The 1987 Giro d'Italia was the 70th event in the series, one of
cycling's Grand Tour races. It began on 21 May with a 4 km (2.5 mi)
prologue in San Remo, and concluded on 13 June with a 32 km (19.9 mi)
individual time trial in Saint-Vincent. A total of 180 riders from 20
teams entered the 22-stage, 3,915 km (2,433 mi) race. Defending
champion Roberto Visentini of the Carrera Jeans–Vagabond team led the
first stage, and Dutchman Erik Breukink led the second. Irishman Stephen
Roche, Visentini's teammate, took the overall lead after his team won
the stage three team time trial. Visentini regained the lead for two
days, but Roche rode ahead of him in the fifteenth stage, against orders
from the team management, and held onto the lead for the win. Second
place was taken by British rider Robert Millar, and Breukink took third.
It was the second time in the history of the Giro that there were no
Italian riders on the winners' podium. Roche was the second rider ever
to win the Giro d'Italia, the Tour de France, and the World Championship
road race in the same year, a feat commonly called the Triple Crown of
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1987_Giro_d%27Italia>
Today's selected anniversaries:
King Henry III of Castile sent an embassy to the court of Timur
(Tamerlane) to discuss the possibility of an alliance between Timur and
Castile against the Ottoman Empire.
John III Sobieski, elected by the szlachta, became the monarch
of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth.
The Manchester Ship Canal, linking Greater Manchester in North
West England to the Irish Sea, officially opened, becoming the largest
navigation canal in the world at the time.
Manhattan Project physicist Louis Slotin accidentally triggered
a fission reaction at the Los Alamos National Laboratory and gave
himself a lethal dose of hard radiation, making him the second victim of
a criticality accident in history.
Former Prime Minister of India Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated by
a suicide bomber in Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
1. (intransitive) To give off sparks; to shine as if emanating sparks; to
twinkle or glow.
2. (transitive) To throw off like sparks.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
Some people will never learn anything, for this reason, because
they understand everything too soon.
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