1924 Giro d'Italia

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1924 Giro d'Italia
Route of the 12th Giro d'Italia,run anti-clockwise from Milan to Milan,and entering Fiume in the Free State of Fiume (now Croatia).
Route of the 12th Giro d'Italia,
run anti-clockwise from Milan to Milan,
and entering Fiume in the Free State of Fiume (now Croatia).
Race details
Dates 10 May - 1 June
Stages 12
Distance 3,613 km (2,245 mi)
Winning time 143h 43' 37"
Results
  Winner  Giuseppe Enrici (ITA)
  Second  Federico Gay (ITA)
  Third  Angiolo Gabrielli (ITA)
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The 1924 Giro d'Italia was the 12th edition of the Giro d'Italia, a cycling race organized and sponsored by the newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport. The race began on 10 May in Milan with a stage that stretched 300.3 km (187 mi) to Genoa, finishing back in Milan on 1 June after a 313 km (194 mi) stage and a total distance covered of 3,613 km (2,245 mi). The race was won by the Italian rider Giuseppe Enrici. Second and third respectively were the Italian riders Federico Gay and Angiolo Gabrielli.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9]

The 'start list' was reduced because of a strike, so the organiser Gazzetta dello Sport allowed independent riders to enter without support teams, as they provided bed, board and massage,[10] the event was unique because of the participation of Alfonsina Strada, the only female competitor in the history of the Giro. Entry number 72 was granted to Alfonsin Strada to conceal her gender, she successfully completed the first 7 stages but a series of crashes and punctures between L'Aquila and Perugia led to her exclusion (such was her heroism that the organisers allowed her to continue each stage without inclusion in the overall classification). Her final time was 20 hours behind of the first classified in Milan.[10][11]

Participants[edit]

The peloton was completely composed of Italians for the second consecutive year.[12][13] Notable riders that started the race included Giuseppe Enrici, Federico Gay and Bartolomeo Aymo.[13] Former winners Costante Girardengo and Giovanni Brunero, along with Ottavio Bottecchia, Gaetano Belloni, and other top riders chose not participate in the race due to disagreements over appearance fees with the organizers.[14] In order to get the approapriate number of riders, the organizers offered room and board, along with food, for all those who entered,[13] the riders were all considered to be independent as many riders were in disagreement with their teams over money.[13] Of the 90 riders that began the Giro d'Italia on 10 May, 30 of them made it to the finish in Milan on 1 June.[13]

The 1924 edition of the race saw the first and only ever woman participate.[13][15][16][17][18] Alfonsina Strada entered the race as "Alfonsin Strada" to conceal her gender.[14] She previously raced against men in the Giro di Lombardia in 1917 and 1918,[14] she was widely regarded as the best female cyclist in Italy at the time.[14] Her identity was uncovered and made public by La Gazzetta dello Sport on 14 May when they published the headline "Alfonsina e la bici."[14] Strada completed the first seven stages, but finished outside the time limit on the eighth stage where she fell several times and arrived in Perugia fifteen hours after starting,[13][14] the organizers, however, asked her to continue riding to the race's finish since because of the heightened interest in the race due to a woman participating in a men's event.[13][19]

Final standings[edit]

Stage results[edit]

Stage results[13]
Stage Date Course Distance Type[Notes 1] Winner Race Leader
1 10 May Milan to Genoa 300.3 km (187 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Bartolomeo Aymo (ITA)  Bartolomeo Aymo (ITA)
2 12 May Genoa to Florence 307.9 km (191 mi) Plain stage  Federico Gay (ITA)  Bartolomeo Aymo (ITA)
3 14 May Florence to Rome 284.4 km (177 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Federico Gay (ITA)  Federico Gay (ITA)
4 16 May Rome to Naples 249.3 km (155 mi) Plain stage  Adriano Zanaga (ITA)  Federico Gay (ITA)
5 18 May Potenza to Taranto 265.3 km (165 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Federico Gay (ITA)  Federico Gay (ITA)
6 20 May Taranto to Foggia 230.3 km (143 mi) Plain stage  Federico Gay (ITA)  Federico Gay (ITA)
7 22 May Foggia to L'Aquila 304.3 km (189 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Giuseppe Enrici (ITA)  Giuseppe Enrici (ITA)
8 24 May L'Aquila to Perugia 296 km (184 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Giuseppe Enrici (ITA)  Giuseppe Enrici (ITA)
9 26 May Perugia to Bologna 280.7 km (174 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Arturo Ferrario (ITA)  Giuseppe Enrici (ITA)
10 28 May Bologna to Fiume 415 km (258 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Romolo Lazzaretti (ITA)  Giuseppe Enrici (ITA)
11 30 May Fiume to Verona 366.5 km (228 mi) Plain stage  Arturo Ferrario (ITA)  Giuseppe Enrici (ITA)
12 1 June Verona to Milan 313 km (194 mi) Stage with mountain(s)  Giovanni Bassi (ITA)  Giuseppe Enrici (ITA)
Total 3,613 km (2,245 mi)

General classification[edit]

There were 30 cyclists who had completed all twelve stages, for these cyclists, the times they had needed in each stage was added up for the general classification. The cyclist with the least accumulated time was the winner.

