Before 1971, the Giro del Piemonte had been raced, alternately, at all times of the year. Then, on its sixty‑first edition, it was permanently moved to late season.
Those were the years of the rivalry between Merckx and Gimondi, and oftentimes the wind of fortune was in the Belgian ace’s sails.
That year, the race was held on September 11, along a route of 238 km starting and finishing in Marano Ticino.
That year, Gimondi had already surrendered to Eddy Merckx at the Milano-Sanremo and at the World Championships, which had taken place just one week before the Giro del Piemonte.
Hence, that morning, he was looking for a chance at redemption. He was looking for answers, more for himself than for anyone else.
Without his opponent standing in his way, he won the race 2’35” ahead of his team‑mate Gianni Motta.