average speed - 33.300 km/h
 
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