Final general classification (1–10)[13]
Rank Name Team Time
1  Giuseppe Enrici (ITA) 143h 43' 37"
2  Federico Gay (ITA) + 58' 21"
3  Angiolo Gabrielli (ITA) + 1h 56' 53"
4  Secondo Martinetto (ITA) + 2h 13' 51"
5  Enea Dal Fiume (ITA) + 2h 19' 00"
6  Gianbattista Gilli (ITA) + 2h 59' 00"
7  Vitaliano Lugli (ITA) + 3h 28' 32"
8  Giovanni Rossignoli (ITA) + 3h 29' 08"
9  Ottavio Pratesi (ITA) + 4h 03' 00"
10  Alfredo Sivocci (ITA) + 4h 03' 36"

Aftermath[edit]

Enrici became the first foreign born winner of the Giro d'Italia, although he maintained Italian citizenship, Enrici was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in the United States.[20]

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ In 1924, there was no distinction in the rules between plain stages and mountain stages; the icons shown here indicate that the first, third, fifth, seventh, eighth, ninth, tenth, and twelfth stages included major mountains.

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ "Il XII Giro d'Italia" [The 12th Tour of Italy] (PDF). l'Unità (in Italian). PCI. 8 May 1924. p. 3. Archived (PDF) from the original on 29 June 2015. Retrieved 22 June 2012. 
  2. ^ "La prima tappa del giro d'Italia" [The first stage of the Tour of Italy] (PDF). l'Unità (in Italian). PCI. 11 May 1924. p. 3. Archived (PDF) from the original on 29 June 2015. Retrieved 22 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "Il giro d'Italia" [The Tour of Italy] (PDF). l'Unità (in Italian). PCI. 15 May 1924. p. 4. Archived (PDF) from the original on 29 June 2015. Retrieved 22 June 2012. 
  4. ^ "Zanaga primo a Napoli" [Zanaga first in Naples] (PDF). l'Unità (in Italian). PCI. 17 May 1924. p. 4. Archived (PDF) from the original on 29 June 2015. Retrieved 22 June 2012. 
  5. ^ "La quinta tappa vinta de Gay" [The fifth stage won by Gay] (PDF). l'Unità (in Italian). PCI. 20 May 1924. p. 4. Archived (PDF) from the original on 29 June 2015. Retrieved 22 June 2012. 
  6. ^ "Enrici vince la VII tappa" [Enrici wins the 7th stage] (PDF). l'Unità (in Italian). PCI. 23 May 1924. p. 3. Archived (PDF) from the original on 29 June 2015. Retrieved 22 June 2012. 
  7. ^ "Ferrario primo a Bologna" [Ferrario first in Bologna] (PDF). l'Unità (in Italian). PCI. 27 May 1924. p. 3. Archived (PDF) from the original on 29 June 2015. Retrieved 22 June 2012. 
  8. ^ "Le X tappa del Giro d'Italia" [The 10th stage of the Tour of Italy] (PDF). l'Unità (in Italian). PCI. 29 May 1924. p. 4. Archived (PDF) from the original on 29 June 2015. Retrieved 22 June 2012. 
  9. ^ "Il Giro d'Italia vinto da Enrici" [The Tour of Italy won by Enrici] (PDF). l'Unità (in Italian). PCI. 3 June 1924. p. 4. Archived (PDF) from the original on 29 June 2015. Retrieved 22 June 2012. 
  10. ^ a b Radio Marconi, Article on Alfonsina Strada
  11. ^ Torrelli Cycles – Article about Alfonsina Strada at the 1924 Giro d'Italia Archived 2008-10-08 at the Wayback Machine.
  12. ^ "1924". Giro d'Italia. La Gazzetta dello Sport. 2017. Archived from the original on June 2017. Retrieved 13 June 2017. 
  13. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Bill and Carol McGann. "1924 Giro d'Italia". Bike Race Info. Dog Ear Publishing. Archived from the original on 2013-06-29. Retrieved 2012-07-10. 
  14. ^ a b c d e f Giles Belbin (18 May 2017). "Who was Alfonsina Strada?". Cycling Weekly. Time, Inc. Retrieved 26 June 2017. 
  15. ^ Bill and Carol McGann. "Alfonsina Morini Strada". Bike Race Info. Dog Ear Publishing. Archived from the original on 29 June 2015. Retrieved 2012-07-10. 
  16. ^ "Un ritardo di 27 ore" [A delay of 27 hours] (PDF). l'Unità (in Italian). PCI. 12 May 1980. p. 16. Archived (PDF) from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 22 June 2012. 
  17. ^ Attilio Camoriano (15 May 1954). "Dalla grande avventura di Ganna nel 1909 alla vittoria del "campionissimo" nel 1953" [From the great adventure of Ganna in 1909 to the victory of the "champion" in 1953] (PDF). l'Unità (in Italian). PCI. p. 5. Archived (PDF) from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 22 June 2012. 
  18. ^ "E' morta ieri, Alfonsina <<Strada>>" [She died yesterday, Alfonsina <<Strada>>] (PDF). l'Unità (in Italian). PCI. 15 May 1959. p. 6. Archived (PDF) from the original on 1 July 2015. Retrieved 22 June 2012. 
  19. ^ Clemitson, Suze (12 May 2014). "Celebrating Alfonsina Strada, the woman who cycled the Giro d'Italia". The Guardian. London: Guardian Media Group. Archived from the original on 4 July 2017. Retrieved 2 July 2017. 
  20. ^ Caley Fretz. "The boy from Pittsburgh who won the 1924 Giro". VeloNews. Competitor Group, Inc. Archived from the original on 29 May 2017. Retrieved 29 May 2017.